Listen: Lady Gaga Returns with 'Perfect Illusion'

After detouring into the world of television with a Golden Globe award-winning role on American Horror Story, Lady Gaga has returned to the world of pop with a typically rambunctious comeback single.

The singer, 30, unveiled “Perfect Illusion,” the lead single from her fourth studio album (discounting a joint effort with Tony Bennett in 2014), at midnight Friday.

On the track, Gaga sings about blindly believing she was in love—however, eventually realizing it was “just a perfect illusion.”


As well as Gaga’s unmistakeable vocals, the electro-pop track boasts some heavyweight production behind it including Mark Ronson, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker and BloodPop, who has previously produced Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” as well as various tracks for Madonna. The star-studded effort is further elevated by Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme, who is credited with the guitar work.

Just as “Perfect Illusion” was released to radio stations across the globe, FX also unveiled a brand new teaser promo for the sixth season of American Horror Story —once again starring Gaga—set to the tune of the song.



“Perfect Illusion” marks Gaga’s return to her solo career following 2013’s ARTPOP, which featured singles; “Applause” and “Do What U Want.”

In the intermittent years, the singer has kept pretty busy, however there was the Grammy Award-winning jazz record Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett in 2014, a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel last year, and the release of a haunting Oscar-nominated ballad “Til It Happens to to You,” taken from the college rape crisis documentary The Hunting Ground, for which she earned critical acclaim earlier this year.

In August it was announced the singer will star in a fourth adaptation of the classic Hollywood tale A Star is Born, acting opposite Bradley Cooper, who will also direct.