Monsters, can you believe it’s been an entire year since ‘A Star Is Born’ was released?! Time flies when you’re listening to a multi-time Grammy winner, apparently.
Incase you’ve been living under a rock, the third reiteration of ‘A Star Is Born’ features Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as lovers – with Bradley’s character Jackson Maine – country superstar – dealing with alcoholism, while Lady Gaga’s character Ally deals with going from dive-bar singer to full-on musical mogul. If you haven’t seen it yet… What have you been doing with your life? The film is pure art, and you owe it to yourself to experience it.
For those of us that saw the movie from its launch (and then another four times…) it’s been a wild year, filled with Oscar nominations, parodies and critics galore. While we wait for Gaga’s enigmatic sixth album – it may be closer than you think – here’s what’s happened in pop culture since ‘A Star Is Born’ dropped one whole year ago.
‘A Star Is Born’ has won 74 awards and been nominated for 250.
Just let that sink in. That’s crazy. And that includes an Oscar win for Best Original Song for the heartfelt duet ‘Shallow’. It’s Gaga’s first ever Oscar win – after losing out with ‘Til It Happens To You’ – and it’s well deserved. ‘Shallow’ set the world on fire – more on that later – so it’s brilliant that Gaga and her fellow songwriters were awarded for their efforts.
The movie won an onslaught of awards, including Best Song Written for Visual Media at the Grammys and Best Orignal Song at the Golden Globes. Considering it’s Lady Gaga’s lead role debut and Bradley Cooper’s directing debut, the film exceeded everyone’s expectations and smashed records at the box office. And quite rightly so.
It won an Oscar, Grammys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and more, draping the film in golden, critical acclaim and success.
Lady Gaga also made history being the first ever person receive a nomination for Best Actress and Best Original Song in the same year. Mother Monster didn’t take any prisoners.
‘A Star Is Born’ is an apt name for the film indeed. Gaga’s been a star all of these years, but it seems that she was reborn in the public eye with the success of the movie. And it’s no less than she deserves.
‘Shallow’ was in the Hot 100 for a whopping 43 weeks, and it broke a record
43 weeks! That’s some crazy longevity right there. It also hit #1 in its stretch on the chart, receiving a boost after Gaga and Bradley performed it at the Academy Awards. It’s Gaga’s fifth number one track in the UK – her first since 2011 – boasting a comeback like no other. It was also Bradley Cooper’s first #1 hit. Not bad for a movie soundtrack, right?
‘Shallow’ also broke a record as the longest-running charting track that has also won an Oscar, beating out Idina Menzel’s ‘Let It Go’, which spent 33 weeks in the chart. Gaga smashed that. You go, girl.
The soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’ also went to #1, because, well, it’s amazing. The way Gaga hits the low, gritty notes and the high, ethereal sounds with ease is beautiful.
The soundtrack had the biggest opening week for a soundtrack (231,000) in three years. Gaga and Taylor Swift are also tied for the most chart-topping albums in the 2010s. We love that girl power.
In short, ‘A Star Is Born’ did fantastically, in terms of both critical and music sales success. The past year since the movie was released, the tracks have continually charted. (I may or may not have listened to the soundtrack a few hundred times…)
‘A Star Is Born’ made over $400 million at the box office, on a budget of just $36 million
Watching Ally’s career take off as her relationship with Jackson breaks down is heartbreaking, but a beautiful thing to witness over the 2hr and 14 minute run time. Apparently, most of the world agreed with that statement. While it was never #1 at the box office, the movie was a slow burner; mainly grabbing audiences to go by word of mouth. Week on week, audiences turned up to the cinema to catch a showing of the movie where *gasp* “Lady Gaga can actually sing!” Spoilers: If you’ve been here since the beginning, you already know that’s a fact.
Following on from Oscar wins, Grammy wins and live performances, audiences were willing time and time again to catch a showing of the movie, with more and more dates being added to theatres across the globe.
The chemistry between the two was electric, bursting off the screen in waves of beauty. That, added to the heartfelt story, raw acting, live singing and a realistic approach to film-making, and a true little gem was created.
There’s also the fact that ‘A Star Is Born’ has gone 6x platinum. That’s some serious selling power, y’all.
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A year on, and Gaga has certainly proved her acting chops. Bradley, too, proved that he’s got a unique and viable flair as a director. Breaking records and gaining universal acclaim, the ‘Star Is Born’ hype never truly died. As Gaga said herself, we’re far from the shallow now.
For more on Lady Gaga, check out all of my articles about the wonderfully eccentric singer right here.