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Lady Gaga with R. Kelly / Christina Aguilera
Writer(s) Stefani Germanotta
Paul Blair
Martin Bresso
William Grigahcine
(Robert Kelly)
Producer(s) DJ White Shadow
Lady Gaga
Length 3:47 (album version)
3:36 (remix single)

"Do What U Want" is a song by Lady Gaga, originally featuring R. Kelly. The song was released on October 21, 2013 as the second single from Gaga's third studio album Artpop (2013).

It is a synthpop and R&B song featuring 1980s-style synthesizers and an electronic instrumental track. The song's lyrics represent themes of sexual submission, with Gaga telling detractors that her thoughts, dreams, and feelings are her own, no matter what one does with her body.

Remix featuring Christina Aguilera

""I was really excited because The Voice called and said they wanted me to perform on the finale, and I obviously can't refuse. Such an amazing show! And I said I want to know if Christina wants to do it with me!"

An alternate studio version of "Do What U Want" featuring Christina Aguilera was released on January 1, 2014; it marks their first collaboration. On December 24, Aguilera tweeted that she was "working on something special" and attached an image of her singing in a recording studio. The session took place in the living room of singer Carly Simon's home at Martha's Vineyard, with assistance from Oak Bluffs-based producer Jimmy Parr. The following week, it was announced that a revised studio version of "Do What U Want" would be released, where the original vocals by Kelly are substituted for a verse performed by Aguilera.

The remix received generally favorable reviews from music critics; Melissa Locker from Time felt that the re-recorded version of the track "will allow more sales of the track without the moral dilemma that comes with supporting Kelly", who had previously been charged and acquitted for child pornography in the 2000s, and also complimented Gaga as a "savvy marketer" for releasing "two versions of a hit song with two different megastars".

Live Performance

It was first announced that Gaga would perform on the fifth season finale of The Voice on December 12, 2013, with the assumption that R. Kelly would accompany her during a performance of "Do What U Want". However, a television commercial aired on December 17, the evening of the finale, teased that "Christina joins Lady Gaga for one epic performance"; they sung "Do What U Want" as the final performance of the evening. Both appeared in "matching clothes" with few differences, Gaga wore a "jumpsuit all sharp, off-kilter angles", while Aguilera was dressed in a "slinky-sexy gown emphasizing her smooth curves". A writer from Rap-Up praised it as an "over-the-top" performance. Los Angeles Times writer Amy Reiter commended the pair's vocal ability as "triumphant".

Lyrics

Christina Aguilera Remix version

[Verse 1: Lady Gaga]
I feel good, I walk alone
But then I trip upon myself and I fall
I, I stand up, and then I'm okay
But then you print some shit
That makes me want to scream

[Pre-Chorus: Lady Gaga]
So do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want
Don't stop, let's party
Do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want
What you want with my body

Write what you want
Say what you want 'bout me
If you wanna know that I'm not sorry
Do what you want
What you want with my body
What you want with my body

[Chorus 1: Lady Gaga]
You can't have my heart
And you won't use my mind but
Do what you want with my body
(Do what you want) with my body
You can't stop my voice cause
You don't own my life but
Do what you want with my body
(Do what you want) with my body

[Verse 2: Christina Aguilera]
My bones hurt
From all the shows
But I don't feel the pain 'cause I'm a pro
I, I sink in
And then I'm ok,
'Cause my body belongs to you when I'm on stage

[Pre-Chorus: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera]
So do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want (Ooh, do what you want don't stop let's party)
Don't stop, let's party
Do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want
What you want with my body

Write what you want
Say what you want 'bout me
If you wanna know that I'm not sorry
Do what you want
What you want with my body
What you want with my body

[Chorus 2: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera]
You can't have my heart
And you won't use my mind but
Do what you want with my body
(Do what you want) with my body
You can't stop my voice cause
You don't own my life but
Do what you want with my body
(Do what you want) with my body

[Bridge: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera]
Sometimes I'm scared I suppose
If you ever let me go (aah, aah)
I would fall apart (apart)
If you break my heart (ooh)
So just take my body (body)
And don't stop the party ([Christina:] AHHHHHHH!)

[Chorus 3: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera]
You can't have my heart
And you won't use my mind but
Do what you want with my body (Do what you want, do what you want, OOH!)
(Do what you want) with my body
You can't stop my voice cause (my voice)
You don't own my life but
Do what you want with my body (Do what you want with me, Ooh)
(Do what you want) with my body

[Outro: Lady Gaga & Christina Aguilera]
[Gaga:] Do what you want with me
[Christina:] What you want Lady Gaga?
[Gaga:] What you want with me Christina?
[Christina:] Ooh what you want with my body
[Gaga:] Do what you want with me
[Both:] (Ooh) what you want with my body
[Gaga:] Do what you want with me
[Both:] What you want with my body world
[Both:] Help me now
[Christina:] What you want with my body world
[Gaga:] Do what you want with my body, (Hey!) do what you want with my body...


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