Words: Alastair James; pictures: ChuffMedia/Interscope Records
The end of lockdown may have been pushed back a month, but Lady Gaga is here to help boost our spirits, revealing that Years & Years' Olly Alexander is the latest star to cover one of her most iconic songs.
The ‘Starstuck’ singer has covered Gaga’s 2011 hit ‘The Edge of Glory’ as part of the tenth-anniversary special edition of the Born This Way album.
Olly joins Kylie Minogue, Big Freedia and Orville Peck on the album, which features Gaga covers sung by artists from and advocating for the LGBTQ community.
“I'm on the edge with you”
It’s a Sin star Olly took to Twitter to announce the song today, saying, "I'm on the edge with you."
He added on Instagram: "when @ladygaga asked me to remake her iconic track Edge Of Glory for born this way reimagined i said YES MOTHER and my paws flew into the atmosphere. i’m so happy i got to be a part of this, i hope you enjoy this version i loved making it so much."
The modern-day version has gone down well with fans. One person thanked the Years & Years frontman, saying: “thank U for making something glorious. We’re at the edge with you”
Thank U @yearsandyears for making something brilliant with «The Edge of Glory» it’s so special for us that song ✨ thank U for making something glorious. We’re at the edge with you 🏳️🌈✨ @ladygaga #BornThisWayAnniversary #BornThisWay pic.twitter.com/hhAr8vpEUU— David Ferreira (@ferreiravid4) June 22, 2021
Another couldn’t contain their excitement that the album would be released this week adding: “OMG! This song AND the new album coming soon too. It’s too much babe. Can’t cope. You are the one who is on the edge of glory!”
OMG! This song AND the new album coming soon too. It’s too much babe. Can’t cope. You are the one who is on the edge of glory!— Simon Miller✨ (@SimonM70) June 22, 2021
We can certainly relate.
The Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary special edition is out Friday (25 July 2021) and will include the original Born This Way album along with six new versions of songs.
The original LP, released in 2011, has been streamed more than 5.8 billion times and 5.2 million physical copies have been sold. It hit the number one spot in 25 countries, with Rolling Stone naming it one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The first three cover songs revealed from the reimagined tracklist so far are Big Freedia’s take on 'Judas', Orville Peck’s 'Born This Way (The Country Road Version)', and Kylie Minogue’s 80s disco version of 'Marry the Night'.
Check out Olly's cover of 'The Edge of Glory' below:
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