Lady Gaga gave her Little Monsters another preview of her new album, “Born This Way,” by releasing the racing advance single “The Edge of Glory” online today (May 9), with another single, “Hair,” set for release next Monday (May 16). “The Edge of Glory” digital track was released exclusively to iTunes, while streaming audio of the song was posted on the pop star’s VEVO channel.
Like first single “Born This Way,” “The Edge of Glory” leans upon sunny electronica that ramps up during its anthemic chorus, and while “Glory” also glorifies risk-taking, it’s focused on romance rather than individual inspiration. “I need a man that thinks it’s right when it’s so wrong tonight, yeah baby, tonight, yeah baby/Right on the limits where we know we both belong tonight,” Gaga sings in the opening verse. “Glory” also features a nifty instrumental breakdown showcasing a bluesy saxophone solo that begins at the three-minute mark.
Gaga announced the release of “The Edge of Glory” and showcased the single artwork, which shows the singer prying her mouth open, on Twitter yesterday. Interscope has also revealed that “Hair” will hit iTunes at the same time next Monday, with the full “Born This Way” album arriving one week later. Fans who have purchased all of the “Born This Way” singles can use the Complete My Album feature in iTunes to buy the full-length at a reduced price.
“The Edge of Glory’s” debut comes less than a week after the biblically- and biker-inspired music video for “Born This Way’s” second single, “Judas,” was unveiled online. The track drops to No. 20 in its third week on the Hot 100.