Gossip's Beth Ditto: 'Lady Gaga's music is for five-year-olds'

Singer reckons 'Born This Way' star will be an icon to whippersnappers

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Gossip's Beth Ditto has claimed that Lady Gaga's music will be inspirational "for five-year-olds".

The frontwoman, whose band release their new album 'A Joyful Noise' on May 14, told Bang Showbiz that the 'Born This Way' star would become an icon to a younger generation of music fans.

She said:

I think her music is for five-year-olds. Like when I was five, for me it was Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson. Those people were iconic.


Elaborating on her theory, she went on to add: "I'm 31, so that was like 26 years ago. I think that for the five-year-old watching MTV right now, Lady Gaga is going to be an iconic person. In 20 years, the people who are here and talking to journalists will be like, 'Oh Lady Gaga changed my life, Nicki Minaj changed my life.' They'll be saying who influenced them and it will be Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, artists like that. I don't think it's as relevant when a 31-year-old is saying the same things."

Asked for her own take on Gaga's success, meanwhile, she replied: "I think that what she does is interesting, and you know it's contributing in a really big way. But if you're watching Lady Gaga as a kid, it's so much different [as opposed to] when you're 31.

"It's like yeah, we like her songs, but because we're experiencing them as 31-year-olds it doesn't have the same impact. The five-year-olds listening to Lady Gaga are ripping their hair out because they've never seen or heard anything like it," she added.

'A Joyful Noise' will be the Gossip's first album since their 2009 effort 'Music For Men'. You can hear the first single from the record, 'Perfect World', by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The album has been produced by Brian Higgins on pop production company Xenomania and Mark Ronson. Speaking about working with Ronson, Ditto told NME: "One of our most common bonds was that we both loved big voices, church voices. He loves country music, which is a big deal to me because, you know, in terms of things I love, country music is probably number one, then it's punk and hip-hop."

Gossip will be playing a one-off UK show this May, with the band set to headline London's XOYO venue on May 15. To check the availability of Gossip tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.



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