Is Lady Gaga an artist?

Sure, she can play piano. She’s got some songwriting talent, too. But music isn’t what comes to mind when the former Stefani Germanotta is discussed. Instead, it’s the attention-getting antics: The controversial videos. The in-your-face sexuality. The crazy concerts. The meat dress.

Is it about the music, or the Fame Monster?

“The whole idea of a top-down market is gone,” says David Herlihy, a music and law professor at Boston’s Northeastern University.