Lady Gaga & Kylie Minogue in Taiwan
Taiwan's Taichung City's 'Lady Gaga Day' marks diva's visit
A city in central Taiwan has made 3rd July 2011 "Lady Gaga Day" to mark the pop diva's highly anticipated first concert on the island, according to officials.
Taichung city will present the city's key to Lady Gaga and festoon the streets with flags featuring her photograph, the city government said.
Organisers will also host a creativity contest to encourage fans to come up with bold and daring designs reflecting her spirit, they said.
The 25-year-old singer, ranked this year's most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, is among the most popular international entertainers in Taiwan.
The single concert, which will be attended by 4,000 fans, is part of a five-day tour promotional tour of Taiwan by Lady Gaga
Either way, the iconic star will appear on a number of variety shows and the hosts and their producers are fighting over who will be the chosen ones.
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The top 10 winners in a creative costume contest will get precious face time with the pop singer-songwriter.
Appropriate attire? Lady Gaga headed to a yoga studio in Taiwan wearing a lace cat suit while holding her mat
But instead of being a relaxing day out for the Poker Face singer, she was surrounded by hundreds of fans as she left the building.
Her bodyguards had to clear the way for Gaga to get through but her ‘little monsters’ even gathered outside her hotel to try and catch a glimpse of of their idol.
The 25-year-old arrived in the country on Friday night by private jet and headed to the Regent Taipei hotel, where she has been staying.
Lady in black: Lady Gaga was dressed head-to-toe in the black outfit alongside spiked boots and chains over her yoga mat
Fan frenzy: Gaga was mobbed by fans as she tried to leave the yoga studio in Taipei
Gaga was on her way to Greater Taichung, where a series of events will take place before her concert kicks off.
The city government is throwing a welcome party, for which thousands of fans are expected to show up.
The singer’s visit is part of her promotional tour for her new album Born This Way.
Catching a glimpse: Hundreds of fans gathered outside the studio to try and see their idol
Making a getaway: The BornThis Way star quickly dashed through the crowd into a car
She had spent most of last week in Japan and this is her first time to Taiwan.
Following her visit to Japan, Lady Gaga tweeted this morning: ‘We won 3 MTV Video Japan Awards Monsters!
‘All 3 for Born This Way: Video of the Year, Best Dance Video, Best Female Video. Ah I’m so happy!’
Gaga influence: Fans dress as their idol for a Lady Gaga Day fashion show ahead of her concert in Taiwan
She then added: ‘Nick Jonas singing The Edge of Glory. On my way to press conference in Taichung, listening to it. So dreamy!’
Meanwhile, Gaga has been voted the Queen of Pop by Rolling Stone magazine, due to record sales, views on YouTube, social media mentions, critics reviews and revenue from live shows.
Lady Gaga Drives Fans Crazy at her First Taiwan Concert in Taichung
Lady Gaga extended her very first performance in Taiwan on Sunday to tens of thousands of fans in ecstasy, singing five more songs than scheduled in a free concert.
The American pop diva sang nine songs from her latest album "Born This Way" at Taichung City's Fulfillment Amphitheater in front of 6,000 people who luckily got tickets to the promotional show.
More than 30,000 people that could not get in also enjoyed the rare performance by watching two large screens put up outside the theatre. Some of them were satisfied with simply listening to the music and feeling the excitement in the air.
The international star opened the much-anticipated show in a sexy black thin sleeve-less dress, wowing the audience with her trademark wild dance and heavy-beat music.
Her "little monsters" were surprised by the singer's improvisation of the lyrics and spontaneous interaction with them, such as singing "Taiwan you and I" or stopping in the middle of a sentence to let fans finish singing the rest.
She said the flags printed with her album cover on the streets and a huge screen playing one of her music videos made her very happy. "That made me so happy, so thank you."
In the one-hour long concert, Lady Gaga mentioned "Taiwan" for at least five times, either in her songs or in her talks.
"(I was) very very very very excited to see Gaga and I hope she will come give a concert in Taiwan next time," said Pierre Fu, a man in special costume inspired by his idol. He added the whole concert was so very unique that it was impossible to choose a favorite part.
"Amazing. Only this word can describe it. She was fantastic and very friendly," said Natashia Lee.
She said the concert "doubled" her imagination
"I think she performed with utmost sincerity and beyond, just as what she promised earlier--she put 150 percent preparation into the concert."
The diva is scheduled to give a press conference in Taipei Monday before leaving Taiwan the next day.
Vidoe: Lady Gaga Performed Free Mini Concert for 40,000 Fans in Taiwan
Video: Lady Gaga Press Confrence in Taichung Taiwan
Kylie Minogue concert in Taipei Taiwan
Kylie will be bringing ‘Aphrodite Live’ to Taiwan. Fans will be able to see the concert at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei on Sunday 3rd July 2011. She is seen many a rival come and go, and no doubt when she hits Taipei on 3rd July 2011, she will be gracious about the other diva to perform on the same night: Lady Gaga.
This past weekend was busy for fans of western pop music, as Minogue held a concert in the Taipei World Trade Center Nnangang Exhibition Hall at 7:30 p.m. while Lady Gaga held a mini-concert at 8 p.m. in Taichung. Minogue said she was not worried about any potential clashes fans would face regarding whose concert to attend, because they attract different crowds.
For her 2011 world tour, Aphrodite Live 2011, Minogue arrived on July 2 with 15 dancers and aerial stuntmen, 6 band members, and 20 performers.
Tsai, one of the most celebrated Taiwanese pop singers, had sent a flower basket to Minogue prior to her first concert in Taiwan in 2008, and did so again yesterday. Minogue posted a photo with the flower basket on twitter and tweeted her gratitude: “Thank you for beautiful flowers Jolin!!”
Minogue visited downtown Taipei and enjoyed xiaolongbao (å°ç± å ) last night upon her arrival. She posted two pictures on twitter to announce her presence, noting, “Arrived in Taipei..so many colours, fruit, flowers and...... dumplings!!!!!! Love it!”
It is not news that Minogue takes a special liking to Taiwanese fruits, especially pineapples and bananas, according to the concert organizers, so fresh juice was offered backstage during the concert for all staff. Also, Minogue had asked to try Taiwanese coconut juice, concert organizers said.
Aside from Tsai, other Taiwanese pop stars including Cindy Wang (çå¿å), Amber An (å®å¿äº), Da Mouth (å¤§å´å·´, a local hip-hop group), and Soda Green (èæç¶ ) were reported to be present at Minogue's concert.
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