"Venus" is a song written by Lady Gaga with DJ White Shadow in 2012-13 for ARTPOP. She revealed the song title on September 20, 2013 via Twitter. According to Lady Gaga, "Venus" was produced by an "up and coming female producer"; that statement made fans think that the song was produced by Lady Gaga herself. "Venus" serves as a promotional single from the album. The song was registered onto Gaga's BMI on February 14, 2014.
Background"Venus" was the last song recorded for the album according to audio engineer, Dave Russell. The song was inspired by "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli which is included on the album cover fort ARTPOP. On September 19, 2013, Gaga posted a picture of her inside the studio booth finishing up vocals for the song.
"Venus" samples "Rocket Number 9" released by French Indie-electro duo Zombie Zombie. Their voices can be heard while Gaga sings "take me to your planet / take me to your leader / take me to your Venus." However Zombie Zombie's song was additionally a sample, as they sampled the famous avant-garde jazz artist Sun Ra's "Rocket Number 9 Take Off to the Planet Venus" (originally released in 1966). The title is also part of the lyrics.
"Venus" was announced by Gaga on October 10, 2013 as the second single from ARTPOP, with the original release date set for October 27, Gaga later stated that the release date had been pushed forward two days, to October 25th. On October 22nd, Gaga confirmed via Twitter that the song's release for second single had been cancelled and would be replaced with "Do What U Want" as the second single due to the commercial success upon release, leaving "Venus" strictly as a promotional single.
Artwork for the single was shot by Steven Klein, whom Gaga had worked with on the "Alejandro" video and the Fame fragrance campaign. Three different covers were released on October 24, 2013. The first cover features a nude profile of Gaga with blonde hair and a scorpion between her eyes, she has a deep cut in front of her shoulder. The second cover features a red and blue image of a dead bat with its wings spread out, and the third cover is a full body shot of Gaga naked in a bathroom sporting the same blonde wig as in the first cover. An open clam shell has been placed between her shoulder and nose, covering her mouth. Each cover features a black border around the image with a type-writer style font for the title, and Klein's signature on the bottom right corner. The scorpion between the eyes look was inspired by Marina Abramović.
The music video for "Venus" is being directed by Ruth Hogben.
|Writers||Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Madeon, Dino Zisis, Nick Monson and Sun Ra|
|Additional production||Nick Monson|
|Recording by||Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA|
|Additional recording||Bill Malina and Ghazi Hourani at Record Plant|
|Assistant recording||Benjamin 'Ben' Rice at Record Plant|
|Bass arrangements||Lady Gaga and Nick Monson|
|Synth parts||Madeon and Nick Monson|
|Union contract Administrator||Ivy Skoff|
|Mixed by||Manny Marroquin at Larrabee North Studios Universal City, CA|
|Assistant mixers||Chris Galland and Delhert Bowers|
|Mastering||Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA|
|Excutive Producer and A&R||Vincent Herbert for Streamline Records|
|Management||Troy Carter for Atom Factory|
Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP)
|Contains a publishing sample of "Rocket Number 9" written by Sun Ra, courtesy of Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI), administered by Global Copyright Administration. Contains a sample of "Rocket no.9" by Zombie Zombie courtesy of Versatile Records.|