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Lady Gaga may regret telling R. Kelly 'Do What U Want' on new single: Hear it here

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When Lady Gaga announced the full track list for her upcoming album ARTPOP, the most intriguing entry for super freaks everywhere was the song titled “Do What U Want.” It wasn’t so much that it was a particularly provocative name for a song, but more because the phrase “featuring R. Kelly” came right after.

That song has been released, along with a photo of Gaga’s be-thonged buttocks that serves as the cover art. The song, built on a totally ’80s synth throb, finds Gaga encouraging listeners to “Do what you want with my body.” Duet partner R. Kelly takes her up on that, crooning about doing shots and flying on private jets before doing what he wants with her body (in the back of a club, of course, because all the best R. Kelly verses take place in the back of a club).

Honestly, the track doesn’t quite come together (Gaga’s vocal style clashes too much with both the track and Kelly’s smooth R&B pipes), but it’s an intriguing mind-meld nonetheless. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga premieres new song 'Aura' with 'Machete Kills' themed lyric video: Watch here

Though her new album ARTPOP isn’t out until November 11, Lady Gaga will be providing her fans with an ample dose of Gagaosity in the gloriously violent new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Killswhich opens this weekend. (Though it is being marketed as her acting debut, anybody who has seen the third season of The Sopranos knows her acting roots run deeper.)

Not coincidentally, Gaga premiered a new ARTPOP song called “Aura” earlier today, complete with a lyric video that features a ton of teaser footage from Machete Kills. If you like the idea of Danny Trejo throwing knives to the beat of Gaga’s throbbing thump, then the video below should carry you through the next few days.

Give a listen to “Aura” (and watch Cuba Gooding, Jr. pull off his face to reveal Ms. Gaga) below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga unveils 'ARTPOP' cover art

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Remember Lady Gaga? The music world has been so distracted by its provocateur du jour Miley Cyrus, the Katy Perry single “Roar,” and the ascension of Lorde that it sometimes seems like Gaga’s album already came and went.

But ARTPOP, her new full-length, isn’t scheduled to hit stores until November 11, and Gaga just pulled back the curtain on the album’s cover art.

The cover was designed by artist Jeff Koons, he of giant metal balloon animals and Jay Z shout-outs fame. “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me!” Gaga tweeted when she sent out the picture of the cover. That’s not actually her on the cover—it’s a very convincing sculpture of the nude Gaga, with a signature Koons reflective-metal ball cover up her naughty bits.

ARTPOP will drop on November 11. The lead single “Applause” is currently sitting at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and another single is reportedly coming soon. Like Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail before it, ARTPOP will also be available via an app that is set to go live soon.

What do you make of the cover art for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP? Does it make you feel differently about “Applause” or any of the other songs she played during the iTunes Festival? Where does your anticipation level stand for ARTPOP on the whole? Has Gaga been eclipsed by Miley Cyrus as fall’s pop conversation point? Let us know all your Gaga-related thoughts in the comments. 

Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire to headline first-ever YouTube Music Awards

YouTube has announced that the very first YouTube Music Awards will take place Nov. 3, with nominations being announced Oct. 17. Nominations will be based “on the videos that the world watched and shared over the past year,” with fans voting on winners. The show, which will be live streamed on YouTube, will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire as well as “some of YouTube’s biggest stars including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA.”

It’s not clear if artists that dominated YouTube this year, such as Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, will be appearing.

“YouTube is home to both established artists and the next generation of musical talent,” said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube’s Vice President of Marketing, in a release. “From catalyzing careers and pop culture phenomena to propelling a song’s rise to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, our global community’s influence is felt across the music industry. We’re thrilled to celebrate our fans and the music they love with a whole new kind of awards show –  the first-ever YouTube Music Awards – judged by you.”

The show will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman.

Adam Levine now in a Twitter feud with Lady Gaga, sort of

For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?

Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”

Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.

That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).

Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.

Azealia Banks cyber attacks Lady Gaga over 'Red Flame' theft

Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga. 

In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” “Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”

There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.

This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)

The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.

Lady Gaga charms GMA silly with 'Wizard of Oz' performance -- watch it here

Lady Gaga hasn’t made it easy for herself: She’s got a manic drive to combine pop culture homage, conceptual fashion, gay-positive messaging, audience misdirection and general Gaga-brand weirdness that—as she sets it to music—constantly threatens to pile up into a bunch of self-serious signifiers.

But when it works, it works, as Gaga’s performance on Good Morning America proved earlier today. The homage, to The Wizard of Oz, was classic, recognizable to anyone, and preloaded with an adult subtext beneath the childlike wonder.

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Lady Gaga unveils more new 'ARTPOP' songs at iTunes Festival

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If you weren’t glued to your Apple TV (or, you know, actually in London) over the long weekend, then you missed out on some killer live music from the annual iTunes Festival—including a handful of never-before-heard songs from Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP.

Luckily, nothing ever really dies on the Internet, so the clips of those songs have been collected for your previewing enjoyment. In addition to already-charting single “Applause,” Gaga also busted out the album’s title track, plus “Swine,” “Sex Dreams,” “Aura,” “Manicure,” “Jewels & Drugs,” and “I Wanna Be With You” (the latter is, sadly, not a cover of the Mandy Moore song of the same name).

You can check out all of the videos of the new songs below (and the whole set is here), though the standouts are the manic “Jewels & Drugs” (which featured drop-ins from T.I., Too $hort, and Twista), the throbbing “Swine” (which found Gaga behind a drum kit for a while), and the kinky “Sex Dreams” (featuring the supremely Divinyls-esque lyric “When I lay in bed I touch myself and think of you”).

Check them out below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga makes the right moves with 'Manicure,' 'Swine' -- hear her new music now

Nearly a week ago, I wrote that it wasn’t too late for Lady Gaga, who was threatening to go over the handlebars of her promotional cycle—pressuring fans to buy multiple copies of “Applause” and artificially inflate the video views, unleashing followers on Perez Hilton, making whatever the heck that video was with Marina Abramovic.

Well, six days can seem like one meeeellion years in pop, at least when they include an especially spicy Video Music Awards. So how’s Gaga got her nuttiness working for her right now? She managed not to do anything ill-advisedly wackadoo during her opening slot at the VMAs—unless you count the pre-recorded boos she had cued up for when she revealed her soon-to-be-stripped-off nun’s get-up, which presumably symbolifies (to coin an appropriately ridumbulous term) the controversy she thinks defines her.

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Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and more snatch music back after a man-heavy summer

This summer, pop music flowed like Pellegrino: Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Daft Punk immersed us in retro-R&B grooves that were effervescent, sophisticated—and only a tad more adventurous than tap water.

Come fall, though, America’s divas will step in with higher-proof stuff. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have already poured the first two shots: After announcing release dates for their respective albums, Prism and ARTPOP, the two unleashed massive first singles within the same 24 hours. Both women vow that they’ve reinvented themselves—Perry’s determined to stay dominant following a record-breaking string of No. 1s, and Gaga is fighting back from a major case of over-the-top-itis. (So far, this mostly seems to mean they’re both wearing fewer wigs.) First, Perry delivered “Roar,” an earnest empowerment anthem with an organic feel and some well-placed winks. Then Gaga rushed out “Applause,” a relatively streamlined, club-ready rumination on fame. READ FULL STORY

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