Last night at London’s iTunes Festival, Lady Gaga took the stage not to race through a breathless romp of her many enormous hits, but rather, to play a set comprised entirely of new songs from her upcoming LP ARTPOP. As with all things Gaga, it was hit-and-miss — but it also showed more moments of greatness than anything I’ve seen from her since The Fame Monster. She looked like a real artist, dynamic and compelling, with extraordinary pop melodies and a lot of heart. If it was far from pristine, it proved without a doubt that Gaga’s still got it.
The 70-minute set saw her debuting a string of tracks from the upcoming record — “Aura,” “MANiCURE,” the title track, “Jewels & Drugs” with T.I., Too $hort and Twista, “Sex Dreams,” “Swine,” “I Wanna Be With You” and lead single “Applause.” Her influences sounded diverse — it’s all theatrical pop, but there’s ’80s R&B, trap, house and glam-rock all thrown in for good measure, too — and most impressively, the show’s production was bombastic, high-concept and impeccably executed. She’s a spectacular performer, full stop.
There’s no artistic cohesion, the lyrics are still frequently cringe-worthy and her delivery is overly affected — and yet, it’s hard to watch this and not feel pretty excited for ARTPOP, no? Several of the songs were nothing short of deranged, in the most genius way.
Watch all the videos below.
Lady Gaga – “Aura”
Lady Gaga – “MANiCURE”
Lady Gaga – “Jewels & Drugs”
Lady Gaga – “ARTPOP”
Lady Gaga – “Swine”
Lady Gaga – “I Wanna Be With You”
Lady Gaga – “Sex Dreams”
Lady Gaga – “Applause”