"G.U.Y." is a song written by Lady Gaga and produced by Zedd in 2012 from ARTPOP. Gaga revealed the song title in an interview with Stylist magazine. Shortly after the publication of the article, Gaga published a message on Little Monsters: "They got the title wrong. its G.U.Y (Girl Under You) :)" On October 14, 2013, Gaga told Emma, the second little monster to join the Haus, to play a 12 second snippet of G.U.Y. on RadioARTPOP, a fan-made webshow that livestreamed the snippet. The song was released as the third single from ARTPOP and was registered on Gaga's BMI on February 14, 2014. It was sent to airways four days after this.
|“||Any kind of feminist has valid views for herself about what it means to be a feminist, but, as a new-age feminist, I would say I quite like the transference of strength I feel by submitting to a man – being under him. I actually wrote a song about it on my album, it’s called GUY and it stands for Go Under You. So wearing make-up, smelling delicious and having suckable, kissable, edible things between your limbs is something I find strengthening because I know that when I pick the right guy, I can let him have it. Some women feel oppressed by make-up and clothing, and here’s to them, they have every right to feel that way as well.||”|
—Lady Gaga for Stylist
Gaga also talked about the creation of the song and collaborating with Zedd on Sirius XM.
I did this record with Zedd – you know him from 'Clarity', it's a great song. What I really like about G.U.Y. is that it's really about new-wave feminism, which is that we don't feel the need – for me, anyway – to be on top all the time, to be in charge or take control as a man. I'm a power bottom, I like to be underneath, so 'G.U.Y.' stands for 'Girl Under You' (...), so the record is all about being comfortable being underneath because you're strong enough to know that you don't have to be on top to know you're worth it. And it's great 'cause I worked on it with Zedd – but again, like since I co-produced the record – it's really fun I think for Zedd's fans to hear how different this is from his other stuff. You know you can hear two people really collaborating and having an exchange between auras.
|Writers and producers||Lady Gaga and Zedd|
|Recording by||Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA|
|Assistant recording||Benjamin 'Ben' Rice at Record Plant|
|Instructional voice||Sonja Durham of Haus of Gaga|
|Mixed by||Zedd at Zedd1, Santa Monica, CA|
|Assistant mixers||Ryan Shanahan and Jesse Taub|
|Mastering||Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA|
Lady Gaga tweeted the official single artwork for "G.U.Y." on March 24, 2014. The artwork follows the same "white canvas and signature" template as the other singles from ARTPOP, and features Gaga as a fallen Phoenix from the opening "ARTPOP" scene of the "G.U.Y." music video. As Gaga directed the video, she also hand-wrote the text on the cover herself using a black marker pen.
Released: April 29, 2014
Catalog #: N/A
Photography: Meeno Peluce
|1.||"G.U.Y." (St. Lucia Remix)||5:29|
|2.||"G.U.Y." (Rami Samir Afuni Remix)||4:28|
|3.||"G.U.Y." (Wayne G 'Throwback Anthem' Remix)||7:53|
|4.||"G.U.Y." (Lovelife Remix)||3:15|
|5.||"G.U.Y." (KDrew Remix)||4:45|
|Italy||March 28, 2014||Contemporary hit radio|
|United States||April 8, 2014||Contemporary hit radio|
|United Kingdom||May 12, 2014||Contemporary hit radio|
|St. Lucia Remix||5:29||G.U.Y. (Remixes)||2014|
|Rami Samir Afuni Remix||4:22|
|Wayne G "Throwback Anthem" Remix||7:53|
On March 14, 2014, Gaga revealed during her keynote speech with John Norris that she would release her next Music video "next saturday". She also twetted a still from the clip after the keynote with the following caption: NEW LADY GAGA VIDEO next Saturday 3.22 http://bplane.co/A7a4af. On March 19, Gaga twitted: I'm so excited for you to see the new video! 3.5 days! Can anyone guess the #NextARTPOPSingle. On the same day, a preview of the clip was also confirmed to be airing on The Today Show on Friday, March 21, 2014. A "takeover" of American Top 40 with host Ryan Seacrest was also announced for Sunday, March 23, 2014.
It was confirmed on March 20 via Twitter from Dateline, a show on NBC that they would be premiering the music video for "G.U.Y.". The clip was shot at Hearst Castle in California on February 11 to 13, 2014.
The full G.U.Y. music video lasts nearly twelve minutes and features four songs. Shortened versions of "ARTPOP" and "Venus", the full version of "G.U.Y.", and an extended version of "MANiCURE" during the credits. Although, the video has been changed because, in the original video, MANiCURE started over after the first chorus, while the changed version has the guitar solo in the song extended.
A shortened version of the music video was released a few days after the full-length clip, and only included the "G.U.Y." section of the video.
- Sketches by Max Forward
ARTPOP: Phoenix Scene
The video begins with the instrumental of "ARTPOP" in the desert (Hearst Ranch) with businessmen fighthing about money while carrying bows and arrows. Gaga is seen as a Phoenix lying down with an arrow stuck on her back. The businessmen then leave the scene without trying to help Gaga as they are too busy trying to catch money on the ground.
