We're drinking the Lady Gaga Kool-Aid a little these days.
At first, it was easy to dismiss her as a gimmick who gained more notoriety through her ridiculous outfits than through her music. But five hit songs later?
It's not just her album sales (top five in 2009) that earned our respect. It's how deadly serious she is about, and how hard she works at her unique craft.
Michael Jackson wanted to collaborate with her, and 944 magazine editor Martine Bury goes so far to compare her to the Thin White Duke, David Bowie:
944: Lady Gaga has about that many signature looks.
“Lady Gaga liberates music and fashion the way David Bowie and other Brit Glam rockers did in the '70s," he writes. "Using costume, artifice and drama."
"All the while, she bends gender norms and conventions. But she also one ups everyone with her phenomenal vocal talent and truly unique aesthetic.”
While David Bowie comparisons may be premature for a girl in her early 20s, Lady G is certainly leaving an indelible mark on the industry these days.
Like another rising star of 2009 in American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, we're excited to see if she continues to tap seemingly unlimited potential.