As of Wednesday evening, Lady Gaga's new single "Do What You Want" lost half of its sales from the day before on iTunes. It was almost out of the top ten. This is ironic since Gaga bragged about how well the song was doing yesterday. In fact, she decided to make it the second single.
There is new information, however, that shows that "Do What You Want" made it to number one on iTunes due to some questionable tactics. It appears that more than 50,000 copies of the song were given away for free to anyone who pre-ordered ARTPOP. All the person had to do was log onto iTunes and the song automatically downloaded. Many people are calling out Gaga for her latest desperate tactics.
This caused such an uproar in the UK that the official charts company has decided not to let "Do What You Want" chart until the pre-order giveaways stop. Billboard has yet to follow suit, but people in the industry are pushing them to do so.
This isn't the first time Lady Gaga has tried to manipulate the charts. In August, she held a contest for fans who downloaded the most copies of "Applause." Billboard's editor spoke out against Gaga when she tweeted a link that allowed the video for "Applause" to be playlisted up to 5,000 times in one click. It appears that Lady Gaga can't let her music speak for itself.