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Lady Gaga Dethrones Bad Bunny as the World’s Biggest Pop Star

 

Lady Gaga has returned to the pinnacle of pop music.

Gaga was the biggest pop star in the world this past month, according to Bloomberg’s Pop Star Power Rankings, dethroning Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny after a three-month run.

Gaga surged to the top thanks to interest in her new record “Chromatica,” which was the best-selling album in the U.S. this past month. Gaga sold more than 400,000 copies in a month when no other artist topped 300,000. Its lead singles “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” lifted Gaga on Spotify, where she was the most-listened-to artist in June, as well as on YouTube, where her videos racked up more than 188 million views (fifth most).

“Chromatica” is Gaga’s first proper dance record in almost a decade, and her first true streaming breakthrough as a solo artist. Gaga started her career when physical albums still made up a majority of overall sales, and broke through when iTunes was the main way to release music online.

After starting her career with three straight dance pop records, she made an album of jazzy duets with Tony Bennett, and followed that up with “Joanne,” a blend of country and soft rock. While both albums were well-received by critics, neither was as big a hit as her earlier up-tempo work, which would have played better on Spotify’s pop and dance playlists.

 

Gaga’s success on streaming services started in an unlikely place—the soundtrack for “A Star is Born.”

Movie musicals are not the prime genre for the super users of Spotify or Apple Music. Yet sensing that the movie and the music had potential to be a big smash, her record label Interscope pushed the album to streaming services and secured placement on the playlists that are crucial to making a song a big hit. (Some $436 million in box office grosses didn’t hurt either.)

“A Star Is Born” was the fourth biggest album in the world last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and its lead single “Shallow” was one of the 10 biggest songs of the year. Fans have streamed the song more than 1 billion times on Spotify alone.

Gaga started to work on “Chromatica” before finishing the promotion of “A Star is Born,” penning “Stupid Love,” the debut single, nearly three years ago. Some of her team had hoped to get the album out in 2019, or shortly thereafter, to capitalize on Gaga’s performances at the Super Bowl and the 2019 Academy Awards. But the album wasn’t ready until 2020.

Gaga had planned to release the album in April, the same weekend she was to perform at Coachella, the largest music festival in North America. That was until the coronavirus led to the cancellation of Coachella, and threw the entire global economy into disarray. Gaga, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys all pushed their release dates, avoiding a substantial dip in music listening during the first month of global lockdown.

But with “Stupid Love” already in the market, Gaga and Interscope only postponed the release to the end of May, by which point music consumption had rebounded. They also utilized collaborations with two of the biggest acts in youth culture: Ariana Grande and Blackpink. Grande sings alongside Gaga on “Rain on Me,” the album’s second single, which has already surpassed “Stupid Love” in consumption, while Blackpink, the Korean pop group, is on “Sour Candy.”

“Women will be at the forefront of this culture,” said Daouda Leonard, who manages BloodPop, a producer who worked on much of the album. “Women are at the forefront of dance music and will usher in a new revolution.”

(An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the single “Stupid Love.”)

 


You can find the article here. They have a chart showing how they came to the conclusion and where she stands at amongst her contemporaries. 

 

 

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21st Century Karen

Wait what? Bad Bunny was the World's Biggest Pop Star? :selena:

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Sunny

When was Bad Bunny the biggest pop star? :selena:

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HausOfAntonio

I not gonna say anything you’re all thinking what I’m thinking apparently :oops: 

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Gagaism
1 minute ago, Trillion Reasons said:

Wait what? Bad Bunny was the World's Biggest Pop Star? :selena:

 

Just now, Sunny said:

When was Bad Bunny the biggest pop star? :selena:

According to Spotify, yes :yennefer:

He’s been the most streamed one for ages :bear:

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Andreu

El Conejo Malo already making people pressed we love to see it

Feeling It Music Video GIF by Apple Music

before there was love there was silence
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Blastertoyo

I thought she dethroned Bad Romance 

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deactivated001
1 minute ago, Sunny said:

When was Bad Bunny the biggest pop star? :selena:

Y’all know that pop music isn’t one genre, right? 

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Webb7

Sis..... Put Gaga on the same sentence with bad bunny it’s a SIN :huntyga:

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5 minutes ago, zebulonpyke said:

Y’all know that pop music isn’t one genre, right? 

Pop music is already hard enough to define, but I never categorised his music as pop. I'm not denying his popularity tho

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Babel

Bad Bunny makes popular music, so yes he can be considered a pop-ular Star :bear:

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deactivated001
1 minute ago, Sunny said:

Pop music is hard enough already to define, but I never categorised his music as pop. I'm not denying his popularity tho

I personally think about pop music as being an ongoing cultural movement of different styles and genres being synthesized through the lens of commercial success and cultural impact. Imo, given the success of trap, Latin music, reggaeton etc. on a global level and the way that it effects and interacts with the composition and marketing of pop music, I feel like it’s definitely pop.

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Gagaism
2 minutes ago, Sunny said:

Pop music is hard enough already to define, but I never categorised his music as pop. I'm not denying his popularity tho

The thing is people always get confused about latin music, thinking that all they do is reggaeton basically. Actually most of it’s music nowadays are called pop with reggaeton and other kinds of latin influences.  

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alicefromabove

Bad Bunny, world's biggest superstar? 

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That's a good one 

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Sorceress

Sorry but I literally never heard of a single Bad Bunny song :triggered:

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