Venus: Hearst Castle Scene
In an interview with Andy Cohen, Gaga explained that she's a phoenix rising from the ashes and heading to Hearst Castle to be brought back to life. When she arrived, she collapsed onto the ground and two male guards rescue her. The men then take her to the Neptune pool and place a flowery head scarf over her body, lift her up high and lower her into the pool where synchronized swimmers await and she is snapped back into reality.
- [A] Asiel Hardison and Graham Breitenstein are wearing black capes by Martijn van Strien.
- [B] The dancers are wearing headpieces by Arturo Rios with swimsuits by Mikoh, Beach Riot, Araks and American Apparel with creations by Katarzyna Konieczk and Valentim Quaresma.
- [C] The male dancers are wearing white leather vests by BLK DNM, jeans by Paige Denim with boots by Dr. Martens. The female models are wearing silver orbs headpieces and paper couture pieces by Bea Szenfeld. The swimmers are wearing neoprene headpieces by Mia Gyzander with black wetsuits by Body Glove.
- [D] Lady Gaga wears a headdress by Philip Treacy.
The Real Housewives Scene
Gaga is then snapped back to reality by seeing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills playing instruments and singing the song. The Housewives are Kyle Richards, Yolanda H. Foster, Lisa Vanderpump, Kim Richards and Brandi Glanville.
G.U.Y: Neptune Pool Scene
In the first scene, as Gaga regained consciousness, Andy Cohen can be seen playing Zeus (or God) in the sky. Gaga explained that she did that because she felt that reality TV really run our lives now. "So it's really an inside joke about what I think Pop culture is today. You are God obviously." - Gaga to Andy Cohen in 2014.
- Lady Gaga wears an outfit by Jean Paul Gaultier.
White Roses Scene
- Lady Gaga wears a swimsuit by Mia Gyzander Costumes, and an outfit by Bea Szenfeld for the second scene.
White Space Scene
- Lady Gaga wears silk scarf with fishnet. On nail, "Faint White Diamon" nail lacquer by Azature.
White Garden Scene
- Lady Gaga wears a denim outfit by Muto-Little Costumes.
In the opening of this scene, Gaga is seen with SkyDoesMinecraft, a YouTuber. He is helping Gaga to crack the code to open four coffins using Minecraft. Jesus, Gandhi, John Lennon and Michael Jackson are each contained within one coffin each, which she will later use to clone them. Gaga takes the blood of kindness and calls it G.U.Y. In the video, John Lennon is not seen and the model is only noted in the credits.
Gaga has explained that she loves Minecraft and played it when it was released.
- Lady Gaga wears an outfit by POL, and a belt by Zana Bayne for Prabal Gurung. Lego flowers by Nathan Sawaya.
Roman Pool Scene
- Lady Gaga wears a swimsuit by POL with small cuffs by Lynn Ban, and ankle sleeve heels by Ruthie Davis.
- Some of the male models are wearing gold wings floaties (original idea by Lady Gaga, concept by Gianni Catalina, creation by Marialia Pacitto) with underwear by Versace. Lego fruits by Nathan Sawaya.
Seashell Bedroom Scene
- Lady Gaga wears a swimsuit by La Perla with a barbed wire choker by Lynn Ban, and shoes by Sonia Rykiel.
- Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya.
Cloning Factory Scene
- Lady Gaga wears a playsuit by New York Vintage with shoes by Christopher Kane for the first scene and for the second, she wears jeans by Versace.
Commercial Building Scene
Gaga bursts into the commercial building to get revenge for trying to kill her in the first scene. She receives the help of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to inject and kill them essentially, with kindness.
- Lady Gaga wears a hat by Arturo Rios, a fur coat by Helen Yarmak, bodysuit by SOMARTA, and boots by Pleaser.
- One of the male clones wears a "LG" necklace by Tarra Rosenbaum.
Final Scene + Credits
Here, in the last scene, the men that were injected with G.U.Y. are now walking out of Hearst Castle and are perceived to be the people that are kind and thoughtful in the industry, but are not like their older selves who attempted to murder Phoenix Gaga, which represent corrupted businessmen.
The music video was shot in a studio lot and also at Hearst Ranch, Hearst Castle and a commercial building in California on February 8 to 13, 2014. The six-day shoot became her longest music video shot to this day. Usually, her music videos take only two days of shooting.
Prior to the shoot on February 6, 2014, Hearst Castle announced that they would allow Gaga to do a project there. The news attracted media attention as it was the first time since 1960 that a video project was shot there. In exchange for the permission to shoot there, Gaga recorded a public service announcement for the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation and one short feature on the castle to educate about water conservation. She also had to pay the standard $22,100 special event fee and to reimburse the state for all the costs in production. Gaga, her parents, and associates also donated $250,000 to the Hearst Castle foundation in addition to underwriting a $25,000 water supply study and paying special fees.
