Little more than three months ago, the world knew next to nothing of Lady GaGa‘s new album ‘ARTPOP’- met only with its title and confirmation of its release.
However, today tells a different story.
Indeed, with only 21 days left until its lead single ‘Applause’ becomes available purchase alongside pre-orders for the album itself, the Pop Svengali breaks her year long silence on the new release, baring all in an interview with ‘Women’s Wear Daily’.
Must see quotes below…
On her hip injury:
“My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear. I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet. But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip. I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer.”
On ‘Applause’s concept:
“It’s the end of the night after the show. When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.”
Then, in answering the prayers of many a Monster, that she spills details on the video and its directors. In the publication, she reveals that Van Lamsweerde and Matadin directed ‘Applause’s video in LA last week. Important, as the pair were responsible for shooting one of ‘The Fame’ era’s most iconic images, via her 2009 ‘V’ spread.
Undoubtedly in response to criticism that ‘Born This Way’ lacked the ‘Fame‘s upbeat nature, she revealed:
“I’ll tell you that it is very fun, and that it’s full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch.”
On creating the album:
“I had six months to beef up my brain and my body. I got to put a giant white or black sheet of paint over my whole canvas and I got to review ARTPOP again. I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good. I have that feeling, that wonderful feeling, when me, Inez and Brandon look at each other and we go, ‘It’s so good. That’s the one.’”
Co-written by DJ White Shadow (the producer behind ‘Born‘), the single will score its first live performance at this year’s VMAs, three months before its supporting drops on November 11th, sure to enjoy consistently high first month sales with the holiday season kicking off two weeks after its launch.