Lady Gaga releases 'Applause' early to avoid leaks

lady-gaga-applause-release-interscope.jpgMother Monster doesn't want anyone hacking her music, you hear?

In an effort to avoid a leaked version of her new single "Applause" hitting the Internet, Lady Gaga went ahead and released the single on Monday (Aug. 12) a full week ahead of schedule. (The song is the first single off "ARTPOP," due Nov. 11.)

After snippets of the pop star's song went public on Saturday, Gaga sprung to action to ensure that the version of "Applause" her fans were hearing was the finalized, proper version. "A POP MUSIC EMERGENCY IS UNDERWAY 911," she tweeted, followed by, "DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS ... WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY ... MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD."

With her Little Monsters likely salivating at the mouth over what she had up her sleeve, she then tweeted, "MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 15 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW."

"I live for the applause...Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me," Gaga sings in the explosive chorus. There's no doubt that the Little Monsters are clapping all over the world with the release.

Take a listen to "Applause" and let us know if you think it's worthy of a clap or two.

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