by Casey Lewis
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Lady Gaga doesn't do things by the book. So when it came time to roll out Artpop, she wasn't just going to quietly release one of the most anticipated albums of the year with little fanfare. This is the girl who gets her kicks from doing the unexpected. (Do we need to remind you about the time she wore a dress made of sirloin steak? Or hatched out of an egg on stage? Or...okay, we'll stop there, but you get the idea.)
So last night, to celebrate her third effort, out today worldwide, she threw an enormous extravaganza in Brooklyn that was part party, part performance art piece. At ArtRave, as the soiree was dubbed, she sang a bunch of new songs and danced around sculptures by Jeff Koons, the artist behind her album cover.
But it's never just about the music for this provocative songstress. In addition to unveiling a bunch of Artpop tracks, Lady Gaga also revealed the world's first flying dress. Because, why not? Though she didn't give an explanation for her aeronautical attire, we have to assume there was some sort of spreading-her-wings symbolism going on.
As for the actual music? While 2011's Born This Way was undeniably experimental, Artpop is full of dance-worthy synthpop that's destined for radio greatness, similar to her 2008 debut, The Fame. If you dig "Applause," the first single of the album, the rest of the songs will have you giving a standing ovation.
So download the album on iTunes, stream it on Spotify, or watch last night's ArtRave livestream all over again. It's guaranteed to make your Monday infinitely better, even if you're not wearing a flying dress.
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