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Madonna’s Publicist Commends Lady GaGa For Doing More Than Madonna

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Whoa. That's saying A LOT!

But then again, she does have a point.

Liz Rosenberg has been by Madonna's side for many, many years. In a recent interview, she was asked to talk about the rise of Lady GaGa and how her career is parralleling that of Madge's. Turns out, Liz thinks that GaGaloo is doing far more in this early stage of her career than Madonna had done in the 80s. She explained:

“When Lady Gaga’s record came out and she was doing TV all over the world, I would say it’s five times more than Madonna did. If they’re not saying ‘You’re overexposed,’ then you’re not doing your job. The appetite is insatiable. It’s way more extreme than it used to be on the wardrobe part. Some divas work directly with couture designers; some have stylists who pick out their clothes. Any way you look at it, fans expect much more. They used to just expect a great record and maybe a little press. The revelation of a lot of their lives is amped up these days. Drama, though, doesn’t always equate with commercial success.”

Well said!

It should also be acknowledge that the Queen of Pop didn't have as many outlets as GaGa has to promote herself with. There was no such thing as the internet. TV had like 10 channels. We have no doubt that Madge would've picked up her game in promoting
http://perez.ly/nxeEY3 if there were more chances for her to do so. She's just that kind of diva!

But kudos for acknowledging how hard our wifey works! We think people forget that sometime, which we don't think is fair.

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59 comments to “Madonna’s Publicist Commends Lady GaGa For Doing More Than Madonna”

  1. 1

    Anything to try to put a lame positive spin on Gaga the media whore. Let's leave the comparisons for another 30 years until Gaga's been a megastar trendsetter for as long as Madonna has now. We won't be able to because it's not going to happen. Gaga has shot herself in the foot with the saturation exposure. Within the next couple of years a massive number of her fans will get sick of it all & move on to someone fresh & interesting. Shock tactics aren't going to work for 30 years.

  2. 2

    Don't quote Liz Rosenberg words out of context.

  3. 3

    LMAO.. I don't know if I'd say commends her… I wish Perez would post the question that was posed to the publicist… And yea.. Lady Gaga has to do far more in the early stages because she has already lost a lot of her original steam.. she has driven away fans with her famewhoring and ridiculous look at me it's all about me tactics. If something is in your face too much- you will naturally get sick of it. Madonna didn't need to do all that "Extra work" in the early stages because her album sold without her needing to constantly be in everyones faces…. =/ But again, I would have liked to see the entire conversation and not just this one piece. Guess I'm heading over to google.

  4. 4

    gaga is working harder than madonna , almost like a homeless like shitriah

  5. 5

    Don't quote Liz Rosenberg words out of context

    Google that It's tough to be a diva these days
    By Jon Bream 22 August 2011

  6. 6

    Don't quote Liz Rosenberg words out of context

    PEREZHILTON Google that It's tough to be a diva these days


  7. 7

    Google "It's tough to be a diva these days"
    By Jon Bream 22 August 2011

  8. 8

    Lmao fail post. It just makes GaGa look embarrassing.

  9. 9


  10. 10

    I almost spit my water out - LITERALLY laughed right out loud… post comments out of context much???
    I wonder how much harm Perez has ultimately dont to GaGa and her fanbase… he continues to call her 'wifey' but I have NEVER heard her speak about him as her hubby. her original message of 'acceptance' and non bullying is the exact opposite of what Perez and his site have ever been and continue to be about.
    -Gaga peaked with the first CD

  11. 11

    I love Gaga, but this post is ridiculous. This is so taken out of context and twisted that you're definitely doing the opposite of what you were attempting to do, Perez.

  12. yeez says – reply to this


    Even out of context, all that quote says is that because of the current social climate, where the Internet provides instant access to media 24 hours a day, artists have to be much more present and work much harder to stay in the public eye. It doesn't really say that Gaga works harder than Madonna because she's more driven or whatever you're trying to make it say, Mario.

  13. 13

    Re: longlivremadonna – Wow I googled it.. and the article was good in general… and its sad that of that entire good article, Perez took out one little piece of it and made an article with one small blurb about her seem like the entire article was centered around her. I think Keri Hilsons quote should have been the quote of the day.. "“I loved when you missed an artist and when they re-emerged, you saw changes,” Hilson said. “But now you don’t really recognize the changes because you see them every day.” Definitely well said!

