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L.A. Reid regrets dropping Lady Gaga from record label

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Music mogul Antonio "L.A" Reid will always regret dropping Lady Gaga from his record label, branding it the "worst thing" he has ever done.

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"The X Factor" judge signed the star while she was still a struggling singer, but later dismissed her from his roster when he was "having a bad day."

Gaga went on to sign with another label, and Reid admits he made a big mistake letting Gaga go.

He tells Access Hollywood, "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. 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."

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"Then, a few months later," he continues,"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. 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."

However, Reid says he redeemed himself by signing teen sensation Justin Bieber. He says, "I felt bad, but I swear to you, like a month later Justin Bieber came and redeemed me, so, you know, I survived it all. But 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."

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Oct 1, 2011 4:23AM
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You can make money on Bieber but he's just a pretty boy with an okay voice who depends heavily on technology to ramp up his music into a commodity someone might purchase.  

Gaga is a 'one of a kind' genuine artist.  Even though her voice can stand alone, she has figured out how to use technology to venture where no man or woman has ever ventured before.  In addition to her stellar voice, she has a fascinating sense of musicality, visual artistry, and theater.  

She uses her artistry to create a true personal joy, then tries to reshape the world by sharing her art.  

Letting Gaga go was indeed your biggest mistake, but your second biggest mistake is thinking that signing Bieber is any kind of redemption.  It's okay.  She doesn't seem to be into malice and probably harbors no ill will toward you.  

Just suck up the pain, put some Lady Gaga in your headphones and enjoy as she elevates your sense of what it means to be human.
Sep 30, 2011 4:42AM
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Shut up devil..  Shut your soul selling mouth...
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