Lady Gaga wouldn’t give Weird Al Yankovich the right to sell a parody of her song so the singer did what any good comedian/musician would do, he released it for free to his fans.
Weird Al recorded the song “I Perform This Way” a take on Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” which makes fun of the singers often eccentric lifestyle and performances.
According to Weird Al:
“I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off of my new album: a parody of ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga called ‘Perform This Way.’ But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give me permission to release the song, so… it won’t be coming out commercially anytime in the near future. Sorry.”
Yankovic blogged of his Gaga experience:
“Based on my concept, I was reasonably sure that my parody wasn’t really going to offend anybody…But I still decided, as an act of good karma, that I would donate all the money from sales of the song and music video to the Human Rights Campaign. My parodies have always fallen under what the courts call ‘fair use.’ And this one was no different, legally allowing me to record and release it without permission.”
“It has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga’s wishes. However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.”
In an odd turn of events, Gaga claims she never denied Yankovich’s song and says she’s a fan of his work. There is the possibility that someone on Gaga’s end rejected the song without her permission.
After uploading the song to the internet Weird Al posted:
“…I uploaded the song to YouTube, and will be making free mp3 downloads available on weirdal.com shortly. Hope you enjoy it.”
Here’s the song, let us know what you think: