Last night, Lady Gaga released the lead single to her new album, “Perfect Illusion,” which was co-written and co-produced by Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop, and features guitar playing from Josh Homme. In an interview on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, she revealed some more details about her upcoming album (via PopJustice): It was executive produced by Mark Ronson, and is “pretty much finished” and will be out this year. Collaborators include Father John Misty, Beck, Giorgio Moroder, and Florence Welch.
Of the Welch duet, she said:
There’s a feature on the album that I think you will be very excited about. Me and Florence Welch did a duet together. I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl. You’ll see why when you see what the song is about. I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really to me if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible.
Her collaboration with Ronson also apparently runs deep: “You could almost see it is me and Mark being a band when we were making it,” she said during the interview. “We wrote the songs from scratch together, then started bring other people in towards the end. There was a whole process that was just me and Mark, a piano, a typewriter and a guitar.”