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Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
DJ White Shadow
Producer(s) Lady Gaga
DJ White Shadow
Co-producer(s) Dino Zisis
Martin Bresso
Nick Monson
Length 3:32

AP-Logo singles chronology

Singles "Applause"
"Do What U Want"
"G.U.Y."
Digital single(s) "Venus"
"Dope"

Artpop track listing


"Applause" is a song written by Lady Gaga and produced by DJ White Shadow in 2012. The song served as the lead single from her fourth studio album ARTPOP. It was originally intended to be released in August 19, 2013, but was rush released on 12 August, 2013 after some snippets of the song were leaked online.

Background

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Gaga first revealed the title of the song in November of 2012 through Little Monsters: "I Live for the APPLAUSE". She tweeted on January 4, 2013 part of the lyrics: "If only Fame came in IV form could I bare being away from you. I live for the way that you cheer and scream for me. The Applause."

On July 24, 2013, Gaga posted via Little Monsters hand written lyrics with a visual for the song. The lyrics were slightly reworked from the first version revealed a year before. She explained that she documented the creation of the ARTPOP project in a series of notes and books filled with visual ideas and sketches.

When asked about the song, DJ White Shadow explained that it was written in 2012 and that Gaga was in pain due to her undiagnosed broken hip and labral tear while writing the song. When asked about the creation of the song, Gaga confirmed that she was in a lot of pain during the last weeks of the tour and that thanks to the applause of her fans, she was able to drown out the pain and finish the show.

At the time, they didn't know which song would be the lead single for ARTPOP. It was after she took some time off in 2013, that they revisited the song and selected it as the first single. He also revealed that he recorded the "screaming fans" heard on the track during one of the Born This Way Ball dates.

Composition

Applause has been pinned to the electropop and Eurodance music genres, with vocals reminiscent to those of Annie Lennox and David Bowie. Written in the key of G minor, the song follows a chord progression of Gm-F-Eb-Cm-F-Gm and has a tempo of 140 beats per minute. Gaga's vocals span from a low note of F3 to a high note of A5, covering nearly two and a half octaves.

Performances

The song was first performed at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Dates Location City Globe-green
2013
Sep 1 iTunes Festival London Gb
Sep 7 Le Poisson Rouge New York City Us
Nov 10 artRave Brooklyn, NY
2014
Mar 13 South by Southwest (SXSW) Austin, TX Us

Dates Location Channel Globe-green

Dates Location Station Globe-green

Tour Dates Performances

Lyrics

See reference for more details on the release of select lyrics.

Starting on July 24, 2013, Gaga revealed part of the lyrics via posts on her social media accounts.

Album version (3:32)

I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong
To crash the critic saying, "is it right or is it wrong?"
If only fame had an IV, baby could I bare?
Being away from you, I found the vein, put it in here

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause
Live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)
Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)

(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch

I've overheard your theory: nostalgia's for geeks
I guess sir, if you say so, some of us just like to read
One second I'm a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me
Pop culture was in art, now art's in pop culture in me

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause,
Live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)
Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)

(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch

Wooooooo
Touch, touch
Wooooooo
Touch, touch now
Oooh, Oooh, Ooooooh

I live for the applause, applause, applause.
I live for the applause-plause,
Live for the applause-plause.
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me.
The applause, applause, applause.

Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)
Give me that thing that I love
(I'll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(Make it real loud)

(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud!
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Make it real loud
(A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E) Put your hands up, make 'em touch, touch

A-R-T-P-O-P!

Demo version

?? ?? ??
'Cause a woman being ?? ??
Do you love Do you love ??
Do ya, do you want but free, 'cause a woman ?? ?? inside you

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause
Live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause

(Yeah)

Applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause,
Live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

Credits

Writers and producers Lady Gaga and DJ White Shadow
Co-Producers Dino ZisisMartin Bresso and Nick Monson
Recording by Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
Platinum Sound Recording Studios, New York City, NY Us
Assistant recording Benjamin 'Ben' Rice at Record Plant and Andrew Robertson at Platinum Sound
Mixed by Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
Heard IT! Studios, North Hollywood, CA Us
Additional Mixing by Bill Malina at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
Assistant mixers Ben Rice and Ghazi Hourani
Mastering Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA Us
Excutive Producer and A&R Vincent Herbert for Streamline Records
Management Troy Carter for Atom Factory
Publishing
  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP), administered by Universal Music Publishing Group and Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Etrange Fruit (SACEM), Fuzion (SACEM) administered by Get Familar Music (ASCAP)

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