"I think I'm gonna get the album title tattooed on me and put out the photo. I've been working on it for months now, and I feel very strongly that it's finished right now. It came so quickly. Some artists take years; I don't. I write music every day."
-Lady Gaga, revealing to Rolling Stone that her new album is essentially finished and should be out some time next year. The current plan is that she will reveal the title on midnight this New Year's Eve — apparently in the form of a permanent mark. She promises the new work will be sharper and more acerbic in tone. "I have been for three years baking cakes — and now I'm going to bake a cake that has a bitter jelly," she teased. "The message of the new music is now more bitter than it was before. Because the sweeter the cake, the more bitter the jelly can be."
In a revealing interview in the magazine, Gaga talked about her music, politics and her own personal insecurities. "When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl," she said. "Then I say, 'Bitch, you're Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.'" That sort of walk isn't always easy, especially considering the size of the heels she normally wears.
Gaga, a great champion for gay rights, also touched on the current debate about the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. "Why are we still talking about 'Don't ask, don't tell'? It's like, what f---ing year is it? It makes me crazy!"
The new issue of Rolling Stone, which features Gaga on the cover, hits newsstands this Wednesday (June 23).