Lady Gaga and Adam Levine have fired up their respective fan bases with tweets seemingly aimed at each other about the music they create and what it should be classified as. Levine allegedly started it all by saying, “Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.”
Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn't make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 20, 2013
Mother Monster wasn’t having any of it, tweeting the next day, “uh oh guys the art police is here.”
uh oh guys the art police is here
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 21, 2013
The two then volleyed subtweets at each other about pop music, song lyrics, and other forms of police. Neither pulled a Chris Brown and deleted anything from their timeline so feel free to click back if you’re curious.
The argument between the two is interesting on multiple levels. First, both Gaga and Maroon 5 are under the same record label umbrella, that which is Interscope/Geffen/A&M. This wouldn’t be Gaga’s first feud with a label mate – remember those leaked Lana Del Rey songs in which the “Summertime Sadness” singer bashed her fellow New York songstress?
But that leads us to the second point: financial interests. Gaga has a new album due out in November. Levine is currently ramping up for another season of NBC’s “The Voice.” By the way if you’re keeping score at home, “Summertime Sadness” is currently the second biggest song at pop radio.
Finally, there’s this: a clip of Levine from February, in which I broke the news to him that Gaga cancelled the remainder of the “Born This Way Ball” due to an injury.
“Sh-t… oh, man,” Levine responded. “See that breaks my heart because I don’t know her but I know that clearly she loves to perform.”
Granted this was long before “Applause” or any other material from the forthcoming ARTPOP but after her second album, some detractors had already criticized Gaga for recycling from pop’s past. In this instance, there may be more than what tweets the eye.