Lady Gaga releases new single ‘Applause’ early, looks like a drunk clown

These are some photos of Lady Gaga entering and exiting the E! building in LA yesterday. I didn’t register that it was Gaga at first and I thought “Wow, Marilyn Manson is looking pretty good these days.” Gaga strikes again! Obviously, her makeup job is HIGH ART and you wouldn’t understand because you are just an inartistic peasant. I bet James Franco understands this on every level.

Anyway, Gaga was out and about in her clown makeup (literally) yesterday because she dropped her new single early. I actually accidentally heard “Applause” when I was driving home from the gym yesterday, the radio station was playing it. I can’t say I was impressed with it, but I didn’t change the station either. As I’m writing this up, I’m listening to it again… and it’s not terrible. Here you go:

It’s not as terrible as some of her Born This Way singles. Lyrically, I think Gaga is devolving, but this has a better hook than some of her previous singles.

On Sunday night, Gaga had a date night with Taylor Kinney, and she wore a really ridiculous see-through catsuit – you can see the pics here. Is it just me or does she look like she has a diaper rash? I mean, ART.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Melissa says:

    “A drunk clown” hahaha dead

  2. Tessa says:

    I’m obsessed with this song already. It’s on my ipod and I’m taking it for a run with me this morning. I may listen to it the whole time, I haven’t decided yet.

    • Hakura says:

      @Tessa – Thank GOD I’m not the only one!! (I was starting to think, based on everyone else’s comments, that I had maybe heard the wrong song.

      I’m not at all impressed w/the lyrics I misunderstood nearly ALL of it, which I didn’t realize until I looked up the lyrics. (Whenever she’d say ‘Put your hands together, make em’ touch‘ , *I* thought she was saying ‘But you can’t make em’ touch‘ – which made no sense).

      I love the tune, I’m just drawn to ‘minor key’ songs, for some reason.

    • V4Real says:

      That song is horrible and so is she. She has started the publicity whoring for new CD. TMZ showed videos of her doing some form of naked yoga and I bet she only did it for publicity to promote her new release. If it wasn’t done for publicity why would she let someone tape it. It wasn’t the paps who filmed it, it was someone from her camp. They released the tape.

      • Nev says:

        She is so trying to sound like GRACE JONES in the song. Ugh.

        I need a new Madonna album like NOW.

      • Tapioca says:


        Really? When these days for every Confessions… there’s a Hard Candy? But yeah, she’d still eat this little upstart for breakfast.

        As for Gaga, Courtney Love’s 1990s morning face is not a great look!

      • Apsutter says:

        @Tapioca…I’m with ya there. I’d love for a new Madonna album where she actually gets back to being awesome and stops trying to be like all the new starlets and singers and stops grasping for 15 year old fans. I’d love some more Confessions or Bedtime Stories Madonna…I miss that.

        So this is weird but still on topic. I’ve been watching a ton of Rupaul’s Drag Race and I love when they play the snatch game where they impersonate celebs and it made me think that I miss the days of singers with distinct personalities and character traits. Impersonations of Cher or Babs are wonderful because they had real personalities. Now when the queens try and impersonate Gaga or Beyonce or Rihanna it’s awful because these new singers are just so BLAND! There’s nothing fun or funny about them.

  3. Eleonor says:

    I think it’s an 80′s mess…

  4. bns says:

    And I hate the song. I thought it would grow on me, but the more I listened the more I hated it.

  5. kiddo says:

    I love the clown photo. Something about it reminds me of Heath Ledger in Batman. What I don’t get is her walking around in that make-up. Why does she feel the need to hit you over the head with a concept?

  6. brin says:

    Who finger painted on her face?

  7. lady mary. says:

    thats song has nothin new abt ,just a repeated ,auotuned version of 80′s beats,i still believe her beast songs were poker face ,bad romance

  8. blue marie says:

    ha, and this is why I’m afraid of clowns.

