The pop singer says her new album is full of Def Leppard-style choruses. Will 2012 be the year of pop rock?
Posted on Jan 19, 2012 02:54 pm
Lady Gaga says her new album draws inspiration from Def Leppard.
It follows news from fellow pop starlet Ke$ha who recently claimed her new album will "resurrect rock".
Gaga told The Sun she fell in love with Def Leppard when her dad Joe played their records when she was young.
"With my music there's lots of really big Def Leppard-style melodies in the choruses but it's electronic dance music," she said. "I'd call it avant-garde techno rock. It is very hard and very edgy.
"It is an exploration of electronic music and techno songs but I have created a genre of metal/dance/techno/rock/pop music with a lot of anthemic choruses, because that is actually the music I love."
Sorry Gaga, which one of those five genres did you say you loved?
The Leppard influence goes beyond a recollection of her youth, having hired their producer Mutt Lance for the song "You And I".
Last year, Gaga said she "lived and died by Iron Maiden", making sure to get snaps taken with the band after one of their shows. More recently, Brian May revealed that he had been speaking to her about filling in for Freddie Mercury for a Queen reunion.
Keen-eyed UG readers will remember our predictions that the likes of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha will be making moves towards the rock world after making what seemed to be a concerted effort to place rock stories last year, with all those backstage photos and praise for rock bands from before their time.
We think the record-breaking U2 tour revenue could be part of what influenced their decision to go rock, but that might be too cynical.
Let's hope their efforts help convince the wider music press to stop suggesting rock is dead. After all, if the biggest pop artists in the world are taking part, it has a hope of gaining new fans to live on into the distant future.