Caitlin Rickard: A Katy or a Gaga?

It’s hard to think of two women in the music industry right now with a greater and louder impact than Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
Nov 12, 2013
Caitlin Rickard

It’s hard to think of two women in the music industry right now with a greater and louder impact than Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Sure, arguments can be made for Miley’s recent thrust (no pun intended) into the spotlight with her antics as of late, or for Taylor Swift, the sweet and simple woman scorned that every girl can relate to.

While Miley’s crazy will soon die and T Swift seems to be aging in reverse, Gaga and Katy’s music and influence seem to only get better with time. 

Glee’s most recent episode triggered the question: Are you a Katy or are you a Gaga?

Are you loud and proud or wholesome and vulnerable?

The two continue to stay in the limelight and both released their newest albums this fall within mere weeks of each other, Katy’s Prism debuted Oct. 18, with Gaga just behind releasing ARTPOP on Nov. 6.

Both also, strategically maybe, released their newest singles within days of each other, pitting Katy’s Roar against Gaga’s Applause on the pop charts.

In my opinion, not Gaga’s strongest effort, but still amazing nonetheless. However, Katy’s newest hit is easy to jam to and has turned fans into hairbrush singers and dashboard drummers whenever the tune comes on.

Katy brings the fun and flirty with hits like Hot N Cold, I Kissed a Girl, California Gurls and Last Friday Night and brings her true colors and plethora of emotions to songs like Wide Awake, Part of Me, and The One That Got Away.

Breakout hit: (tie) Teenage Dream and Firework.

Gaga, on the other hand, uses trendy beats and dance mixes in songs like Poker Face, Bad Romance, Just Dance, and Marry The Night, but quickly switches gears to give a voice to all of her fans with powerful songs like Born This Way, Edge of Glory and You and I.

Breakout hit: Born This Way.

Where Gaga uses insanity and the shock factor to evoke emotion, Katy uses charm and the girl-next-door factor.

Both have also garnered massive followings, cleverly nicknaming fanbases and keeping in touch via social media.

Gaga’s Little Monsters have raised her to more than 40 million followers on Twitter, but Katy’s KatyCats recently inched out the win with more than 47 million followers, stealing the spot from Justin Bieber to make her the most popular person on Twitter.

One thing is definitely for sure: both have stayed true to themselves. Gaga has never faltered in her questionable acts and outfits and always seems to one-up herself. Katy is always dressed with a smile and refuses to be stopped by failing love and keeps her heart on her sleeve.

So, which are you? A Katy or a Gaga?

The fact of the matter is there is no comparison because they’re both beautifully different and equally enthralling.

Both will be legends for years to come and have well engraved their name and place in the world.

Both have told a message and delivered it well.

So which one takes the crown for the best pop icon of all time? 

The winner of this debate is, and will always be, Britney Spears.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.


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