After a low quality snippet leaked onto the Internet over the weekend, Lady Gaga has pushed up the premiere of her comeback single, “Applause”, the first track from her upcoming fourth album ARTPOP. Take a listen to the song below; it’s available to purchase digitally through iTunes. The artwork, above, was shot by Inez & Vinoodh.
“DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS…WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY…MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD,” Gaga wrote on Twitter. “POP MUSIC EMERGENCY #0DAYSTillAPPLAUSE MY NEW SINGLE COMES OUT TODAY. 911 SPREAD THIS MESSAGE.”
It’s the second high-profile pop single to drop in as many days following the release of Katy Perry’s new song “Roar”. The two singers have downplayed any rivalry, however, with Gaga tweeting, “Let’s make 2013 a year where music/talent/artistry is more important than gossip/fanwars I respect all fanbases 4 their passion.”
Gaga is set to perform the song live for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25th.
ARTPOP will arrive November 11th through Streamline/Interscope Records. As previously reported, the album will be paired with an interactive app, which Gaga describes as a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology and a way to share in the adrenaline of fame.
A demo of another new track, reportedly titled Burqa, leaked last week.