Earlier this week, Lady Gaga released an open letter to her fans on LittleMonsters.com explaining the delay in the release of the “Do What U Want” video. In the letter, Mother Monster not only apologized for the late video, she also casted blame on the underwhelming performance of ARTPOP so far.
“Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result,” the self-professed Goddess of Love wrote. “Millions of dollars are not enough for some people.”
Lady Gaga ended on an optimistic note, adding, “Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am, let me show you the visions that have been in my mind for two years.”
This got me thinking—is ARTPOP salvagable? It’s not like it’s selling terribly. It already crossed the 500,000 mark in sales in December. But compared to her peers—in particular, Katy Perry with PRISM and Beyoncé with her visual album—and, more importantly, compared to the Born This Way era, Lady Gaga is not exactly slaying the competition this time.
After a messy but satisfying performance on The Voice, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera released a studio version of “Do What U Want” on January 1st. The “special version” of the song is similar to the live performance, with Christina taking over R. Kelly’s verse.
2013 was another memorable year in music. It was the year that brought us Miley’s twerking, Bieber’s shenanigans, and Beyoncé’s surprise album. (Feel free to play the Rdio playlist below.)
Here are the pop singles that stood out in the crowd this unforgettable year:
23. “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
Hip-hop isn’t exactly known as the most gay-friendly musical genre—which makes the success of “Same Love” even more significant this year.
When I’m not busy stanning for Beyoncé’s visual album, I occasionally listen to Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want.”
It has been an interesting year in pop music. While established artists like Daft Punk and Pharell electrified the charts, some pop comebacks didn’t quite pan out. Here are 5 albums that left me wanting more.
- PRISM – Katy Perry
I liked PRISM (for the most part), and I like Katy Perry. But the third album from the Teenage Dream pop star simply fell short. If Katy had gone through any musical maturity, PRISM didn’t show it. I know she can do better.
The nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards were announced last Friday. With nine nods, Jay-Z leads this year’s nominations followed by Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams with seven nods each.