Lady Gaga: New Single Is 'Full of Happiness'

Singer says hip injury this year was more severe than she let on

Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas
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Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas.
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Details about Lady Gaga's upcoming new single have been confirmed. As hinted at last week, the title is "Applause," and the release date is set for August 19th. "I'll tell you that it is very fun," Gaga told Women's Wear Daily. "And that it's full of happiness, because what I'm saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch."

The tune is from Gaga's forthcoming album ARTPOP, an project she's had plenty of time to focus on since a hip injury earlier this year forced her to cancel a chunk of her Born This Way Ball Tour. The singer used the setback as an opportunity to evaluate her new material with her Haus of Gaga crew. "I had six months to beef up my brain and my body," Gaga told. "I was given the time to really be creative because it's a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good. I have that feeling, that wonderful feeling, when me, Inez [Van Lamsweerde] and Brandon [Maxwell] look at each other and we go, 'It's so good. That's the one.'"

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The hip injury – which forced Gaga to cancel 22 shows – was more severe than she previously admitted. "My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear," Gaga said. "I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven't even told the fans yet. But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip."

She continued, "I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer."

Gaga, who worked with DJ White Shadow on "Applause," also talked about a handful of other collaborations, including one with Robert Wilson for her upcoming gig headlining the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25th. She also discussed working with the performance artist Marina Abramovic and the painter and sculptor Jeff Koons. "[I'm not] defined by the same designer or defined by the same hair cut or defined by the same icon. The statement is that I'm not one icon. I'm every icon," Gaga said. "I'm an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions."

ARTPOP is set for a November 11th release. The album pre-order date has been moved up two weeks from the inital announcement to August 19th.

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