The ginormous release today is the second studio album by Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta...far better known as Lady Gaga, called Born This Way.
There's been a HUGE campaign and lots of anticipation around this album...so even if you know nothing about her, and if you're not a fan of her or her music, you probably knew that her new album's now out.
How can you miss her? Not only is she well-recognized for her outrageous style, but she's won five Grammys (nominated 12 times), has made it into the Guiness Book of World Records for beating Oasis' record for the most weeks on the U.K. charts (her 154 consecutive weeks compared to Oasis' 134 consecutive weeks - I'm sure they had something nasty to say about that). She also made it into the book for 'Most-Searched for Female on the Internet' (I didn't know that was a category, but whatever). She's made it onto top 100 lists, like Time and Forbes magazine, and has sold 15 millions albums, and 51 millions singles.
From one of today's biggest pop stars to one of the UK's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years...Kate Bush, who's also had a number of 'firsts' herself, like topping the UK singles chart for four weeks with her debut single back in January 1978, and becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-written song. Lady Gaga is the 'Most-Searched for Female on the Internet', but back then, Kate Bush was the most photographed woman in the UK. (as for the Internet, she only entered the world of the Internet not last Sunday, but the one before - May 15th - with her first complete website - full of news, information, and all of her videos).
Kate Bush also released an album today (her first in six years); it's called Director's Cut, is already at #2, and is an album of completely reworked songs from a couple of her earlier albums (1989's The Sensual World, and 1993's The Red Shoes). Unlike Lady Gaga's album, all of these songs were recorded with analogue equipment to create a warmer sound (she doesn't like the "hard-edged sound" of digital recordings).
The original version of the song "Rubberband Girl" was released on September 6th, 1993, but it's been completely re-recorded for Director's Cut...and that's what I played today.