  9. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    That last picture makes her look boxy and chubby. This song sounds awful to me, but it is one of those danceable tunes. I wish she would go back to her “Just Dance” music….that’s one of the very few songs that I like from her.

    She’s taking herself way too seriously. I don’t think it’s necessary for her to walk around in her Lady Gaga outfits all the time. I mean she isn’t Lady Gaga. She doesn’t need to dress the part all the time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in regular clothes, that she herself wears. It always seems like she is dressed up for a concert.

    Does she make her friends call her Lady Gaga?

    • Apsutter says:

      I totally agree. Her first album was good from start to finish because it was just fun and dancey and a good time. Then she bought into her own hype and started taking herself waaaaaaaaay too seriously which is why Born This Way was such garbage. I’d love for her to loosen up because she is talented and her live show is a lot of fun.

      • Andrew says:

        I disagree, but understand what you’re saying. I personally really liked Born This Way, yes it is very different from her first CD, but I think it was more mature (if you can think of her that way lol). I love this song and I think it’s just a good pop song. Shouldn’t expect high art or anything

  10. Lauren says:

    Not liking the song at all. As for her makeup…all I can think of is Anna Nicole Smith in that horrible home video. Gaga looks awful. I hope this album bombs and her 15 minutes fade away.

  11. Luls says:

    Omg, the hook sounds exactly like Madonna’s “girl gone wild”, who btw is also a copycat.

    Those 2 are basically the same artist at this point.

    Reductive, repetitive, unoriginal.

  12. Sisi says:

    Those shoes are not fashionable

  13. Carolyn says:

    I feel sorry for Gaga. Being made to walk around looking like that. It can’t be fun being her.

  14. pretty says:

    Have you guys seen her doing “Method” thing completely naked? ridiculous.

    • Hakura says:

      First, I was waiting for: “B-eeeeeeeeee (insert 30 seconds of ‘eeee’), C-ee (insert 30 seconds of ‘eeee’).”

      1.) Then she’s wearing a blindfold that’s a cross between mini-traffic cones & Madonna’s pointy bra over her eyes, as she stands on a rock in the middle of a lake/river, in the rain.
      2.) THEN she appeared (still in the lake/river) to be pouting in an exceptionally tall ‘time out’ chair w/some random woman…
      3.) Baring T&A & frolicking gayly through the garden of Eden.
      4.) THEN appeared to be having sex w/a giant quartz before taking a bath in little quartz that look like ice.

      & we can’t forget the really creepy ‘blank stare’ at the end.

      o.O;; WTFH?

  15. Madpoe says:

    See what happens when clowns are involved in a drive by! She got smacked down by bobo!
    Love the goth! Hate the clown. Scary!

  16. AliceInPains says:

    She does look like Marilyn Manson doesn’t she?

  17. Quinn says:

    She may never learn that after all her CONSTANT trying to be edgy, she’s predictable and a bore. Just focus on some decent music (if possible) and quell the shenanigans. It’s like a performance art 101 class…blah.

  18. Faye says:

    She looks like she fell asleep, face-down in a kids’ water-paint set.

    She and Franco -man, that would be a pair. The constant artistic prentensions and patronizing the “little people,” while at the same time doing everything possible to garner attention from said little people. I wonder if they’d just have so much combined douchiness they’d combust in an explosion of it, or if they’d somehow cancel each other out and become somewhat normal.

  19. The Original Original says:

    The song is awful. Its very disco drag queen

  20. OriginallyBlue says:

    Ughhh she tries so hard. I mean really she couldn’t go out with her boyfriend in a nice outfit. Nope has to be some see thru get up so the world can see her bra and thong. Must be so exhausting to be around someone like that. Constantly needing attention and being dramatic.

  21. Jayna says:

    I love the song. It’s not as good as Bad Romance, but catchy. As far as her try-hardy behavior, it’s funny no one cares anymore. The girl went completely naked last week in that artsy video and no one even cared. She flamed out with her see-me-antics I’m so different back a few years ago and people got bored.

