"Bad Romance" — which leaked out on Friday (October 2), one day after her eagerly anticipated Fame Kills tour with Kanye West bit the dust — is a mixture of Gaga's signature robotic delivery with a Cher-like sound. Produced by collaborator RedOne (the producer behind such hits as "LoveGame" and "Poker Face"), the song is similar in tempo to "Poker Face," opening with a series of ah-ah-ahs and ooh-la-las, amid a thrumming beat and swirling keyboards.
"You know that I want you/ And you know that I need you," Gaga coos before busting into the full-throated chorus, in which she sings, "You and me could write a bad romance ... / Caught in a bad romance." The minimal beat stays at a low boil for most of the song, rising up in an ecstatic, Erasure-esque throb during the chorus, but lacking the immediate pull of some of Gaga's biggest hits to date.
Gaga tweeted about the song on Friday afternoon, telling fans, "leaked next single is makin my ears bleed. Wait till you hear the real version." Earlier this week, Gaga told a San Diego radio station that she'd be debuting a new track on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," where she is the musical guest.
Gaga also announced plans to go out on tour on her own next month, saying the cancellation of the Fame Kills tour was a "mutual decision" reached with West. Neither artist has spoken in depth about what caused the outing to fall apart.
The nearly five-minute-long "Bad Romance" could be found on a number of blogs by Friday afternoon, but a spokesperson for the singer declined to comment about whether the song will appear on the reissue, which is due out on November 24.