Lady Gaga celebrated the decennial anniversary of the release of her iconic Born This Way album by announcing the release of a special edition Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary. The new album will include the 14 tracks on the original album plus reimagined versions of select songs by LGBTQ+ artists and allies, including a cover of "Judas" by Big Feedia. Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary will be available on June 18, but can be pre-ordered today.
"Introducing Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary, a special edition of the album in new packaging that will be available on June 18!," Gaga posted to social media. She went on to announce the "second disc of reimagined versions" of select song by "incredible artists who both represent and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community."
Gaga also released the first song and video from the album, a cover of "Judas" by Big Freedia.
"'Judas' was my favorite song when it came out originally, so I really wanted to cover it," Big Freedia, the queen of bounce music, said in a press release. "I am beyond excited that it's the first to drop from this project! 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?"
Gaga was on hand in West Hollywood earlier this week as the city officially declared May 23 an official holiday to be forever known as Born This Way Day
"You've been the motherfucking key to my life for a long time," she told fans during ceremonies announcing the new holiday.
\u201cLady Gaga is currently giving a speech about Born This Way in West Hollywood. \n\nhttps://t.co/zt9WODGvF1\u201d
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Gaga took the opportunity to credit Carl Bean, "a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being 'Born This Way'" as the inspiration for both her hit song and album.
\u201cBorn This Way, my song and album, were inspired by Carl Bean, a gay black religious activist who preached, sung and wrote about being \u201cBorn This Way.\u201d Notably his early work was in 1975, 11 years before I was born.\u201d
The names of the other artists besides Big Freedia reimagining Gaga's earlier works were not released, although it was revealed "Marry the Night," "You and I," and "The Edge of Glory" will be among the six songs covered.