Lady Gaga made Billboard chart history this week by debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "Born This Way" -- and earning the chart's 1,000th No. 1 in its 53-year-history. In Billboard Magazine's brand-new cover story, the pop megastar talks about earning the milestone, her instantly-infamous "Grammy egg" and what "Born This Way" means to her.
Check out an exclusive preview of Lady Gaga's Billboard cover story below, pre-order the issue, and come back tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 19) to read the full interview.
Lady Gaga on her new album: "It's quite eclectic. It ranges from 'Born This Way' being very light, to the rest of the album becoming quite darker. I, in jest, say that 'Born This Way' is the marijuana to the heroins of the album, the ultimate intense intoxication of the record."
On the message of "Born This Way": "Harkening back to the early '90s when Madonna, En Vogue, Whitney Houston and TLC were making very empowering music for women and the gay community...the lyrics and the melodies were very poignant and very gospel and very spiritual. I said, 'That's the kind of record I need to make.' "
On the "Grammy egg": "I was thinking about birth. I was thinking about embryos. Even my hair color was a washed out rose color that I had at the Grammys, it was meant to be a hair expression, an after birth."
On her Grammy performance: "The Grammy performance was about many things, but ultimately the song "Born This Way"…is visually and thematically and lyrically about birthing a new race, birthing a race within the race of already existing cultures of humanity -- that bears no prejudice and no judgment."
On her original birth name, Stefani Germanotta: "I don't create any separation between my birth name and my subsequent birth name -- Lady Gaga. Gaga is not manufactured...it is not artificial."