  14. 14

    Re: MsJules
    But Madonna WAS constantly in peoples' faces in the 80s/early 90s.

  15. 15

    There would be no Gaga without Madonna in the first place.

  16. 16

    She lookin' like Betty Davis more and more..

  17. 17

    hello she just basically said times have changed since the Queen set out to conquer the world….now the quesiton is can GAGA last as long as the queen…doubt it those crazy outfits will get old and tired

  18. 18

    Re: TwistinMySobriety – Id say only in the aspect that back then MTV was more about Music and Such…. not so much of these craptastic reality show series. She definitely did not endorse product after product and attach her name to everything that would give her a hint of publicity… :) Even know, with her clothing line -shes not the face of it, unlike many other celebs who use their line as just another thing to slap their face on. And I don;t see her being linked to farmville anytime soon..

  19. 19

    It's VERY moronic to even try to compare the two. It was much different in the 80's than it is today. Had Gaga been around then, I highly doubt she would have outdone Madonna. Gaga is an attention whore, plain and simple. Her music is mediocre, so she had to have a big image and constantly be in the spotlight, in order to sell it. Madonna was/is genuinely talented. She can dance, sing, & write. Gaga can't dance to save her life, sounds like a wedding singer, & her song writing is laughable - a 14 year old could do better. Madonna was a very unique & creative individual, Gaga just rips everyone off. Madonna took a look (the Marilyn Monroe thing) and made it her own, Gaga just blatantly steals. Madonna had class, Gaga has none. She is definitely overexposed, though and that will be what kills her career.

  20. 20

    Re: MsJules – exactly..perez is just a moron and a kiss-ass like the rest of the media up GaGa's ass.. i just don't get it..

  21. M: says – reply to this


    this is NOT WHAT LIZ SAID…. she said madonna with less (internet tv and much more) did more than gaga….. MADONA IS THE HARDEST WOMAN IN THE BUSINESS. gaga cant even be compared to the QUEEN OF MUSIC…. dont be delusional. gaga even with so much promotion is failling. the world is tired of gaga….shes done…. she cant even succeed in her album… even with all this promotion… madona always worked much more and she always succeed. gaga only copies and still ideas. madonna did it all first. its harder

  22. M: says – reply to this


    LIZ DIDNT SAID THAT…. its out of context. she said amdona succeed with less help. madonna is the hardest working person in music business., shes perfectionist everybody knows…. LIZ SAID THAT WITH ALL THIS PROMOTION HELP THAT GAGA HAS NOW WITH TV INTERNET AND MORE … she means less than madonna…. madonan didnt have any help and became #1 sgaga with all this promotion help cant be better… she isnt saying gaga works hard. cause madponna works harder thabn anyone. she doesnt ahve vacations in years…. she never had a meltdown. amdonan in 1 year does many many things. she never stops. she is talking about "PROMOTION HELP" GAGA DOES MORE PROMOTION THAN MADONNA IN THE 80S. SHE HAD NO INTERNET.

  23. M: says – reply to this


    she doesnt do more than madonna asshole.read the interview…. she says gaga ahs more help so she can promote herself more… shes not saying she works more… not at all..madonna didnt have internet,tv and blah blah.madonna works much more…even now

  24. 24

    both artists have much more to give their audiences … but i praise Madonna for paving a path for artists like Gaga to emerge :D

  25. 25

    Re: Vigilant Phantom – seriously! there were so many better quotes in this article… And it was a really well written piece, I honestly think he should have posted it all, or at least linked to it. I definitely think the piece in general says more about the cosnumer (or fan etc) then the artists themselves.

  26. 26

    Right on, love these two ladies.
    Madonna will always be the queen but there is still plenty of room on the throne for GaGa too in a few years.
    Re: M: – I'm just gonna say this and ignore the other stuff you said, Madonna is NOT the queen of music sense she hasn't done every music style. She is of pop but not of rock.

  27. FS says – reply to this


    Re: MsJules – let me know what you find! Feel free to write up a story for the blog if you like. :)

  28. 28

    Ms Jules, either you weren't born until 1990, or you have a very selective memory. Madonna was a total attention whore in the 1980s, and it got worse by the early 1990s.

