On Wednesday, Lady Gaga officially kicked off her next album era by announcing the September release of new single “Perfect Illusion.” After months of anticipation, Little Monsters will soon get their hands on the follow-up to 2013’s ARTPOP.
Multiple sources tell Fuse that Gaga’s next album is indeed due out this fall, although a proper release date has yet to be set. With the lead single dropping in September, there’s little doubt that Gaga will have her first full-length in three years out before the holidays.
We’re also hearing that Mark Ronson, who has been working with Gaga since last year and spoke candidly about their collaboration in the spring, will likely drive the bulk of the album’s production. A final track list has not been set, but expect to see the “Uptown Funk!” hitmaker’s name all over the credits. (Reps for Gaga did not respond to request for comment.)
In May, Ronson teased a more “analog” album coming from Gaga, whose ARTPOP was met with mixed reviews. "She's the happiest when she's sitting at a piano, barking orders at a drummer," Ronson said in an interview with Charlie Rose. "That side of her, I don't think a lot of the world has seen. It's really great to make this very honest, authentic, kind of analog record with her."
Pitchfork reports that Ronson and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker produced "Perfect Illusion." Worth noting: Ronson posted an Instagram pic of Gaga and Parker in the studio in May with the caption, “Illusion.”
Ronson and Lady Gaga both appeared at the Super Bowl this year, with Ronson popping up alongside Bruno Mars during the halftime show and Gaga singing the National Anthem. Gaga, who won a Grammy with her Tony Bennett duets album Cheek To Cheek since the release of ARTPOP, also won a Golden Globe for her American Horror Story role earlier this year.
Watch a throwback chat with Gaga below: