Listen: Lady Gaga Breaks Out Disco Stick for 'Applause'

Rolling Stone

It was a rough weekend for pop stars hoping their new singles wouldn't leak: Katy Perry's "Roar" made an early appearance, as did Lady Gaga's new single "Applause." Both stars spoke openly about their disappointment on Twitter, and this afternoon an official version of "Applause" hit the airwaves after Gaga took action.

“Due to hackers, an abundance of low/high quality leaks… we issue this pop music emergency… monsters spread the word,” Lady Gaga tweeted. “My new single ‘Applause’ is out today and can be heard on United States radio in 15 minutes. International radio to follow.”

The ARTPOP song, which was officially scheduled for release on August 19th, is a throwback to "Lovegame" era Gaga. Built on choppy synths, "Applause" takes fans back to The Fame as Gaga sings about she survives on the adoration of her fans. There's little evidence of the Eighties-rock vibe Gaga developed for her 2011 album Born This Way here. "Applause" is all bouncy disco and simple messages.

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ARTPOP will be released on November 11th. 

This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Listen: Lady Gaga Breaks Out Disco Stick for 'Applause'
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