Lady Gaga: leaked Applause single attracts mixed reviews
Pop star's 'brilliantly camp' new song is first new material since hip operation
LADY GAGA has released her new single, Applause, one week ahead of schedule following the leaking of a series of low quality clips from the song last weekend.
Applause was originally set for release on 19 August, but the American star brought the release forward after snippets were released online on Saturday.
"Due to hackers an abundance of low/high quality leaks... We issue this pop music emergency... Monsters spread the word" the pop star tweeted yesterday .
Applause is Gaga's first new material since her 2011 album Born This Way. It has been eagerly anticipated by her fans after she was forced to take a break from recording and performing earlier this year due to a hip operation.
Gaga's patient fans – whom she has dubbed her 'Little Monsters' – showed their devotion by reporting streams and illegal downloads of the new single to her record label.
One loyal fan, called @Gaganoosh, tweeted: "Report all the #APPLAUSE leaks to this website: privacypolicy.umusic.com/piracy please and thank you #TrueMonster #MonstersUnite".
Lady Gaga is not the first musician to have their thunder stolen by hackers. Rapper Jay Z's latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail was leaked 72 hours before it was due for release on 4 July, and fellow pop star Katy Perry's new single Roar was leaked online ahead of its previously scheduled 12 August release.
Gaga tweeted her support to Katy Perry, asking: "Wanna grab some shovels and f**k up some hackers? @katyperry excited to hear your ROAR".
Early reviews of the new single have been mixed.
Applause "offers few reasons to clap", says Marc Hogan in Spin. Gaga's lyrics "are as head-scratching as ever", and the electronic pop is a strange choice at a time when artists are returning to '70s-inflected guitars.
Michael Cragg in The Guardian disagrees. "The song's intro is brilliantly camp", he says. Applause is "all squelchy synths and juddering beats", like a "ridiculous glam-rock song given a techno makeover".
Lady Gaga's fourth album, ARTPOP, is scheduled for release on 11 November.