Lady Gaga may have caused a stir with her recent talk of sex and drug use, but the singer knows that in the end it all boils down to the music. In the pre-Fall issue of i-D magazine that surfaced online on Friday (August 13), the songstress opens up about what she has planned for her upcoming album.
"The new album is my absolute greatest work I've ever done, and I'm so excited about it," Gaga said of her still-untitled album. "The message, the melodies, the direction, the meaning, what it will mean to my fans and what it will mean to me in my own life — it's utter liberation. I'm on the quest to create the anthem for my generation for the next decade, so that's what I've done."
While the singer has frequently worked with producers like RedOne ("Bad Romance" and "Just Dance"), Gaga plans to keep her sound fresh with a line of new producers on the forthcoming project. But she's keeping them a secret, saying, "I will never tell because as soon as I tell, everyone starts working with them. So all I can say is that nobody knows who they are. They're all new."
And for those who were wondering if the Elton John-esque ballad "You and I" was an indication of the project's sound, Gaga said, "It's not totally indicative of the new album sound; it's just a really big rock-and-roll hit."
The pop star confirmed that the song, which she first performed at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball in June, will appear on the LP. "I do have these hopes that it could be a great rock crossover record, so I'm going to put my producer's hat on and get it to a place where I feel like it could reach the masses," she said. "It's a beautiful, beautiful lyric and melody. I wrote it at the piano I grew up playing in New York."
Despite the success of Gaga's collaborations with Beyoncé, she said she's "not entirely sure" if she'd like to collaborate with anybody this time around. "At this moment, I don't want to feature anyone; I just want to stand on my own two feet," she said.
But if the pop star does change her mind, there's one female rapper who will please her legions of fans: Nicki Minaj. When i-D asked the singer if she could do them a favor and collaborate with the Young Money darling, Gaga was pensive, saying, "OK, I'll think about it."
And as the Lady Gaga train keeps on rolling, the pop star had a rather interesting response as to how she plans to create longevity in her career: "I will always have as much penis as I do vagina. And, no, I'm not going to explain that; it's part of the answer."