It’s nothing new to see a headline with “Lady Gaga” and “controversy” next to each other, but this one may take the cake.
In a promo attempt for her new single “Applause” that came out earlier this week, Gaga created a contest that would give the chance for a fan to fly out to London to meet Mamma Monster herself at the iTunes Festival. All you have to do is buy the single and tweet her proof of purchase.
Gaga tweeted the following:
Seems harmless, right? However, controversy struck when she later posted this:
The 2 fans w the most purchase/gift screenshots, radio requests, ‘Applause’ selfies/video, will fly international to meet me+watch the show!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 13, 2013
Fans have gone crazy buying the single; The Examiner has even reported that some fans have spent over $300 on “Applause” in hope of meeting their idol.
Not “rich” enough to spend $300 on one song? Don’t worry the singer has a solution: "That’s ok!" she responded to one fan. "Radio request, creative videos and applause # count too!"
What’s most controversial is the fact that Billboard has confirmed that all purchases of the song will count towards the placing of it on the charts, causing some people to point out that by doing this contest Gaga is “artificially inflating” her success, as said by Digital Spy.
However, Gaga did point out that it you don’t necessarily have to buy anything. She later tweeted the following:
The TechHaus will collect your data as it feeds through Twitter, & remember its not just about purchases, we will choose creative monsters!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 13, 2013
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