Lady Gaga has been actively firing back at various critics of her new album Joanne, which has just been released as of Oct. 21. The singer took to Twitter to respond to criticism from various sources, including The New York Times and chart-topping EDM duo The Chainsmokers.
Lady Gaga's Joanne album has just hit the shelves, but the singer has already been receiving some harsh critiques from fellow musicians and music critics who don't particularly like the former dance diva's new country pop rock style. Gaga isn't taking the negative feedback lying down, however, and has been actively responding to it via her Twitter account.
It began several days ago when the hottest pop act of the moment, EDM production duo The Chainsmokers, gave the thumbs down to Gaga in an interview with Rolling Stone, in which Alex Pall stated that the first single from Joanne, "Perfect Illusion," "sucks." Gaga didn't hit back particularly hard, instead sarcastically tweeting upon the release of the third single from the album, entitled "A-YO."
"#AYO @TheChainsmokers maybe u guys'll like this 1 better." The duo responded in kind, tweeting back "Haha @ladygaga RESPECT."
Then another of Gaga's fellow musicians, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, criticized the same song on his "High Standards Music Corner" segment on Vice News Tonight.
"I'm lost because the guitar at the top of the song sounds so sh — ty — it sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the guitar," Carney said.
Gaga's producer Mark Ronson soon responded that his friend Carney wasn't a fan of his "Uptown Funk" collaboration with Bruno Mars when Ronson first played it for him in the studio and actually told Ronson that it "wouldn't work." The song ultimately topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 consecutive weeks and has received over 1 billion YouTube views. Gaga then chimed in on her Twitter account, taking a poke at Carney's guitar skills.
"He's not as snarky as I would be watching him in a guitar death-match w Kevin Parker and Josh F — ing Homme."
Gaga seemed to save her harshest words, however, for Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, who just gave a brutal review to the entire Joanne collection. The critic called the album "confused" and "naïve" and suggested that Gaga's move to a raw country pop rock style was an "overcorrection" of her prior Artpop flop.
Gaga soon clapped back, again, via Twitter, that her songs in fact contained the inspiration the reviewer felt she lacked, pointing out that her ballad "Angel Down" was her heartfelt reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin. She then told a fan to ignore the scathing review, saying "don't pay attention he has been brutal for YEARS, meaningless. Don't let it bring you down this is OUR time to celebrate!"
Despite Gaga's protest of the harsh review, it looks as if Caramanica still got the best, if not the last, word in, when he suggested that rather than spending her time tweeting back at The Chainsmokers, she ought to "give them a call."
Now that the album has been officially released, we will finally find out not what critics or other musicians have to say about Gaga's new direction but instead the opinion of perhaps the most important group of all, that is, music fans around the globe including Gaga's own "little monsters."