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Lady Gaga to release gay rights anthem on Feb. 11

Lady Gaga’s musical silence ends Friday when she releases a single from her upcoming album. Titled “Born This Way,” the single is said to be a rousing gay-rights anthem that Elton John says will obliterate the standard “I Will Survive.”

Gay blogger Perez Hilton echoed John’s enthusiasm, writing on Feb. 7: “Fans can expect all the hype to be true with ‘Born This Way’ and with the album. And you know what? It’s a very gay song – unapologetically, gay-in-your-face gay – but it's also a universal song that can relate to everyone. To all of us outsiders, to all of us freaks, to all of us who feel different. And the music is undeniable. It sounds like a smash. It is a smash. It is one of the best songs of Gaga’s career.”

The album on which “Born This Way” will not be out until May 23. Music industry insiders speculate that La Gaga is releasing the single early to avoid a leaked track.

Lady Gaga is up for a number of Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, including Album of the Year for “The Fame Monster,” Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Bad Romance", Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Telephone," featuring Beyoncé, and Best Pop Vocal Album for “The Fame Monster.”

The Grammys airing on CBS will be followed by a televised Anderson Cooper interview with the pop icon.

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