  22. vv says:

    It sounds like she is mimicking David Bowie’s singing style in some parts of this song. It’s distracting. She listened to a bunch of 80′s new wave and then decided on second thought, nope, I am going to do a typical dance chorus.

    It’s disjointed.

  23. Jackson says:

    Oy. We get it – sad clown with smeared makeup wearing black. How ironic. Now go away and try something else.

  24. Garrett says:

    The song is catchy I’ll give her that. But, I think why a lot of us are over her is because of the whole shock value thing. Now that everyone is trying to do it, it’s like who cares? Not like it was back when she first started out. Like the people above mentioned, that video of her doing yoga naked, not a lot of people cared. I like her, but at this point I’m over her antics.

  25. jen d. says:

    Remember that episode of The Simpson’s where Homer becomes an inventor and invents a makeup gun, and then shoots it at Marge’s face, and Marge says, “Homer, I think you have that thing set on whore.”? Yeah, this look reminds me of that….

  26. Lulu86 says:

    Gaga did way too much way too early, she squeezed the hell out of the shock factor all she can really do is try to make decent music and forget about arriving in giant eggs.

  27. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    If i wanted to listen to A Flock of Seagulls, etc., I would, the songs forgetable not my type of music, does she use real instruments anymore or is it just computers and drum machines (much cheaper than paying real musicians),
    I agree RHONYC, anyone at this late date that thinks she’s some ARTTTISTE is stoned, toneless, and tasteless – pretty much like her.

  28. Ellie66 says:

    She looks like she is doing “the Walk of Shame” smeared make-up and all. Lol!

  29. DuBarry says:

    Way to report on this so late.

  30. Cobra says:

    I read it as Gaga’s applesauce. Mommy brain.

  31. NM9005 says:

    It’s generic, it’s simple (for her standards, she learned from BTW), it is catchy even though it’s not my thing so with all the other generic crap mainstream radio/public likes, this is PERFECT.

    It will be a very basic year with Perry, Cyrus, Gaga AND Spears releasing albums.

    And how funny is it that she tried to be ‘friendly’ about her and Perry releasing singles close to each other and hers then ‘leaking’ 1 day later than Perry’s.

  32. my .02 says:

    She looks like Marilyn Manson’s twin sister. Not a good look at all.

  33. diva says:

    The song isn’t good. I wish she’d stop acting like she is so different and her music is deep. She’s the poster child for manufactured pop star

  34. blaize says:

    Meh. Nothing special. But it will sell because it’s Lady Gaga. It’s not vocal ability or quality that makes a song popular- it’s about who the singer is.

  35. lisa says:

    these pics make me him the “mohiki does the sloppy swish” song from SNL

  36. EscapedConvent says:

    I think I liked this makeup concept better when Anna Nicole Smith did it.

  37. Shannon says:

    This ho tries too hard!! I can’t!! And she’s had ass implants or injections. That must have been part of her “hip surgery”.

  38. some bitch says:

    Trying to sound like Grace Jones… and the chorus sounds like a mashup of more than a few Madonna tunes.

  39. Kels says:

    The song is awful! Tanks gaga … My ears started bleeding. I don’t get how any one thinks it is catchy. And I use to be a die hard gaga fan. It seems like she was losing it a little bit with her last cd but this song proves she has run out of her creative zeal. She looks exhausted…like she has been on a drug binge. Sometimes drugs help with creativity but only to a degree. Now she just has a problem. Sigh…gaga I’m not applauding.

  40. Dethammer says:

    LMAO! She IS a drunk clown- even without the makeup. I think she got butt implants back in 2007 and maintains the fullness with fat injections.

  41. MavenTheFirst says:

    In olden days, someone looking like that on the streets would be taken to the psych ward for evaluation.

  42. PortlandJan says:

    How come nobody’s likened her to Tim Curry as Pennywise in “IT”?

  43. Daria says:

    Every time you see a singer start to do the “weird” & “let’s be as shocking as possible” thing after a couple years on the music scene, you know that’s when they are on the way out.

  44. Lisa says:

    You will never be Cyndi Lauper.

