Akon Praises Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Songwriting: 'She's Not Just Making Dance Records'
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It is once again shaping up to be the Year of Gaga. With her new single, 'Born This Way,' set to premiere Friday and a much-anticipated Grammy performance on tap for this Sunday, headline-grabbing pop rebel Lady Gaga is poised to re-claim her status as music's It girl.
Gaga's longtime producer and collaborator Akon tells PopEater the multi-platinum talent doesn't get enough credit for the depth and artistry of her songwriting. "Gaga says a lot of stuff in her records," says Akon, who first signed 'The Fame Monster' superstar to his Kon Live Distribution label in 2007. "But I know these parents and critics are not really listening to her lyrics. I know that for a fact. She's singing about a lot of adult subject matter. She's not just making dance records. Unfortunately, people pay more attention to what she is wearing."
The marketing push behind 'Born This Way' started in late January when the irreverent singer-songwriter released the lyrics to the title track from her upcoming album, due out May 23. With empowering sexual and gay-themed lyrics like, "A different lover is not a sin / Believe Capitol H-I-M" and "Don't be a drag / Just be a queen," the controversy-igniting Gaga is already stirring the pot.
Akon adds that fans of Gaga can expect even bolder artistic statements on the 'Born This Way' album.
"I think 'Born This Way' is the kind of record that if you are really paying attention you will get the full depth of Gaga as a songwriter. Sometimes, the creative image hides the element of her lyrical content," he says. "That's why she wanted to give people a better idea of what she was saying outside of her image when she dropped those lyrics."
"We are finishing up the album now," Akon says of 'Born This Way.' "She's about to go back on tour later this year. There's a lot going on."
The ubiquitous Akon is set to drop his next album, 'Stadium,' in May as well.
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