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Lady Gaga on 'Applause' cover art: 'It shows the creation becoming more human'

'Born This Way' superstar Lady Gaga has spoken out about the artwork for her upcoming new single, 'Applause'.

The track, which is due to be released next month on August 19, is accompanied by a striking piece of photographic cover art that was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (pictured below).

During a revealing interview with Women's Wear Daily, Gaga explained that the image captures the performer becoming vulnerable: "When I look at [the image] 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."

She added that this particular piece of artwork doesn't necessarily define her new album, 'ARTPOP': "[I’m not] defined by the same designer or defined by the same hair cut or defined by the same icon. The statement is that I’m not one icon. I’m every icon. I’m an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions.”





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