The first video I have chosen for this weeks task is "Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer". "Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second single from their Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well-received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. As a solo artist, Bon Jovi has received numerous awards for his work, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for his solo hit, "Blaze of Glory". He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001. As I mentioned earlier Jon Bon Jovi's music was unusual as it was a mix between pop and rock. This rock aspect was strange as he was not controversial, the only spur of the moment act was sneaking off to Las Vegas to marry his high school sweetheart. Despite his "normality" his music was hugely popular and continues to be even today.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born March 28, 1986, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter who was born and raised in New York City. Lady Gaga came to prominence as a recording artist following the release of her debut album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success that topped charts around the world and included the international number-one singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". Lady Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through fashion, performance and music videos. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and her singles some of the best selling worldwide. Her achievements include four Guinness World Records, five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. In my opinion Lady Gaga is by far one of the most controversial artists in today's society. With constant costume changes, backup dancers, and provocative visuals, Gaga's music videos are often described as short films. "Being provocative is not just about getting people's attention. It's about saying something that really affects people in a real way, in a positive way," she professes. Exploring bondage and sadomasochism in addition to highlighting prevalent feminist themes, "the three central themes that shape Lady Gaga's music videos are sex, violence, and power", says one critic.
Unlike Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, is controversial however Bon Jovi will be remembered now and Lady Gaga will be remember in 30 years time. I feel that Lady Gaga's music will be evaluated from a feminist point of view and is definitely a large influence in today's society.