The Lady Gaga Troll vs. the Billboard Charts: An Epic Battle That’s Still Playing Out

I’d never heard of Angela Cheng before. But you can bet that Lady Gaga and former Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde have.  And they don’t like her one bit.

Cheng seems to have exposed a flaw in the way Billboard compiles their charts, citing Gaga’s single “Dope” as proof. How did a song that received almost zero radio airplay and one that sold poorly on iTunes reach all the way to #8 on the American singles chart?

Great question–and the answer is fascinating.  Go to Noisey for the full story.  In addition to taking Gaga to task, there are some pretty interesting comments about Beyonce and Miley Cyrus, too.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Lady Gaga Troll vs. the Billboard Charts: An Epic Battle That’s Still Playing Out

  • April 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    FANTASTIC reporting. It’s about time someone exposed the abject fraud that is the relationship between Billboard, a once-revered industry magazine, and the garbage they push as “music”, i.e. Gaga, Bieber, Perry, Cyrus, et al.

    I also see, at the bottom of this page as I write this, that Troy Carter, Gaga’s manager has bailed on her. Obviously with great reasons, like jumping off the sinking ship that is Gaga’s career. Well done, Troy. You won’t be disappointed with your decision.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.