Love her or loathe her, Lady Gaga’s return will undoubtedly be one of the pop moments of the year – but how much do we know so far? Last night she premiered new album ‘ARTPOP’ at the iTunes festival in London playing seven new songs. They’re called ‘Aura’, ‘MANiCURE’, ‘ARTPOP’, ‘Jewels & Drugs’, ‘Sex Dreams’, ‘Swine’, ‘I Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Applause’, the first single from the album.
She’ll be releasing the album as an app which will allow fan interaction and include album extras and updates. Other artists have attempted similar app-based releases, including Bjork’s ambitious 2011 ‘Biophilia’ project.
Lady Gaga explained at London’s iTunes festival that she aimed to “set herself free from the box of pop music”.
Azealia Banks has been confirmed to feature on two tracks.
Whitesnake’s guitarist Doug Aldrich plays on the album. Epic.
Gaga has said she wrote “about 50 songs” for ARTPOP. We’re assuming they won’t all be released, but you never know with Gaga…
Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons are among the celebrated artists who will host a launch party, titled ‘ArtRave’, the night before the album release.
The album will be available to pre-order from 19th August but has an official release date of 11th November.
Terry Richardson has made a documentary about Gaga and the making of ‘ARTPOP’.
Gaga has hinted that the album is “about a lack of maturity and responsibility” and “possibilities” – and she’s usually so demure!