International pop superstar Lady Gaga will be global guest-editor-in-chief for all May 17 editions of Metro, ahead of her highly anticipated “Born This Way” worldwide album release on May 23. In her role as global guest-editor-in-chief, Lady Gaga will highlight issues surrounding equality and individuality, select stories and provide her comments on the breaking news of the day. Lady Gaga will edit Metro’s editions in 20 countries from the London office of Metro World News, Metro’s central news desk.
“We’re thrilled to have Lady Gaga take the helm of our newspapers for the day! Together with Lady Gaga, Metro World News and our local teams will produce a one-of-a-kind newspaper on May 17,” said Maggie Samways, executive vice president and global editor-in-chief. “Lady Gaga is an extraordinary force, and we’re both excited to explore the issues of equality and human rights affecting our readers and Gaga fans. I’m confident that the edition will reflect her personality: creative, inspiring — and surprising!”
As part of the global guest editorship, Metro will also run a competition where one lucky reader will be chosen to serve as Lady Gaga’s editorial assistant. The contest is open to all Metro readers and Gaga fans, and will challenge readers to share what makes them “Born This Way,” and to identify what issues of equality affect them.
“Let’s see how fans would define what ‘Born This Way’ is for them,” says Lady Gaga. “I say I was born to be brave. That’s part of my mission in life. I was born to follow my artistic visions. Look into yourself. Are you born to be brave?”
Why go goo-goo for GaGa?
There is no bigger contemporary pop star on the planet than Lady Gaga. And this is not a fit of hyperbole caused by the excitement that she’s going to be our guest editor. Sure, there are other active musicians who are more famous than she is, but most of them are well beyond their definitive era. What’s so intriguing about Gaga is that while the 25-year-old star is in the perfect storm of her definitive era, she continues to redefine herself.
She is in a position where she has the whole world’s ear, and she is using this status to enact positive change, whether it’s promoting equality with her LGBT advocacy, giving fashion a kick in the rear with her dedication to outrageous outfits, smashing cultural taboos with her artsy videos, or just getting people to move their bodies on the dance floor with the driving anthems of “The Fame” that rocketed her into the stratosphere in the first place.
It is an honor that she has accepted our invitation to be a guest editor at Metro, allowing our readers insight into one of the most unique minds of popular culture. So put your paws up and grab a Metro on May 17.
Check Metro on April 18 to find out how to enter the contest!
–Pat Healy/Music Editor