L.A. Reid Regrets Giving Lady Gaga Her Freedom
“The X Factor” judge himself, L.A. Reid, is known for establishing some the biggest stars in music entertainment. He’s signed people from Usher to Pink. But there’s one “meat dress” wearing superstar that passed through his finger tips.
L.A. Reid deeply regrets not keeping Lady Gaga around. He tells Access Hollywood that, “This artist came to my office… she played piano, she had on white go-go boots – like, all the way up to here, thigh high boots — she sat down at that piano, she played and she sang.” He continues, “When she was done, I said, ‘You are an amazing artist, a true star, and you will change music,’ and I signed her. Her name was Lady Gaga.”
Everyone is entitled to a bad day, and this is one bad day that he will never forget. He shares, “Then, a few months later, I got her demos, and it was a work in progress, and I was having a bad day. I’m telling you, I was having a bad day,” he continued. “And I said, ‘You know what? I really don’t like it. Let her have her freedom, let her go find her career.’ It was the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
Luckily, L.A. Reid got his groove back, and fate stepped in as well as “Never Say Never” superstar, Justin Bieber. He admits, “I’m a little bit jealous, because the Twitter following, for example, the biggest ones are Bieber and Lady Gaga, so I would have felt like the king of the world! Instead I felt like half the king.”