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Monday, October 21, 2013

Lady Gaga, Dat Ass & R. Kelly Collab On Fantastic 'ARTPOP' Buzz Single "Do What U Want"

While Lady Gaga teased a bit of her new ARTPOP buzz track "Do What U Want" in a Beats By Dre commercial last week, the full song was made available on iTunes today — and quickly shot to #1.

I'll admit, when I first saw R. Kelly would be featuring here, my eyes rolled higher than a 15-year-old stripper on a 30 foot pole. Thankfully, though, the song is easily one of the best that Gaga has ever recorded. "Do What U Want" isn't really setting any standards or breaking new ground, but it manages to do what too few tracks do these days: get back to simple pop basics. (Even Gaga, who shined in this area on her debut The Fame, lost the plot entirely with 2011's Born This Way.)

On "Do What U Want," Gaga and Kelly trade verses from opposing points of view over a sturdy synth track and solid beat. The lyrical gist: say what you want about Gaga in the press, but you can't have her heart and you can't stop her voice.

My only gripe: Kelly's voice is in top form — has anyone ever crooned "we don't give a fuck" so soulfully? — but his mediocre lyrics about being "at the club" and brushing off "haters" are beyond cliche.

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