    Madonna was on every magazine cover, on other TV shows and channels in addition to MTV in the 1980s and early 1990s.

    Madonna also did her fair share of product pimping: she filmed TV commercials for Japan in the 1980s; a Pepsi commercial for American audiences around 1989; and she later went on to do ads for H&M clothing, a makeup company, and I forget what else.

    Only the backlash against her atrocious "Sex" book and other tawdry behavior of that time (trashy appearance on Letterman's show, smutty "Justify My Love" video, etc) in the early 90s drove her into hiding, so the public finally got a break from her.

  29. 29

    This is such BS… Liz was not commending gaga, but making a point. Madonna made it without having to hoar out to the media. Gaga is a talent-less manipulator of her little monsters.

  30. 30

    Re: ickynicky – @ickynicky. You got all your facts wrong.

    Madonna began her career by copying singer Debbie Harry.

    Madonna ripped off many celebrities, but especially Marilyn Monroe. She did not make the Monroe image "her own," it was a blatant knock off, most especially for the 1985 music video "Material Girl" which was a scene by scene rip off of Monroe's "Diamonds" song and dance routine. She also posed in identical outfits and poses as Monroe for magazine spreads.

    Madonna also posed and dressed like Marelene Dietrich for TV show appearances, magazine layouts, as well as copied Jean Harlow, Jayne Mansfield, and other celebrities.

    Faulting Gaga for being a copy cat while ignoring Madonna's many thefts is very hypocritical.

    Madonna was sleazy, not just in her private life, but also in her public one: there was absolutely nothing "classy" about her. Madonna relied on trashy stunts to keep her names in the papers in the mid 80s to the early 90s.

  31. 31

    Re: MissEvonne – With all due respect, MissEvonne, without Debbie Harry and Donna Summer and other women of pop and rock from the 1960s and 70s, and without song writers such as Billy Steinberg, Stephen Bray, Pat Leonard, and all the other many people Madonna used or literally screwed (sex for favors) to get and stay in show biz, there would be no Madonna.

  32. 32

    I love Gaga!! but you can't compare both careers, mainly because things were different back then, Madonna started almost 30 years ago! also there wouldnt be no Gaga without Madonna…. so whatever amount of work she did Gaga wouldnt be able to top it if Madonna hadnt done it in the first place

  33. 33

    Re: SaintThomas92 – The funny thing is, the Madonna fans don't like to mention things like Gaga at least does not have a string of acting, directing, and movie failures behind her… like Madonna does.

  34. 34

    are u out of your mind…she basically says that gaga's music sucks and thats why she has to work way harder then madonna did…she is saying nothing good about gaga and even dissed her music sayin it has no substance and called gaga a sell out

  35. 35

    Re: FoggyMirror – Eh I was born before the 1990's but But i guess i didnt really buy into her hype… but then again shes not exactly my style to care.

  36. 36

    Re: MsJules
    Actually Madonna did a lot of product endorsements, but they were mostly done overseas. But artists really didn't have to do endorsements, because the money was there. People bought albums then. But everyone's acting like the 80s were the Dark Ages. The 80s wasn't really more about the music–that was the 70s. The 80s was more visual, and music videos sold records, and Madonna was a product of the video age. She made watered down dance music that tons of underground dance artists did 10x better, but she made stunning, elaborate, EXPENSIVE videos, a lot of them better than the songs themselves, as well became of one of the first pop stars turned tabloid celebrity, and she made sure she didn't go anywhere or do anything without a well-planned controversy.

  37. 37

    Re: M:
    "she never had a meltdown."
    LOL.. That is rich. We missed you, M. But how would you know she never had a meltdown? And define a meltdown while you're at it. Do you think Madonna would let you know if she had one or not? She's the most fiercely guarded celebrity there is, and you can damn well be sure if she had a meltdown of any kind, Dear Liz would spin it or cover it up like she always does with all things regarding Madonna's private life.

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  39. 39

    Passive aggressive bs makes you look very ugly Perez.

  40. 40

    Re: MsJules – Exactly. The article is mostly talking about the consumer and the state of the music business being controlled by the media like never before.

  41. 41

    Madonna is not hating on Gaga, si why are all the crazy queens hating on Madonna?
    They are two strong and talented women and I respect the both for that.
    Madonna has only nice things to say about Gaga and Gaga loves Madonna.
    More power to them!