  45. markymark says:

    Is it me or does this song have similar beats to Madonna’s really old song “BURNING UP”?

  46. Mindy says:

    well.. at least now, she’s ripping off 80′s artists that aren’t as well known as the ones she ripped off for the last album of forgettable trash. Hazel O’Connor is less likely to cause a stir (she’s even trying to make her voice sound like hazel’s in the beginning of the song).

    What a total idiot – she is absolutely unoriginal. PLEASE let this album be the nail in the coffin for her career.

  47. Kristine says:

    I’ve never cared one way or the other about Lady Gaga. Her music isn’t my type of music but it isn’t the worst I’ve heard. I’ve never been impressed with the shock value routine she plays but at least she’s somewhat interesting I guess.

    Her songs seem to be getting worse however. This one isn’t catchy at all. I remember when I would hear her songs and think “I can understand the appeal.” I can’t understand the appeal anymore.

    The pics of her wearing that fishnet dress on a date were pretty disgusting. Imagine being the guy that has to put up with that attention whoring all night?

    She just makes me feel tired when I look at pics of her now.

  48. Michelle says:

    Dafuq? That song was so bland! I had higher hopes, but I guess I’ll go back to ignoring her :/

  49. LilyT says:

    She looks like a clown hooker at the end of her shift

  50. Sugarrbunny says:

    I heard it today & thought it sounded like a no doubt/Gwen stefani rip off

  51. Julianthe says:

    Good look for her really. Easy to do in the morning. Just walk into a preschool with a bag full of brushes and water paints and have the kids go to town on your face.

  52. St says:

    Song is awful. It’s one of those songs that you would “take” as hit when they will play it to you 10 times a day on radio. But then they will stop and you won’t give a crap about it in 1 year. And won’t go to concert to listen to that song.

    Gaga did not learn her lesson. That same thing happened with her last albums. Those singles were so bad that people didn’t care to go to concerts to listen to them live.

    Peopel don’t care about GaGa as a person. She is weird and full of herself. But she was having such a good hit songs that people liked her and were listening to them all the time. Not when she is releasing annoying songs – people don’t care. And she will have troubles with her concerts again.

  53. LaurieH says:

    First of all, she looks like an idiot who let Mrs. Willoughby’s kindergarten class draw on her face. I am sure she considers this “art”. I am equally sure I consider this “stupidity”. Second of all, I need to get my eyes checked. I read the headline and swore it said the name of her single is “Applesauce”.

  54. Renee says:

    Heard the single today and it’s completely unoriginal. Driving bass line boring lyrics yawn. I was disappointed.

  55. Nicole says:

    Sorry… I love the make-up! It’s original and cool and weird and MM.

  56. homegrrrl says:

    could’ve been Kabuki, but turned our Kahrazi.

  57. missanne says:

    eh, its not bad romance, but its ok.

  58. Denise says:

    Did Rainbow Brite consent to Gaga going down on her?

    • Hakura says:

      She’s already being charged w/ear rape, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rainbow Bright has had a recent ‘bad experience’ after a ‘party night’ gone too far. xD

      (But this is NOT to make fun of the real issue of rape, just poking fun at Gaga.)

  59. joanne says:

    So much negativity here. The yoga video was for FUNDRAISING, people please do your research. And for someone who listened the sh*t out of Madonna’s most recent albums, I have to say this gaga song sounds NOTHING like Girls Gone Wild. Preconceived notions are biased and unfair to the musician.

    As for Gaga’s weird singing voice throughout the first and second verses, it was a nod to David Bowie’s singing style and he has personally commented that he loved this song of gaga’s.

    Seriously, do your research before judging.

  60. Aud says:

    She is such a tryhard.
    That hideous septal piercing is so 90s.
    The amount of crap in a new album is proportional to the PR overload in the leadup.

  61. Jennifer12 says:

    Enough with the shock value already. Madonna did it decades ago and it wasn’t interesting then, either. Hasn’t been since David Bowie.