Yesterday, it was announced that YouTube removed 176 million fake views from Lady Gaga's VEVO channel. The move comes exactly one month after the video-sharing site, owned by Google, stripped the cumulative view counts of channels belonging to Universal Music Group
Even though Lady Gaga is not the only one with fake views on the VEVO channel, this still raises a red flag on what the singer will do to inflate her numbers. She was criticized for manipulating the album charts last year by releasing "Born This Way" for 99 cents. She was then accused of having several fake Twitter followers. However, a person close to Gaga tells this column that Gaga has bigger fish to fry than developing fake views and followers.
"Lady Gaga is not involved with any fake YouTube views. She is not involved with any fake Twitter followers. She spends hours a day with her charity and performances. She is also recording a new album which people say may be one of the biggest albums in history. She has far more important things on her mind than manipulating YouTube and Twitter," our source laughs.
Meanwhile, Billboard Boxscore has reported Lady Gaga's latest concert sales and she came out a little better than we predicted. In Vancouver, she played an impressive two shows to over 30,000 people. In San Jose, she played one show to 11,500 people. However, her show in Portland was a major bust; she played to almost 9,000 while the venue she played at, The Rose Garden, has a capacity of 14,000. It is interesting that Live Nation reports these shows as "sold out" when they clearly aren't.
Lady Gaga played two shows in Las Vegas this weekend and earned good reviews (ours is coming soon). Fans will definitely want to check out the Born Brave Bus, which we had a great time at earlier this week.