Lady Gaga’s ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014


Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Manhattan, Gaga initially performed in theater, before dropping out to pursue a musical career. After leaving a rock band, participating in the Lower East Side’s avant garde performance art circuit, and being dropped from a contract with Def Jam Recordings, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. There, Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own KonLive Distribution.

Gaga rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame (2008), a critical and commercial success which producedLady Gaga's ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014 global chart-topping singles such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), was met with similar reception and released the successful singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”. Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, where it sold over one million copies in its first week. The album produced number one single “Born This Way”. Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the U.S. charts and included the successful singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want”. In September 2014, Gaga will release a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek.

Gaga is noted for her flamboyant and diverse contributions to the music industry via her fashion, live performances, andLady Gaga's ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014 music videos. With global album and single sales of 27 million and 125 million, respectively, as of June 2014, she is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.

She regularly appears on Billboard’s Artists of the Year lists and Forbes’ power and earnings rankings, and was named one of the world’s most influential people by Time in 2010.

Lady Gaga performed at Meydan Racecourse Dubai on Wednesday September 10 2014.

The Artpop tour, which shares the name of her most recently released album, came to Dubai, extravagant costumes, signature Gaga anthems, screaming fans and all; cheering fans, or “Little Monsters” as they are known, were left awestruck

Scheduled to begin at 9pm, Lady Gaga made her way to the stage at around 10:30 pm and greeting her fans with a personalized message: “Marhaba Dubai- My name is Lady Gaga.”Lady Gaga's ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014

Despite some concerns that the pop star’s notorious dress-sense could offend some fans, Gaga said she would do her best to respect the local culture.

The queen of pop’s wild outfits did not fail to disappoint; she emerged from the off stage darkness in a set of elaborate looks and performed costume changes ever few songs, dressed in her outrageously grandiose costumes

Dancers were drenched in sequins and neon clothing, confetti streamed from different directions, all while lasers lit up the pulsating arena.

The eccentric props and the amount of detail that went into the show. “She tried so hard to be one with us, especially when she tried and failed at speaking Arabic. The arena was just alive and full of crazy energy. It was extremely respectful and the only thing she took off this time was her wig.”Lady Gaga's ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014

Despite a positive atmosphere, some fans did complain about the heat as temperatures in Dubai reached 33 degrees Celsius in the evening. Although cool air was propelled into the arena by jet diffusers, the heat was still palpable.

The first five songs were taken from her latest ARTPOP album, and although ‘G.U.Y.’ went down very well, it was more the effort put in by Gaga and the general buzz of excitement that kept the crowd captivated.

In all reality, the majority of the crowd were waiting to hear her more recognisable hits from her debut album The Fame, highlighted by the fact that one of the loudest cheers of the night came when she kicked off her original hits with ‘Just Dance’.

The outfit of the evening came during the hit ‘Papparazzi‘, with an overcoat that could best be described as a mixture ofLady Gaga's ArtRAVE: The ArtPOP Ball tour @ Meydan-Dubai 2014 both dalmatian and octopus. This kick-started a series of her most-recognised hits, including ‘Poker Face’, ‘Born This Way’ and ‘Bad Romance’, which all, as expected, were crowd-pleasers.

She ended with more hits from her latest album and rapturous ‘Applause’ from the crowd – always a god sign.

All in all a very good effort from the Fame Monster as the anticipated glitz, glam and all round randomness were all evident. Her connection with the crowd was also on show as she spoke of love and harmony throughout the world.