A behind the scenes video was recorded during shooting. A part of it was used exclusively on The Today Show on Friday, March 21, 2014, as the first official footage from the video. On March 24, 2014, a new trailer for the behind the scenes video was uploaded on Vevo.
|Producers||Nicole Ehrlich, Andrew Listermann|
|Executive producer||Emerald Listermannn|
|Production company||Rocket In My Pocket, Riveting Entertainment|
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Band||Kim Richards, Yolanda Hadid, Carlton Gebbia|
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Accomplice||Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Gigolo "Giggy" Vanderpump|
|John Lennon||Alexander Xavier|
|Michael Jackson||Drake James|
|CEO #1||Greg Carlson|
|CEO #2||Louis Dezseran|
|CEO #3||James Marshall Case|
|Dancers||Asiel Hardison, Ian McKenzie, Graham Breitenstein, David Lei Brandt, Kevin Frey, David Masterson, Nicholas Geurts, Casey Johansen, Gianinni Moreira, Daniel Dory, Amanda Balen, Montana Efaw, Chelsea Traille, Theresa Stone, Heather Blum, Karen Chuang, Tamina Pol'ack-Paris, Benedicte Castillo, Joy Spears, Ashely Seldon, Maile Hochul, Veronica Mejia, Dominique Young, Lydia Sims|
|Synchronized Swimmers||Diana Care, Morane de Place, Amy Funder, Erin Ganley, Amanda Godinez, Bianca Johnson, Shannon Kelly-Jones, Brittany Hipp, Teresa Liccardo, Rachel Rife,Rebekah Rife, Catherine Hamilton, Rachel Suggs, Cally Timm|
|Businessmen||Fred Brotman, Michael Walton, David Rode, Chuck Pelletier, Antonio Rufino, Patrick Kanehann, Michael S. Brown, Dave Kirkpatrick, Matt Campbell, Aaron Baldwin, Alan Richardson, Alexander Cole, Austin I'anson, Bob Collins, Brandon Renfro, Brian Giangrunda, Brain Reed, Bruce Staufenburg, Clif Juell, Cory Moore, Dan Propst, David La Voy, David Paiz, James Calder, John Patchin, Johnny Costa, Joseph Skoda IV, Joseph Skoda, Josh Johnson, Kody Nelson, Marc Merk, Mark Olson, Philip Epstein, Ray Rocha, Robert Swan, Sam Silva, Steve Montes, Steve Ridge, Warren Zeal, William Stephens, Alan Mueting, Charles Harris, Corey Devonacha, Da Ron Mitchell, Daniel Robinson, Darell Davine, Darryl White Jr, Dwight Equitz, Edward Martinez, Filippo Calvagno, Gary Plummer, Geoffrey Gilbert, Greg Gittens, Herman Sinitzyn, Ian Krieger, Ivan Crasci, Iveory Edward Johnson, Jamal Kazak, James Day, James Hardy, John Robert, Rohnnie Prescott, Jose Rosete, Joshua Parrish, Josiah Black, Justin Bahniuk, Keith Naqm, Larry Pacheco, Leroy Wellington, Maaz Ali, Michael Paskel, Nik Petcov, Paul Walsh, Philip Hersh, Tobias Dorner, Zack Hurshawe|
|Businesswomen||Amanda Fugate-Moss, Trina Rochford|
|Office Building Security Guard||Rigo Obezo|
|Heist Driver||Fernando Orozco|
|Female Models||Monique Hayward, Katerina Lova, Lauren York, Bridget Jones, Chase Kennedy, Alyx Bien, Anastacia Chence, Kelsey Norris, Stephanie Danielson, Alana Noland, Amber Erby, Aneiszka Sea Hunter, Catherine Fetsco, Diana Butova, Sarah Roberts, Tatiana Dekhtyarm Virginia Anders|
|Male Models/Clones||Ajdin Sefer, Alejandro Montesinos, Alvaro Alvarec, Elvis Rivera, Kennen Miller, T.J. Degenhardt, Tim Giraud, Connor Breen, Chase, Mattson, James Schaepe, Alex Heim, Alex Ramadan, Austin Phillips, Justin Shaw, Spenser Watkins, Emil Rapp, Ryan Hunter, Gino Vigil, Cole Jesienouski, Weston Serame, Wade Holter, Aaron Thornton, Cedrick Kern, Davon Waker, Elie Akl, Ethan Clarke, Hunter Clowdus, Ismail Hzmeed, Kenny Sale, Lucas McGarvey, Luka Mihovilovic, Markos Lomeli, Michael Walton, Paul Black, Trevor Holmes, Travis Scholz, Connor DE St Croix, Kevin Challinor, CJ Forst|
The G.U.Y. Hotel
From Mach 28, 2014 at 1PM to April 10, 2014, The OUT NYC hotel lobby hosted an exhibition of costumes, props, art from the video for "G.U.Y." The gallery was open to the public free daily from noon to 11PM. Until April 7, visitors who fill out a form at THE OUT NYC have a chance to win a pair of tickets for Gaga’s sold-out Roseland Ballroom concert that night.
THE OUT NYC’s nightclub, BPM, and CLICK will also play host Gaga's official Roseland after-party on Friday, April 4th with her producer DJ White Shadow and Steven Redant spinning.
- BMI | Repertoire
- Fashion credits for the music video adapted from Gaga Fashionland
- ARTPOP Track-By-Track Commentary by Lady Gaga on Sirius XM