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It’s been a minute—or three years, to be precise—since Lady Gaga released her third solo studio album Artpop. Since then, the multi-talented performer has been busy starring in American Horror Story, getting an Emmy nomination for her role, getting an Oscar nomination for “Til It Happens To You,” performing a David Bowie tribute at the Grammy Awards, getting and un-getting engaged, and continuing to be a kick-ass, charitable celeb. Oh, and she’s recorded her next album, LG5. We. Are. Ready.
“Perfect Illusion,” the first single from LG5, has now been released and marks a new era of Gaga.
Singing at full throttle, Gaga shows off her impressive pipes while combining her rocker edge with notes that could fill a Broadway theatre. The pounding track is relentless, with Gaga’s vocals creating an urgency to her realization that what she thought was love was in fact a perfect illusion.
The New York singer wrote the track with producer and hitmaker Mark Ronson, along with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and BloodPop. Talking to the BBC Radio 1, Gaga said she wrote the single on a typewriter as a commentary on social media and the new normal of ‘likes’ and ‘faves.’ “How do we navigate through social media?” asked Gaga. “How do we look through these images that we know are filtered and altered, and decipher what is reality and what is a perfect illusion?”
While co-hosting the morning show with Nick Grimshaw, Ronson called in hoping to pull a fast one on Gaga, but no one pulls a fast one on Mother Monster.
Not only did Gaga drop “Perfect Illusion” today, she also announced that LG5 will feature a duet with Florence Welch. Florence-freaking-Welch. Take this time to prepare yourself for how unworldly that duet is going to be.
“Me and Florence Welch did a duet together. I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl,” Gaga told BBC Radio 1. “You’ll see why when you see what the song is about. I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really to me…if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible.” We’re thinking something along the lines of Telephone Part 2.
In addition to writing LG5, which will hopefully drop by the end of the year, Gaga has also been cast to star opposite Bradley Cooper in the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born, as well as contribute to the soundtrack. Additionally, Tony Bennett has said he would like to work on a Cheek To Cheek sequel with Gaga. Looks like the Lady Gaga music drought is finally over.