Lady Gaga brought her ARTPOP to Berlin on Thursday (October 24), when she gathered her Little Monsters at the city’s Berghain Club to give them an acoustic performance of “Gypsy” and answer their most pressing questions.
And, in true Gaga fashion, it was all quite over-the-top. Gaga rocked a black bra, wore a mustache on her face and her body was covered in glitter. And even though she was speaking in a German-sounding accent, we were still able to get some album details from her extensive Q&A with fans.
“I feel like in a way ARTPOP — as an idea — it was an answer to every question about my music up until this point,” she said, later adding, “ARTPOP, of course, like with any album you can choose to listen any songs you want to listen to, but if you truly want to experience what I composed for you, you listen from start to finish. It’s a journey. It was designed to be played as a piece.”
Gaga also gave the full story behind her newly minted second single, “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly.
“Well actually I’ve been living in Chicago and spending a lot of time there, and that’s where R. Kelly hails from. I was working on ARTPOP and I wrote ['Do What U Want'] on tour. It was about my obsession with the way people view me,” she said. ‘I have always been an R. Kelly fan and actually it is like an epic pastime in the Haus of Gaga that we just get f—ed up and play R. Kelly. This is a real R&B song and I [said 'I] have to call the king of R&B and I need his blessing.’ It was a mutual love. He’s a very, very, very talented man. I’m so excited to be on this album with him.”
And, in true, Gaga fashion she waxed rather philosophical about her third studio album.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 24, 2013
“You know, I think immortality is at the center of a lot of creation of art, like this is an issue for the artist always: ‘How do I last forever?’ What I would say is ARTPOP is also about iconography but not iconography in repetition like art pop but iconography in motion, ARTPOP. So my desire is to create iconic imagery that moves always,” she said. “It is giving a voice to the muse, not just to the artist, but both.”
She also had a message for all her fans out there. “There is one thing you can do to impress me, if you can be kind to one another with everything you have. I know it is very popular to be shady now, I f—ing hate this bulls—. So stop. The Internet is not reality,” she said. “Be kind to one another and love one another and be accepting and be positive.”