Lady Gaga Is Boring, Claims Study

A study of internet searches for the pop star has found her popularity waning after pushing the envelope too far. It this the end of pretentious pop as we know it?

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Lady Gaga has bored the Internet, according to a new study.

A company has looked at web searches for the singer since May 2011, and said they are astonished at the decline in searches despite releasing her own fragrance and doing a world tour.

Ironically, Gaga has described herself as "Queen Of The Universe" in a legal deposition this week, while her former assistant is trying to claim for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime.

"[My former assistant is a ] f--king hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn," she said. "She thinks she's just, like, the queen of the universe... And, you know what, she didn't want to be a slave to one, because in my work and what I do, I'm the queen of the universe every day," said Gaga in court (via NME).

"Since May 2011 her popularity has fallen almost continuously each month and shows little sign of recovery," said AccuraCast who conducted the study (via NME)

"Although people enjoyed Lady Gaga's outrageous fashion sense during the early stages of her career, it would appear that she began pushing the boundaries too far and this incident failed to greatly improve her internet popularity. This theory is supported by the minimal increase in traffic when she chose to use the meat dress once again, in May 2012," adding that it "indicates that we are all a little bored with Lady Gaga's antics."

Meanwhile, the court case regarding her former assistant continues.

Is it the end for Lady Gaga and the era of pretentious pop? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    Mathedes
    How does "queen of the universe" hold up in the court of law? It's like she's five ****ing years old.
    mayslash
    Freddie Mercury was 'Prince of the Universe'. Don't you dare say anything about The Mercurial One.
    Dude475
    Its like all pop, they rise, and then they fall really really hard...
    Cavalcade
    "UG Article Titles Are Sensationalist Bullshit", Claims Commenter Wait, that's not news.
    I.shower.naked
    She really wasn't that bad, she could really sing, but her songs just got annoying after a while.
    Logan_B
    I didn't mind her hits from her first album. It was cool and new at the time and I didn't mind hearing it come on the radio. I agree, now It has gotten way too overboard haha. I wouldn't mind if I didn't hear from her for a while.
    pwninator123
    This is the biggest goddamn circlejerk of a pointless article that could've ever been written. Seriously, this goddamn website. She's objectively incredibly talented as a singer, pianist, and composer. Any performance now, or performance before the "Gaga" persona will show that. Yeah, she makes Pop music, but this website needs to realize how important Pop music is and has always been, and how stagnant the so-called "underground" scene has always viewed it. Seriously, she's basically the Madonna of this generation: incredibly talented, loved by most, groundbreaking musically, fantastic music videos, and reviled by the type of people this site unintelligently panders to.
    xplosive59
    I agree about everything you said apart from UG's "underground" news, UG is stupidly mainstream but that doesn't mean it is bad. It is the user base that say "anything that rock n metal sux" that are the problem.
    pwninator123
    When I refer to the underground, I'm referring to the userbase, for the most part, not the news.
    Cavalcade
    You have to wonder if the writers are pandering to that user base with yellow-journalist headlines like this, though. But judging from the comments so far, it isn't working. Maybe it would be best if they just stopped. Ahem.
    xplosive59
    So what you are saying is... Cavalcade SLAMS Ultimate Guitar pandering! (Yes, that does seem to be the case)
    the_jackyl
    I defy you to name ONE aspect of her music that is "groundbreaking." Give me a ****ing break. If you enjoy Top-40 Dance-Pop, that's fine, but don't pretend like it's high art.
    Dynamight
    Did you only read the title? The article isn't berating her as an artist at all.
    whywefight
    'Is it the end for Lady Gaga and the era of pretentious pop?' This article objectively states that she fits into 'pretentious pop'. That's berating her as an artist. On top of this, it claims that her popularity is dwindling since May 2011, which is obviously true because she hasn't even released a ****ing album since that exact month . All the rest is pointless conjecture. So whatever you say, Sherlock.
    manikmunky
    'Is it the end for Lady Gaga and the era of pretentious pop?' Well she did call herself Queen of the Universe, that's kind of pretentious
    Slackerbitch
    Ah, finally someone who is smart enough to actually explain their opinions, without bashing it to everyone's face, thinking their idea is the ultimate universal truth. I agree 100% on every single word you wrote about this article. Oh, and the Pumpkins is my favorite band too.
    whywefight
    Thank ****ing god, I didn't think I'd see another person that agrees with me in the comments.
    qrEE
