*The anticipated new video for “Telephone” from Lady Gaga and Beyonce hit the Internet on Thursday.
Directed by Gaga’s “Paparazzi” video helmer Jonas Akerlund, the stylized clip starts off in a “prison for b**ches” and ends up with the two singers on the run after poisoning Tyrese and a bunch of other customers at a roadside diner.
View clip below, then scroll down to read Gaga’s explanation of the concept:
Gaga explained the meaning of the video to E! News:
There’s certainly always a hidden message in my music videos. But I would say, most predominantly, I’m always trying to convolute everyone’s idea of what a pop music video should be.
There was this really amazing quality in “Paparazzi,” where it kind of had this pop music quality but at the same time it was a commentary on fame culture. In its own way, even at certain points working with Jonas really achieved this high art quality in the way that it was shot.
I wanted to do the same thing with this video – take a decidedly pop song, which on the surface has quite a shallow meaning, and turn it into something deeper.
[I wanted to take] the idea that America is full of young people that are inundated with information and technology and turn it into something that was more of a commentary on the kind of country that we are.
There certainly is a Tarantino-inspired quality in the video. I mostly love the way he uses different forms to create something new. His direct involvement in the video came from him lending me the Pussy Wagon [from “Kill Bill”]. We were having lunch one day in Los Angeles and I was telling him about my concept for the video and he loved it so much he said, ‘You gotta use the Pussy Wagon’.”