Next week Lady Gaga will premiere a Federico Fellini-esque music video for her new single “Judas,” a song that has predictably rankled Catholic groups with its hard-edged appropriation of the biblical story of Jesus’ betrayer as a metaphor for falling for the wrong man. In the video, which she co-directed with Canadian choreographer Laurieann Gibson, Gaga will star as the prostitute Mary Magdalene leading a motorcycle gang of apostles on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
In a brief and slightly philosophical phone interview with MSN before her concert at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday, the singer insisted the video is an affirmation of faith, not a challenge to it. The subject of faith will also be a major theme on her third album, “Born This Way,” which she says is now finished and ready for its May 23rd release date, and her forthcoming tour to support it.
Where are you at with the new record? Is it done yet?
Actually, yes it’s in mastering right now. We just finished cleaning up all the mixes and I had a really nice spiritual experience last night. I pulled the car over and just sat in the car by myself and listened to the whole album and I called everybody and I said I think it’s done. So it’s in mastering right now and I’m so happy with it. I’m really proud and it feels good to finally give birth to it. It’s been many weeks of labour pains.