Lady Gaga Confirms New Single 'Applause', Reveals Artwork
Star insists new tune is 'very fun'. Find out more here...
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 08:53
Lady Gagahas confirmed Applause will be the first single to be taken from her eagerly anticipated album, ARTPOP.
Following speculation surrounding the single title after Gaga's make-up artist Tara Savelo posted a cryptic snap teasing Applause, the Poker Face star has also release the artwork for the track.
Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the cover sees a close-up of Lady G as a pierrot, with blue, red and orange make-up smeared over her white-painted face.
Gaga completes her typically usual look with a black headscarf as she is surrounded by a white sheet.
Despite the dramatic artwork, the 27-year old has insisted during an interview with Women's Wear Daily that the single "is very fun. And that it's full of happiness, because what I'm saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause.
"I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch."
Written with long-time collaborator DJ White Shadow, Gaga went on to say of the song: "In my heart of hearts as I was writing, I knew that if I asked [the fans] to cheer for me before I sang or if I alluded to the fact that they would cheer for me before I sang....
"They do that all the time for me; before I even open my mouth, the fans start cheering for me. And so this exclamation, ‘Give me that thing that I love. Give it to me. I'm ready, start the music'."
She concluded: "I'm from New York. I've worked since I was a five-year-old to be a performer. All my life. I deserve to be here. I'm ready."
Fans can get their first taste of Applause at the 2013 MTV VMAs, where Lady G will perform the tune for the first time.
Applause is due for release on August 19, with her Little Monsters now able to pre-order her ARTPOP record on the same day, rather than the original date of September 1.
ARTPOP, which serves as the follow-up to Gaga's 2011 LP Born This Way, will then be available from November 11.
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