After going on hiatus to safely recover from undergoing hip surgery, Lady Gaga is back with Applause, the first single off her upcoming album ARTPOP.
Known to her fans as Mother Monster, she unveiled the official cover art for Applause which features Gaga’s face colorfully painted and shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
In an exclusive interview with Women’s Wear Daily titled I’m Every Icon, Lady Gaga explained the meaning behind the Applause cover art saying, “When I look at it, I see there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking. The statement is that I’m not one icon; 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.”
Lady Gaga will release Applause on August 19th and she will perform the single at the MTV Music Awards on August 25th.