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Blender was an American music magazine that billed itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more". It was also known for sometimes steamy pictorials of celebrities.

April, 2009Edit

Collect Call From... Lady Gaga

Each month, one lucky rock star phones Blender HQ for seven days straight, just to, you know, share. Now on the line: “Just Dance” pop tart, Lady Gaga.

DAY 1

January 30, 8:07 PM
In the middle of a European tour opening for the Pussycat Dolls, Gaga phones after a show in Cardiff, Wales.
“Tonight I wore black rhinestone panties and a metal breastplate that was custom-made for my boobs. The stage was smaller than it usually is, but when I was 19 I did burlesque dancing in New York at clubs and gay parties, so I can dance on just one foot of stage. “I met Paris Hilton the other night, but I don’t make a big deal out of it. I grew up in Manhattan and we went to the same private school on the Upper East Side, though not at the same time. It was a sweet moment, because she’s such a figure in pop culture and I write about everything she stands for. But unlike her, I rarely go out. This evening I’ll probably stay in and listen to this new song I recorded today. I like to roll around in bed with my songs and figure out what feels good.”

DAY 2

January 31, 8:00 PM
We get a call from Gaga in Dublin as she preps for a performance on Irish TV.
“We arrived this morning. I was very excited because my room is this gorgeous penthouse with a white baby-grand piano in the living room. When I saw it, I started to cry. I played for a couple of hours, then gave my assistant a heart attack because I wouldn’t take a shower. I was like, ‘I’m not showering. I’m being brilliant and writing.’“Writing a record is like dating a few men at once. You take them to the same restaurants to see if they measure up, and at some point you decide who you like best. When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time."

Day 3

February 1, 8:06 PM
Out of breath, Gaga checks in just after stepping offstage in Dublin.
"Tonight was the first time we did our full 35-miunte set. I felt very free. When you hear the fans screaming and you get a glimpse of the monitors and you see an image that you've been dreaming of your whole life, it's really emotional. Some artists want your money so they can buy Range Rovers and Diamond bracelets, but I don't care about that kind of stuff. I don't want the five dollars in your pocket. I want your soul."

"Last night the Haus [the Haus of Gaga, the singer's Warhol-inspired collective] had a little get-together in my room. We were playing piano, and we got some white wine and cooked vegetables and had a nice evening. Tonight I'm going to get a food night's sleep--we've got a TV show tomorrow in London."

Day 4

February 2, 9:02 PM
Gaga rings from Belfast after a day spent trying to get to London and failing, due to a freak snowstorm.
"We got snowed out of London and had to postpone the show, but I just found out I will have sold a million albums by next week! I've been crying like a baby for, like, 30 minutes. Akon is calling right now, but I'll call him back. I'm on his label, and he would want me to finish this interview -- he'd say, 'Go back to work!' Tonight we're going to go down to an Irish pub and have a brew to celebrate. I'll put on my Night Porter hat and some vintage Ray Bans and maybe some suspenders. My sexy-Nazi look. It's not politically correct, but I've got to keep pushing buttons, right?"

Day 5

February 3, 9:06 PM
Gaga calls and asks us to hang-on PCD's Nicole Scherzinger wants to give her a present. Squealing and giggling ensue.
"I'm so sorry! Nicole just gave me these beautiful pearl-and-diamond earrings. They have bows, which is totally my thing. She is too freaking nice to be as pretty as she is. If I was as pretty as her, I wouldn't be that nice."

"Today I got my nails done and the paparazzi came into the mall and stood outside the salon. I wanted to get my toes paintes as well, but I couldn't. I would have had to put flip-flops on, and I'm really serious about never wearing flip-flops in public."

Editorial by Elizabeth Goodman; Photography by Liz Johnson-Artur

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