Which pop icon is your favorite: Lady Gaga or Katy Perry? | The Tylt
Which pop icon is your favorite: Lady Gaga or Katy Perry?
Lady Gaga burst onto the pop scene in 2008, and from the jump, she didn't hold back in her image. She constantly pushed the envelope with outrageous outfits, makeup and wigs. But she's more than a pop gimmick, Gaga is actually the epitome of a pop superstar.
Gaga has clearly studied the art of pop music, starting with her impressive New York education. Hence, her debut dance-pop LP properly titled "The Fame." Gaga became an instant pop culture icon in late 2008 from her music videos for #1 hits "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," and her appearance in live performances—like the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gaga's debut album instantly called her out as a pop star, someone seeking fame and growing popularity, and she quite literally did just that. But "The Fame Monster (Deluxe)" combined music for her debut album and her follow-up EP.
Her musical style has been regarded as dark pop, featuring massive hits like "Bad Romance" and "Telephone," alongside Queen Beyoncé. "The Fame Monster" topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and details the darker side of being a pop superstar. Hence, the EP is influenced by not only dance-pop and synth-pop like her debut, but gothic music, industrial and glam rock.
Gaga released arguably her most iconic album "Born This Way" in 2011. Her official sophomore LP topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. The album features one of her biggest hits—the gay anthem "Born This Way."
Gaga is a straight woman, but she has genuinely supported gay rights and LGBTQ communities in her music and with her philanthropy throughout her career. Hence, gay people support Mother Monster—many of whom are Little Monsters.
Nowadays, Gaga is a Oscar winner, winning Best Original Song in 2019 for "Shallow," which is featured on the soundtrack of "A Star Is Born."
Watch the music video to the chart-topping, Oscar-winning "Shallow" below.
Katy has always created controversy. First off, she was originally known as Katy Hudson, a Christian rock artist. Let that sink in. Ha! Although she hit a rough patch in the early days of her music career, she found her calling as a pop-rock singer in the late '00s.
Her first big hit is "I Kissed A Girl," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008. But some critics argue she was only using lesbian culture and pandering to get ahead. Still, Katy admitted to having kissed a girl, and got her first massive smash single and her LP "One of the Boys" on the Billboard 200.
While Katy's best was yet to come, "One of the Boys" successfully introduced her to the world of pop music. Katy also successfully introduced her quirky, fluffy and dorky persona while singing ironic pop-rock songs with good punchlines.
She scored not only a big hit with "I Kissed A Girl," but "Hot n Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas." She also successfully mixed pop-rock with disco, and modeled her style after the famed character Betty Boop and the pop culture icon Bettie Paige.
When Katy made her grand musical return in 2010, she was more polished than ever and fully embraced her Bettie Page-esque persona. "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg became the Song of the Summer in 2010. But she wasn't done making #1 hits. "Teenage Dream" is regarded as one of her most signature songs and quickly became a #1 hit single. Katy followed "Teenage Dream" with three more top-charting smashes: "Firework," "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The final single "The One That Got Away" was still a mega hit, peaking at #3.
Hence, Katy's goofy, fun and fluffy nature garnered her a record-breaking title shared with the King of Pop. She is the only female artist to ever have five #1 hits from the same album, a feat only accomplished by Michael Jackson in 1988 with his iconic "Bad" LP.
Nowadays, Katy is proclaiming it's "never really over" just like her bop of the same name. In 2019, she also dropped "365" and "Harleys In Hawaii."
Watch the music video to "Never Really Over" below.