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Lady GaGa has been busy promoting her new album, Born This Way. She performed on “Saturday Night Live” and “Oprah” – mentored kids on “American Idol” – and debuted a concert special on HBO.

What a difference an album makes.

The last full length LP GaGa released was The Fame. On the date of the album’s release, GaGa was on tour supporting New Kids on the Block. She also made a little bit of time to call in to “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

With the release of GaGa’s new album, I decided to re-air this interview, for the first time in it’s entirety, on Monday evening. What I feel is most noteworthy about the piece is the difference in Lady GaGa’s tone and message then and now. Back then, it was more about partying than politics. She sounded more like a New Yorker trying to have a good time – not an icon trying to spread a message of equality. Don’t misread me: I’m not saying the change is for the worse. I applaud GaGa for tackling issues of substance with her reach and influence. But, as you’ll hear in the audio, it is a change nonetheless.

The New York Times’ reporter Dave Itzkoff broke the news earlier tonight that Lady GaGa’s manager (presumably Troy Carter) has flip-flopped on his initial decision to prohibit “Weird Al” Yankovic from releasing a parody GaGa’s hit, “Born This Way.” Despite first telling Yankovic that the denial came straight from the singer herself, GaGa’s manager now alleges that he never played the song for his artist. After hearing the parody, entitled “Perform This Way,” it’s said that GaGa is a fan and Yankovic will be able to release it commercially both as a single and on his album.

“Weird Al” will donate all proceeds from the single and music video to the Human Rights Campaign.

Back in October 2008, a then relatively-unknown artist by the name of Lady GaGa called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” and talked about her trials and tribulations in getting radio stations to accept her first single, “Just Dance.”

“Yunno, stations don’t know what to make of (‘Just Dance’),” said GaGa. “They’re like, ‘Is it a dance record? Is it a pop record? Is it a R&B record? But it’s kind of rock-y. Then she says playboy!’ No one knows what to think of it.”

Thankfully for GaGa, radio programmers and their audience eventually thought of it as a number one song.

“A hit record breaks every rule,” the pop star responded to my comment that regardless of genre, a good song deserves radio airplay.

Since that time, Lady GaGa has gone on to break almost every rule, record, and stereotype in becoming one of the world’s most dominant forces in music. Her first single from her second album, Born This Way, received far more support from radio at it’s release – stations were falling over each other to be the first to spin the song.

Keeping with her motto of “a hit record breaks every rule,” GaGa released a country version of her most successful single-to-date.

Lady GaGa premiered a remix of a song from her forthcoming Born This Way at a fashion show in Paris on Wednesday. The track is called “Scheiße.” The remix does not feature the chorus – and GaGa says the overall “energy” of the song is similar to the album cut.

The superstar will debut the title track from her album at The Grammys on February 13.