Lady Gaga is undoubtedly one of the industry’s biggest names keeping everyone guessing what the starlet will do next. After disappearing from the limelight for a couple of months due to a hip injury she has bounced back with a new single. ‘Applause’ is the first song to be released from her forthcoming studio album ‘Artpop’ but is it a hit? The song isn’t at all commercial with some radio stations hesitant to playing the track on air because it is so different to what is currently being played. The song is failing to chart in the Top 10 in Australia with the song currently sitting at number 11. The song is in competition with Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ with her at number one worldwide and receiving heavy rotation on radio stations.
‘Applause’ is an electro-pop song which is actually really catchy and possibly one of her best songs she has actually released but the only thing holding it back from charting well is the commercial factor. The verses are sung in a low register which make the song a bit more theatrical and different. The lyrics are all based around how she can’t live without the adoration from her fans with that apparently being a reoccurring theme on the new album.The pre-chorus will no doubt get stuck in your head and you will most likely find yourself start singing “I live for the applause, applause, applause”. The main chorus however is hard to understand as she sings to fast to even catch a word of it. We have defined the chorus lyrics to actually be “Give me that thing that I love (I’ll turn the lights on) Put your hands up, make ’em touch, touch (make it real loud)”. It has a fun dance beat and breakdown which will keep the pop music fans happy. On the first listen I wasn’t convinced that this was a good song but after a few listens I start grooving and humming along to it and found myself actually really digging it.
She has just debuted 8 songs from Artpop at the ITunes Festival in London which was actually a really awkward live performance to watch. She was speaking in a weird undertone voice and the performance at times seemed a bit sloppy. The songs she premiered were a bit strange too with the highlights coming from ‘Aura’, ‘Manicure’, ‘Swine’ and ‘Sex Dreams’. All the new songs have a heavy rock and electronic influence and are very un-commercial. Gaga also shows a new side to herself during ‘Jewels And Drugs’ where she raps which I will leave you to decide how you feel about that.
‘Applause’ is now available on ITunes and you can pre-order ‘Artpop in store at Sanity now.