ady Gaga's new single "Applause" was supposed to be released on August 19.
Today is August 13. This is Lady Gaga's new single "Applause":
So what happened? The same thing that's recently happened to fellow artists like Katy Perry and Kanye West: Widespread (and impossible to staunch) album leaks. On Saturday, Gaga took to Twitter to share her displeasure with her little monsters:
Lord, in HEAVEN WHY— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 10, 2013
YOU JUST COULDNT WAIT THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR ONE SATURDAY— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 10, 2013
But in the face of such a devastating emergency, she reminded everyone to remain calm, and asked for their help in getting the leaks pulled:
Don't worry. THE HAUS BUREAU is on the case. -TechHaus— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 11, 2013
Alas, Gaga forgot that this is the internet, where nothing ever disappears. As the leaks continued to spread, Gaga finally accepted the inevitable and decided that if she couldn't beat the leaked copies, she'd join them:
A POP MUSIC EMERGENCY IS UNDERWAY 911— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
911 SUMMON THE MONSTER TROUPES— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
HERE IS A PHOTO TO ACCOMPANY THIS EMERGENCY------> pic.twitter.com/UkhGa2Gidg— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS...WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY...MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 15 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
POP MUSIC EMERGENCY #0DAYSTillAPPLAUSE MY NEW SINGLE COMES OUT TODAY. 911 SPREAD THIS MESSAGE— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
The rushed release was not without mishaps:
I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY BLEEPING OUT KOONS THEY THINK IM SAYING THE C WORD— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
But in the end, Gaga seemed happy:
IM ON THE RADIO I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR *APPLAUSE,* WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU LOVE IT!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
And as for the song? It's a danceable but fairly disposable piece of pop-music fluff, and it's certainly not worth all this drama. But hey — what do we know?
Dont focus on ANY blogger criticism. I have been a producer/songwriter/musician for over 10 years. Trust the artist bloggers are not critics— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 11, 2013
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