Hey, Lady Gaga — you're confusing me! MTV News loves you. You're on the top of the world right now, with two #1 Billboard singles this year. Madonna just boogied down at your show on Monday. And then you go ahead and say something that leaves me scratching my head: The Jonas Brothers are the new Beatles.
How can I put this gently? No! Hells to the no!
In an interview with British tabloid the Daily Star, Gaga revealed that the inspiration for her album, The Fame, was the Fab Four.
"I don't know if anyone knows this about me, but when I wrote The Fame, I listened obsessively to the Beatles' Abbey Road on repeat for probably about six months," she told the paper. "It's so incredibly brilliant — an innate sense of joy — they really had that down. It's full of joy with a hat that tips to the melancholy."
No arguments so far. The 1969 album contains some of the Beatles sharpest studio work: the rocking opener, "Come Together," the sublime love song, "Something," the slow-burning, face-melting "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." I'm not going to say I see the direct connection to The Fame, but maybe that's just me. In the Daily Star interview, Gaga gave props to the Beatles for being "responsible for the birth of the sexual revolution for women."
But then Gaga drops this baffling nugget: "Now we have Jonas Brothers representing the return of the superfan."
Maybe she was being sarcastic and the reporter simply didn't pick up on it. Or, possibly, Gaga's a hardcore JoBros groupie. Whatever the case, let's dispel with this nonsense right now. Joe, Nick and Kevin aren't representing the return of anything connected John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The brothers Jonas may be popular; my little cousins may be obsessed with them, but they've never even had a #1 record or song. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Beatles are the most successful band ever, having sold more 1 billion records. And there are even signs JoBros' popularity is fading: Their Disney Channel show debuted on Saturday to a disappointing 4 million viewers, and their 3-D concert movie tanked at the box office in February.
So, Lady Gaga, this was a joke, right? Or perhaps, as you sing in "Just Dance," you'd spent a little too much time in the club and couldn't "see straight anymore" during that interview. In any event, I forgive you. And don't sell yourself short. The way things are going, it could be you with the crazily devoted — albeit hardly Beatle-like — following pretty soon!