It’s been almost three years since Gaga dropped her last solo album, Artpop. Aside from an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett and her Hunting Ground single “Til It Happens To You," she hasn’t put out any new music since then, which feels like a big absence from an artist who was just about everywhere at the end of the last decade.
Luckily, it sounds like Gaga is about to make a big return. Here’s what we know so far.
She’s working with Mark Ronson
The writer of "Uptown Funk” is bringing his hit-making magic to Gaga’s studio. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Ronson noted that they’ve been working on a "very honest, authentic, kind of analog record” together. He also said that Gaga has been playing guitar on her new album, like she did when the two of them covered the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” at the Met Gala after-party. Rock and roll Gaga? We’re ready.
She’s also working with the producer behind "Bad Romance"
RedOne — the guy who produced hits like “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” and “Just Dance” — is returning to Gaga’s fourth original studio album. Either half of the album is going to be guitar-based and half will be full of solid gold dancefloor hits, or Gaga’s found a way to combine the two genres into a headbanging, booty-shaking chimera.
She’s been in the studio with Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and the guy who produced Justin Bieber’s "Sorry"
Ronson snapped a photo of the three musicians working together recently. Tame Impala is the Australian band behind “Same Ol’ Mistakes” on Rihanna’s new record Anti, while over there on the left is Bloodpop, coproducer of Justin Bieber’s hit single “Sorry” and Grimes’s “Go.”
She’s been jamming the new Radiohead album
Gaga posted an Instagram video of herself dancing to “Burn the Witch,” the lead single off of Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool. "This song speaks to me on a deep spiritual level as a woman,” she wrote. Radiohead haven’t made traditional rock music for about two decades, so there’s going to be plenty of room for weirdness and experimentation on that analog record if Gaga’s getting inspired by them.
She’s feeling the feminist wave
Gaga has long stood up for women, but her recent alliance with Kesha has made her politics feel all the more urgent. Kesha covered “Til It Happens To You” recently, and the two musicians have met in person to offer mutual support as survivors. Due to her contract with Sony, Kesha likely won’t make any kind of appearance on Gaga’s new record, but don’t be surprised if she’s inspired Gaga to get a lot louder about systemic misogyny.
Oh, and the album should be out by the end of the year
Another nugget from that RedOne interview? Gaga’s new album is confirmed due out by the end of 2016. Better prepare your body.