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Lady Gaga is reportedly planning a tribute to French singer Edith Piaf in 2013 to mark the death of the iconic star.
Gaga is said to be a huge fan of the 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien' star and is planning to purchase rights to her first ever filmed performance as part of a planned tribute next year. She is also rumoured to be in talks with EMI for permission to use nine of Piaf's songs.
The Sun newspaper reports that Gaga is likely to sample Piaf on tracks for her next album ARTPOP and use the footage on her next tour.
"Gaga sees a lot of herself in Edith. She, too, was a rebellious character in her era," says a source to the newspaper. "There’s an awful lot of red tape to get through — it’s a complicated process. But she’s hoping the Piaf estate want to ensure, with her help, that the music can be introduced to a new audience.
"Considering the size of Gaga’s global following, Edith’s music will gain a huge new fanbase."
The Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris where Piaf is buried
More bizarre still, the newspaper also reports that Gaga is planning on purchasing personal items from Piaf's estate - including toenail clippings. The US star is said to be investing in her discarded clippings among a collection of clothes, shoes, perfume bottles and private letters.
Lady Gaga is currently still touring her Born This Way ball shows across the world, although the strain of the live performances appears to be taking its toll on the star. The singer was seen vomiting on stage earlier this month - so she might want to take a little time out before embarking on another tour, Edith Piaf tribute or otherwise.
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