Lady Gaga‘s “You and I” gets a jazz makeover. The original Born This Way pop track’s production sounds like rock and country made love and birthed a baby. The blaring electronic guitar boom married with minimal drums made for mid-tempo energy. Gaga’s powerhouse vocals follow suit with the light rock/country sound. All jazzed up, the snare and the trumpet glide her gravelly vocals. As you listen to the new jazz version of “You and I” it’s almost impossible not to close one’s eyes and imagine Gaga singing in a cozy lounge with a band of musicians behind her in the 60s. Read more…
Born This Way
Sold out shows don’t mean a hill of beans to the Indonesian police who will not grant Lady Gaga a permit for her June 3rd “Born This Way Ball” concert. We thought it was nearly impossible to dislike the world class superstar. Boy were we wrong. According to the AP, lawmakers and conservative hard-liners protested Gaga’s upcoming show because “her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt the youth.” Under pressure the national police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar, denied the permit. What in the world did they do when Madonna was at her prime? Madonna’s unapologetic sex appeal makes Lady Gaga look like Taylor Swift.
The Indonesia performance would have been the biggest of Gaga’s Asian tour with 52,000 fans filling Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium seats. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world with 240 million people. Local conservatives felt the explicit nature of Gaga’s show would compromise the nation’s moral fiber, according to the AP. If her music or performance can jeopardize 52,000 people’s moral fiber, they may have a bigger problem than Lady Gaga. As if putting a stop to the singer’s concert wasn’t heartbreaking enough, those who purchased tickets may or may not be refunded. When you’ve been banned from a country, you have officially made it.
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UPDATE #2 (5:48pm): Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times reports on Twitter: “BREAKING! Weird @alyankovic’s manager tells me @ladygaga has now given permission for “Perform This Way” to be included on his album.” Score one for the nerds (like us)!
UPDATE (5:35pm): To quote The Dude (which is entirely appropriate on 4/20), “New s**t has come to light, man!” After the jump, we’ll explain how this whole situation might (or might not!) be one big misunderstanding…
“Weird Al” Yankovic has a new album nearly ready. All that’s missing is a lead single, and he thought he had it?“Perform This Way,” a parody of “Born This Way” that focuses on Lady Gaga herself (like, for example, her sometimes extravagant sartorial choices):
But, to make a long story short, Gaga said no. So why has Weird Al posted the song online anyway?
We have had the date February 14 scheduled on our calendar for some time now. No, not because it’s Valentine’s Day (although we’re smart enough not to ignore that day!), but rather because that was the day that Lady Gaga had promised we’d finally get a chance to listen to the title track off of her highly anticipated follow-up to her multi-platinum smash album, The Fame, called Born This Way. However, earlier this week, Gaga set the Twitterverse afire when she tweeted “Can’t wait any longer, single coming Friday.” And just like that, all of the Little Monsters — ourselves included — set our alarms for 6 a.m. this morning to listen to “Born This Way” for the very first time.
So, what did people think of the Gaga’s new disco stomper?
- “It – ??s f**king amazing. ‘Born This Way’ … will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor – ??s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive’ – ??This is the new gay anthem.” — Elton John
- “‘Born This Way’ sums up all the complex Gaga mythos, all her politics and Catholic angst and smeared lipstick, in one brilliant pop blast.” — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone