You know that Lady Gaga has reached a special place in the pop-culture pantheon when she makes news not by releasing a new song, but by releasing the cover art to her next single.
The song itself, "You and I," is nothing new: it's a deliberate, stomping track from her "Born This Way" album, which was released in May. You can call it country-rock made tougher by contributions from Queen guitarist Brian May — just don't call it particularly fresh.
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The image, though, is new — and when it comes to the Lady, image can be just as important as music in grabbing headlines and starting the conversation.
So here we have the artwork, which she tweeted with the message, "You will never find what you are looking for in love, if you don't love yourself."
The subtext, apparently: Lady Gaga loves herself even when she's dressed as a guy, sporting fake sideburns and puffing on a cigarette.
She's dressed this way before, posing for Vogue Homme and pretending to be an Italian model named Joe Calderone.
And if a little garden-variety cross-dressing and gender confusion seems pretty tame for a woman who released a single in which she professed her love for Judas during Easter week, well, we haven't seen whatever transgressions she's got planned for the video to go with this single.
She promises to unveil that video with her 1,000th tweet, which as of Saturday night is eight tweets away.