Lady Gaga & R. Kelly’s “Do What U Want” Enjoys Sales Boost After Apology
Update: “Do What U Want” has been removed from iTunes.
Well, this backfired! Lady Gaga issued an apology for collaborating with R. Kelly on 2013’s “Do What U Want” in the early hours of the morning and promised to remove the song from streaming services. Only instead of burying the matter in the lead-up to the Oscars, her statement has sparked a whole new conversation on social media and sent the song soaring up iTunes. It’s currently sitting at number 12 and could crack the top 10 by the end of the day. This was definitely not the intended effect.
“I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life,” Gaga explained. “I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again… I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.” Don’t be gross. Download or stream the version featuring Christina Aguilera (below) if you have to.