Reporting Annie Reuter
Lady Gaga has had a busy few days. In an interview with Carson Daly today (August 13) on Los Angeles station AMP Radio (a Radio.com station), just a day after her new single “Applause” was officially released, Gaga confirmed that she will be headlining the iTunes Music Festival on September 1 in London, where she will perform an hour of all new music.
Moreover, Gaga discussed the documentary she’s been working on, which encompasses the making of her upcoming album ARTPOP, her hip injury and surgery, and behind-the-scenes tour footage. As first revealed in tweets from last Christmas and confirmed today, Gaga is collaborating with distinctive photographer/director Terry Richardson on the feature film, which is due out next year. He traveled the world alongside Gaga, capturing the highs and lows.
It seems Richardson is not the only collaborator on the film. Some of the footage that Gaga shot with New York performance artist Marina Abramović will be incorporated into the doc, and Gaga notes that it will be very, well, naked.
“That’s how I work, I work naked and smoking and drinking and writing,” Gaga told AMP. “I like to feel free.”
Speaking on Abramović, Gaga had only positive things to say regarding the artist, who supposed “sobered [her] up a lot.”
“She saved my life,” Gaga said. “I felt polluted for a while by fame. My time spent with her she spent cleaning my spirit and my house.”
As for less uplifting topics in the Mother Monster’s world, it seems the hacker who leaked “Applause” a week ahead of its scheduled Aug. 19th release date will be going to jail… which doesn’t make her feel great. While the leak had Gaga and her team working all night to release the song officially via iTunes, she said she’s pleased with the amount of spins it has received.
“We found the person who did it and they’re probably going to go to jail,” she said. “I hate that. I don’t have any control over that. I’m an artist from Interscope Records, what’s lucrative for me privately, is also lucrative for the company. If there’s anymore leaks they go to jail and it makes me so upset because they’re just fans and they’re excited to get any new music out.”
The realities of being one of the world’s biggest pop stars came up again when Gaga discussed her renewed work ethic.
“I found that discipline and sense of ambition I’ve had in me since I was very young, in a way I’ve never felt before,” she said. “As a pop singer, they try to put us in a box. For me as an artist, every time I put an album out there’s this thing that happens that the public, they really try to push you back into the box. I won’t ever be inside the box and that’s why my fans fell in love with me in the beginning and that’s why I fell in love with them as a fan base. I don’t have to be a girl that doesn’t write her music and makes inconsequential pop music. It doesn’t have to come from the machine to be great.”
“A true glam album” in Gaga’s words, ARTPOP will be released Nov. 11. She described it in four words as: “We could belong together.”
(Additional reporting by Jillian Mapes, Radio.com)