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Here’s Everything We Know About Lady Gaga’s New Single ‘Perfect Illusion’

The pop star's new song is expected to drop on Friday

It’s been nearly three years since Lady Gaga blessed her Little Monsters with new solo music, but that long wait is soon coming to an end. In August, the provocative pop icon began teasing the release of “Perfect Illusion,” a fresh single. And on Tuesday, she confirmed the song would finally drop on Friday, Sept. 9, sending her legion of fans into a frenzy. (The release date leaked online earlier when eagle-eyed fans found the info in the source code of her website, as NME reports.)

“Perfect Illusion” was made in collaboration with Mark Ronson (the man behind “Uptown Funk” and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black), Kevin Parker (the frontman for Tame Impala) and BloodPop (a producer who’s worked with Madonna and Justin Bieber — he was part of a little hit you might have heard called “Sorry”). In other words, it’s an all-star team. Ronson shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the group at work three months ago.


A photo posted by Mark Ronson (@iammarkronson) on

BloodPop also shared a snapshot of the group just last week. (From left to right, that’s BloodPop, Ronson, Gaga and Parker.)

We made a #PERFECTILLUSION @ladygaga @iammarkronson @tame__impala

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Besides this shot, the chameleonic Gaga has also been posting some cryptic photos of what appears to be a video shoot on her Instagram, although nothing can be officially linked to “Perfect Illusion.”


A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on

A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on

The song is ostensibly the lead single from an as-of-yet-unnamed fifth album from Gaga, which she started hinting at way back in January. We know that it involves the previously mentioned talents — as well as the Moroccan-Swedish producer RedOne, featured in the Instagram below, who worked with the star on her breakout hits “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” The two recorded multiple tracks together, RedOne told People this summer.

We wear our sunglasses at night #LG5

A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on

For the fruits of their labor, though, we’ll have to wait past Friday. There’s been no official update on an album release date as of yet, and Gaga has plenty of other pursuits in showbiz also in play.

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