The ticket: Pop music

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LADY GAGA “ARTPOP,” her third studio album, was not the juggernaut it was expected to be last year. But it did bend the parameters of Lady Gaga’s music to include different textures and moods beyond her usual dance-floor pop. Not that it matters: A live setting is where Gaga thrives, and she’ll hold court with her Little Monsters dressed in Gaga-inspired garb. June 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$200. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

BEYONCÉ & JAY Z They’ve spent the better part of this year as gossip fodder (courtesy of sister Solange’s elevator meltdown), so it’ll be nice to focus on what they do best — entertain the masses. This stadium stop is part of their On the Run Tour, in which Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z (pictured) perform alone and together, culling from some of pop music’s and hip-hop’s most hit-heavy catalogs. July 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40.50-$253.55. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. 800-745-3000,

BRUNO MARS On 2012’s “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Mars did exactly what he needed to do: He added some Prince-ly sex and swagger to his retro-leaning R&B and soul. Whereas his debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” was sweet and tender, its follow-up had some real bite and proved he wasn’t a throwback. Be sure to catch the opening set from riveting R&B singer Aloe Blacc. July 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$125. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,