Just a few weeks after releasing the track, Mother Monster has debuted the music video for «Perfect Illusion»—the first single off her upcoming fifth studio album, Joanne.
The video—which was unveiled during the spooky season premiere of Fox’s Scream Queens on Tuesday—features Gaga getting down to the beat as she swings her microphone over her head while a crowd of adoring fans dances along.
Between rocking the crowd to jamming out in her car, we see Mother Monster going in to the song in a tiny pair of Daisy Dukes. At one point, she even had to stop the car, get out, and partake in what looked to be the most intense cardio routine eve in the middle of nowhere. She was feelin’ it, you guys.
Meanwhile, just last week the singer joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio and dished more details about the album, including why she decided to title it Joanne—the name of her father’s sister who passed away at a young age from Lupus.»When Mark [Ronson] and I wrote it, the decision to name the album that was in tribute to my father’s sister who died when she was 19. He was younger than her. She was very sick with Lupus. The death of her in his family and life left a scar that never healed. As I returned to my home life and spending time with my friends and family and getting out of the mainstream limelight for a minute, the experiences of our family and our challenges that make us who we are.»
She continued, «[The album is] everything about Joanne, which also happens to be my middle name. It’s all the toughness of the pain of losing her that made us all strong and made us who we are. She is the woman of my past who is becoming and helping me bring more of my honest woman self into the future.»In fact, the singer kept many of her aunt’s belongings and has incorporated them into the new album.
«That’s her handwriting on the album art,» Gaga noted. «I have all of her things. On the inside packaging for the physical copy of the album there’s all sorts of little clippings and papers and things from her and my father growing up. Photographs, letters they wrote to each other, her drivers license, her high school ID, it’s all hidden behind the lyrics and chord charts we wrote while making the album.»
We already know quite a bit of the other details regarding the album.
For example, it’s full of incredible collaborations with people like RedOne, Diane Warren, Nile Rodgers, Bloodpop, Giorgio Moroder and Tame Impala and, as she noted in the interview,Hillary Lindsey.As for the vibe, Gaga said working on American Horror Story helped «reawaken» the «art of darkness» inside of her, which she used on the album—seems appropriate due to the new video’s release with Scream Queens!