Yesterday, John sat down for an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and discussed Gaga’s upcoming album, codename: LG5. He offered up some promising insights:
“I’m writing with Gaga tomorrow, she’s doing a new record. I’ve heard two songs which are killer, they’re just great songs, it’s like back to the early stuff of hers: ‘Yoü and I‘ and the Bruce Springsteen one (as I always call it), ‘Bad Romance.'”
To the idea of another “Bad Romance,” we only have this to say: YAAAAAASSSSSSSSS KWEEEEENNNN! John also added:
“I think she’s a great writer, to me she is Stefani Germanotta and I love her and care about her, she’s the godmother of my two children. I want her to make a simple, fabulous, great song record. Maybe like Tapestry, but her version of Tapestry. I’ve heard two of the songs. They’re not complex arrangements, but they’re great songs. It’s all about the song.”
But praise was not the only thing on offer. John also touched upon Gaga’s last pop album, ARTPOP, which failed to astonish fans and critics.
“She made some bad career decisions, ARTPOP was not a good idea, it was not a good album, I think she will admit that. In the midst of that, last year, he did three things which were kind of amazing. She did the whole tour and the album with Tony Bennett, which did amazingly well. She sang the Julie Andrews tribute on the Oscars which everyone loved, and she was on American Horror Story.”
Look, Gaga released ARTPOP more than two years ago, and it’s time we move on (just as we expect she will, musically). Was it a wildly successful album that changed the course of pop music forever while leaving in its wake an unflappable and transformative legacy? No, it was not. But it was not as bad as many would try and have you believe. Regardless, with everything Gaga has accomplished since its release, she has earned her shot at a baggage-free new era.
Following her Golden Globe win for her role on American Horror Story, Gaga promised that her new album would see release this year. Not many details about the project are known, though she has been in the studio with RedOne, who produced “Bad Romance” and several of her other hit singles, and Mark Ronson, who was responsible for last year’s most enduring smash, “Uptown Funk.” All in all, things are looking very, very promising for the LG5 era. Bring it on.