Lady Gaga clowns around with her face painted on the cover of her new single.

The wacky pop star is seen wrapped in a sheet with a black head-covering with just her face showing decorated with white, blue and orange paint like a sad pantomime clown.

The image was posted to Gaga’s Twitter account earlier today to promote the first track to be taken from her highly anticipated fourth studio album.

The track - titled Applause - is scheduled for release on the same day as Artpop and can be pre-ordered ahead of its November impact date.  Applause and the pre-order for Artpop are available from August 18.