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"Applause" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while the lyrics for "Applause" are fairly tame, with only one minor drug reference and no iffy language or sexy stuff, the videos are more suited to an older audience. The official video shows Lady Gaga in numerous skimpy outfits and writhing around suggestively in lingerie. The lyric video is set in a club with drag queens strutting down the cat walk.
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What's the story?
"APPLAUSE" is the first single from Lady Gaga's third album Artpop and examines the relationship between art and pop. The frenetic video shows Gaga in various skimpy costumes that reference art and pop culture icons like David Bowie, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and Marilyn Monroe.
Is it any good?
Lady Gaga fans will probably love "Applause" with its club beats and infectious repetition of "I live for the applause-plause / live for the applause-plause." And it's definitely an earworm that you can't help singing along to. But unlike some of Gaga's previous work, "Applause" and its accompanying video feels like all style and no substance.
The single proves that throwing around references to Koons ("One second I'm a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me") and dressing up like famous works of art doesn't put you in the same league as the masters. In fact, it's mostly kind of laughable, especially in the video. Gaga's overly intense expression and random costume changes come across as manic, and leave you mostly wondering what exactly she's trying to say.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the message of "Applause." What do you think Lady Gaga is trying to say about the connection between pop culture and art with the lyrics "Pop culture was an art, now art's in pop culture in me."
What pop culture and art references does Lady Gaga use in the song and video?
What do you think of the official video? Do you like it? Why or why not?
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