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Lady Gaga (performing in Japan last summer, above) begins her much-anticipated "Born This Way" world tour Friday and fans in Asia will be the first to see it. Western pop stars are increasingly criss-crossing the region in search of new markets - and Asian fans are ecstatic. "Some of these shows are like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Mindy Chew, who has a ticket for the tour stop in Singapore. "I'm expecting lots of drama at Lady Gaga's show, lots of costume changes."

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Lady Gaga (performing in Japan last summer, above) begins her much-anticipated "Born This Way" world tour Friday and fans in Asia will be the first to see it. Western pop stars are increasingly criss-crossing the region in search of new markets - and Asian fans are ecstatic. "Some of these shows are like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Mindy Chew, who has a ticket for the tour stop in Singapore. "I'm expecting lots of drama at Lady Gaga's show, lots of costume changes."

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