    1)Objectively talented doesn't exist. Because talent is subjective. Objectively high paid, objectively famous, these are things that exist. Objectively talented doesn't exist. I personally think she's a tremendously UNTALENTED composer, especially because almost every song had multiple writers that weren't her. I don't care for her piano work because it's nothing special, and singing? Meh, maybe for a pop singer. 2)pop music isn't really all that important. It's the junk food of music. 3)Not talented, I already explained my position on that. Groundbreaking musically? Making crappy, shallow pop music is suddenly groundbreaking? Forget that, if you're looking for groundbreaking, look at The Residents. Groundbreaking and popular? Queen, The Who, even The Mars Volta. The music videos range from decent (Bad Romance) to awful (Born this Way). But I wouldn't consider any of them fantastic. You can speak your defense of a mega-rich person who makes really simple music, but why defend someone who's set for life? She really doesn't have anything to worry about.
    killerkev321
    I was gonna say the same thing and I've seen her piano playing and singing before gaga its nothing special and I think that anybody that would call it that is incredibly naive There are some incredible piano players out there that get no recognition
    shiggityswah
    "Pop music isn't really all that important"- I see you know your history of music astoundingly well.
    Braykah
    Dude, Madonna was terrible, and doesn't fit in at all with your description at the end.
    pwninator123
    Dude, Seinfeld effect. What she did was so groundbreaking and influential that having not been there when it was new, it just seems old, cliched, and overdone. It seems like this because EVERYONE took their cues from Madonna. She was a trailblazer.
    levitatingbear
    Madonna ripped off Bowie. GaGa is pop garbage. Now let's listen to Adore and forget this mediocrity.
    Cavalcade
    Adore?? Rabble rabble Zeitgeist rabble sellouts rabble rabble halcyon days of Siamese Dream rabble rabble!!
    N7Crazy
    I respectfully disagree - I find most of her songs bland and boring, and she has been living of acting weird/shocking in order to get the attention of people. I will admit, that when she began I did find her music at best, okay, but I just seems to that after the very first album, she has had nothing more interresting to offer, and has only survived on the world stage by (as said before) acting weird, pretentious, and trying to sensationalize herself. I'm only happy that she is finally dropping of peoples conciousness, and is probably going to be forgotten by most people in later years. When she proclaims herself "Queen of the universe", I think it is more than deserving that her "Look-at-me-I'm-special" style has finally burnt out. Though, as history has proven timelessly, another one will probably replace her as the "weird pop-artist"...
    COKE08
    Actually she is betta than Madonna cos Madonna never was a composer or Pianist. Funny thing is she losing popularity then why was her last album like one of the few that went Platinum?
    mayslash
    Wow you have 80+ upvotes, on UG, defending pop music. This place is more marure than I expected. Not everything has to be METAL! Not all pop is bad. There is good pop and shitty pop just like shitty and good metal bands. MJ, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Gaga, George Michael, Elton John, WHitney Houston,.....I could go on and on, who is there right mind thinks these people aren't talented just because they are pop?!
    Braykah
    The UG commenters bash Justin Bieber, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj, then all of a sudden praise Lady Gaga? Hypocrisy just reached a whole new level. And yes, she is a talented singer and pianist, but that doesn't take away the fact that her music is boring, shallow and streamlined with the rest of the modern pop scene. Huge waste of potential.
    Szarlih
    I see very little connection between kesha and lady gaga, except the genre (but if thats enough, why not say praising "Thriller" and hating "my world" is hypocrisy?) + everybody is entitled to their opinion. I like a lot of bieber stuff, so what? Still, i do full agree with the second part of your post.
    diehard666
    Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Justin Bieber are all pop and insanely untalented and praising "Thriller" lmfao! that's just as bad Michael Jackson sucks just as bad
    badfish_lewis
    What could possibly top Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj for most annoying and overhyped singer? I'll be sorry I asked that question in a couple years
    LedZeppelin14
    Shouldn't people be working towards a cure for cancer or doing something productive instead of studying the obvious? Hahaha
    Abacus11
    A "study" isn't necessary to know that Lady Gaga is boring. All you need is functioning ears and eyes.
    ShameofaNation
    Gaga is kind of a scummy ****. She profits from an image she doesn't represent, she's just "weird because why not?". She has a good voice though; she's wasted talent.
    nincompoop
    Yeah... that tends to happen when an artist doesn't release an album for a while. I'm sure she'll spike again when she puts out her next album--but she better hope it hits hard, otherwise word will get out quickly that it isn't exceptional, and she'll fall even harder.
    nailsarecruel
    I really detest the "first album fan" arguments, but there's no way around it. I'm no fan by any stretch of the imagination, but having been exposed to her first album I could concede she put out out some interesting pop tunes. Since then, she's focus on her image beyond the point of being pretentious and past Bad Romance, nothing has stood out imo. And over 7,000 hours in overtime is beyond any point of slack reasoning to excuse.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    Her quirkiness and fashion are boring, yes. But I like her music and she seems like a cool person. She's stupidly talented too, which is very nice to see in the pop music world.
