After forcing out her new single “Applause” a week early due to a string of low-quality leaks, Lady Gaga released the video today with a bang, debuting it on several big screens in Times Square.
“DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS . . . WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY . . . MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD,” the popstar tweeted last week. “MY NEW SINGLE ‘APPLAUSE’ IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 15 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW.”
The song is the first single off her new album Artpop and was an emotional one for the singer to release this morning because she says she hasn’t seen her fans in a long time. “Applause” is the first new music she’s put out in two years.