"Do What U Want" is a song by American singers Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. The song was released to digital outlets on October 21, 2013 as the second single from Gaga's third studio album ARTPOP (2013). The singers wrote the song with DJ White Shadow, Martin Bresso, and DJ Snake. DJ White Shadow first presented Gaga with the song's initial concept two years prior to its release. The song's production was completed in 2013, with Kelly's vocals added soon after. A snippet of "Do What U Want" premiered in a Best Buy/Beats by Dr. Dre commercial on October 17. Warm reception from fans and music critics led to its release as the album's second single.
It is a synthpop and R&B song featuring 1980s-style synthesizers and an electronic instrumental track. The song's lyrics represent themes of sexual submission, with Gaga telling detractors that her thoughts, dreams, and feelings are her own, no matter what one does with her body. Critics praised the song's simplicity, production, and commercial appeal. The single cover for "Do What U Want", a close-up of Gaga's buttocks in a floral thong, was photographed by Terry Richardson who had also directed the song's music video, which was planned to be released through BitTorrent in December 2013; the release was cancelled due to unknown circumstances.
"Do What U Want" achieved top-ten peaks on the record charts in Canada, South Korea, and several European countries, and peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Live performances of the song were televised on the 2013 American Music Awards, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Saturday Night Live, America's The Voice, and Britain's The X Factor. Several remixes of the song were released, including ones with vocals from Christina Aguilera and Rick Ross.