With a title like "Applause," Lady Gaga's new single has clear designs on becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But a ubiquitous promotional blitz, along with a healthy dash of controversy, sure helps its chances: The full lyric video for "Applause"—the first track off her forthcoming album ARTPOP—has now hit the Web. And, judging by its party-hearty vibe, Mother Monster never turns down a chance for a randy romp with drag queens and fierce catwalk stompers.
In the clip, the 27-year-old Gaga rocks the smeared Technicolor makeup she showcased on the album's cover art, moseying through a club as drag queens prance, twirl and sashay all around her.
She later heads backstage to pose with the performers before ducking out of the club amid a throng of onlookers and flashbulb-popping paparazzi.
The video was shot Monday night at popular West Hollywood gay club Micky's, although Mother Monster kept everything a surprise until the very last minute. Shortly after 10 p.m., she tweeted: "I will definitely NOT be at Mickys tonight, and I will definitely NOT expect you there to be in my lyric video."
Eyewitness told E! News that Gaga arrived around 11:15 p.m. and hung out until about midnight.
"She walked in through the front entrance and wanted to go through the bar area to see her fans," a source exclusively said. "She had two to three bodyguards, who kept an eye on her throughout the night, but she wandered throughout the bar area without them."
During the night, Gaga was seen shooting video of the crowd, and she also posed with fans decked out in her Pierrot-inspired getup from the "Applause" cover art.
"Due to hackers an abundance of low/high quality leaks…we issue this pop music emergency…monsters spread the word," she tweeted, adding: "Give me that thing that I love / Put your hands up / Make ‘em touch / A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E."
Little Monsters, you have your marching orders.