July 31, 2013

Lady Gaga unveils mime-inspired art for 'Applause' single

The cover art for the single 'Applause' by Lady Gaga.
Get ready for a lot of Gaga.

The singer, 27, is preparing to release "ARTPOP," her first new album since 2011's "Born This Way," and she's drumming up anticipation for fresh music.

On Monday, the pop star tweeted the artwork for the debut single, "Applause," featuring Gaga with a face covered in white paint and smeared with colorful makeup in the style of a French pantomime artist or pierrot.

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadlin, who shot the art for "Applause," also directed the yet-to-be-unveiled music video for the song.
Lady Gaga appears nude to promote her upcoming album 'ARTPOP.'
Gaga explained the origin of the art and the song in her trademark quixotic style.

"It's the end of the night after the show," Gaga told 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, more honest."

"The statement is that I'm not one icon," Gaga told the magazine about "ARTPOP." "I'm every icon. I'm an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions."

The image is the second one that Gaga has posted in the last week. The first one featured her sitting nude in a chair that looked constructed out of circuitboards.

"Applause" will debut on August 19. Gaga is also set to highlight the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25.

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