So the other day Lady Gaga released a lyric video for her new single, Applause. Folks have not been going especially gaga over the new jam, but her Little Monsters remain devoted… even to a fault. Here’s what’s going on. Gaga announced on Twitter that she was starting a contest for her biggest fans. The only thing is, the way you win the contest (and a chance to party with Gaga in Europe) is by, basically, having enough money to buy as many copies of the Applause single as you can. A lot of her fans got pissed when they heard the qualifying factors for the contest, but some of them are legitimately prostituting themselves out in exchange for Applause proofs of purchase! Um. What?!?!?! Read more about this creepiness inside and click above to check out the lyric video for Applause.
Spin has the deets:
In what appears to be a thinly veiled bid to get “Applause” to the top of the charts, Lady Gaga is dangling a huge prize in front of her rabidly devoted fans: a trip to Europe to meet Mother Monster herself. The controversial goal, no doubt, is to inspire the Little Monsters to purchase multiple copies of the song, make constants radio requests, and post about the track repeatedly on Twitter, with creative selfies and videos encouraged.
“Screenshot your ‘Applause’ purchase @ladygaga request to radio, & hashtag #Applause well choose 2 devoted fans to go WITH me to ITunes fest!” she tweeted. “The 2 fans w the most purchase/gift screenshots, radio requests, ‘Applause’ selfies/video, will fly international to meet me+watch the show!” Specifically, Gaga will send the plucky pair to London for a meet-and-greet at the iTunes music festival on September 1.
Naturally, many fans cried foul at the suspect request, arguing that they don’t have the money to buy copies of the ARTPOP song ad infinitum, and accusing the Lady of only rewarding only the wealthier among them. She clarified soon after, tweeting, “The TechHaus will collect your data as it feeds through Twitter, & remember its not just about purchases, we will choose creative monsters!”
In a truly bizarre twist, Canada.com reports that some fans are even offering up sexual favors in exchange for proof of an “Applause” purchase, which seems rather drastic. Check out this NSFW Craigslist ad to see how far this guy is allegedly willing to go to meet Gaga.
Friggen madness. I mean, I love me some Kerry Washington but I’m not about to do the damn thing for a chance to meet her, lol! OMG, these Little Monsters are going overboard! But I also feel like the way Lady Gaga initially described the contest, it sounded all kinds of wrong. Why ask anyone buy a bunch of copies of the same damn song? And why turn that into a competition when the majority of your fans will not even be able to compete? I mean, other than money and sales. Like, why do that?
What do you guys think of the contest? Will any of you be entering for your shot at a night on the town with Gaga?