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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ leaks online, but will fans listen or wait it out?

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Just as Lady Gaga was being named one of the pop songwriters of the year at Tuesday night’s 2011 BMI Pop Music Awards, she was creating a frenzy online after her latest effort, “Born This Way,” leaked on the Internet.

The hugely anticipated album, set to hit shelves Monday, was scheduled to stream early Wednesday on the website of the British newspaper Metro -- for its users only -- but in this day in age, it wasn’t going to stay locked down for long.

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Interestingly, reading the mass of tweets on the leak, her fans seem to be mixed. And not over the quality of the album (folks are generally loving the disc, with its leanings of ‘80s metal, electro and pop-rock). Instead, fans are split between (illegally) downloading the album they have been waiting for, or waiting five whole days to purchase Mama Monster’s latest effort.

One fan wrote, ‘I refuse to listen to the born this way leak. I actually refuse,’ while another was annoyed at the leak and questioned why the singer would allow the stream because they were ‘waiting for the 23rd, when we could all hear it together.’

Though Gaga is never afraid to speak out against leaks (even if she later deletes a profane-laced tweet, as she has done before following a video leak), she hasn’t spoken out about the album surfacing online.

Like all things she does, the rollout of the album has been extremely calculated, and to satisfy fan demand she made tracks such as the anthemic “Hair,” “Edge of Glory” and “Marry the Night” available on iTunes, with the latter curiously being released through the virtual reality Facebook app Farmville.

We won’t enable the leak by linking to it, but Google is your friend if you really can’t wait.

Have you listened to ‘Born This Way’? If so, what do you think of the work Gaga touted as the ‘greatest album of this decade’?

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Twitter.com/gerrickkennedy


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