After a brief hiatus, British grime MC Lady Sovereign's returning to the scene with her new electro-dance track, "I Got You Dancing," (listen here) from her upcoming album, Jigsaw, due April 7, 2009. But there's already another Lady on the "Dance" floor, and that's Lady Gaga, whose single, "Just Dance" is a ubiquitous hit. So is there room for just one "Lady" on the scene, or do we detect a Lady-on-Lady melee?
So let's examine the similarities and differences that could either unite Lady Gaga and Lady Sovereign to a common cause or create the biggest entertainment industry battle since Arsenio Hall and Roseanne Barr!
+ Lady Sovereign came from the humble beginnings of a housing project. Gaga attended New York City's Convent of the Sacred Heart -- where Nicky Hilton matriculated -- and attended NYU's Tisch. Lady Sovereign went to the school of hard knocks while Gaga's got a song called "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich." Do we smell socio-economic tensions? Advantage: Lady Sovereign for her in-tact street cred and street smarts.
+ They both have normal-people names: Lady Gaga's is Stefani, and Lady Sovereign's is Louise Amanda. Advantage: Tie! Though if we had to pick a normal-person name, we'd go with Stefani for sure.
+ Lady Sovereign dresses slightly like M.I.A., while Gaga dresses slightly like a tranny. Fightin's not easy in six-inch patent-leather Marni booties. (Also, since she's usually in some form of David Bowie war paint, we've never even seen Lady Gaga's real face.) Advantage: Sovereign, who's almost always seen in sneakers. Or "trainers," if you will.
+ Sovereign kept company with Jay-Z, who signed her to Def Jam in 2005, while Gaga hangs out with Colby O'Donis. Advantage: Sovereign, obviously.
+ Sovereign toured with Gwen Stefani, while Lady Gaga's often compared to Gwen Stefani. Advantage: Sovereign. Unless you are smoking wackycracky, you should not be comparing Gaga and Gwen. Seriously, are you high?
+ Lady Sovereign favors crimped hair and has partially upgraded to a more sophisticated, Lily Allen 'Q4 '08 blunt cut. Gaga's still rocking the blunt-cut Janice Muppet wig. Advantage: Nobody wins. Fail.
+ Lady Gaga's been nominated for a 2008 Grammy, but Lady Sovereign's been compared to Eminem. Advantage: Lady Sovereign. Eminem comparison crushes Grammy nom!
Winner: Should a Lady Sovereign-Lady Gaga kerfuffle scuffle ensue, we've got ten pounds on Team Sov.
Watch Lady Sovereign perform "Love Me Or Hate Me" live at MTV.