Lady Gaga gives mixed message at SXSW about corporate interference

Lady Gaga has called for the music industry to put more power into the hands of artists during her keynote speech at the SXSW festival in Austin – even if her message wasn’t entirely consistent.

Gaga told the crowd: “I don’t want a person in a corporate tower to be dictating what I’m listening to. I don’t think any of us do.”

Her message against corporate interference wasn’t entirely consistent, however. The previous night she had played a visually spectacular show at SXSW that was heavily branded by Doritos chips. 

When challenged, she said: ”Whoever says these things – [they] don’t know fuck about the state of the music industry. Doritos were not telling me how to do the show or putting chains around my neck. They just said they wanted to support me”. Read more