Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gaga Lets Weird Al Perform This Way!

I'm not sure what Gaga was thinking by having Weird Al make a full parody track of Born This Way and then denying permission to use it on his album. If you are not up-to-speed on the mini-controversy you can read about it here. I mean, come on. She has her super-popular song Born This Way, and Pop Culture Icon Weird Al is paying tribute to her with a delightful spoof called "Perform This Way." Weird Al won't put it on his latest album, or release it for real with a video unless he had Gaga's permission. He always asks for permission! And most artists have enough of a sense of humor about themselves that they don't get bent out of shape about it. Those who don't have the sense of humor tell him no right from the start/ But Gaga took the weird approach to allow him to record the song and THEN denied permission. Which, or course, meant he leaked it and told people what happened. And while on its initial listen, I did think it took the piss out of her quite a bit, subsequent listens make it sound cheeky and light and fun. Plus, profits from the song were gonna be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. C'mon Gaga!!

Well, Gaga has now come on and given her permission for Weird Al to officially use the song on his next album and make a video and everything. Her heart has grown three sizes this day! Congrats on the change of heart, Gaga. This reversal was the right thing to do. Don't be upset by Weird Al's lyrics. It's fine by most of the planet that you were born this way to perform this way.

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