Lady Gaga tops number one charts around the globe
It's time to put your paws up little monsters, cause the Queen of Pop is back. After a year of anticipation, Lady GaGa's new album Born This Way was released to millions of eager fans around the globe on May 23. Dubbed the most promising album of the year, Born This Way was met with feelings of excitement, but there were also feelings of uncertainty. After the single "Born This Way" was released, many were left unsure of GaGa's new sound. It was different, but was it perhaps too different than anything else she had ever done?
Compared to her previous hits like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance", "Born This Way" not only sounds different, but the underlying message is unusual for the "old" GaGa that sang about dancing in clubs and playing love games. A song dedicated to the "freaks" and the outcasts of society, "Born This Way" gives a voice to a generation of youth lost within a world of prejudice.
She called the single her "anthem" to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. With inspiring lyrics like, "Whether life's disabilities left you outcast, bullied, or teased/ Rejoice and love yourself today, ‘cause baby you were born this way;" she inspires all who listen to accept their flaws and rejoice in their individuality.
This is GaGa's third album, but it is vastly different than her previous works, The Fame and The Fame Monster.. Born This Way is much darker and filled with political, religious, and social messages., But it thehas high-powered dance beats that still make anyone want to rock out.
"Judas", the next single released off the album, contains not only religious and social messages, with lyrics such as, "I wanna love you, but something's pulling me away from you. Jesus is my virtue, and Judas is the demon I cling to." Lady GaGa talks about the struggle between good and evil.
Gaga continues to go on and sing, "In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance. Fame, hooker, prostitute, wench vomits her mind. But in the cultural sense, I just speak in future tense." GaGa takes a stand on her own fame and reveals her own struggles about redemption and religion.
The album has something to offer everyone, and it is evident that although GaGa has reached the apex of fame, her career remains about the music; but most importantly her fans. Tracks like "Bad Kids" and "Hair" are true tributes to her fan base. "Bad Kids" starts out with GaGa's powerful vocals demanding justice for all the "freaks", and then transitions into an ‘80s pop ballad with a chorus that speaks to the youth. "Don't be insecure if your heart is pure. You're still good to me if you're a bad kid baby."
Although some have tried to compare GaGa's work to artists like Madonna and Prince, there is something about Lady GaGa that is unique. Whether it is her unusual and eclectic style, her inspiring lyrics, or her unwavering love and dedication to her fans, Born This Way is nothing short of a cultural and musical triumph.