Lady Gaga appears to be releasing new physical editions of her third studio album ‘Artpop’, six years after its release – but without ‘Do What U Want (With My Body)’, the song featuring R. Kelly.
Over the weekend, fans of the pop star unearthed pre-order listings for CD and vinyl versions of the album on retailer HMV’s website, sharing their discoveries on the forum Gaga Daily. Both versions of ‘Artpop’ leave ‘Do What U Want’ off the tracklist, and are due out on November 11th, a little over six years after the record’s release date of November 6th, 2013.
‘Do what U Want’ is already unavailable from Gaga’s pages on various streaming services. Earlier this year, the pop star had scrubbed the song from platforms and issued a statement in support of sexual assault victims, after the documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly increased media scrutiny on the R&B singer and stoked more support for the #MuteRKelly campaign. The six-part Lifetime series featured interviews and testimonials from numerous women who claimed they had been coerced and sexually assaulted by Kelly.
Well, now comes the tough decision of buying CDs or Vinyls…or maybe even both?