Listen: Lady Gaga's Official New Single "Applause" Leaks
Demos and rough versions of ARTPOP songs have leaked all summer long, but today we get to hear the first official release of a polished lead single from Lady Gaga's upcoming album one week ahead of schedule. "Applause" was slated for release next Monday, but due to leaks (and perhaps to thwart a bit of steam from Katy Perry's instant-Number 1 "Roar") it has arrived this morning. After the disappointment of "Aura," the vibrant pop mastery of "Applause" is nothing short of invigorating.
This message appeared on Gaga's Facebook ahead of today's release:
A POP MUSIC EMERGENCY IS UNDERWAY 911 - 911 SUMMON THE MONSTER TROUPES
DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS...WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY...MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD
MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 5 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW.
POP MUSIC EMERGENCY #0DAYSTillAPPLAUSE MY NEW SINGLE COMES OUT TODAY. 911 SPREAD THIS MESSAGE
Is Lady Gaga back?