Little Monsters can expect a present from Mother this Pride. On Friday, Lady Gaga announced the release of a special edition of her hit album, “Born This Way” in honor of its tenth anniversary.
“Born This Way the Tenth Anniversary” will feature all 14 of the album’s original tracks along with reimagined versions of six of those songs, performed by artists representing and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. The first of those songs, a remix of “Judas,” performed by queer artist Big Freedia, was released Friday.
“‘Judas’ was my favorite song when it came out originally, so I really wanted to cover it. I am beyond excited that it’s the first to drop from this project!” said Big Freedia in a statement released to the press on Friday. “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?”
The original “Born This Way” was released on May 23, 2011. The album was both a critical and commercial success and included the single, “Born This Way,” which has since become a gay anthem.
In commemoration of the album’s tenth anniversary, May 23 was proclaimed “Born This Way Day” in West Hollywood, and in a special ceremony Lady Gaga was presented with the keys to the city.
“Born This Way the Tenth Edition” will be released on June 18. Among the other five songs to be covered are “Yoü and I,” “The Edge of Glory,” “Marry the Night,” “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love),” and, of course, “Born This Way (The Country Road Version).” The artists for those covers will be announced over the next few weeks.