WASHINGTON - Lady Gaga has released the first single from her comeback album a week earlier than expected after demo versions of the song were leaked online earlier this week.
Gaga, who is recovering from hip surgery in February, made the announcement on Twitter.
MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 15 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
"Applause" will be featured on Lady Gaga's upcoming "ARTPOP" album, her first studio album since 2011's "Born This Way."
The newly released track is a hard-driving, synth-based song, with lyrics including, "Put your hands up - make 'em touch."
Gaga is expected to perform "Applause" on the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25.
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