Single Review: Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way'
Single Review: Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way'

LADY GAGA
Born This Way (4:20)
Producer: Lady Gaga, Jeppe Laursen, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair aka DJ White Shadow
Writer: Steani Germanotta, Jeppe Laursen
Publisher: various
Streamline/KonLive/Interscope

After all the tweets, talk and anticipation, Lady Gaga's first new song in over a year arrived at 6 a.m. this morning -- and if fans were looking for something big, anthemic, positive and global, they weren't the least bit disappointed. "Born This Way" is massive in every way: It's a huge-sounding single with a pulsating beat and a love-yourself message that's bound to pack dancefloors and blast from cars, computers and radios for weeks to come. The song is surprisingly reminiscent of Madonna -- recalling "Express Yourself" in several places and "Vogue" in the spoken bits -- but in the best way possible. "It doesn't matter if you love him or capital H-I-M," Gaga says at the beginning of the song. "Just put your paws up, because you were born this way, baby." The beat then comes crashing in and the song is off to the races, building and releasing tension in its multiple but fluid sections. A collaboration with Fernando Garibay (who co-wrote Gaga's "Dance in the Dark," as well as songs for Britney Spears, Will.i.am and Enrique Iglesias), Jeppe Laursen and DJ White Shadow, the song is a stellar preview for the album of the same name, due May 23.

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Premieres

Britney vs. Gaga: Which Single is Better?

Will Next Week Bring the Billboard Hot 100's 1000th No. 1?

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print