Lady Gaga’s new video is here, and I like it…for the most part. The white-and-black visuals are very high fashion, although the second half was a little weird.
The video’s biggest problem though is that it feels familiar. There’s something about “Applause” that screams “been there, done that.” Some scenes remind me of Madonna, while other visuals are reminiscent of Gaga herself. Even the scene where Gaga’s head appears attached to a swan body feels very Born This Way-ish.
I’m a few days late, but check out Kelly Clarkson’s music video for her country single “Tie It Up. It’s a fun video that captures the excitement of getting married. Not the best Kelly Clarkson video, although it’s miles better than “People Like Us” or even “Catch My Breath.”
I haven’t been following John Mayer’s return (mostly because I’m not digging his country-tinged tuned these days), but I quite like “Who You Love.” The Katy-Perry assisted soft rock track is poignant and tender, a bit different from “Roar” but I like it as much.
The song reminds me of some of the songs from Battle Studies, and that’ really a good thing. Listen below.
After much brouhaha over the leak of its snippet, “Applause” was released both on radio and iTunes today. It marks Lady Gaga’s official return after the somewhat overwhelming Born This Way era. The pop track serves as the lead single to ARTPOP, Lady Gaga’s third studio album.
Overall, “Applause” is a good pop track. As it the case with many Lady Gaga song, the best and worst thing about the song is the lyrics, which walk that fine line between cheeky and narcissistic. “Make it real loud / Put your hands up, make ‘em touch,” Gaga orders in the song. I’d think she isn’t being serious if she doesn’t have the tendency to take herself too seriously.
Katy Perry’s “Roar” leaked over the weekend, and I absolutely love it. The single was not supposed to be released until tomorrow, August 12—but even Perry isn’t immune to early releases.
With a feel-good beat and inspiring lyrics, the song is a sure a hit. “I got the eye of the tiger,” Perry screams in the chorus. “I am a champion / You’re gonna hear me roar.”
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP era hasn’t really begun yet, but her antics is already getting outrageous. The latest stunt? A not-safe-for-work video demonstrating the Abramomic Method.
Lady Gaga has teamed with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic for a bizarre tutorial/testimonial video in which the singer chants, stands in a river, walks blindly in a field and spoons a giant crystal. It should be pointed out that in a good chunk of the clip’s two-plus minutes, she is completely naked.