Lady Gaga Releases Single Cover Art For 'Applause'

Lady Gaga has released the cover image for "Applause," the lead single from her upcoming album, ARTPOP. The artwork features a close-up of the Mother Monster's face, which is smeared with blue, white, yellow and red paint.

A linen curtain ensconces her expressionless face. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Gaga said that the work has a special meaning to her.

"When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause," she said. "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, something more honest."

ARTPOP is due November 11, while "Applause," a track she co-wrote with DJ Shadow, hits August 19.

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