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The wait is finally over. Lady Gaga has made her return to pop music after releasing the rock-tinged banger “Perfect Illusion” late Thursday night.

“Perfect Illusion” marks Gaga’s first original pop release in nearly three years, after the 30-year-old unveiled her fourth studio set, Artpop, in November 2013. Now, one Super Bowl performance, a Grammy win, an Oscar nomination, and a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett later, “Perfect Illusion” sees Gaga returning to form over a club-ready beat that hums with electronic guitar strings and soaring vocal riffs.

“Perfect Illusion” was written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop. The foursome also produced the track, which serves as the lead single for the Lady’s upcoming fifth studio album, which fans have affectionately referred to as “LG5.”

Gaga teased the song’s lyrics earlier this week via a Twitter post, which reads: “I don’t need eyes to see, I felt you touchin’ me. High like amphetamine. Maybe you’re just a dream.”

“The song is about modern ecstasy… We found our sweet, simple, rage-y way of saying it,” Gaga said of the song during an appearance at New York City’s iHeartRadio Music Summit in August. “I get this sick adrenaline rush every time I hear it.”

In addition to Ronson, Parker, and BloodPop, producers confirmed to have written or recorded songs for the album with Gaga include Giorgio Moroder, Diane Warren, Nile Rodgers, and RedOne.


“Perfect Illusion” is available on iTunes, and listen to a preview of the song below from Spotify.