Lady Gaga’s R. Kelly Duet “Do What U Want” Previewed In Best Buy/Beats Ad: Listen
Lady Gaga enlisted a whole team of collaborators for ARTPOP, from rappers (T.I.) to DJs (Zedd) to artists outside the realm of music (Jeff Koons), but perhaps the most anticipated collab is her duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want.” Thanks to a new Best Buy ad for Beats, we can now hear a snippet of the powerhouse pairing. The track boasts an uptempo R&B beat that’s equally crisp and rubbery. Gaga opens the clip commanding “Do what you want, what you want with my body” using a throatier delivery that sort of resembles Christina Aguilera’s. (Or maybe we’re just subconsciously tying it to “Your Body”? Not trying to fan the feud flames here, I swear.)
“Do What U Want” appears to have an absolute stunner of a chorus, with both singers in full-on “take us to church” mode as they sing, “You can’t have my heart / And you won’t use my mind / But do what you want with my body.” Sometimes with these high profile duets, when you combine two huge voices and personalities, they cancel each other out and the result is majorly disappointing — either it’ll be too tepid or too tryhard. But based on this teaser, Gaga and Kells seem to have struck the right balance. Hear it below.
This is the second ARTPOP track to be previewed via commercial — two weeks ago, part of “Aura” premiered in a trailer for Machete Kills, which Gaga co-stars in.