Lady Gaga Unveils Artwork For ‘ARTPOP’ Lead Single “Applause”

Up top is the official artwork for “Applause,” the lead single from Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming album ARTPOP (out November 11). Women’s Wear Daily premiered the image, along with an interview in which Gaga revealed some details about the highly anticipated song. For one thing, she co-wrote it with DJ White Shadow. “I’ll tell you that it is very fun,” Gaga said. “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.”

The cover photo is the work of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who did Gaga’s recent nude V Magazine shoot and who helmed the “Applause” video, which was shot last week in L.A. If you think the image resembles David Bowie‘s “Ashes To Ashes” and Scary Monsters covers, we’re guessing that was intentional. Bowie is a huge inspiration for Mother Monster, and this isn’t her first time referencing his makeup: when she first emerged in the “Just Dance” era, the singer often had a lightning bolt painted on her face, which was a callback to Bowie’s Aladdin Sane cover.

Earlier Sunday (July 28), Gaga also announced that the ARTPOP album and app would be available for pre-order on August 19, the same date “Applause” will be available for purchase. Check out Gaga’s tweets below, as well as another new ARTPOP promo pic.

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  • Duane Gholston

    beautiful art work!

  • buylotusonitunesnow

    So excited for this new era

  • DTG

    No. Just no.

  • Carlos Gómez

    She lacks talent so she must steal ideas from artists. But I guess her fans will think she came up with those ideas all by herself.

    • Cal

      Listen to her live performances, she sings on key. She writes her own music and creates many of her artistic props. She dances well and is a great musician. Just because she doesn’t stand around like Adele does not mean she is untalented. She is a performer not just a singer.

      • Carlos Gómez

        I’ll rephrase my comment: She gets too much inspiration from other artists and with so much talent why must she? Anyway, you seem to know a lot about her, why does she constantly cover her face?

    • Sean

      Honestly, I think the Bowie references are purely inspiration. It would be a stretch to say she stole his ideas. And, yes, I actually think she’s talented.

      • Carlos Gómez

        Scary Monsters

    • Harold

      Hmmm….. with the last name of Gomez, maybe you’re jealous? You think Selena has more talent?

      • Carlos Gómez

        Haha….jealous….hahaha…. you’re funny and very creative! I’m really not familiar with Selena’s work (I’m really old) but I’ve never heard anyone say she gets inspiration from other artists that much.

  • Marc1

    OOOOOH! A Madonna cover album coming up? Cannot wait.