For their debut collaboration, Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga designed a pair of headphones. Are they going to team up for a song next? "I think we are," said Dre with a sly smile, after a press conference announcing Heartbeats, the new Gaga-endorsed earbuds for Monster's Beats By Dr. Dre line. "We're just talking about it now. I'm gonna send her some tracks and if she hears something she likes, then we're gonna get together."
But fans won't have to wait for that for their next Gaga fix. The diva/provocateur/incendiary-bomb pop star told Rolling Stone that her debut's re-release, The Fame Monster (due November 24th), will include a "ton" of new songs. "I think re-releases are unfair," said Gaga, her mile-long fake lashes practically batting the bangs of her platinum blond wig with every blink. "It's artists sneaking singles onto an already finished piece of work in an effort to keep the album afloat. Originally [my label] only wanted me to put out three songs and now it's much more than that. It's a new album's worth of material."
Gaga, sitting at a table in the New York Palace Hotel's library, says it's a complete coincidence that her album shares a name with her new headphone brand. "It's so funny because I had already written a song for my re-release called 'Monster' back in March" — three months before she met with Dr. Dre and the Noel Lee, the head of Monster, to discuss the collaboration. "I said, 'I can't believe you guys are called Monster because I'm obsessed with monster movies right now and I'm kind of obsessing over the decay of the celebrity and the way that fame is a monster in society!' That's what my new record is about, so it was kind of a perfect fit."
Adorned with small, glittery metal triangles, the Heartbeats earbuds are remarkably restrained for something designed by a woman who has deemed pants superfluous. During the press conference, Gaga, dressed in a ruffled gold and taupe mini jumpsuit, said the look was inspired by the studded leather jackets she and her friends wore as teens when they "hustled in the streets, making music and dreaming of becoming stars." The triangular shape, too, has a deeper meaning: "I say sometimes that I would die if I was forbidden to write, forbidden to love or forbidden to fashion, so the three sides represent those three things."
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