Lady Gaga can’t seem to wait for Feb. 11 when her excited “little monsters” will get to hear her new single “Born This Way.” The release of the single comes two days earlier than the original date, Feb. 13, when it is slated to debut via a performance at the Grammy Awards.
“Can't wait any longer, single coming Friday,” Gaga tweeted on Feb. 7.
A day after the tweet, Gaga revealed the cover art for the single via Twitter, which shows the pop singer topless, with wild hair and heavy cat-like eyeliner. With her back to the camera, we also see an elaborate tattoo on her shoulder.
“Born This Way” is the title track of Gaga’s third major album, which she wrote and co-produced along with Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow.
Anticipation for the single grew since she treated her fans to a snippet of the song when she won Video of the Year at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards for “Bad Romance.” In the same event, the top-selling singer kept her promise to reveal the title of her new record if she won the coveted award.
Seemingly restless on the days leading up to the single's release date, Gaga tweeted fragments of the lyrics, only to eventually leak the entire lyrics plus the song credits on her micro-site on Jan. 28.
Unlike her previous hits, which are mainly relationship-centered and sexually-charged, the core of “Born This Way” is about loving oneself, a promising anthem to both majorities and minorities in society, what with direct references to various races and genders. Gaga is an advocate of the LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders) community.
Shoot for the single’s music video took four-and-a-half days, reported Hollywoodlife.com, with Jonas Åkerlund, a long-time collaborator of Gaga’s, directing.
In an interview with i-D magazine, Gaga enthused that her new album “is my absolute greatest work I’ve ever done.”
"The message, the melodies, the direction, the meaning, what it will mean to my fans and what it will mean to me in my own life — it's utter liberation. I'm on the quest to create the anthem for my generation for the next decade, so that's what I've done,” she said.
Since she shot to fame in 2008, Lady Gaga has been catapulted into the league of the most relevant and innovative artists of this generation. She has sold over 15 million albums and more than 51 million singles worldwide, won two Grammys, and was named by TIME magazine among its list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Gaga was declared Artist of the Year by Billboard in 2010, and her album “The Fame Monster” was the best-selling album of the same year. She is also the Guinness World Record holder for most weeks spent on the U.K. charts (for her debut album, “The Fame”) and the most searched-for female on the web.
“Born This Way,” the album, hits shelves on May 23.