  42. 42

    Give her a break, she's elderly, and she's been dealing with her bedbug infestation.

  43. 43

    Gaga is far more talented than Madonna ever was….AND what Gaga has done by the age of 24 way outdoes what Madonna did…Madonna was still homeless in NYC at the age of 24!! Love you GAGA!!!!!

  44. 44

    Re: ickynicky
    "Madonna was/is genuinely talented. She can dance, sing, & write. "
    I don't know if you can call dancing stiff as a board, singing through your nose, or writing nursery rhyme lyrics genuinely talented.
    "a 14 year old could do better."
    Then why aren't there 14 year-olds out there doing it better?
    "Madonna took a look (the Marilyn Monroe thing) and made it her own"
    I want to know who your dealer is, because you must be smoking some good shit!!

  45. 45

    Re: sanfran1 – Your argument is "retarded" like your mother monster. Who cares what age they began their careers? Compare record and single sales for Madonna this far into her career compared to your mother monster. Madonna's album sales only grew through the 80s, she was on an upward trend. Gaga has already peaked with her 1.5 CD (Fame Whore), and is on a rapid downward spiral. Madonna set tour records at 51, Gaga will be singing Poker Face at birthday parties by 30.

  46. 46

    Re: FoggyMirror – I was certainly alive in the 80s and as I recall, most of the magazine covers were actual models, not celebrities. I also don't remember Madonna performing on every variety show on television (not that reality shows existed — they were called game shows). Yes, she was the M in MTV, but that is when they played music, I don't see how that makes her an attention whore? The 90s, different story, the whole "sex-phasode" buried Madonna for few years because of public oversaturation. And as for Madonna owing Debbie Harry, Donna Summer, etc, every artist owes a debt to the artists before them that paved the way. That doesn't mean that she copied them. Do you think Blondie didn't owe anything to Aretha, Tina, Barbra, Karen Carpenter, Grace Slick, Stevie Nicks, Heart? It doesn't change the fact that Madonna broke down a lot of barriers (and took an extreme amount of sh*t) for women in music, movies, and society in general. She showed more balls and had a greater cultural and social impact than any celebrity in the last 30 years, and for those reasons "Time "ranked her as #11 most powerful woman of the 20th century — none of the other names we mentioned make the list except Aretha.

  47. 47

    She's just saying that Lady Gaga is an annoying tsunami in the media :|

  48. 48

    Re: dornach
    I don't think Madonna broke down barriers as much as she created them. Females like Joan Jett, Heart, Grace Jones, Chrissy Hynde, Sinead O'Connor, Siouxsie Sioux, Annie Lennox, Wendy O. Williams, Kate Bush, etc had more balls than Madonna ever had. Madonna just took what they did and ran with it. Look what Madonna created. Now every female artist these days has to look a certain way (because it's all about image now) and know how to dance to be taken seriously. There's not many females out there these days who can rock hard with the boy, but rock is dead anyway. It's all crappy shit you see that Madonna was doing 25 years ago that serious music fans were hoping would just be a phase.

  49. 49

    Re: RabbitHeart – Interesting perspective, but I'm tired of people saying that the biggest artist on earth is somehow lesser because of their global popularity. What good is the groundbreaking message/lyric if no one is listening to it? M understands that you can deliver a message and generate a hit song at the same time. That's why each of her CDs since "Like a Prayer" has had a handful of radio friendly singles (which are usually trite and catchy), and a few gems. I do agree that music has been dumbed down more and more (esp the last 10 yrs), but once again I cannot blame M for that. When M shocked, she usually had a social issue she was trying to expose at the same time, sexual equality, female power, teenage pregnancy, inter-racial sexual taboo, religious hypocrisy, gay rights, celebrity worship, etc. The same cannot be said for any of M's female successors that are at the forefront of music today. (Pink has a lot of potential, but I don't think she has the work ethic to achieve it.) Gaga does work the hardest — and unfortunately, that seems to pay off these days — as Liz comments above.

