Lady Gaga has announced a special 10th anniversary edition of Born This Way.
The seminal 2011 LP turned a decade old at the weekend, and the pop superstar has announced the upcoming release will include six new renditions of tracks from the record featuring LGBTQIA+ artists.
The first to be released is Big Freedia’s take on Judas, which is out now, and the full collection will arrive on June 18.
New again: Lady Gaga has announced a special 10th anniversary edition of Born This Way. The seminal 2011 LP turned a decade old at the weekend, and the pop superstar has announced the upcoming release will include six new renditions of tracks from the record featuring LGBTQIA+ artists
Fans can also expect covers of Highway Unicorn, You & I, Marry the Night, The Edge of Glory, and the album’s title track.
In a statement, Big Freedia said: ‘Judas was my favorite song when it came out originally, so I really wanted to cover it.
‘To me, Judas is a love song about when someone does you dirty. I’ve sure had my experience with that. Who can’t relate?’
The Born This Way anniversary LP news comes days after Gaga was awarded West Hollywood’s Key to the City on Born This Way Day this week.
Good get: The first to be released is Big Freedia’s take on Judas, which is out now, and the full collection will arrive on June 18
The 35-year-old singer’s chart-topping record was honored for its cultural impact.
West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath presented the Grammy-winner with the key to the city and declared May 23 to be Born This Way Day.
Horvath told Gaga: ‘Thank you for encouraging us to love ourselves and be proud!’
A painting of the album’s title in pride flag form was unveiled on Robertson Boulevard in honour of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the Stupid Love hitmaker vowed to ‘always be here for this day’.
Gaga said: ‘Thank you for this key. You’ve been – I’m sure this will sound cheesy to some people, not to me – you’ve been the motherf***** key to my heart for a long time. I’ll honour this and I’ll treasure this, and I promise I’ll always be here for this day.
Key moment: The Born This Way anniversary LP news comes days after Gaga was awarded West Hollywood’s Key to the City on Born This Way Day this week
‘I will be here on this day to celebrate with you, to feel joy with you, to cry with you, to laugh with you, because you know what we are? We’re poets, and we’re just talking to each other. I love you, let’s have a good time!’
The Always Remember Us This Way singer also took to social media to share a series of pictures from the day and shared how the album was inspired by black gay activist, Carl Bean, the founding prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, a liberal protestant denomination that is welcoming of lesbian, gay and bisexual African Americans.
Gaga captioned the post: ‘Born This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being Born This Way. Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born. Thank you for decades of relentless love, bravery, and a reason to sing. So we can all feel joy, because we deserve joy. Because we deserve the right to inspire tolerance, acceptance, and freedom for all.’
Guest star: Gaga appeared on the Friends Reunion joining Lisa to sing her character Phoebe Buffay’s song Smelly Cat
This comes after news Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins – and they’re both related to Lady Gaga.
The pair are best known for portraying married couple Chandler Bing and Monica Geller in the sitcom, but according to researchers at online genealogy website MyHeritage, the co-stars are 11th cousins and share distant relatives, William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell.
Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage, told CNN: ‘We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name. We found a lot of records that support it, and we have confidence that they are related. This is not such a surprise. It makes sense that when you go so many generations back, the chances of people being connected are higher.’
William and Ellen were married and lived in England around 500 years ago, and she emigrated to the US in 1635 with her two sons, Roger and William.
Friends: (L-R) Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt Leblanc during the special Friends: The Reunion Los Angeles
According to the ancestry experts, William is a direct ancestor of Matthew, 51, and Roger is said to be a direct ancestor of 56-year-old Courteney. The research also found the ‘Friends’ stars are said to be distantly related to Gaga, who Courteney is known to be a fan of. In 2012, she wrote on Twitter: ‘Of course I like Lady Gaga. Who doesn’t love talent?!’
Chandler and Monica married in Friends’ seventh series, and the couple became parents in the last-ever episode.
The cast of the sitcom – who also include Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer – recently reunited to film a one-off special, Friends: The Reunion, in which they will reflect on their memories of the show.
Gaga appeared in the episode, joining Lisa to sing her character Phoebe Buffay’s song Smelly Cat. Director Ben Winston told Variety: ‘I said to Lisa, “Would you be prepared to sing it?” and she was like, “Yeah, that would be fun.” We went through a few names and we both agreed that Gaga, if we could get her, would be the ultimate one because she associates with and feels close to Phoebe in so many ways, as Gaga says on the show. That was a really beautiful moment, and Lady Gaga jumped at the chance to do it.’