Lady Gaga might live to regret pushing the release of “Applause” forward a week. Instead of leaping to number one within hours as many observers expected, the highly-anticipated single failed to topple Katy Perry‘s “Roar” from the top spot and then, to add insult to injury, fell back to number three this afternoon (August 15) behind Robin Thicke‘s all-conquering “Blurred Lines”.
The one-spot drop was enough to spook Little Monsters and many began to wonder if the DJ White Shadow-produced ode to hip surgery was, in fact, flopping. It didn’t take Gaga long to go into damage control — jumping on Twitter to point out the track’s international success and reminding fans that “Applause” doesn’t officially impact radio until August 19.
Mother Monster is right, of course. It’s way too early to call “Applause” a chart disappointment but it must be unsettling that Katy has dominated so overwhelmingly. See Lady Gaga’s tweets and some highlights from the fan meltdown after the jump.
We are so happy! RT @celebrategaga: On iTunes WW. Lady Gaga is #1 artist, ARTPOP is #1 album, + Applause is #1 music single. Congrats!!
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 15, 2013
My new single ‘Applause’ does not OFFICIALLY impact US radio until 8/19 so THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the stations who are adding it early! — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 15, 2013
Im loving how applause is literally flopping everywhere — Jay H. (@flurting) August 15, 2013
Applause is flopping, lol not surprised tbh. — katy perry ∞ (@Sarahwinterman) August 15, 2013
I mean Applause is flopping for Gaga her standards, but a lot of artists would love to debut with over 200k — ah nuh (@cntbetamed) August 15, 2013
Applause reached #3 faster than Roar did, so I don’t see your point when you say Applause is “flopping” — Lady Gaga (@discoIove) August 13, 2013
APPLAUSE isn’t flopping. Next week is when everything will pick up. Radio Deal, Video, Promo, VMA’s etc. Y’all need to pipe down
— Lady Gaga LadyGaga (@kaislemonster) August 15, 2013
why is applause flopping :(
— Carla | Lady Gaga (@GagaInjectsMe) August 15, 2013
C’mon, give your two cents. Is this just a slow start or does Lady Gaga have reason to be concerned? Let us know in the comments below.