Single Cover: Lady Gaga – ‘Applause’

Applause

The ARTPOP era has officially begun. Lady Gaga unveils the cover art for “Applause,” the first single off her upcoming album. The pop icon transforms into a sad clown with a painted white face and smeared makeup, with her hair covered in a head wrap and draped in a white coat. The Pierrot-inspired photo was taken by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also directed the music video.

The cover represents her love for performing. “It’s the end of the night after the show,” she tells Women’s Wear Daily. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.”

The song, which she co-wrote with DJ White Shadow, arrives August 19. “I’ll tell you that it is very fun,” she adds. “And that it’s 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.”

Gaga will perform “Applause” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, while ARTPOP arrives November 11.

What do you think of Gaga’s single cover? Weigh in below.

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29 Comments

  1. joshua

    All white everythin “applause” she looks like a clown. Jokes on us! Lol @justjoshua11

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  2. adam

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  3. Well Damn

    K Den

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  5. 2bad2bme

    im feeling it… it looks like she’s about to give us international creative pop… i’m ready

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  6. Zack

    This woman is completly ridiculous. Artwork, music, looks, everything.

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  7. DominicAnthony

    I thought it was Erykah Badu when I first looked at it ,

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    Sharp Tongue Reply:

    @DominicAnthony, LOL, Me too.

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    ♪►Muzzac◄♪ Reply:

    @DominicAnthony, me too.

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  9. Croqque

    Beautiful

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  10. Smarto

    I’m just saying u can do better

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  11. Wack

    Biggest flop of the year. Book it.

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  12. The Shady Truth

    Creative!

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  13. a

    I love when gaga has new music she never disapoint can’t wait to listen

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  14. Jabb

    that bitch is not a pop icon lmao

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    truth Reply:

    @Jabb, ikr? like idek why rap-up is reporting on this.

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    MentalPhipps Reply:

    @truth, Why are they reporting about Gaga in the first place? I don’t see (feat. Beyonce) in the title…

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    truth Reply:

    @MentalPhipps, i just feel like if they report about her, they might as well report about katy perry.

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    Real talk Reply:

    @Jabb, THANKKKK YOUUUUU!!!! Lol I was just about to write “pop icon”? Like really? That’s a stretch. A big ass stretch. She’s grace jones 8.0 . B*tch sit down. Lol

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  15. Kyle

    I can’t wait to hear this song!!!

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  16. truth

    she’s already fading, i ain’t checking for try-hards.

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    elyslays Reply:

    @truth, exactly you’re simple-minded so why check for an actual artist?

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    truth Reply:

    @elyslays, please make sense. an actual artist would be for example björk. if you walk around saying ‘i’m every icon’, you’re a try-hard. the end.

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  17. Righteous

    Fcuk gaga and her plagiaristic, cheap amateur bullshit. Bitch wouldn’t know art if it chopped off her head and shat down her neck. I can only hope she pursues her “rap” direction……’cause that shit is funny!

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  18. Andy

    Rap-Up shouldn’t post this things. This close-minded hip-hop ni**as don’t know sh!t about pop.

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    truth Reply:

    @Andy, i know a thing or two about pop. i’m just into original pop.

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  19. Toast With Peanut Butter

    Hello Björk!

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