Having already conquered the Billboard albums chart, the fashion world and Israel's obscenity laws,
In an interview with London's Metro newspaper, the 56-year-old Bolton — best known for his (formerly} flowing locks and husky takes on songs like "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" — said he has been working with Gaga on his upcoming album, One World One Love.
The collaboration actually happened before Gaga went supernova — and it was apparently all her idea.
"I was taking a break from production when my manager and the label tag-teamed me on the phone about writing with a young artist named Lady Gaga who I had never heard of — but they were raving about," Bolton told the paper. "They said that she was a huge fan of mine and wanted to write with me. No one I knew had heard of her ... but less than a minute into 'Just Dance,' I thought, 'This CD is gonna be huge!' "
So Bolton agreed to work with Gaga, and when the two finally met, he was taken by her energy and commitment ... and realized right away that she was destined for greatness.
"When I met her in the studio later that night, I realized she was not only about to have a big hit record, but Gaga was a superstar about to launch. ... Her energy was so high and her focus excited me," Bolton continued. "She reminded me of a young Madonna, with more exuberance and emphasis on the art rather than the marketing."
The Metro article does not mention the name of the song or songs that Gaga and Bolton collaborated on, but over the weekend, a track called "Murder My Heart" leaked, and apparently it's the fruit of the duo's labor (it's definitely Bolton, and we think we hear Gaga on the backing track). Attempting to verify that fact, MTV News reached out to reps for both artists, but at press time, we had yet to receive a response. According to Bolton's Web site, One World One Love is due September 21.