  50. 50

    Re: RabbitHeart – (cont.) Instead of blaming M, try instead, blaming a broader public of lesser intelligence for flocking to Milli Vanilli, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Disney music machines, the Kardashians, and Paris Hilton. Its a celebrity obsessed culture. The current obsession is finding the perfect female vocalist (thanks American Idol), rather than someone with a 'voice'. Boring! Sorry, but as powerful as Madonna is, I cannot credit her for creating stupid people. (cont.)
    Of course Madonna isn't a groundbreaking musician (I never claimed her to be), but I do believe she is groundbreaking artist, combining music, her unique 'voice', imagery, and mixing it together with a social message to get people to watch, while keeping the sound fresh and the message relevant and almost always positive. She makes that collaboration of aesthetics work to challenge people, keeping them thinking and entertained at the same time. Her work (barring her acting) is very layered and multi-dimensional. M also has an incredible gift at listening, and seeing/hearing the future. She can't do it alone, so she works with people to help her create that vision. Although M is a solo artist, I have always found her work a great collaboration, but her contribution and "voice" in that effort is significant. (cont.)

  51. 51

    Re: RabbitHeart – And, the "phase" you refer to….I believe that is the one we are in now with throwaway pop-stars, perfect vocals and countless dance tunes with no message or dimension, just some lame clothing and stylists to put lipstick on a pig. I hope youtube and the internet give new life to underground artists, but Top 40/Pop radio is always going to play what's popular. I don't remember them playing anything of depth by most of the artists you mention except the giant hits. Whereas their much more interesting work was ignored. There will always be popular artists and their will always be 'alternative/fringe' artists. If you enjoy the latter more, then good for you! Madonna's non-radio tunes can still make me smile, transport me, give me shivers, or bring me to tears. She doesn't have to shun publicity, put on an air of being morose and introspective, tear up the pope, or give up her work ethic to achieve those emotions. Ok, I'm tired now.

  52. 52

    you are such a tool …. there is NO commendation here.

  53. 53

    Re: dornach
    I was expecting a bitch attack from you, if you were going to reply at all. You actually replied to my comment rather well. Trust me, I love Madonna. She made the pop world much more interesting. But when I hear people say, "well, if it weren't for Madonna, we wouldn't have Britney, or Katy Perry, or GaGa," I cringe, because was that the legacy she really wanted to leave behind? Yeah, she's not solely responsible for killing music as some people would like to imply, although she changed record industry execs attitude toward women. Every label wanted a Madonna on their roster back then. Even though Janet, Whitney, and Mariah were talented in their own right, they can indirectly thank Madonna for their careers, because labels started nurturing their female artists more. Downside, the female rockers or singer/songwriters still had to fight to recognized, and many fell by the wayside, because they didn't have that label support. There's been throw away pop since the 60s; that's not new.. I just think the artists today who DO want to imitate Madonna are doing it without the spirit M. had. Lady GaGa, who I'm not a huge fan of, but I admire her, because she does embody some of that spirit. But she's also a product of her generation.

  54. 54

    Re: RabbitHeartRe: dornach – I enjoyed reading your guys conversation.. It was nice to see both of your perspectives and see good arguements developing. Well done!

  55. 55

    Re: RabbitHeart
    Love or hate Madonna, and I kind of straddle on the fence with her on that, but she was the most realistic bad girl for her time. Remember before that, it was Olivia Newton-John and Sheena Easton trying to rebel and be bad girls? Yeah, that was convincing.

  56. 56

    Re: MsJulesRe: RabbitHeart – Smile and a wink. I love a good debate where folks remain friendly and keep it above the belt.

  57. 57

    Re: FoggyMirror – Im a Madonna fan and I also love Gaga, I know Madonna sucks at acting…. but what does it have to do with all this??

  58. GIO says – reply to this


    Madonna has done almost everything. Acting, directing, music, designer, model etc. Just because she wasn't the best at stuff doesn't mean she is anything less then talented. She is and will always be herself and she never apologizes for who she is. RESPECT IS WHAT SHE DESERVES. Period. Just because she is not a 20 something doesn't mean she can't still rock the world and she will. I love when people say Madonna did it this way or she slept her way to the top. THE WAY SHE GOT TO THE TOP was her music and fans. WITHOUT them she could have slept with an entire football team. OBVIOUSLY SHE HAD TALENT AND WROTE WELL…argue that

  59. @v@ says – reply to this


    Oh, people acknowledged it; before they got tired of it. Overexposure does that. Always leave them wanting more. A parallel would be Depp's carefully guarded privacy and exclusivity.