You may know that I'm a Lady Gaga apologist. (I'm even listening to her new single, "Edge of Glory," as I write this.) So when I write about Ms. Gaga, I'm usually very pro. But not this time. Because she's decided to release tracks from her upcoming album, Born This Way, over the Zynga-created FarmVille, via a special mini-game called GagaVille. Here's what the pop star had to say on her official site:
I want to celebrate and share Born This Way with my little monsters in a special way that’s never been done before… Zynga has created a magical place in FarmVille where my fans can come play and be the first to listen to the album.
Yes, it truly is a "magical place" where the owner does "every horrible thing in the book" to make profits. (His words! Not mine!) Also, FarmVille is hella boring. But my real question is: does Gaga really need to resort to this to sell her songs? Even the ones that weren't well received have charted well on iTunes, if nowhere else. Is she worried about her new album that much? Because I much preferred when she joined up with struggling companies like Polaroid. Attention, young people: you'll get the album eventually, and you don't even have to pretend to grow turnips or whatever to do so.