Singer Lady Gaga released “Perfect Illusion” late Thursday after teasing the rock anthem for more than a month.
This is the first track released by the 30-year-old superstar since her Oscar-nominated song “Till It Happens To You,” which was written for the 2015 campus sexual assault documentary, “The Hunting Ground.”
Gaga hasn’t released a solo album since 2013’s “Artpop.” Instead, she’s worked on a jazz record with Tony Bennett and created several lauded television roles. She won a Golden Globe earlier this year for her portrayal of the sadistic Countess in “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
“Perfect Illusion” is the first track of her as yet unnamed fifth album. Producer Mark Ronson told Charlie Rose earlier this year that the record would feature a more “analog” approach than previous albums.
“She’s the happiest when she’s sitting at a piano, barking orders at a drummer,” Ronson said in May. “That side of her, I don’t think a lot of the world has seen. It’s really great to make this very honest, authentic, kind of analog record with her.”