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Lady Gaga returns to a changed mainstream that’s moved on

After several years away from making radio hits, Gaga is back in the game

LADY GAGA SURFACED AS A FULLY FORMED POP STAR IN THE summer of 2008, fusing ironclad hooks with a theater nerd’s avant-gardist sensibility. Her meta-narrative was all about celebrity, which is exactly what she became when a string of monster hits elevated her to icon

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