By Jessica Andriani
With new singles, albums and performances all lined up, Sacred Heart University students, and fans worldwide, are excited about what Lady Gaga and Britney Spears have been up to.
It has been more than two years since Gaga’s last solo album, “Artpop.” Since then, she and Tony Bennett released a collaborative jazz album, “Cheek to Cheek,” on Sept. 19, 2014.
After winning “Best Actress in a Limited Series, Series, or Motion Picture” at the 73 Golden Globe Awards for her performance in the fifth season of “American Horror Story,” Gaga announced she would be releasing a new record later this year. It will include 11 tracks and three more in the deluxe edition.
“I really enjoy Lady Gaga’s style of music,” said junior Erin Spedaliere. “She is different than most artists and puts a lot of soul into her music.”
Gaga’s new album, “Joanne,” is set for release on Oct. 21. It is titled after both her middle name and her aunt who died of Lupus at the age of 19.
Gaga also expressed how she is against the music-streaming services that many artists are using today. In an interview with DJ Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 Radio show, Gaga said that if her record label were to sign a deal with Apple Music, Tidal or any music-streaming service, she would leak her own music.
“I think that it’s great of her to be honest because Apple Music charges money for people to subscribe to it,” said Spedaliere. “Some people don’t want to pay for what Apple Music costs, so the fact that she wants to release her music so everyone can listen to it shows how much she cares about her fans.”
Along with her album release, Gaga will be headlining the halftime show for Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5, 2017.
“Lady Gaga performing at the Super Bowl halftime show will be better than the actual game itself. I love her, I’m glad she will be performing,” said junior Baylee Kelly.
Spears is also making a comeback in the music industry.
At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Spears performed her latest single, “Make Me” with rapper G-Eazy. She also promoted her latest single by appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“I loved Britney when I was a little kid and I’m really excited that she is making a comeback. Her performance at the VMAs got me ecstatic for what more is coming in her career,” said Spedaliere.
Spears’ latest album, “Glory,” was released on Aug. 26, 2016. It is her ninth studio album and has been in the works since 2014.
Spears performed a medley of her greatest hits at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Paradise, Nev. on Sept. 24 and performed at the Apple Music Festival in London on Sept. 27. She also has 10 upcoming performances at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in October and November.
“Britney Spears is my secret wannabe celeb so I wish she would come perform at venues on the East Coast or even come to Bridgeport and perform for SHU,” said Kelly.
Gaga and Spears have been putting a lot of work into their music careers recently and fans look forward to what they will do next.