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Lady Gaga Hits Back at Critics During Keynote Address: "I'm Sorry I Didn't Sell a Million Records the First Week"

Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

During her keynote address at the South by Southwest Music Festival, Lady Gaga countered criticism that her current album ARTPOP hasn't been successful by accusing people of holding her to an "insane" standard.

According to MTV, during the hourlong keynote, which was actually a conversation between herself and Fuse TV's John Norris , Gaga said, "We've sold over 2.5 million copies of ARTPOP all over the world: I'm sorry I didn't sell a million records the first week. I have before."

"I've sold 27 million albums [in my career]," the singer continued. "I'm very proud of what we did; I sold as much as everybody else sells. It's so insane. I'm held to such an insane standard."

As for accusations that she "sold out" by having Doritos sponsor her performance at the South by Southwest festival on Thursday night, Gaga got heated.

"Whoever is writing or saying all of those [negative] things, you don't know f**k about the state of the music industry," Gaga said. "I think it's also about how the artist chooses to engage in these sorts of relationships. What's the type of relationship, what's the philosophy behind the collaboration, do you have things in common, do you not? Do you really care about the show, or are you just taking the check and showing up?"

"Without sponsorships, without these companies coming together to help us, we won't have any more artists...We won't have any festivals, because record labels don't have any f**king money," Gaga continued.  She also boasted that after her controversial performance on Thursday, during which a so-called "vomit artist" puked colored liquid all over her, "the CEO of [Doritos manufacturer] Frito-Lay came in with all her kids and was like, 'That was so brilliant!' and she was crying."

According to E!, during the keynote, Gaga also revealed that she'll be releasing a new video next week, and teased, "I have a whole second act of ARTPOP."  However, she didn't say if she'd be releasing that any time soon.

As previously reported, Gaga was the youngest keynote speaker in the history of the festival, and the first female one in years.

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