Lady Gaga unleashed “Born This Way” this morning, two days before she is set to unveil it live on The Grammys, and it does not disappoint.
With “Born This Way,” the title track from her upcoming album, Gaga renovates dance music influences from the '80s and '90s for the new millennium, crafting a dizzying disco anthem for universal acceptance, especially for the gay community.
“I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way,” she declares in the chorus, before chanting, “Don't be a drag, just be a queen.”
You can hear a bit of TLC's “Waterfalls” in the verses' melody and you can feel the Madonna “Express Yourself” vibe throughout, even before Gaga goes into a “Vogue”-ish bit of spoken rhyming. However, there's obviously no containing Gaga's outsized personality and, along with producer Red One, she transforms her influences into something that's uniquely hers.
“I wrote ['Born This Way'] in 10 [expletive] minutes," she tells Vogue. "And it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception."
“Born This Way” will garner almost as much attention, as Gaga, who has been building hype for the song among her Little Monsters, since her MTV Video Music Awards win, puts on a full-court press. The song, which is airing in a loop on her website, will air at the top of every hour throughout the weekend on Z100 and at half-past the hour on KTU. She's also set for the big pre-Grammy “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper.
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Gaga will perform at the Grammys and could has a serious chance to challenge Eminem for Album of the Year with her “Fame Monster.”
We can only imagine what she has planned for the album launch. (UPDATE: "Born This Way" is already No. 1 on iTunes.)
(Let's see how long this YouTube link lasts.)