Background and Composition
The song was originally composed under the working title of "Burqa", but the name was changed during the process of making the song. When the demo leaked, from which Emma, a moderator at GagaDaily, whom Gaga's wheelchair was named after, stated that she had been given permission to reveal the title of the track and its producers.
On October 29, 2012, Lady Gaga sent a message to Zedd on Twitter saying: "been listening to **rq* all day". Some fans believed this to be "Burqa", the working title of a confirmed track on ARTPOP. The name was also mentioned during Monstervision No.8 when Gaga asked Terry Richardson: "Are you singing Burqa?" during the clip. This speculation of furthered when Joe Germanotta told fans that "Burqa" was the best song on ARTPOP.
During the recording of the album, "Aura" was the the planned lead single for a long time. However, it was changed for “Applause,”. Lady Gaga disagreed with Interscope Records’ decision and took matters into her own hands by making a fake account on Gaga Daily under the username @BorisIsHere. Gaga Daily's moderators confirmed that this account was created by her. Lady Gaga shared herself a demo of the song, running for roughly four minutes, on SoundCloud and shared the link to it on Gaga Daily on August 5, 2013, and then the account was blocked on her own fan site. And soon that demo began being played on several radio stations in Australia and South Africa. After Lady Gaga admitted to it in artRAVE meet and greet that she leaked this song because Interscope was making her upset and she wanted fans to hear her new music. Also she said she wanted Aura to be the first single, so she made that account on Gaga Daily.
The final version of the song has Gaga singing in a lower voice instead of screaming the lyrics. Gaga explained during a Twitter Q&A that "These vocals were done at a special time during conception of the record. They were important to me and @Zedd. This is our vision".
|“||"Aura" is, the first experience that you have on the [ ARTPOP ] app. (...) So, I guess I wrote this song, as a way to sort of accompany, that initial experience. (...) So, this is really a song that is about a lot of different things, but what it is really, is that people have a certain perception of me, because I wear a lot of very visual fashion, and I’m a very creative person. So, this song is about me basically saying, that just because all of those things are there that doesn’t mean there’s not, sort of the same person underneath; and then also that, these veils are just protecting me from the thing that I hold most sacred: which is my creativity. And so it’s really, my aura, is the way that I deal with my insanity — and I feel quite insane — so, the song sounds quite insane. It’s a complextual record that I did with DJ Zedd and Infected Mushroom, and there’s sort of this Israeli guitar, that’s looping in and out of this, really complex beat; and you know, I’m kind of a complex personality, very intense personality. So, this song is both of those things. One of the lyrics is, [lyrics from "Aura"] “Enigma pop star is fun, she wear burqa for fashion / It’s not a statement as much as just a move of passion,” you know, everyone thinks everything I do is a statement, but sometimes I’m just moved by something passionate and I want to express it.||”|
On June 2017, the original old version of the song with alternative lyrics, "Burqa" surfaced online.
Part of the song was featured in the third official trailer for Machete Kills, which was released to United States theaters on October 11, 2013. It was later confirmed by MTV and E! that a lyric video for the song would be released on October 8, 2013. The lyric video's release was pushed back to later in the week, as confirmed by Gaga and VEVO both on their Twitter accounts, and is scheduled to be released later this week. When asked if the release of the video meant that "Aura" was the second single from the album, Gaga confirmed via Twitter that it is not the second single.
|Writers and producers||Lady Gaga, Zedd and Infected Mushroom|
|Recording by||Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA|
|Assistant recording||Benjamin 'Ben' Rice at Record Plant|
|Mixed by||Zedd at Zedd1, Santa Monica, CA|
|Assistant mixers||Ryan Shanahan and Jesse Taub|
|Mastering||Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA|
|Excutive Producer and A&R||Vincent Herbert for Streamline Records|
|Management||Troy Carter for Atom Factory|
- BMI | Repertoire
- ARTPOP Track-By-Track Commentary by Lady Gaga on Sirius XM