The Chainsmokers On Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion”: It Sucks, Gaga Responds


UPDATE // OCTOBER 18: Lady Gaga clapped back at The Chainsmokers, and it’s everything:

At the time of posting, #GagaEndedTheChainsmokersParty was trending world-wide on Twitter.

Vlog Response To The Chainsmokers Saying Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” Sucks

The Chainsmokers caught wind of it and responded swiftly:


The Chainsmokers are feeling cocky since their song “Closer” remains No. 1 for an eighth week on the Hot 100.

But what goes up must come down, so the EDM duo better rethink their interviews strategy if they want to continue making waves.

Last month, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were under fire for their frat house-inspired interview with Billboard, where they mention “even before success, pussy was number one.” Locker room talk, you know? And they’re under fire for another comment that’s irking Lady Gaga fans.

Their PR (they don’t have any) passed the guys onto Rolling Stone, who asked them their thoughts on the Joanne singer’s new single “Perfect Illusion.” The song has received a mixed reaction from the music community. It’s not the heavy-hitting club anthem we’d typically expect as a lead single from Mother Monster. Rather, the Super Bowl headliner decided to veer left and record stripped material relating to her family and interpersonal relationships. Serious stuff, and it didn’t resonate with everybody, including the number one act in the country.

Here’s a copy + paste of that portion of their interview:

“It sucks,” Pall says. Taggart, more diplomatic, says, “She’s a great artist – like, Jeff Koons made a sculpture of her…”

“I agree,” Pall says. “And a lot of talented people worked on that song. But…” he trails off, scrunching up his nose like something’s gone rancid on the seafood tower.

Ouch. And they also have a couple of comments on other pop stars, like Rihanna, who passed on their demo of “Don’t Let Me Down,” which was OK, Pall says, “because young unknown artists have this hunger – they’re willing to work really hard.”

And in a refreshing turn of events, there’s some praise. For Beyonce and Kanye West, because of course.

“‘We can do so much more than just DJ,’ Taggart says. ‘We look at Beyoncé and we’re like, ‘I want to build a live show that’s talked about and respected as much as hers, or Kanye’s.’ We want to add performance elements.’”

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