August 12th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
Lady Gaga has declared a "pop music emergency."
The singer was not at all pleased when her new single "Applause" leaked early (along with Katy Perry's "Roar") over the weekend, and by Monday, she was offering Little Monsters the real deal ahead of its August 19 release date.
"DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS...WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY," Gaga tweeted on Monday. "MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY."
The track is the first from Gaga's forthcoming release, "ARTPOP," which is slated for November 11. For Idolator, "Applause" "ticks all the right boxes when it comes to being a balls-to-the-wall pop delight."
That was exactly what Gaga was going for, as she told Women's Wear Daily in July that the track is "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."
(That's not news to Gaga's fans who've seen her live - she's incorporated the concept into her performances, like this one in L.A. in 2009:
The cheering and screaming will undoubtedly continue on August 25, when Gaga will perform "Applause" for the first time at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
"I LOVE BEING A POPSTAR!" a clearly enthusiastic Gaga tweeted Monday. "WE ARE CHEERING FOR YOU MONSTERS, STANDING OVATION FOR THE WORLDS MOST AMAZING FANS!"
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