Lady Gaga gave a performance at the 2014 SXSW festival that included "vomit art," which she later explained at a keynote address was all about promoting the freedom of artistic expression. "Things that are really, really strange and feel really wrong can really change the world," she said. "I'm not saying vomit's going to change the world. ... It's truly just what we wanted to create and do." How does the singer's SXSW appearance hold up against her other spectacular looks?Lady Gaga gave a performance at the 2014 SXSW festival that included "vomit art," which she later explained at a keynote address was all about promoting the freedom of artistic expression. "Things that are really, really strange and feel really wrong can really change the world," she said. "I'm not saying vomit's going to change the world. ... It's truly just what we wanted to create and do." How does the singer's SXSW appearance hold up against her other spectacular looks?

On November 10, Lady Gaga took one small step for fashion-kind <a href='http://ift.tt/1gj2TGC' target='_blank'>and debuted a "flying dress,"</a> essentially a hovercraft-like device, called Volantis. On November 10, Lady Gaga took one small step for fashion-kind and debuted a "flying dress," essentially a hovercraft-like device, called Volantis.

Some observers might've cried fowl when they spotted Lady Gaga's outfit in Berlin on October 24. Some observers might've cried fowl when they spotted Lady Gaga's outfit in Berlin on October 24.

Lady Gaga rocks a mustache at the pre-listening fan event for her album "ARTPOP" in Berlin on October 24. Lady Gaga rocks a mustache at the pre-listening fan event for her album "ARTPOP" in Berlin on October 24.


Lady Gaga arrives at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Berlin on October 23, 2013.

Lady Gaga arrives at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Berlin on October 23, 2013.

Gaga stays under cover with a mask while in New York on September 7.Gaga stays under cover with a mask while in New York on September 7.

On October 24, Lady Gaga went with an all-white look -- sans footwear -- while in Berlin on October 24. On October 24, Lady Gaga went with an all-white look -- sans footwear -- while in Berlin on October 24.

If Mary Poppins were also a mermaid, we imagine she'd look something like Lady Gaga did while in London on August 28.If Mary Poppins were also a mermaid, we imagine she'd look something like Lady Gaga did while in London on August 28.


Lady Gaga rocks an eye-catching outfit as she lands in London on August 27.

Lady Gaga rocks an eye-catching outfit as she lands in London on August 27.


Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lady Gaga performs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.


Lady Gaga leaves Chateau Marmont.

Lady Gaga leaves Chateau Marmont.

After suffering a hip injury earlier this year, musician <a href='http://ift.tt/xPcde0' target='_blank'>Lady Gaga</a> underwent a process called The Abramovic Method under the instruction of performance artist Marina Abramovic. <a href='http://ift.tt/1oGa64v' target='_blank'>In a Vimeo video</a> of her experience, Lady Gaga hums, meditates in water, and then walks through woods wearing nothing but a pair of boots.After suffering a hip injury earlier this year, musician Lady Gaga underwent a process called The Abramovic Method under the instruction of performance artist Marina Abramovic. In a Vimeo video of her experience, Lady Gaga hums, meditates in water, and then walks through woods wearing nothing but a pair of boots.

Lady Gaga speaks at The Rally during NYC Pride 2013 on June 28.Lady Gaga speaks at The Rally during NYC Pride 2013 on June 28.

Lady Gaga drapes herself in pink on the catwalk at the Philip Treacy fashion show in 2012.Lady Gaga drapes herself in pink on the catwalk at the Philip Treacy fashion show in 2012.

Lady Gaga performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, in 2012.Lady Gaga performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, in 2012.

Lady Gaga surprised many at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards as she channeled her foul-mouthed, whisky-drinking, chain-smoking male alter-ago, Jo Calderone. Lady Gaga surprised many at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards as she channeled her foul-mouthed, whisky-drinking, chain-smoking male alter-ago, Jo Calderone.

Lady Gaga performing in Toronto in 2010.Lady Gaga performing in Toronto in 2010.

Lady Gaga dons her infamous meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.Lady Gaga dons her infamous meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lady Gaga performs on NBC News Today show.Lady Gaga performs on NBC News Today show.

 Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010. Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.

Lady Gaga onstage during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.Lady Gaga onstage during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.

Lady Gaga performs on stage in 2010 at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris.Lady Gaga performs on stage in 2010 at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris.

Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

Lady Gaga performs at The GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour in 2009.Lady Gaga performs at The GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour in 2009.

Musical guest Lady Gaga performs on Saturday Night Live in 2009.Musical guest Lady Gaga performs on Saturday Night Live in 2009.

Lady Gaga accepts the award for "Best New Artist" from Eminem during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall.Lady Gaga accepts the award for "Best New Artist" from Eminem during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

Lady Gaga performs at the 2009 launch of music video website VEVO in New York City.Lady Gaga performs at the 2009 launch of music video website VEVO in New York City.

Lady Gaga at The Dame Ball Tour in Los Angeles, California.Lady Gaga at The Dame Ball Tour in Los Angeles, California.

Lady Gaga arrives for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.Lady Gaga arrives for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lady Gaga performs at the launch of V61 hosted by V Magazine, Marc Jacobs and Belvedere Vodka in 2009 in New York City.Lady Gaga performs at the launch of V61 hosted by V Magazine, Marc Jacobs and Belvedere Vodka in 2009 in New York City.

Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the Z100 Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2008.Lady Gaga poses in the press room at the Z100 Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2008.

Lady Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007.Lady Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007.








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  • Lady Gaga spoke about inappropriate behavior by men in the music business

  • She recalled the alleged incident in an interview with Howard Stern

  • She said her SXSW performance of "Swine" channeled that experience




(CNN) -- When Lady Gaga speaks of young women being abused in the music industry, she speaks from experience.


