October 25, 2013


Mustached Lady Gaga Premieres Heart-Wrenching Piano Ballad "Gypsy"

Lady Gaga is rolling out her new ARTPOP record piecemeal, either through snippet, live performance or music video. We've heard (take a deep breath) first single "Applause," second single "Do What U Want," "Aura," "Sex Dreams," "Swine" and "G.U.Y." Now, Mother Monster has lifted the veil off "Gypsy" and "Venus," via a live performance and teaser clip, respectively.

Gaga played the six-minute, piano ballad "Gypsy" at a listening party in Berlin Thursday night. Her fake mustache and blonde eyelashes can't distract from her emotionally jarring delivery, as the singer belts: "I don't want to be alone forever, but I love a gypsy life / I don't want to be alone forever, maybe we could see the world together? / I don't want to be alone forever, but I can be tonight."

The premiere wasn't the only ARTPOP tease Little Monsters got, as Gaga revealed a snippet of new song "Venus." Sounding like David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona updated for today's EDM-ified Top 40, Gaga theatrically sings fantastical lyrics about Greek goddess Aphrodite, sea shell bikinis and "garden panties."

The clip came with three (yes, three) single covers: One shows a topless Gaga with a scorpion on her face (see it here, but warning it's NSFW!); The second showing a faceless bat lying on a table (safe for work, here); The last showing naked Gaga with, what appears to be a diseased internal organ over her mouth (also, NSFW!!!).

And, phew, that's your ARTPOP update today. "Venus" will be released to iTunes October 28, with the full-length LP out November 11.