Lady Gaga Releases "LoveGame"
Afterward, the Haus of Gaga turned its focus further upon the American market with Gaga going on her first ever concert tour with fellow Interscope pop group, the reformed New Kids on the Block.
Gaga started her stint with them in Los Angeles on October 8, 2008, and continued through the end of November. She appeared as a guest artist on the song "Big Girl Now" from their new album, The Block. Gaga's first headlining North American tour, The Fame Ball Tour, began on March 12, 2009, and has received critical acclaim. In May, Gaga opened for the Pussycat Dolls in Australia. Her performance there was well-received, with a reviewer claiming that she upstaged the Dolls. Around the same time, the music video for her international third single, "LoveGame," was banned by the Australian channel Network Ten, who refused to play the video reasoning that it contained sexually explicit imagery.
"LoveGame" is an electropop song recorded by American pop artist Lady Gaga taken from her debut album, The Fame. The track was produced by RedOne, who also produced Gaga's previous worldwide hits "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". It is the album's third single in North America and Europe and the fourth single in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden after "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)". "LoveGame" is also the fourth single in the UK, after "Paparazzi".
The song has been critically appreciated for its catchy tune and the "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" hook. Gaga has explained that the word 'disco stick' is a euphemism for the penis and was inspired by her association with a stranger at a night club. Musically carrying the vibe of underground New York discos, the song talks about love, fame and sexuality which is the central theme of the album. "LoveGame" has charted in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other European countries. The song became another top five hit for Gaga in the United States, Australia and Canada.
The New York underground inspired music video for the song portrayed Gaga dancing through an underground metro station and in a car park. The music video was a tribute by Gaga to the New York lifestyle including its glamour, fans and fashion. In Australia, the music video faced a ban from being aired at the PG rated timeslots because of its sexual content. "LoveGame" has been performed live a number of times by Gaga, including her first headlining The Fame Ball tour where she performed it while wearing a geometric patterned short skirt and holding her trademark disco-stick in one hand.