Lady Gaga Releases ‘Applause’ After Internet Leak [Audio]

Lady Gaga released her new single Applause today after a low quality version leaked to the internet this weekend.

According to the NY Daily News, the singer’s fans rallied around her after a leaked version of Applause started making its way around the internet. The Little Monsters started an anti-piracy campaign and encouraged people to report any illegal links.

One fan writes: “@ladygaga @DJWS Report all the #APPLAUSE leaks to this website: privacypolicy.umusic.com/piracy/ please and thank you #TrueMonster #MonstersUnite.”

Lady Gaga rewarded her loyal fans today be releasing the song early.

The singer was planning to release Applause on August 19 but due to the leak she decided to release it today.

Lady Gaga writes on Twitter: “A pop music emergency is underway 911 … summon the monster troupes… Due to hackers an abundance of low/high quality leaks … we issue this pop music emergency … monsters spread the word…. My new single ‘Applause’ is out today and can be heard on United States radio in 15 minutes. International radio to follow.”

True to her word, the new single hit the radio airwaves earlier today. Here’s Lady Gaga’s new single Applause.

The singer told her fans that Applause, as well as a pre-order for her new ARTPOP album, would be available on iTunes tonight.

Are you surprised that Lady Gaga released her single early?