Lady Gaga is ramping up the art pop machine again. The singer surprised her Little Monsters on Wednesday morning (Aug. 17) by posting a series of Instagram teases that created a mosaic spelling out the name of her upcoming single, “Perfect Illusion.” The singer said the song will be released in September and the track was produced by Mark Ronson, BloodPop, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Gaga, no other information was available at press time about a specific release date or accompanying album.
Mark Ronson comments on the new single:
I’ve known Gaga since just before Just Dance really blew up and although she’s 10 years younger than me, she’s a fellow city kid. She went to the same high school as my first girlfriend when I was 11 or 12 years old, so we grew up doing the same things: Drinking beer on the museum steps, and in the same neighbourhood too. So there was something instantly familiar when we met and we hit it off. And then she became this global massive superstar and I don’t think we talked for five or six years. Then I ran into her a year ago and she called me up after and said, “Do you want to work on some music?”
I went in on the first day with very open expectations. I didn’t know if we would work together for two weeks or six months. I knew she was very talented, I’d seen her perform and knew how seriously she takes music. She’s really a muso at heart, and is happiest when she’s sitting behind the piano yelling out chord changes to the drummer or whatever. But we started working and it kind of exceeded any expectations of what I thought the music was going to be like.
It’s been one of my favourite records to work on and some of the people who have come in to play on it are my favourite musicians, writers and some of her favourites. I think it’s just really good music and probably a record for people who might not have realised that her music had something for them — at least based on the small amount of people who’ve heard it so far. It’s definitely pretty deep musically for sure.