Lady Gaga gave her fans a treat for the weekend when she dropped her new single "Judas" days earlier than the previously announced April 19 release date. Right after the RedOne-produced song dropped, Gaga tweeted about the single, the second from Born This Way, due May 23.
"Even After Three Times He Betrays Me," she wrote, harking back to the song's lyrics about love and betrayal. "THE REAL JUDAS: HE'S EVERYWHERE, NOW. DON'T STOP UNTIL HE'S YOURS," she added.
She also tweeted art for the song: In bright-red font, the word "Judas" appears in all caps, above a red cross with a heart in the middle. The art was teased in an installment of Gagavision earlier this week.
Shortly after the song was released, fans immediately reacted to the genre-defying track that mixes dance, metal and even reggae. "I've listened to it at least 20 times already...can't get enough....going 2 b another number one for sure! PAWS UP!" SHforlife commented on MTV News' article about the song's release. "This song is legit...beat is fn hardcore to the max...genius..."
"I've listened to it just once so far. I know that just like 'Born This Way,' the more I listen to it, the more I like it!! Great song. I hope it still debuts pretty high atop the Hot 100 even though there was virtually no hype for this like there was for BTW!" Kyle noted. "It kinda just came out of no where! Could be a good thing though!"
There have been some detractors, including critics who think "Judas" sounds too much like "Born This Way," but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Chifi55 called it "revolutionary, breathtaking... Gaga is changing music history and no one can stop her!!"
Many of Gaga's Little Monsters have simply dubbed the song "amazing" and "awesome," while many have been able to articulate what it is about the song they love so much. "JUDAS!!!!!!!.....Lady Gaga the cultural baptist!!!!!!!!!!!" Rohit Little commented. "I'm in love with JESUS for making GAGA for making JUDAS for giving me eargasms!!!!"
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