Lady Gaga's Born This Way: #14, "Americano"

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Posted by on 05/18/2011 at 12:23 PM Reviews

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#14. “Americano”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0d1cMkY5U

Sounds Like: Gaga’s attempt at making the world’s most fist-pumping tango, a flamenco-tinged house number complete with dramatic strings, synth horns and lyrics in Spanish.

Pros: The pulsating synths are pretty cool. And if you thought that “Hernando’s Hideaway” needed a homoerotic dancefloor update, then you will be very, very happy that this song exists.

Cons: Gaga’s attempt at a Spanish accent is predictably miserable, and the entire exercise ends up sounding grating and impossibly cheesy—helped little by the fact that we’re still reeling from how much “We No Speak Americano” was overplayed the second half of last year. Plus, no castanets? If ever there was a time…

Yearbook Lyric: “Mis canciones son de la re-revolución / Mi corazón me duele por mi generación” (Roughly: “My songs are of the revolution / My heart hurts for my generation”)

Gaga Hashtags: Foreign languages, bad accents, Jesus, alternative sexuality

POPDUST SAYS:
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When Profits Drop at Ford Motor Co., So Do Executives’ Rewards.(Originated from Detroit Free Press)

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News April 10, 1996 | Brennan, Mike Apr. 10–Despite a healthy profit of $4.1 billion last year, Ford’s board of directors cut Ford Chairman Alex Trotman’s bonus in half and froze his salary in 1995. here ford stock price today

Trotman wasn’t the only top Ford executive to take a financial hit because of lower corporate earnings, according to the automaker’s 1995 proxy statement to shareholders, released Tuesday.

Executive Vice President W. Wayne Booker, Ford Automotive President Edward Hagenlocker, Vice Chairman Louis Ross and Ford Financial Services Group President Kenneth Whipple also received little or no raises and smaller bonuses.

“We pay for performance,” said Ford spokesman Chris Vinyard. “And 1994 was a record year for Ford. While 1995 was the fourth-best year ever, compensation is tied to performance both long-term and annually.” In 1995, Ford earned $4.1 billion, down 23 percent from the record $5.3 billion in 1994.

Trotman also was awarded 350,000 stock options worth about $1.1 million as of Tuesday’s closing stock price.

Stock options are a form of executive compensation tied to stock prices. Executives can buy stock at prices typically below prevailing market values and pocket the difference.

In the United States, Ford’s automotive operations earned $1.8 billion, declining $1.2 billion compared with 1994. A solid first half of 1995 was followed by a disappointing second half, due in large part to the cost of retooling more factories than usual to build redesigned models such as the Ford Taurus midsize sedan and the F150 pickup.

The board also weighed product quality and customer satisfaction in deciding how much to pay its top executives, Vinyard said, but neither counted as much as the lower financial results.

Even so, Trotman earned $5,431,354 last year, about $2.5 million less than in 1994. Much of the change came from a cut in his bonus from $6 million in 1994 to $3 million. here ford stock price today

Ford’s chairman actually pocketed about $3.1 million last year, and had the remaining $2.3 million deferred to future years. How much he earns in deferred income is tied to the long-term performance of Ford and the future of Ford’s stock price.

It’s another incentive for Trotman to pull the right strings so that Ford stock price and profit levels increase.

It’s also the same carrot Ford’s board gave to the other top executives and to the board itself. Each director has agreed to maintain ownership in stock equal to five times the sum of the outside director’s annual board and committee fees, roughly $60,000 a year.

Ford last year adopted guidelines for people at the vice-presidential level and above that establish target ranges from one times salary to five times for Trotman.

Trotman has extended the one-time earnings target to 30 other key executives below the vice-presidential level, tying the bulk of Ford’s senior executives compensation to company performance.

The board also decided that as of last January, $10,000 of each director’s annual fee will be paid in stock, not cash.

Both Chrysler Corp. and General Motors Corp. have made similar moves to either fully or partially compensate board members with stock instead of cash.

Story Filed By The FREE PRESS, DETROIT, MI —– FOR ONLINE SERVICES:

Visit the Detroit Free Press Forum on CompuServe. Go DETFORUM.

—– C, GM, F, Brennan, Mike

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