Monday, August 12, 2013

Lady Gaga - Applause

Lady Gaga just rush released her new single "Applause" a full week early "due to hackers" and "an abundance of low/high quality leaks".  You can read her entire caps locked announcement as she tweeted about this pop emergency about an hour ago, here.  It's being sent out to radio at this very moment and we can only assume iTunes is to follow.

The song is definitely not Born This Way, both musically and lyrically.  It starts with a jagged synth, until a heavy dance beat comes in with the vocals.  Gaga's vocals in the verses are a new method and sound like pretty much nothing that she's done before. It's somewhat reminiscent of a deep 80's dance howl.  Before the chorus even hits, there's already a hook, "I live for the applause applause...".  As far as production goes, I'm not quite sure who's on this track, but I wouldn't necessarily guess that it's Zedd.  So that leaves either Madeon or DJ White Shadow.  (Update: DJ White Shadow was confirmed as the producer, along with Gaga)

"Applause" has a 99.9 percent chance of being a radio success and through the next week we'll get to see whether Katy Perry's "Roar" or Gaga will take the top spot on the charts.  The two pop stars recently denounced fanbase rivalries deeming them wrong, which is great, but come on.  When you release two massively anticipated lead singles on basically the same day, a competition is bound to happen.  You can stream Lady Gaga's new single "Applause" below and look for her fourth record, ARTPOP, on November 11.

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