Lady Gaga’s New Single “Judas” Leaks to the Web

“Judas” is here! Lady Gaga surprised fans with an early release of her highly-anticipated new single from Born This Way on Friday afternoon.

Lady Gaga surprised fans with an early release of her highly-anticipated new single from 'Born This Way' on Friday. Photo: Matheus Philip via Theus Philip/Flickr

After a low-quality clip of part of her new single ‘Judas’ leaked online, Lady Gaga decided to release the official version today, four days ahead of schedule (take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think.) It’s off her upcoming “Born This Way” album, which is touching on controversial subjects.

Lady Gaga wrote and produced the track with RedOne, who worked with the pop superstar on many of her biggest hits: ‘Poker Face,’ ‘Just Dance,’ ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Love Game.’ The song is another club banger with house music influences and half-spoken vocals that sound like Rihanna at times.

Judas is the much-anticipated second single and takes another shot at the Catholic Church, with a “Ju-das, Ju-da-da-as,” opening refrain. Gaga sings: “When he comes to me, I am ready, I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs, Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain, Even after three times, he betrays me.”

The song is similar to ‘Bad Romance’ in many respects, from the “Jud-ah Jud-ah-ah, Jud-ah Gaga” vocal breakdowns to the melodic chorus with “Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” chants. Gaga touches on religious themes as she sings about being in love with someone she shouldn’t: “In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance, Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind.”

Madonna plowed the same turf 20 years ago with “Like a Prayer” but the tunes are totally different, even if the subject isn’t. The Beatles also probed religion in their music, for that matter. The track is one of the darkest yet for Gaga, although she clings to a euro-dance beat.

Gaga and choreographer Laurieann Gibson are ginning up a video. Gibson told MTV that Gaga will play Mary Magdalene and Norman Reedus will play Judas. The song was scheduled for release on iTunes next Tuesday (Apr. 19), but the leak of a scratchy, apparently pirated, version on the Internet today, prompted the early release.

Lady Gaga’s last single, “Born This Way,” is the fastest-selling single to grace Apple’s iTunes store worldwide, so we wonder how this new tune will fare.

“Album leaks are becoming standard fare nowadays,” writes Mashable’s Brenna Ehrlich. “Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked a few months ago, and The National’s new disc, High Violet, popped up online early as well. The band got creative after the leak, premiering a high-quality, advance stream of the disc on The New York Times’s website.” [via Mashable and Rolling Stone]

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