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Lady Gaga Releases New Album

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At 25, Lady Gaga has accomplished what many has aspired to be but never succeeded in becoming — a world star. Her debut album “The Fame” (2008) which featured number one singles such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Her follow up album, “The Fame Monster” (2009) also achieved the same level of success, setting Gaga to be the prominent pop star that she is today with the single “Bad Romance.”

After months of waiting, the time is finally here. Lady Gaga’s newest album, “Born This Way” is being released on Monday, May 23rd. Gaga has teased her fans, with the release of the single “Born This Way” in February which peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100 after its debut. Within three days of its release, 448,000 copies were sold and the song became the 1000th chart topper in the Billboard history.

However that’s not quite surprising to those who have any idea the amount of fans or monsters as Gaga calls them, that she has. Last weekend, Gaga became the first celebrity to reach 10 million followers. She followed with a celebratory tweet in London, announcing, “10MillionMonsters! I’m speechless, we did it! Its an illness how I love you. Leaving London smiling.” If that’s not enough, this year she also landed herself the number one spot in Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List, knocking prominent number one placer, Oprah into second place.

Lady Gaga’s rise to fame is not without controversy however. Her unpredictably amusing, but sometimes raunchy outfits have made headlines just as much as her songs have. Many have also questioned her public persona, whether “Lady Gaga” is simply a character or if it is who Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (her real name) truly is. To answer this question, Gaga states, “It’s always very strange when people say, ‘Is this the real you?,’ or ‘Is this really who you are? Is this an act?,’ ‘Born This Way’ is sort of the answer to all of the questions I’ve been asked for the last three years. This is who I am.”

Check out Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and her controversial “Judas” music videos below.

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