All day Wednesday, everywhere from The New York Times to TMZ, reports have surfaced that Lady Gaga had refused permission for "Weird Al" Yankovic to release a parody of "Born This Way" called "Perform This Way." Yankovic himself blogged about the apparent rejection — and posted the offending song on his YouTube account — writing that Gaga's people had given him the runaround, asking for the lyrics, then asking for the finished song, then flatly rejecting the final product after he'd gone to the expense of canceling a vacation, booking a studio, paying musicians and recording it.
Yankovic has made unauthorized parodies available to the public before — including a James Blunt parody titled "You're Pitiful," following a rejection of the "You're Beautiful" parody by Blunt's label — but he's never knowingly released one on one of his albums. "I Perform This Way" was to be the first single from Yankovic's follow-up to 2006's best-selling Straight Outta Lynwood, and Yankovic wrote that approval of "I Perform This Way" was the only factor holding back scheduling of the new record's release.
Thankfully for all involved — get ready to rest easy, folks — I received a breathless phone call from an ecstatic "Weird Al" Yankovic about an hour ago; it turns out that Gaga's people have reversed course and approved the parody after all.
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