Sure, Gaga is able to make people talk about her. Madonna and Michael Jackson had the same ability–both of which influenced Gaga. But at least Madonna cranked out hit-after-hit. Gaga is just getting by. Why doesn’t Leona Lewis get the ink that Gaga gets? It’s because Gaga is interesting. Think KISS. KISS was a passable rock band who were lucky to make one hit an album, but because they wore make-up they became a huge phenomenon. Even the barely talented Marilyn Manson caught a wave of popularity for a cover song (see “Sweet Dreams”).
So is there anything beyond the Gaga shtick? Is she more talented at dressing herself or is she also a talented singer/songwriter? Or does that even matter? Is the only thing that matters is that she is entertaining? It’ll take a few more albums under her belt to answer these questions. For now, at least Gaga has added some excitement to the otherwise boring pop charts.