Lady Gaga has revealed the first single from her upcoming album ARTPOP, as well as the cover art that surprisingly does not feature Lady Gaga nude!
"Applause" drops August 19, with ARTPOP in its entirety arriving November 11.
Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the "Applause" cover photo is a theatrical snapshot of the star, her face covered by tears and rainbow makeup.
Gaga tells Women's Wear Daily that the song "is very fun" and "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," the 27-year-old adds.
"Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch."
Are those lyrics? Sure sounds like a plug, but we'll have to wait and see.
Gaga mused further regarding the creation of "Applause":
"In my heart of hearts as I was writing, I knew that if I asked [the fans] to cheer for me before I sang or if I alluded to the fact that they would cheer for me before I sang."
"They do that all the time for me; before I even open my mouth."
"And so this exclamation, ‘Give me that thing that I love. Give it to me. I'm ready, start the music.' I'm from New York. I've worked since I was a five-year-old to be a performer."
"All my life. I deserve to be here. I'm ready."
We were born ready to hear her upcoming single ... and gaze upon all future naked ARTPOP images she poses for in order to promote the work.
Truly, some things never get old.