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What's Trending: Lady Gaga's 'Judas,' derivative or revolutionary?

Sunday - 4/17/2011, 12:46pm  ET

Lady Gaga's "Judas"

WTOP's Neal Augenstein and Nathan Hager discuss Lady Gaga's "Judas."

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Nathan Hager, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Someone betrayed Lady Gaga.

A snippet of her latest single, "Judas," found its way online days before its scheduled April 19 release.

So Gaga took the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach and released the single four days early, on April 15.

The Mother Monster had promised the new song would be controversial, even revolutionary. And though the lyrics have drawn the ire of some religious groups, especially so close to Holy Week, the production and vocals are at times oddly similar some of Gaga's past hits.

"Judas" harkens back to "Poker Face" with its breathy spoken lyrics, and is reminiscent of "Bad Romance" when Gaga sings "oh-oh-oh-oh" in the chorus.

After being accused of cribbing off Madonna with her last single, "Born This Way," the last thing Gaga wants to be called, we'd think, is "derivative."

Lady Gaga - JUDAS by igapromotion

And speaking of leaks, Lady Gaga took to Twitter this weekend to show off the cover art for the "Born This Way" album, about a month before its May 23 release.

Some fans have tweeted that it looks like bad Photoshop, but after giving birth to a machine gun in the "Born This Way" video, why shouldn't Gaga imagine herself as a motorcycle?

So what do you think of Lady Gaga's new single? Are you paws up or paws down? Let us know in the comments section or tag your tweet with #whatstrending.

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