    Banandrew
    I don't mean to derail from your point, but boobs... however i do agree with your point (not because boobs)
    xonty
    Every single reply ive ever seen with that avatar has the word boobs...
    mayslash
    And at this point, its gotten very very very old. He knows as long as he posts hell get comments every time. Seriously, its a set of tits big deal, and there are millions of them on the internet, how old are these commenters? 8 years old?
    KTbass
    well millions of them on the internet only one pair on this website.and dammit they are good
    Josh Reubenking
    That's no suprise to anyone who knows what real music is. Lady Gaga sucks, lip syncs, and autotunes herself. Get that shit out of here.
    losing battle
    If she just switch to playing an actual piano and singing, I'd like her a hell of a lot more. A good voice and she's actually a tallented pianist and composer.
    Crimson.King
    So another lip-synch-auto-tuned-single-name-mainstream-adored female pop artist is crashing...big deal...hope she takes the rest of them with her.
    vIsIbleNoIsE
    i don't listen to her stuff, but she's one of the more interesting pop acts that have gone mainstream in my time.
    jeretx2
    I just saw her live like 3 days ago and her live performace was the best show i've ever seen HANDS DOWN. It was a spacey-gothic rock/pop broadway show! People can eat shit - she is awesome and in some way a savior to music (IMO)
    iommi600
    I don't really enjoy her music, but she's a beast of a singer. She nailed it on Gimme Shelter with Stones. Anyway, what a great article this was... /irony
    wedy1414
    Now that UG users have got their wish and Lady Gaga is starting to fade into obscurity, all the sudden everyone is now defending her.
    SFosterS
    Hahaha I am no fan of pop-music or anything else that doesn't send listeners down a path of thought. Some does obviously, but I know no daughter of mine will be singing along to "pa pa pa pa pa pa ****'erface" But to those that say she is untalented are just plain ignorant and/or stupid. There are a lot of much more talented pianists?!?! So what!!! Does that mean that I have no talent because there are much better players out there?!?! WHAT A STUPID ARGUMENT! Anyone who can play and sing at the same time has talent, nevermind if they do it well!!!
    jpower
    the people that wrote this are sooooo stupid, the reason her popularity is down is because she hasnt released any new music recently, a 4 year old could realize this, and why is this on ultimate guitar? none of her songs feature guitar as far as i know
    cdeeksart
    good point, but... her born this way album has a lot of guitar stuff, a massive for instance being 'you and i' with brian may smashing it on the guitar. she always plays with a full live band.
    Nameless742
    As far as pop music standards go, she ain't that bad. She's not completely without talent.
    Anjohl
    Corporate frankenstein, completely devoid of talent, flash in the pan, that is all.
    SlashWannabe1
    Its rediculous because Gaga is not a problem to me, shes the one bright ray of sunshine on pop radio, I can't stand that useless ghetto crap on the radio thats the real cancer to our society NOT Gaga.
    GuitarGod610
    She is. Make a few adjustments, however, and no longer! I'll just leave this here.
    fraberjam
    Djent is gay
    qrEE
    Seriously, Djent is like the dubstep of Metal - it's being so over-exposed and is so utterly boring that I'm almost depressed for the state of modern Metal. Can't somebody write something FAST? Something with a normal tuning? Or is low tuned guitars and pro tools the future of Metal? And is using more than 1 tempo going to die off?
    Walldude
    Gaga wastes her talent on pretentious pop crap. I see Madonna mentioned above as a trailblazer. Yeah, she blazed the trail of "it's more important to be more outrageous and controversial than talented to succeed" trail. She blazed the damn thing in the wrong direction. She took the torch from real trailblazers like Aretha, Patty LaBell. Joni Mitchell, Linda Rondstadt Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Chrissy Hynde, the Wilson Sisters and Pat Benatar and made it so it's damn near impossible for a woman to succeed without wearing a freakin flame throwing bra. I can tell you one thing from experience kids.. this disco thing is a fad. It too shall pass.
    rmp0012002
    Lady GaGa groundbreaking? Don't think so, she just copied what Madonna did and Dale Bozzio originated before her.
    Northernmight
    Of course. Popping on funny outfits for no reason is not interesting, nor shocking. It's when you have a point that it actually becomes SOMETHING instead of nothing.
    kerguitar08
    The problem I find with her is that despite her over-the-top image, her hit singles for the most part are boring, average dance music. It's what happens when only a few people write everyone's songs.
    scoot4499
    THANKS FUCKING GOD! That bitch deserves to decline in searches, and what an ass to make out of herslef in an interivew she says that stuff,..pftt I don't blame her assistant...One Direction's gay, gaga's gayer...FUCK THEM ALL AND LISTEN TO SLAYERRRRR!!! **** yea!