Going Ga Ga

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American popular music rules the world (what ever happened to the Brits?) The latest incarnation of American dominance is Lady Gaga. Wikipedia says it better than I culd –

Her debut album, The Fame, was released on August 19, 2008. In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, it reached number-one in Canada, Austria, Germany, and Ireland and topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face“, co-written and co-produced withRedOne, became international number-one hits, topping the Hot 100 in the United States as well as other countries. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations and won awards for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. In early 2009, after having opened for New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls, she embarked on her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour. By the fourth quarter of 2009, she released her second studio album The Fame Monster, with the global chart-topping lead single “Bad Romance“, as well as having embarked on her second headlining tour of the year, The Monster Ball Tour.

I wonder, does American entertainment come to other societies value laden or value free? If Gaga is communicating an American value, what is it?

How quaint those days now seem when the American government would sponsor various approved  entertainers as “cultural ambassadors” and send them overseas to display our wholesome culture.

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Photo by Nellyfus, remix and original subject to this creative commons license

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