Lady Gaga officially released her new single, "Applause," on Monday, after the track leaked over the weekend.
The song wasn't expected out until Aug. 19, but Gaga issued a "pop music emergency," taking matters into her own hands by releasing it herself on Monday.
She tweeted: "Due to hackers, an abundance of low/high quality leaks... we issue this pop music emergency... monsters spread the word./ My new single 'Applause' is out today and can be heard on United States radio in 15 minutes. International radio to follow."
Prior to Monday's release, Gaga had posted a series of tweets, blasting "hackers" and "critics" after her song leaked, one of which noted: "Dont focus on ANY blogger criticism. I have been a producer/songwriter/musician for over 10 years. Trust the artist bloggers are not critics."
Gaga wasn't the only music artist who saw her song leak over the weekend;.
Gagaat the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25. The song will appear on "ARTPOP," on Nov. 11.
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