03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lady Gaga: A Real-Life Avatar?

More than an ordinary pop star or fashion muse, Lady Gaga seems closer to a gamer's creation. Her synth-pop music, with its hiccup hooks, help explain why she is rated No. 3 in Billboard's annual recap of Top Artists of the year, and why she was also termed the top new artist on that same list, and why her name is among those most often searched on the Web. But the voice without the package would equal a novelty act in a Singapore hotel lounge.

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