Lady Gaga opens up about “Perfect Illusion” to Nick Grimshaw on the Radio1 Breakfast Show in London.
Gaga’s lead LG5 single premiered Thursday night, and it received some mixed reviews from fans who were expecting Mother Monster to venture down a more traditional pop route.
We’ll let her explain.
On creating the song: “Kevin flew to us from Australia and he came with this idea, that was the beginning of a song called Illusion,” she told Nick Grimshaw. “I work on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth. We stripped everything away. Changed the melody, shifted it. I sat at piano, Kevin was on guitar, Mark was on the bass.”
The meaning: “I believe many of us are wondering why there are so many fake things around us,” she said. “How do we navigate through social media? How do we look through these images that we know are filtered and altered, and decipher what is reality and what is a perfect illusion?
“There are also a lot of things on the internet that are not reality. And I think people are pressured to keep that personal illusion going on in their real lives. So this song is about raging against it and letting it go. It’s about wanting people to re-establish that human connection.”
LG5 collaboration: The new album will feature a duet with Florence and the Machine. “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.”
Listen to the full interview below, including a duet with Emma Button on Spice Girls song “2 Becomes 1,” calls from “Perfect Illusion” producer Mark Ronson and even Gaga’s dad: