Lady Gaga iTunes Festival Performance: Sex Dreams, ARTPOP, Jewels & Drugs

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Lady Gaga kicked off the month-long iTunes Festival yesterday with live, theatrical performances of seven songs from her upcoming album ARTPOP.

The highly anticipated Gaga show included the debut of "Jewels & Drugs," a trap-like tune featuring rappers T.I. (via satellite), Too $hort and Twista:

As if her opening set at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards wasn't proof enough, Mother Monster made sure the world knew she was back on Sunday.

While "Jewels & Drugs" saw Lady Gaga dip into her previously unheard rap diva mode, the throbbing pop of "Sex Dreams" felt a bit more familiar.

As she crooned about sharing her most intimate, detailed nighttime desires, she took off her wig and revealed the woman behind all the disguises.

Gaga encouraged her fans to do the same. "I knew I had to show you what's underneath all of the theater," said the pop superstar, a natural brunette.

Check out her "Sex Dreams" and "ARTPOP" performances after the jump ...

Fans hoping or expecting to see Lady Gaga nude almost got their wish.

Suffice it to say, the 27-year-old is back and more elaborate and enthusiastic - if not better - than ever. Hours before the show started, Gaga tweeted:

"I can't believe it's finally here! Tonight I premiere/perform 7 new songs from ARTPOP! On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you? Monsters?"

You tell us ... how good is her new stuff?

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