Lady 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:

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:

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:

The rushed release was not without mishaps:

But in the end, Gaga seemed happy:

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?