The wait is almost over, Little Monsters. After three long centuries years without a Lady Gaga album, 2020 is finally when our fave pop queen will bless us with her musical genius. New decade, new Gaga, amirite?
We got some true, concrete confirmation that a new record is on the way when Gaga announced the release of her first new single, “Stupid Love,” which is out now. Sure, her Monsters might have leaked it six months in advance, but that’s what happens when the stans are hungry and need to eat.
Without further ado, please allow me to fill you in on every single thing we know about Gaga’s upcoming sixth album, Chromatica, while we wait impatiently for it to drop in full.
In short: not THAT much. All the way back in November 2017, Gaga let it slip to Entertainment Weekly that she was already hard at work on new songs. “I’ve started writing,” she said at the time. “I have a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to create, so you’ll see in a bit. I need some time to create.”
There’s no way we could forget Gaga’s now-infamous tweet about deflecting those pregnancy rumors though. She’s not pregnant with a baby, she’s pregnant with music!
The most concrete thing we have so far is Gaga’s first single, “Stupid Love,” which came out in February.
Chromatica was initially set to be released on April 10, but Gaga decided to push it back.
“I wanted to tell you that after a lot of deliberation, I’ve made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of Chromatica,” Gaga said on Instagram. “I will announce a new 2020 release date soon.”
To keep us fed while waiting for an official release date, Gaga gave her fans a look at the album’s cover art, in addition to what the vinyl and cassette packaging for the album will look like. Gaga SNAPPED.
But after a couple of weeks of waiting, we now have a true release date! Mark your calendars, Little Monsters—Chromatica is coming out May 29.
Now that “Stupid Love” is officially out, we have a general idea of what the record might sound like. Expect larger-than-life pop as per usual…which, as we know, Gaga is insanely talented at making.
And ahead of the album’s release, Little Monsters got “Rain on Me” featuring Ariana Grande (!!!) and “Sour Candy” with BLACKPINK. Naturally, the stans are L-I-V-I-N-G for it. Not only is it pop, but both tracks are also truly worth of the dance floor, invoking the spirit of ’90s house music.
As for what not to expect? ARTPOP part two. Gaga herself admitted that she has no recollection of that era, despite its iconic and experimental nature, so expect Chromatica to sound different than anything she’s done in the past.
WHO IS COLLABORATING WITH GAGA ON CHROMATICA?
When Target messed up and made Gaga’s album available for preorder, fans learned that Ari was set to sing alongside Gaga on “Rain on Me.” And now that it’s officially out, it’s in everyone’s heavy rotations rn.
Remember when BLACKPINK’s agency said it was “difficult to confirm this information” that they’d be singing on “Sour Candy” with Gaga? Welp, that collab’s out too, and it f*cking slaps.
As if this list couldn’t get any better, Elton freaking John is featured!! The “Rocketman” singer will show up on the 14th track, which is called “Sine From Above.”
You probs haven’t heard of Justin, but you’ve definitely heard the millions of hit songs he’s written. His credit list is straight-up iconic. Since there are too many songs to count on one hand, I’ll do you the favor of listing the biggest and best of Justin’s work, below:
- “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber
- “Easy,” by Camila Cabello
- “Hesitate,” by the Jonas Brothers
- “Close,” by Nick Jonas
- “Cake by the Ocean,” by DNCE
- “Lose You to Love Me,” by Selena Gomez
- “So Good,” by Dove Cameron
- “Fake Smile,” by Ariana Grande
- “Thru Your Phone,” by Cardi B
- “Make Me Feel,” by Janelle Monáe
- “Bad at Love,” by Halsey
Justin has worked with Gaga in the past on the A Star Is Born soundtrack song “Heal Me,” and there’s a good chance he’ll appear in a songwriting credit on her upcoming album too. On his Instagram Story, Justin posted a video of himself and Gaga in the studio working on something together, which led Little Monsters to believe Justin penned a song with/for her.
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BloodPop (whose real name is Michael Tucker) has also worked with Gaga in the past. In fact, he’s already confirmed to be working with Gaga for *at least* one song because he helped produce “Stupid Love.”
Other things we know about BloodPop—he helped produce Gaga’s entire Joanne album alongside Mark Ronson and has worked with artists like Justin Bieber, Haim, Vampire Weekend, Britney Spears, Madonna, Grimes, and other notable artists in the music industry. He’s in demand!
Mark Ronson is literally a veteran in the music industry, has produced albums dating back to 1998 (!), and churned out some of the best records of our time. You remember “Uptown Funk,” don’t you? Adele’s 25? That was Mark. Dua Lipa’s self-titled album? Mark’s genius at work. Miley Cyrus’s She Is Coming? Mark’s name is on that too! In addition to these major bodies of work, Mark also worked alongside BloodPop on producing Joanne, so there’s a big chance he could return to assist Gaga with LG6.
If you don’t know who SOPHIE is, you better hop on board RTFN because this singer and songwriter is literally the future of pop music. SOPHIE wrote “Bitch, I’m Madonna” by Madonna and “1, 2, 3 Dayz Up” by Kim Petras and produced a bunch of songs for Charli XCX. Basically, SOPHIE’s oozing with talent, and Gaga has taken notice.
SOPHIE met up with fans after a concert in 2018, and a Little Monster asked if she was working with Gaga on something. Her answer? YES! “I work on a lot of different things. If it comes out, then it’s cool, but you can never tell. But yeah, she’s a cool person,” she said at the time.
This German electronic producer and DJ (whose real name is Alexander Ridha) caused Little Monsters to believe that some sort of collaboration with Gaga was on the horizon in 2018 after he and Gaga had a rather…interesting music-related Twitter exchange.
And that’s everything we know about Chromatica so far. Until Gaga feeds us more information, we’re just gonna have to keep buying her makeup so we can keep funding her eventual Chromatica tour. *sigh*