What did Weird Al do to deserve this?
The long version is at his blog. The short version: He wanted to do a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” for his new album. He came up with the idea of “I Perform This Way,” a satire of her calculated outrageousness. As is his M.O., he asked her for permission, out of courtesy, rather than to just release it and claim fair use after the fact. She wanted to hear it first. He sent her the lyrics. She wanted to HEAR them, in a finished product. He went through the time and expense to record it, and pledged to send proceeds from the song to the Human Rights Campaign.
She said no.
So it won’t be on the album.
But you can hear it here.
UPDATE: TMZ has an item saying that someone in Lady Gaga’s camp said that she is not trying to block the parody and hasn’t heard it. Damage control? Passing the buck? Sincere? Maybe there’ll be a release after all….
DOUBLE UPDATE: Now Al says he’s heard directly from the Lady herself and she’s giving him the go-ahead. So you can let up on her — it’s all good.