Lady Gaga’s next single is Mark Ronson-produced and out on iTunes today (9 September).
- Read on for our top 5 from mother monsta and Perfect Illusion verdict.
- ‘One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me.’
Listening back to the lyrics of lead Artpop single Applause (particularly the cheeky Koons reference above) it becomes clear Gags is referencing her own fall from pop grace during the 2013 fourth album in which it happened. Musing on the fickle nature of fame as one’s own star wanes rather than afterwards? How very post modern. There’s much to love on what is a hot mess of an album (especially the Prince-tastic Sexx Dreams) but Gypsy’s clearly the best thing she’s ever done as well as being Springsteen-ish, anthemic and beautifully heartfelt. Why wouldn’t you duet it with a Muppet? We caught ArtRave: The Artpop Ball at The 02 twice in 2014.
2. Bad Romance
Or the one which shot her from worldwide fame to being its number one star. We saw her Monster Ball twice at The 02 in 2010.
3. Tony Bennett
Post Artpop, mother monsta’s reinvention has been remarkable. The Golden Globe-winning turn in American Horror Story (or AHS as we think think it should be more accurately known) was pure pantomime but it is her work with Tony Bennett that has shown off her full voice, performance skills and musicianship. We caught her with Bennett at a fascinating Albert Hall gig in 2015.
4. Born This Way
Bowie and Morrissey blazed trails in providing hope for outsiders. Gags’s take may have lacked poetry but was as in your face as it was of its time: ‘No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive.’ We caught the Born this Way Ball at Twickenham Stadium in 2012.
5. Poker Face
Just Dance started it all but this cemented its foundations: ‘Ma, ma, ma, ma …’
PERFECT ILLUSION VERDICT: At 2m 59s with a key change, it could be Gaga’s stab at Eurovision glory. With Bad Romance chills. Stuck. On. Repeat. Perfect Illusion? Real deal.
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