Music's infatuation with art has never been more prominent. Take JAY Z's "Picasso Baby" and its live art performance for the visual treatment as well as rappers' numerous dedications to the artist Basquiat in their couplets. Now, the pop world is following suit as Lady Gaga reveals the cover image for her comeback single "Applause" off her forthcoming album ARTPOP, due November 11.
“I want to know. What do you see?” Gaga asked Women's Wear Daily, who premiered the single art. The photo, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, depicts the Mother Monster with a Pierrot-esque face, rainbow paint splashed across her skin and her hair covered under a black head wrap.
To up the ante even more, Gaga confirms that the "Applause" video has already been shot, which she says is an extension of the fateful performance from her Monster's Ball tour that caused her to undergo hip surgery and remain missing from action from the public eye since the top of the year. "It’s the end of the night after the show,” she says. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. 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.”
Despite the dramatic and rather sad ambiance the portrait gives off, the pop star assures that her upcoming album is "fun" and "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.”
We'll hold our applause till the single drops Aug. 19, which she's also set to perform at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Also, check out the full WWD interview here.