"ARTPOP's" lead single arrives one week early due to Internet leaks.
Lady Gaga has released "Applause," her highly anticipated new single, in its entirety following a series of leaked snippets over the weekend. The song, originally set to be released next Monday (Aug. 19), is the first single from Gaga's forthcoming "ARTPOP" album, due out on Nov. 11.
"Put your hands up, make 'em touch!" Gaga declares in dramatic fashion on the uptempo new single, which is built around pulsating synthesizers and morphs into a thrilling dance cut when it circles back to its chorus. The single will be performed live for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Aug. 25.
"DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS...WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY...MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD," Gaga posted on Twitter on Monday (Aug. 12) before revealing that "Applause" would be officially released one week early. After snippets of the much-anticipated song hit the Web, Gaga fans launched an anti-piracy campaign by reporting links to illegal downloads.
Due to its bumped-up release date, "Applause" will now go head-to-head with Katy Perry's new single, "Roar," on next week's Hot 100 chart. "Roar" was commercially released on Monday after also leaking over the weekend.
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