Eurovision was a precursor for Lady GaGa?
EDITORIAL – Eurovision Song Contest is known for many innovations in the world of technology, music, television and radio. Every year the European Broadcasting Union is implementing the latest technological features in the contest and many tech, multimedia and music features became trends for other TV events across the world.
I have the feeling that Eurovision was the precursor of Lady GaGa though (and maybe even invented her). Well it’s not much of a story but it’s just an intriguing though I had and wanted to share it with you: just think Eurovision 2006’s Icelandic entrant, Silvía Night an aggressive alter ego of Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir.
Silvía Night is a fictional, satirical character on Sjáumst með Silvíu Nótt, an Icelandic comedy show of the television channel Skjár einn. The character was invented by Gaukur Úlfarsson and Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir; the latter plays Silvía Night. Silvía Night interviews people in real-life situations. Before the show made its début on TV, and when Silvía was still unknown, she used to upset the people she interviewed dramatically with her outrageous behaviour.
Silvía Night was Iceland’s participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. Her antics, both onstage and offstage, created controversy and garnered international media attention. Her album Goldmine was released in April. It topped the Official Icelandic Albums chart on 23 April 2007. She also made Greeks furious with her phrase “f**** Greeks” during her rehearsal making the audience booing her during the seminal. Later on she justified on camera saying that she only said “f**** freaks”!
TWO YEARS LATER WE HAVE THE LADY GAGA
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, appearing in high school plays and studied at CAP21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts 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 produced 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 released 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, and 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. Outside of her music, she is noted for her philanthropic endeavors and activism for LGBT rights.
I cannot stop wondering: did Eurovision after all invented Lady GaGa?