Lady Gaga declares 'pop emergency,' releases 'Applause' early

Lady Gaga has released 'Applause,' her new single, a week ahead of schedule, after her fans ('monsters') failed to plug digital leaks.

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    Lady Gaga, seen here in Tokyo in May 2012, has released her latest single, 'Applause,' a week ahead of schedule, after unauthorized digital versions surfaced over the weekend.
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Lady Gaga is releasing her new single "Applause" on Monday – one week earlier than originally planned – after declaring "a pop emergency" via Twitter.

The decision comes in the wake of her new single leaking on the internet over the weekend.

"Applause," the first song off of Gaga's upcoming album "ARTPOP," was originally supposed to come out Aug. 18. The full album – along with an accompanying app – is set to be released Nov. 11.

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Gaga alerted her fans to the leak and then changed the single's release date via Twitter on Monday. (Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are all original.) Her tweets:

A POP MUSIC EMERGENCY IS UNDERWAY 911

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

911 SUMMON THE MONSTER TROUPES

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

HERE IS A PHOTO TO ACCOMPANY THIS EMERGENCY------> pic.twitter.com/UkhGa2Gidg

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS...WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY...MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

MY NEW SINGLE 'APPLAUSE' IS OUT TODAY AND CAN BE HEARD ON UNITED STATES RADIO IN 15 MINUTES. INTERNATIONAL RADIO TO FOLLOW.

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

POP MUSIC EMERGENCY #0DAYSTillAPPLAUSE MY NEW SINGLE COMES OUT TODAY. 911 SPREAD THIS MESSAGE

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013

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