Inspired by s music which empowered women and the gay community , Gaga explained that "Born This Way" was her freedom song. She sang part of the chorus at the MTV Video Music Awards in and announced the song as the lead single from the album, released on February 11, The lyrics discuss the self-empowerment of minorities including the LGBT community as well as racial minorities, referring to " cholas " and " orients ". Critics positively reviewed the song, calling it a "club-ready anthem", though it faced criticism for having similarities with Madonna 's single " Express Yourself ". The song reached number one in over 25 countries and was her third single to top the US Billboard Hot chart and the 1,th song in that chart's history since to reach number one.
It was co-written and co-produced by Gaga with several producers, including RedOne and Fernando Garibay , with whom she had previously worked. The music of Born This Way stems from the synthpop and dance-pop styles of her previous material while incorporating different forms of instrumentation from that on her previous releases, such as electronic rock and techno. Despite divided opinions among religious and conservative commentators, the album was well received by music critics, who praised the varying musical styles and Gaga's vocals; others felt Gaga was trying too hard to please everyone through the album's self-empowerment message. Born This Way debuted in the top five spots of every major music chart worldwide, including the Billboard In the United States, the record sold more than one million copies in its first week—the highest first-week album sales in five years; an estimated , copies were sold on Amazon in two days of its first week at a price of 99 cents. Four of the album's singles —" Born This Way ", " Judas ", " The Edge of Glory ", and " You and I "—charted in the top ten of the Billboard Hot in the United States, where "Born This Way" became the 1,th song to reach the number one spot since the inauguration of the chart in The album's fifth official single, " Marry the Night ", charted within the top-thirty in the United States. Gaga has performed songs from the album on different occasions, including the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards , as well as in other events and on worldwide television, including her third headlining concert tour, Born This Way Ball —
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