Lady Gaga sat down with Ryan Seacrest this morning for an in-depth, highly detailed hourlong interview — the kind that come so naturally to Mother Monster. The ground covered? ARTPOP, “Applause,” Katy Perry, her makeup, leaks, her health, Jimmy Iovine, her weight, Marina Abramovic and some other stuff, too. Call it A Very Gaga Christmas, because that’s basically what it was for her fans.
The highlights: Gaga arrived wearing makeup that she generously described as ““a pissed-off teenager that made out with a clown”; in short order, Ryan was rocking a similar look. She also told listeners that the video for “Applause” would be premiering next week on Good Morning America, so that’s something solid — as long as nobody leaks it early. (She’s had dreadful luck with that lately, hasn’t she?)
Onto equally important things: The ongoing fan warfare between her Little Monsters and Katy Perry’s fans, exacerbated by the nearly-simultaneous releases of their respective comeback singles. Gaga had tweeted asking for peace, which she expanded upon in the interview: “I was really bothered by the media pitting me and Katy Perry against each other because look, we both just happened to want to put our singles out within a week of each other,” Gaga said. “And it’s not necessarily convenient for everyone and may be a little bit awkward … But we don’t need to force feed this negativity into it until everyone explodes it just turns it in to a competition … I really like Katy Perry and respect everyone in this industry because it was really hard for me to get here and I’m sure it wasn’t easy for her to get where she is, so I just wanted to put an end to it.”
She also revealed that when she was putting together ARTPOP, she wrote “70 to 100″ songs before narrowing it down to 40, which she brought in to play for legendary music exec Jimmy Iovine: “‘Applause’ almost didn’t make the album. We played ‘Applause’ last and Jimmy looked at me and said, ‘Every record that you played me is better than the one that you played before it, so the last one should be your first single.” And just like that, history was made.
Want more? Listen to the interview below.