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OTRC: Lady Gaga announces 'Born This Way' album release date on Twitter

Lady Gaga appears in an undated promotional photo from her official website. (Photo courtesy of ladygaga.com)

Lady Gaga gave her fans a gift on New Year's Day: The release date of her new album, "Born This Way."

The new album will hit stores on May 23, 2011, according to the singer's Tweet. She posted the announcement just past midnight and said, "THE SONG 2 13 11 THE RECORD 5 23 11." She also included a semi-nude photo of herself clad in a denim jacket with "Born This Way" written across the back.

Also included in the Tweet was the information that the album's title song will be released on February 13, the same day as the 2011 Grammy Awards. The pop superstar is up for six Grammy awards.

Lady Gaga promised fans at a concert stop in Gdsank, Poland in November that the follow-up album to "The Fame" will be the "greatest album of this decade."

"Not for nothing, the album's finished and it's [expletive] really good," Gaga said according to Billboard magazine. She added that the new album is "so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or an outfit, or a [expletive] meat dress...'Born This Way' is about what keeps us up at night and what makes us afraid."

Lady Gaga also seemed to confirm recent rumors that the new album could contain up to 20 tracks. "It used to be kind of a faux pas to put out too much music on your album, but I feel like you guys deserve all of the records I do, 'cause I work hard on them," she said. "So who knows, you might get, like, 20 new Gaga songs."

Elton John, who recently collaborated with Gaga on a track called "Hello, Hello" for the upcoming film "Gnomeo & Juliet," told Entertainment Weekly in October that he's heard some rough cuts from "Born This Way" and said the album was, "amazing."

"'Born This Way,' which is the title song, will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive.' This is the new 'I Will Survive.' That was the gay anthem," John told the magazine. "Actually, it's not a gay anthem -- it can apply to anybody."

Meanwhile, not everyone is gaga over Lady Gaga. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne recently said, I do think Lady Gaga should take a break for a little while. She's getting to be too much, and she doesn't watch the exposure of her clothes. She's just too overexposed. I like her, but I'm getting a bit sick of her."

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