During an interview with Howard Stern on his radio show Tuesday, the singer recalled being sexually harassed and assaulted when she was coming up in the music industry.


Gaga said that most of the men she's worked with in the studio had been inappropriate at one time or another, barring exceptions like producer RedOne, who worked with Gaga on her debut album "The Fame," and singer Tony Bennett, with whom she's collaborated.


"That's why that album was successful, because I was able to write some music that wasn't made while I had the fear of God in me, pulling my skirt down in a studio because men were shoving their hands up my dress," Gaga told Stern. It's "still bad now. Not just for me. Think about all those young girls that are 16 in New York, (or) 19, going, 'I met this record producer and he's going to make me a star, he said he worked with Beyonce.' ... It's all a big lie."














Queen Bey still reigns. The release of a chart-topping secret album and a highly successful joint tour with husband Jay Z helped Beyonce maintain her top spot on the list for the second year in a row. She made $115 million.Queen Bey still reigns. The release of a chart-topping secret album and a highly successful joint tour with husband Jay Z helped Beyonce maintain her top spot on the list for the second year in a row. She made $115 million.



Taylor Swift can indeed "Shake It Off" with the year she's been having, raking in $64 million. A platinum album and endorsement deals with Diet Coke and CoverGirl have made for a lucrative 2014. Taylor Swift can indeed "Shake It Off" with the year she's been having, raking in $64 million. A platinum album and endorsement deals with Diet Coke and CoverGirl have made for a lucrative 2014.



Pink puts in work. She reportedly grossed more than $1 million per city for 85 concerts and snagged a gig as a CoverGirl spokeswoman, which helped put her in the green with $52 million.Pink puts in work. She reportedly grossed more than $1 million per city for 85 concerts and snagged a gig as a CoverGirl spokeswoman, which helped put her in the green with $52 million.



Rihanna stirs both controversy and the money pot. Her massive fan base and strong social media presence (more than 37 million followers on Twitter and 90 million on Facebook, according to Forbes) complement her hits and place her at No. 4 on the list with $48 million.Rihanna stirs both controversy and the money pot. Her massive fan base and strong social media presence (more than 37 million followers on Twitter and 90 million on Facebook, according to Forbes) complement her hits and place her at No. 4 on the list with $48 million.



Katy Perry didn't tour as much as some of the others on the list, but she has her own Coty fragrance and endorsement deals with Pop Chips and CoverGirl for earnings of $40 million.Katy Perry didn't tour as much as some of the others on the list, but she has her own Coty fragrance and endorsement deals with Pop Chips and CoverGirl for earnings of $40 million.



A new album and a return as a judge in "American Idol" raised Jennifer Lopez's visibility and income to $37 million this year. Her performance with Pitbull on "We Are One," the official song of the FIFA World Cup, didn't hurt, either. A new album and a return as a judge in "American Idol" raised Jennifer Lopez's visibility and income to $37 million this year. Her performance with Pitbull on "We Are One," the official song of the FIFA World Cup, didn't hurt, either.



Touring and her "Bangerz" album made Miley Cyrus a pretty wealthy 20-something. She earned $36 million.Touring and her "Bangerz" album made Miley Cyrus a pretty wealthy 20-something. She earned $36 million.



Celine Dion may not be as much in the limelight, but her continued Las Vegas residency and concerts in Europe have given her a healthy bottom line. Like Cyrus, she pulled in $36 million.Celine Dion may not be as much in the limelight, but her continued Las Vegas residency and concerts in Europe have given her a healthy bottom line. Like Cyrus, she pulled in $36 million.



Lady Gaga is down a bit from her peak of peak of $90 million in 2011, but $33 million isn't so bad. Lady Gaga is down a bit from her peak of peak of $90 million in 2011, but $33 million isn't so bad.



Britney Spears' gig with a Las Vegas residency helped balance the less-than-stellar sales of her "Britney Jean" album to earn her $20 million.Britney Spears' gig with a Las Vegas residency helped balance the less-than-stellar sales of her "Britney Jean" album to earn her $20 million.




Taylor Swift ($64 million)

Jennifer Lopez ($37 million)

Miley Cyrus ($36 million, tie)

Celine Dion ($36 million, tie)

Britney Spears ($20 million)



Photos: Top-earning female musiciansPhotos: Top-earning female musicians



When Stern pointedly asked Gaga if she was raped by a record producer, the singer replied that she's gone through "some horrific things."


"I'm able to laugh now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy to heal over the years," Gaga said. "My music's been wonderful for me. But I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. To be fair, I was about 19, so ... I went to Catholic school and all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, 'Oh, is this just the way adults are?' I was very naive."


Lady Gaga spews forth: This is no act


Afterward, it took the singer years to acknowledge what happened.


"It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it, I was like: 'Just keep going,' " she said. "I wasn't even willing to admit that anything had even happened. ... I didn't tell anybody. I didn't even tell myself for the longest time. And then I was like, you know what, all this drinking, and all this nonsense, you have to go to the source, otherwise it just won't go away."


Gaga's admission came about after Stern brought up her performance of her song "Swine" at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year.


That performance, which included Gaga being vomited on by artist Millie Brown, was raked over the coals. Some just didn't like it, but others accused Gaga of promoting eating disorders.


In actuality, that performance was an attempt to air out some long-held anger and pain, Gaga said.


The song "Swine" "is about rape," she said. "The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release. And I said to myself, 'I want to sing this song while I'm ripping hard on a drumkit, and then I want to get on a mechanical bull -- which is probably one of the most demoralizing things you can put a female on in her underwear -- and I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world, so that I can tell them, you know what? You could never, ever degrade me as much as I could degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do.'"



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