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Lady Gaga leaks 'Judas' early, manufactures controversy

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Lady Gaga's "Judas," the second single from her upcoming "Born This Way" album, due May 23, was scheduled for release on Tuesday. But the hotly anticipated new track surfaced today. Listen here ...

"I'm just a holy fool / Oh baby, it's so cruel / but I'm still in love with Judas, baby," she sings over the chorus. Thus, the song already has sparked some religious controversy. A video is expected soon -- allegedly intended to shock -- which will no doubt generate more.

In fact, I suspect the video is the driving creative force here, because there's nothing much in this music at all. The song itself is built on a thumping dancefloor rhythm with nothing new on top -- a light, ineffectual chorus, verses designed principally around a contortion of the biblical character's name ("Judah-ah!"). Sometimes Gaga seems to sing with an accent, using the figure of Judas -- either the mythical one or an unfortunately named lover -- to bait religious listeners with blunt metaphors:

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
I'll bring him down, I came with no crown

The only purpose for the name seems to be raising churchy hackles for the sake of Madonna-like publicity. Here's hoping the full "Born This Way" has more to offer.

What do you think?

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It's a silly club track, and people who take offense to it really have better things to do with their time. She's courting controversy on purpose, but I think it is a little more than just being the next Madonna. Lady Gaga is intentionally setting herself as a target to sell records, but she also is a frequent political opponent to conservative Christians on the issue of gay rights, and this is her way of lashing out at them.

So back to the music aspect. Would I like to hear this song in a club? Yes, absolutely. Other than that, no it's not one of her better songs and she needs to space herself a little further away from Madonna. Lady Gaga does have the talent, but is she just using that talent to grab the most fame and record sales rather than to write the best songs?

I love the track - I think it's really intelligent because as a Christian I love Jesus but I know I'm tempted by the bad boy and that's what Judas represents to most people.

I've got a different view of him - I once read a book called 'The Book of Deborah' about Judas's wife. It was fascinating and helped me understand a lot more about his character. Judas is in all of us!

The book's on Amazon but the best place should anyone want more info is the author's page http://www.maggywhitehouse.biz/

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