Lady Gaga performs during The Monster Ball Tour at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on April 18, 2011 in Duluth, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) 'Weird' Al Yankovic arrives to 'The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror' 20th Anniversary …
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LOS ANGELES - "Weird Al" Yankovic's new song Perform This Way, a parody of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, will be on the long-time satirist’s upcoming album. That was in doubt until Wednesday evening.
Wednesday morning on his blog , Yankovic posted a long entry telling how the Gaga song parody was created and why it wouldn't be on his new album.
The short version is Yankovic asked for permission like he does with every song parody. Gaga supposedly said she wanted to hear the song. When the just seeing the lyrics weren't enough, Yankovic, for the first time in his career, recording a song parody before receiving permission from the artist to use it on an album.
So after finishing it on April 11, "Weird" Al sent Perform This Way to Gaga. The reply that came back was "no" -- even after he said he would donate all proceeds from the song to the Human Rights Campaign.
Understandably upset thinking all his hard work was for naught, Yankovic posted the song on YouTube. Because his parodies fall under what the courts call "fair use," putting the song online without permission is legal if Yankovic does not make money off of it.
Word spread of the song throughout the day on Wednesday. Many people felt disappointed "Weird Al" wasn't given permission.
Turns out that wasn't the whole story because even Lady Gaga was surprised she hadn't approved the song.
It turns out Gaga's manager never forwarded "Weird" Al's parody to the pop superstar. In an update posted on his blog , Yankovic says the manager apologized to Yankovic and that Gaga loves the song.
So now with Gaga's approval, Yankovic can go forward and put Perform This Way on his new album due out in June. "Weird" Al is also planning a music video and based on the parody's lyrics it might be one of his best.
Watch the video below to hear the song.
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