Lady Gaga Plans 'ArtRave' Party, Talks About Weed and Sex Life

'Artpop' singer working on grand album debut

Lady Gaga performs in London, England.
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November 8, 2013 2:20 PM ET

For Lady Gaga, it’s been Artpop nonstop; the singer is currently in the midst of promoting her third album, due out next Tuesday. This weekend, she will host an event in New York called artRave during which she will play songs from the record and artist Jeff Koons will unveil the sculpture that graces the album cover. Works of art created by Gaga with Marina Abramovic, Inez and Vinoodh, Robert Wilson and her own TechHaus will also be revealed and the event will be live-streamed on VEVO, according to a press release.

In addition, a half-hour Album Release Party With Lady Gaga program, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will air on select Clear Channel radio stations on November 11th at 9 p.m. EST. Footage from the event will also be broadcasted on the CW Network on November 19th at 8 p.m. EST.

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Adding to the media blitz, Gaga has been giving interviews to U.K. reporters that stray far from Artpop. Rather than talk solely about the album, she's given some answers that raised reporters' eyebrows in the process. In one, she detailed how she had to give up marijuana "cold turkey." In another, she confided how her sex life is going.

Regarding weed, Gaga claimed she used to smoke 15 joints a day following the hip surgery that made her cancel over two dozen concerts earlier this year. But rather than make it a habit, the singer, who recently released a song with the chorus "I love you more than dope," forced herself to quit marijuana, according to an interview she gave the British magazine Attitude,as reported by Reuters.

"It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip," she said. "I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting onstage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was."

She decided to quit the drug on the insistence of her friend, the ever-convincing performance artist Marina Abramovic, who recently got Jay Z to rap "Picasso Baby" for six hours and Gaga to strip naked for an artistic short film. "She said, 'OK, you're coming to my house. No television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art,'" Gaga said. "I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks, I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just, you know, for fun – but not to cope. That's the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that, and it was not intended to be rehab."

In other Gaga news, the singer reportedly gave the BBC program The Culture Show an artistically surreal interview that the show's host, Miranda Sawyer, described in detail for The Guardian. She offered up that she was having great sex lately and that her earlier sexual encounters were "quite perverted and scary, terrifying." She also added, "I don't find myself that sexy, actually." And she called music "the cum shot," telling Sawyer she doubted whether her music was any good.

She also said she was tired from working hard with Robert Wilson on recreations of the paintings The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David and The Head of Saint John the Baptist by Andrea Solario, both which will likely to be unveiled at the VEVO event. When Sawyer asked Gaga how she felt after taking the time off for her hip to recover, the artist replied flatly, "You feel like an infant . . . I think it was good for me, because the stage had become a place I had started to rely on."

The interview will air on BBC2 on Wednesday at 10 p.m. U.K. time. 

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