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Listen: New Lady Gaga Track 'The Edge of Glory'


Gaga debuted her follow-up to Judas this afternoon. Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So now shes ripping off Pat Benatar.

    Posted by: Lazycrockett | May 9, 2011 5:35:18 PM

  2. I LOVE this song. To all the people that say she is ripping off X, Y, and Z. Shut up. Every song sounds like something if you imagine hard enough.

    Posted by: andypharmer | May 9, 2011 5:43:08 PM

  3. @Lazycrocket And you're ripping off haters with your trite comment.

    As some may know, this song was written regarding the death of her grandfather. It sounds quite nice, especially since it's uncommon hear that dissonance chord before the chorus in pop songs! I like it!

    Posted by: IMHO | May 9, 2011 5:46:41 PM

  4. OH. MY. GOD. I can already hear all the hi-NRG remixes that will be spawned from this HIT!

    This is a new sound for Gaga--there is something anthemic, soaring, and exciting, yet sensitive about her vocals and the instrumentals. I am so digging this!!! YOU GO 'HEAD, GIRL!

    Posted by: gaga queen of everything | May 9, 2011 5:48:31 PM

  5. @Lazycrockett

    Now remind everyone under 40 who Pat Benatar is. (not me silly, I saw her 3 times in concert as teen in the 80's).

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 9, 2011 5:50:58 PM

  6. I agree with Andy P. It's a fun song.
    And for those of you who insist on criticizing... I dare you to use your talents to create anything original, uplifting or of value to society or your community!

    Posted by: John | May 9, 2011 6:00:11 PM

  7. I just read about the song on Wikipedia & I got shivers:

    "Gaga revealed during the Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga interview that the song is 'about your last moment on earth, the moment of truth, the moment before you leave earth.'"

    How mystical, discomfiting, and otherworldly!

    Wikipedia also notes that the song sounds like Cher's "Song for the Lonely"--one of my all-time faves from my college days. I agree--which is probably why the song is an automatic YES for me.

    Posted by: gaga queen of everything | May 9, 2011 6:10:51 PM

  8. @john

    as soon as lady gaga writes a song that's actually ORIGINAL, please let me know.


    Posted by: alguien | May 9, 2011 6:11:33 PM

  9. If she released the "Bohemian Rapsody" of pop music, they'd hate it, because their grievances aren't about the songs, but the singer.

    Posted by: Sarina | May 9, 2011 6:18:24 PM

  10. @alguien

    of all the people in the world to call unoriginal. really? Lady Gaga? that's who you're going with?

    at this point you people are just looking for other artists to compare her with.

    Posted by: Johnny | May 9, 2011 6:21:56 PM

  11. what pat benatar song is this like? all I can recognize are some random keyboarding sounds.. btw.. I'm under 40 and I have PB's LP at home. lol

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | May 9, 2011 6:26:45 PM

  12. Who knew a song with that much going on could be that boring? Just doing too much and not enough all at the same time. I too thought "Pat Benatar" the first time I heard it, but I don't really care where the influence is from...I just think it's Weaksauce.

    And if it matters, I've been Anti-Gaga from the Day One, but I do like Judas, Teeth, and Telephone. I can separate the song from the artist...and the song is still whack as hell.

    Posted by: RafiD'Angelo | May 9, 2011 6:32:49 PM

  13. @ the Gaga chorus: No one needs to look very far to hear that everything Gaga does is very close in sound to something else that marked entire generations before. I heard You and I randomly the other day and I immediately recognized it was an obvious copy of 4 Non Blondes' What's Up? Anyone with a musical ear can hear these blatent similarities in her songs. It is as if she listens to her ipod for an hour before writing a tune and whatever she was listening to seeps into the melody and structure. That would be fine if it weren't for the ridiculous self-administered hype she comnveys constantly claiming that these songs from her new album are somehow extraordinary and superior in craftsmanship. Personally, it wasn't Pat Benatar that struck me as the reference point here in this song...It was more like Laura Branigan working with Cher's Almighty or Thunderpuss team circa 2001. It is formulaic gay club music that has been churned out over and over again in the same manner for close to 20 years.

    Perhaps it is okay in your eyes and ears for an ignorant youth culture to bastardize everything that came before without even a nod of the head or a tip of the hat, but as long as there are still living, breathing people over 35 on the planet, we will continue to point out the trite rip-offs this woman and her contemporaries are responsible for while enjoying things to our own taste simultaneously. It isn't a bandwagon. It's a visceral reaction.

    Posted by: Alex N | May 9, 2011 6:40:47 PM

  14. @johnny

    i've yet to cast aspersions on lady gaga's singing talent or her musicianship. i think that they are superlative-she's clearly talented.

    my issue with her (her own pomposity notwithstanding) is that her music is and has been since she first showed up with "just dance" has been standard pop by numbers.

    i first saw her image and the insane looks she promoted and i had great hopes for her. but when i actually heard her music, i thought, "meh. looks like nina hagen, music like pebbles."

    i need something a little more adventurous musically than lady gaga.

