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Mar 18, 2014 2:47 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Lady Gaga project shot at Hearst Castle to be released this weekend

It captured a lot of attention when it happened. It even generated a bit of controversy. This weekend we are going to see what all the excitement was about. Lady Gaga is set to release her new music video this weekend. It's the one she shot a lot of at Hearst Castle in early February.

It's hard to tell what the finished product will look like, but expect a lot of pool time in the new Lady Gaga video. Much of the time she and her crew were shooting at the castle was spent at the Neptune Pool.

Lady Gaga, her dancers, synchronized swimmers, producers, camera and costume crews put on quite an unexpected show for people who just happened to be taking a tour of the castle during the shoot.

Despite one of the biggest mega-stars in music doing a semi-secret production right out on the open, it was basically business as usual at the castle during the entire three-day run. "The great thing is that the tours are continuing and it's pretty exciting for some people," said Remar Sutton, a member of the Hearst Castle Preservation Board. Lady Gaga made a $250-thousand dollar donation to the board during the shoot.

Sutton also says it didn't take long for news to spread that Lady Gaga was in the house. Within the first 24 hours of her arrival on the Central Coast, he said 66,000 people had tweeted about Gaga at the castle and said most of those people are under 21.

Tens of thousands of Gaga fans are eager to know what she was up to when she was shooting not only at the Neptune Pool, but the Roman Pool, the Hearst Ranch, and the picturesque garden terrace. When the video is released it's likely to give Hearst Castle and the Central Coast incredible exposure. "Lady Gaga has a little bit of reach." chuckled Sutton. "A lot of us have Facebook fans but she has 75 million Facebook followers. She has 55 million Twitter followers. Her last video had 175 million showings." he said.

It's hard to imagine Lady Gaga's video won't create some new interest in Hearst Castle among a generation that, to this point, has largely been unexposed to the treasure of art and achitecture that stands on the Enchanted Hill. "That's the best thing in the world, because what we're seeing is young people who never dreamed they would think about the castle, or know about the art in it on that ceiling, saying 'this is a pretty cool thing, I want my friends to come.'" says Sutton.

The video is expected to be released this weekend. In addition to a lot of scenes from the castle, keep your eyes open for the Desperate Housewives of Beverly Hills lounging poolside as well. Lady Gaga also recorded a Public Service Announcement for the state on the water woes the Central Coast is facing. We hope to get a look at that in the coming days.

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