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    Default Lady Gaga - Artpop

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

    allmusic gives it a 1.8 of 3.0
    Spotify online listen
    rather crude on the duets with T.I. and R. Kelly (5 and 7)
    not unexpected, but this is just too electronic for me
    making these comments as I listen
    and it gets better near the end
    I think Dope is my fav

    Bio - from allmusic

    Glamorously gaudy, a self-made post-modern diva stitched together from elements of Madonna, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga was the
    first true millennial superstar. Mastering the constant connection of the internet era, Gaga generated countless mini-sensations through her
    style, her videos, and her music, cultivating a devoted audience she dubbed "Little Monsters." But it wasn't just a cult that turned her 2008
    manifesto The Fame into a self-fulfilling prophecy: Gaga crossed over into the mainstream, ushering out one pop epoch and kick-starting a new
    one, quickly making such turn-of-the-century stars as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears seem old-fashioned, quite a trick for any artist to
    pull off, but especially impressive for an artist who specialized in repurposing the past -- particularly the '80s -- for present use, creating
    sustainable pop for a digital world.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly given her flair for grand gestures, Lady Gaga has deep roots in drama. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the
    future Gaga played piano as a child and pursued musical theater in high school, regularly auditioning for New York-based television shows,
    notably landing a background role for a 2001 episode of The Sopranos. At the age of 17 she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the
    Arts in their Collaborative Arts Project 21. As she studied, she continued to eke her way into show biz, winding up with an appearance on MTV's
    short-lived post-Punk'd reality show Boiling Points in 2005. Not long afterward, she left school so she could concentrate on her music, fronting
    a band called SGBand, which released two EPs prior to splitting. Germanotta then teamed with producer Rob Fusari, a collaboration that produced
    not only her stage name Lady Gaga, but recordings that led to her signing with Def Jam in the fall of 2006. Her association with Def Jam was
    short-lived: the label dropped her early in 2007. Gaga rebounded by working with performance artist Lady Starlight, the two developing the Lady
    Gaga & the Starlight Revue, a tongue-in-cheek neo-burlesque act that gained positive press and proved to be her last stop before signing with
    Interscope later in 2007. While at Interscope she created a bond with Akon, who convinced Interscope head Jimmy Iovine to have her co-sign with
    his Kon Live imprint, and then Gaga began working with producer/songwriter RedOne, a union that led to the songs that would bring her fame:
    "Just Dance," "LoveGame," and "Poker Face." These songs formed the foundation of The Fame, the debut album that appeared in August 2008.

    Initially, Lady Gaga had greater success in Europe, thanks in large part to the "Just Dance" single, which earned club play in the U.S. and
    chart placement in other territories. Gaga's march toward the top of the American chart was slow but "Just Dance" reached the peak position in
    January 2009, followed swiftly by "Poker Face," the single that firmly pushed her into the mainstream, its popularity growing so large it often
    functioned as a punch line on TV in addition to winning a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. "LoveGame" and "Paparazzi" also appeared as singles
    before Gaga released The Fame Monster in time for the holiday season of 2009. The mini-LP, available separately and as a package with The Fame,
    contained the single "Bad Romance" whose popularity soon rivaled "Poker Face" and helped kickstart a stellar year for Gaga in 2010. That year,
    the hit singles "Bad Romance," "Alejandro," and the Beyoncé duet "Telephone," along with the successful Monster Ball Tour, put Lady Gaga front
    and center with the public as she worked on her sophomore album, announcing the May release of Born This Way on New Year's Day 2011. The steady
    march to its summer unveiling was preceded by the release of three singles --"Born This Way," "Judas," and "The Edge of Glory"-- all leading up
    to the highly anticipated Born This Way. Arriving to mixed reviews, the album was a hit but didn't quite live up to its high expectations, yet
    it produced more genuine hits with "Marry the Night." A full remix of the album, naturally called Born This Way: The Remix, appeared at the end
    of the year, as did a holiday television special called A Very Gaga Thanksgiving and an accompanying EP, A Very Gaga Holiday.

    Gaga continued to promote Born This Way throughout 2012, appearing at various star-studded events and television programs while continuing her
    international tour. The tour came to a halt in February of 2013, when she announced that she had hip surgery to repair a labral tear. As she was
    healing, she worked on her third album, Artpop. Preceded by the singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want," the latter a duet with R. Kelly, Artpop
    was released in early November 2013.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    If Born This Way was made for the Little Monsters, its 2013 sequel ARTPOP was made for the world. Lady Gaga has grand designs for her third
    album, to pull a "reverse Warhol," which presumably means she wants to channel high art into pop instead of pop into high art, but it's a little
    difficult to discern Gaga's intent, either in this statement or ARTPOP as a whole. Willfully existing simply on the surface, a surface that
    perhaps (or perhaps not) signifies a greater depth, ARTPOP is teasingly garish, its bright colors and brittle beats attacking with glee, the
    emphasis always on big, pulsating beats, shattered reflections, and sound cascading over song in every instance. Inevitably, this emphasis on
    production means the pop in ARTPOP winds up diminished; perhaps it's "pop" in the pop-art sense, as it's shamelessly intentionally populist, but
    as pop music it's stiff, relying not on hooks in either its melody or rhythm, but rather a full-on glitz blitz that can dazzle as often as it
    tires. Lost in her self-generated mythos, Gaga doesn't much care whether her music sticks as long as she's not ignored -- even such seemingly
    soul-baring moments as the single-spotlight showcase "Dope" aren't confessional so much as gear shifts designed to capture attention -- and
    ARTPOP continually demands attention as it eschews the notion of love, right down to how all the sex songs deliberately separate the body from
    the soul. This isn't limited to Gaga's exhortation to R. Kelly to "do what you want with my body" on "Do What U Want," either. At times --
    particularly through the album's first half -- ARTPOP is a non-stop erotic cabaret, Gaga contorting herself to fulfill any desire, switching
    roles between a guy and a girl, and a bottom and a top, her ambidextrous sexuality signaling power, not sensuality. This same arrogance glides
    her through songs about style -- the ludicrous "Donatella," a tribute to Versace that borders on character assassination; "Fashion!," which
    isn't a David Bowie cover, no matter how much it longs to be -- and through the songs about drugs, a cycle that takes her toward a concluding
    coda where Gaga stands resplendent in the applause. The concept is artful and logical, yet ARTPOP never insinuates or settles in the
    subconscious; it always assaults, determined to make an impression even when all it has to say is that it doesn't have much to say.

    since we've already posted the singles
    I thought this was interesting:

    Track Listing

    1. Aura
    2. Venus
    3. G.U.Y.
    4. Sexxx Dreams
    5. Jewels N' Drugs
    6. MANiCURE
    7. Do What U Want
    8. ARTPOP
    9. Swine
    10. Donatella
    11. Fashion!
    12. Mary Jane Holland
    13. Dope
    14. Gypsy
    15. Applause
    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
    Will Rogers

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    i posted "dope" as a single release a week or two ago...very good track IMO

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    Yes indeedy! DOPE is dope dude!


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