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Born This Way (2010)

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Born This Way is the second studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga, which was released on May 23, 2011, by Interscope Records. The album is a follow-up to her internationally-successful albums The Fame and The Fame Monster . As co-producer of every track on the album, Gaga collaborated with numerous producers, including RedOne and Fernando Garibay, with whom she had previously collaborated, and newcomers such as DJ Snake, DJ White Shadow, Jeppe Laursen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Clinton Sparks. She also included artists like E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons and Queen guitarist Brian May on tracks from the album.

The music of Born This Way stems from the synthpop and dance-pop-oriented styles of her previous albums, yet it incorporates different forms of instrumentation which have not been used on her previous releases. It also incorporates a broader range of several musical genres like opera, heavy metal, disco and rock and roll while its lyrical topics include sexuality, religion, freedom, feminism, and individualism. Despite dividing opinion amongst some religious and conservative commentators, the album was well-received by music critics; points of acclaim went to the varying musical styles in the album and Gaga's vocals. Additionally, several publications included the album in their year-end critic lists. Born This Way received three Grammy Award nominations, including her third consecutive nomination for Album of the Year.

Born This Way debuted in the top five spots in every major market, including the Billboard 200. In the United States, Born This Way sold 1.108 million copies in its first week – the largest first week album sales in five years; an estimated 440,000 copies were sold on Amazon in two days of its first week at a price of 99 cents. The album's four singles – "Born This Way", "Judas", "The Edge of Glory", and "You and I" – went on to chart in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. "Born This Way" became the fastest-selling single in iTunes history and the promotional track "Hair" charted in sixteen countries. Gaga has performed songs from the album on different occasions, including at prominent award ceremonies including the 53rd Grammy Awards and the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as in other events and television appearances. As of October 2011, worldwide sales of the album have exceeded 8 million copies.

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In March 2010, Gaga disclosed that she was working on a new album, saying that she had written most of the songs for the proposed album. Meanwhile, producer RedOne described it as Gaga's "freedom album" as her manager, Troy Carter, felt her public image would begin to change after the release of Born This Way A few months after the announcement, Gaga exclaimed that she had finished writing songs for the album: "It came so quickly. I've been working on it for months, and I feel very strongly that it's finished right now. Some artists take years. I don't. I write music every day." In another interview, she declared the album "the anthem of generation," as she continued, "It includes the greatest music I've ever written. I've already written the first single for the new album and I promise you, that this album is the greatest of my career.

Besides sessions on tour buses, recording sessions and mixing for the album took place at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, Studios 301 in Sydney, Australia, Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, Australia, Gang Studios in Paris, France, Livingroom Studios in Oslo, Norway, Allerton Hill in the United Kingdom, Warehouse Productions Studio in Omaha, Nebraska, Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, Officine Meccaniche in Milan, Italy, Miami Beach Recording Studio in Miami Beach, Florida, and Germano Studios in New York City. Brian May, a guitarist of Queen, and Clarence Clemons, a former member of the E Street Band, worked with Gaga in the album.

On September 12, 2010, Gaga made an appearance on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. During the acceptance speech for her Video of the Year award, Gaga announced the title of the album and sang the chorus of the its title track. Described by Gaga as "a Christmas gift for my fans", Gaga announced the release dates of the album and its lead single at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2011 via Twitter, supplementing it with a black-and-white photograph in which Gaga is "nude from the waist down, with her hair blowing about, and sporting a jacket with the name of the album emblazoned in what looks like bedazzled jewels."

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Marry the Night Lady Gaga       04:24
1-2 Born This Way Lady Gaga       04:20
1-3 Government Hooker Lady Gaga       04:14
1-4 Judas Lady Gaga       04:10
1-5 Americano Lady Gaga       04:06
1-6 Hair Lady Gaga       05:08
1-7 Scheiße Lady Gaga       03:45
1-8 Bloody Mary Lady Gaga       04:05
1-9 Bad Kids Lady Gaga       03:51
1-10 Highway Unicorn Lady Gaga       04:16
1-11 Heavy Metal Lover Lady Gaga       04:13
1-12 Electric Chapel Lady Gaga       04:13
1-13 Yoü and I Lady Gaga       04:06
1-14 The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga       05:20
1-15 Marry the Night Lady Gaga       04:24
1-16 Born This Way Lady Gaga       04:20
1-17 Government Hooker Lady Gaga       04:14
1-18 Judas Lady Gaga       04:10
1-19 Americano Lady Gaga       04:06
1-20 Hair Lady Gaga       05:08
1-21 Scheiße Lady Gaga       03:45
1-22 Bloody Mary Lady Gaga       04:05
1-23 Bad Kids Lady Gaga       03:51
1-24 Highway Unicorn Lady Gaga       04:16
1-25 Heavy Metal Lover Lady Gaga       04:13
1-26 Electric Chapel Lady Gaga       04:13
1-27 Yoü and I Lady Gaga       04:06
1-28 The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga       05:20

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