    Posted by: alguien | May 9, 2011 6:46:12 PM

  15. I like pretty much all her music, but this song is far from her best. It sounds like an 80s song that could have been done by many other female singers. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's simply not a standout track.

    As for its rapid release after Judas, sales of that single weren't as strong as her previous slew of #1 singles, so I'd guess that she's trying to put it behind her---pronto---before the album comes out. After all, the video for Judas only came out last week. (For the record, I love Judas, though it took a couple listens to grow on me---I don't see that happening here.)

    Posted by: Paul R | May 9, 2011 6:49:07 PM

  16. Good blend of edge and nostalgia, artifice and authenticity.

    Far more Springsteen than Benatar (who - great though she was - couldn't write worth a damn or play an instrument, and whose musicianship got stuck in a profitable rut and never really developed ). Gaga's young and still exploring. It'll be interesting to see her develop a mature style, provided she doesn't toss it all away in some Lauper-like lateral move.

    Posted by: Bryan | May 9, 2011 6:51:24 PM

  17. I'm usually in the Gaga hater camp, but this song is actually pretty damn awesome. Up until this, the new album had seemed like a total bust, but I'm glad to see she's still capable of producing music I like (even if she's inconsistent at best).

    Now if only she can put off talking about the song in ridiculously pretentious terms long enough for me to enjoy it...

    Posted by: TomSkylark | May 9, 2011 7:05:06 PM

  18. People have been "ripping" the creativity of people off for centuries. When Western music was entering the medieval period, composers would literally take whole chunks from one composition and put it in one of their pieces. Jazz musicians constantly quote other music in their notated music and when they improv. There are now things called "cover bands" where people do nothing but rehash old pop songs.

    I'm not sure why everyone gets all fussy about Gaga (or anyone) doing a song that sounds like some other song. Most pop music pretty much recycles the same chord progressions, so it all ends up sounding similar. In reality (I'm going all music history here) Schoenberg started writing his 12-tone music because he believed tonality had already reached its limits and nothing new could be done with it... that was almost 100 years ago (WAY before Gaga).

    I think the post about "it's not the song it's the singer" is probably the most accurate. No one has to like Gaga, but using the excuse that she is ripping off other artists (while overlooking that everyone else is doing the exact same thing) is about as ridiculous as it gets.

    Posted by: TAL | May 9, 2011 7:08:32 PM

  19. My least favorite single out of the 3 released thus far. Maybe least favorite single of ALL her songs. This one is in desperate need of a remix ASAP! I still love my Mother Monster!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 9, 2011 7:08:33 PM

  20. Was this played over the credits of Top Gun?

    Posted by: Denis | May 9, 2011 7:20:34 PM

  21. Wow! Vehement haters out there. LOOONG paragraphs hating Gaga. I think that means what she's doing is and CONTINUES to get your attention, whether its negative or positive. (I hate her sooo much. let me listen to this. Just funny to me.) Personally, not my fave of her songs but it's not a single. I hear a bit of Pink and my boyfriend hears Bonnie Tyler influences.

    And P.S. to the haters: If you haven't been to The Monster Ball you cannot possibly understand. And those of us who have been forgive your ignorance.

    Posted by: AJ | May 9, 2011 7:33:24 PM

  22. TAL gets it exactly right!

    Never is anger more misplaced than when people point out 'unoriginality' in popular music. Alex N, your diatribe against ignorant youth culture and derivative artists and whatnot is just as easily applied to the artists you love...and the artists they loved....and the artists they loved...etc. etc.

    If people are looking for originality, 4-chord 4/4 pop music is not the place to do it.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 9, 2011 7:41:05 PM

  23. another awesome song by Lady Gaga! Right on sister!!!

    @Ryan--i couldnt agree more.

    Posted by: Effie Ewe | May 9, 2011 7:57:35 PM

  24. @Ryan - amen.

    Posted by: kc | May 9, 2011 8:03:53 PM

  25. Ryan. I respect your point, but I can assure you I am not that limited that I haven't taken it into consideration. If you actually read what I wrote, you would understand that I have no problem with Gaga's obvious lack of originality being lumped in with everyone else's as I am a vehement believer that we really have done almost everything already from a creative perspective, and I am happy to acknowledge that she can put together a tune and sing it relatively well too. My point was that the singer often makes the song, and in Gaga's case, her public persona, her personal uber-hype and arrogance all make for expectations far greter than the sum total of her parts...I have yet to hear a song from this performer that lives up to the hype...This new one certainly hasn't changed that.

    Posted by: Alex N | May 9, 2011 8:18:43 PM

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