She began the show with “Aura”, the previously-leaked, worldly-influenced progressive pop song, and then proceeded to debut a pair of pop anthems, “Manicure” and “ARTPOP”, before bringing out Too $hort and Twista for her first dabbling in hip-hip with “Jewel and Drugs” (the song also features T.I. but he was absent from the performance).
Next came the overly explicit “Sex Dreams”, complete with lyrics such as “When I lay in bed, I touch myself and think about you”; a rocker called “Swine”, which saw Gaga give her best Karen O impression; the piano balled “I Wanna Be With You”; and, finally, the lead single “Applause” to close out the concert.
Prior to performing “Jewel and Drugs”, Gaga said, “When I was making ARTPOP, I was thinking about what I truly wanted, what was the intention of the item… I wanted to make music that set me free. What I mean is, I wanted to set myself free from this box, this box they put you in in pop music… I want to live outside the box.”
She continued: “I made some music that’s a little bit different than I’ve made before, but I made it because I’m a fan. I’m a fan of all different kinds of music.”
Watch footage of each new song below. You’ll also see ambitious visuals and a series of costume changes, which we’re not even going to begin to try to describe.
ARTPOP arrives November 11th.
“Jewel and Drugs”:
“I Wanna Be with You”: