March 22, 2014 8:36pm PT by Kevin Rutherford, Billboard
Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Features Ladies of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Video)
Lady Gaga has no problem attaching art to music -- she named her last album ARTPOP and had a performance artist vomit on her at South by Southwest, after all -- and she's not showing signs of stopping anytime soon with her new music video, which nearly hits a 12-minute runtime.
On Saturday, March 22, the singer debuted her video for "G.U.Y." on NBC's Dateline prior to making the clip available online. In all, the video for the song, which is scheduled to impact radio next month, clocks in at 11 minutes, 46 seconds -- exceeding even her nine-minute romp with Beyonce on "Telephone" a few years back.
"G.U.Y.," an acronym for "girl under you," opens with a shot of the pop star, donning large, feathered wings and an arrow sticking out of her skin, face down on the ground, suited-up extras grabbing for money around her before abandoning her while "Artpop" plays in the background.
She later stumbles through a dusty terrain, collapsing at the gates of a large castle -- it was shot at Hearst Castle in California -- before she's placed in a pool of water, "Venus" now the soundtrack. She reemerges in a skimpy white outfit as the song everyone came for, "G.U.Y.," begins.
It's then that some familiar ladies, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster and Kim Richards among them, appear donning acoustic guitars, a harp and tambourine in a Greek mythology-inspired set surrounded by statuesque men and women. Even Bravo's Andy Cohen makes an appearance as the face of a Zeus-like god in the clouds.
Once the pop star reaches her Valhalla, Gaga and company unleash a series of dance moves across the castle, both in water and out of it, while seemingly plotting her revenge against the executives grabbing for money in the opening shot. Eventually, she travels to their offices, where she has her revenge of sorts.
The video was shot last month at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., and Gaga herself is listed as the director. It's the third official single from ARTPOP, following "Applause" and "Do What U Want." The album hit No. 1 upon its release last year, selling 258,000 copies in its first week.
Watch the "G.U.Y." clip below: