My first article for VICE.
Lady Gaga, Artpop album cover
On November 6th, 2013, Lady Gaga released the album Artpop, which prior to its release, the star told MTV she wanted to mirror “a night at the club.” Despite relatively mediocre sales, both singles—“Applause” and “Do What U Want”—have definitely been played at certain clubs, though probably not at the same clubs where Gaga is used to her hits being in rotation. Ironically, “Applause” is perhaps her best song to date, reminiscent of a glammed-out Annie Lennox, but it certainly breaks the mold of the watered down Euro trance thumpers she became famous for as a runway-styled Butoh cyborg character just a few years ago. And now, the girls and the gays alike seem to be bored with her.