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“Perfect Illusion”
Perfect Illusion
Single by Lady Gaga
Released September 9, 2016
Recorded 2016

Shangri-La Studios (Malibu, California)

Genre Pop
Length 3:02
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Lady Gaga, Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson
Producer Lady Gaga, Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson, Bloodpop
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Perfect Illusion


"Perfect Illusion" is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga. It is the lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album, Joanne (2016). It was made available for digital consumption on September 9, 2016 through Interscope Records. Gaga co-wrote and co-produced the recording with Kevin Parker and Mark Ronson, with additional production from BloodPop. The song received mixed to positive reviews, with multiple music critics finding it similar to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

An accompanying music video directed by Ruth Hogben and Andrea Gelardin is set to be released on September 20, 2016, during the season two premiere of Scream Queens on FOX.

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Perfect Illusion

(Left) BloodPop, Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga, Kevin Parker

Following the release of her third studio album, ARTPOP (2013), Gaga changed management and joined Artist Nation—an artist management division of Live Nation Entertainment—along with her manager Bobby Campbell. She also underwent an image overhaul, showcasing more stress on her vocal prowess and subdued image in the media. Among other musical endeavors, Gaga released a collaborative jazz record with American singer Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek in 2014, which won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In January 2016, Gaga confirmed that she would be releasing her fifth studio album later that year, with her working on the logistics and aspects—including the looks she would portray for the record.

Throughout the majority of 2015 and 2016, Gaga teased the creative and recording processes of the album on her social media accounts. It was also reported that she was seen collaborating with longtime producer RedOne, Giorgio Moroder, Mark Ronson, and Nile Rodgers, among others. Ronson confirmed their collaboration and added that the music recorded with Gaga was "some of [his] favorite music [he has] really ever worked on. It's incredible – [he loves] it. [He] can't wait until you can hear it because the music speaks for itself – it's some of [his] favorite musicians of all time are working on it." The producer additionally hinted the involvement of psychedelic rock band Tame Impala frontman, Kevin Parker, which BBC Music later confirmed to be true. In an interview with fashion website, Ronson claimed:

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