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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?

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She's back better than ever?  Really!?  WTF are these suck ups talking about?  The other leaked song was a snooze fest and this isn't anything earth shattering either.  I think the reason why some of these artists get worse over time is because of their legions of "Yes" fans who don't call BS on what is truly NOT the best that Gaga can be putting out.  Icona Pop?  I think not.  Bubble Pop?  Now that's the ticket and so far fits the bill!

<p>She&#39;s back better than ever? &nbsp;Really!? &nbsp;WTF are these suck ups talking about? &nbsp;The other leaked song was a snooze fest and this isn&#39;t anything earth shattering either. &nbsp;I think the reason why some of these artists get worse over time is because of their legions of &quot;Yes&quot; fans who don&#39;t call BS on what is truly NOT the best that Gaga can be putting out. &nbsp;Icona Pop? &nbsp;I think not. &nbsp;Bubble Pop? &nbsp;Now that&#39;s the ticket and so far fits the bill!</p>

SHE'S BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! F.CK THE HATERS! LOVE YOU MOTHER MONSTER!

It sucks.  Career over.

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