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Since early January, Gaga fans have been hungry for details on the ARTPOP project. Today, we've got some big news. Gaga tweeted the track list of her November 8 release with the help of the L.A. Rivington Rebels graffiti art. T.I., Too $hort, and Twista are featured on a track, but we already knew about that thanks to Gaga's iTunes Festival performance. Gaga also confirmed that the final installment of her femme fatale video trilogy, featuring "Paparazzi" and "Telephone," will come out of this album. But the biggest surprise is R. Kelly, who appears to have collaborated with the great Ga on a track.
The song in question, "Do What U Want," is a surprise to say the least. Rumors of a Rihanna x Lady Gaga collaboration seemed like the duet-most-likely after Rih cryptically tweeted about a "#monster" studio session with one of her favorite artists. She then went on to tweet lyrics of Gaga'a new song "Sexxx Dreams," which Gaga responded to. And, yet, there's no Rihanna to be found on the track list! Sigh.
Beyoncé, who was also rumored to be involved in the album, is no where to be found on the 15-song LP. Nor is Azealia Banks, who was also expected to make an appearance. There is still hope, though. Most artists these days are releasing deluxe editions of their albums featuring more songs. Gaga hasn't mentioned whether the track list is for the regular or deluxe versions of ARTPOP.
The musician's track list has become kind of a big deal these days. Fans take to forums to speculate the the names of songs, who's guest starring, and what they'll sound like even before an artist has wrapped up in the studio. It's the fantasy football of the music industry. Check out Gaga's line-up below.
4. Sexxx Dreams
5. Jewels N’ Drugs ft. T.I., Too $hort, and Twista
7. Do What U Want ft. R. Kelly
12. Mary Jane Holland