LOS ANGELES -- Lady Gaga is turning to an unusual method to cultivate her fan base -- releasing songs from her new album on a section of the online game FarmVille before they can be heard anywhere else.
The singer will allow singles from "Born This Way" to be heard within a neighboring farm in the game called "GagaVille."
Players have to complete tasks to hear one exclusive new track per day from May 17 to 19. Additional songs can be unlocked over the following three days. The album is due to be released May 23.
About 46 million people worldwide play FarmVille every month.
"Lady Gaga is as passionate about her fans as we are about our players," said Zynga's Raquel DiSabatino, director of entertainment and media, who described the relationship with the pop star as a partnership and didn't reveal the financial terms.
"This really was a great meeting of the minds to create an innovative and playful experience for those folks."