Lady Gaga says people need to 'lighten up' in wake of Miley Cyrus VMA storm

'Applause' singer also criticises Russia

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Lady Gaga has said people need to "lighten up", in the wake of the storm surrounding Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance.

The 'Applause' singer, who is set to perform seven new songs from her album 'ARTPOP' during her gig at the London iTunes Festival tonight (September 1), has said there's more important issue to worry about than Cyrus twerking.

She told The Sun (paywall): "I don’t like to pass judgement on Miley.Generally, people need to lighten up about pop music, it’s about entertainment. It is here to make people feel happy. Especially in America there is an excessive dragging of female artists and I don’t want to contribute to that."

Speaking about equality and gay rights in Russia and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, she added: "A country where so much abuse of youth is happening right now, how can we bring so much attention to that part of the world and reward them for that?"

Yesterday (August 31), Gaga previewed another new song titled 'Sex Dreams' from her recent rehearsals. The song sees Gaga sing "When I lay in bed I touch myself and I think of you", while she also published a post on Twitter which seemingly included some of the song's lyrics when she wrote: LAST NIGHT DAMN, YOU WERE IN MY #SEXDREAMS DOING REALLY NASTY THINGS."

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga unveiled the video for the first single from 'ARTPOP', 'Applause', which features shots of the singer's head on the body of a swan. 'ARTPOP' is due for release on November 11 and features production from Zedd, Madeon and DJ White Shadow.

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