This Creative Decision Didn't Age Well
While she has settled into a more mature role as Oscar winner, Lady Gaga used to function mostly as a provocateur, and one of her most controversial decisions was to include R&B singer and sexual predator R. Kelly on her Artpop track, "Do What U Want."
A Reissue Remedies The Problem
In the wake of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, many former collaborators issued apologies and renounced their former work with Kelly. Lady Gaga removed that version of "Do What U Want" from all streaming platforms and issued an apology and called the allegations against him "horrifying” and “indefensible."
"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life."
Her Change Of Heart
On Tuesday, it was announced that Gaga was reissuing CD and vinyl versions of Artpop on November 11, and the collaboration has been removed from the album's track list entirely. An original copy of the 2013 album is also listed on her website but is labeled "Sold Out."
Honestly, the album should have been reissued with the version Gaga recorded with Christina Aguilera, which still totally slaps.