Lady Gaga shut down rumors she’s pregnant on Twitter Tuesday night (March 12) by announcing something even bigger: She’s hard at work on her sixth studio album. “Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6,” she tweeted, to the delight of her 78.2 million followers. Granted, Gaga has said in the past she’s working on new music, but this is the first time she’s called it #LG6, which suggests the project is nearing completion and release.
This will be Lady Gaga‘s first solo album since 2016’s Joanne, which polarized fans with its acoustic, stripped-down sound—a far cry from the splashy electro-pop hits that made her a household name. Details surrounding #LG6 are few and far between. Gaga’s talked about it only generally—but this hasn’t stopped fans from coming up with plenty of theories. Here’s everything we know about the new album so far. Of course, we’ll update this post with more information as it comes in.
The release date: Gaga hasn’t officially announced this yet, but fans can expect the record to drop this year—possibly within the next few months. The singer doesn’t return to Las Vegas for her Enigma residency until late May, so now seems like the perfect opportunity to tee up an album.
The sound: Shortly after announcing #LG6 on Twitter, Gaga followed Rihanna and the producer BloodPop on Instagram, fueling rumors there are collaborations in the works. Gaga keeps up with only 40 people on Instagram—a mix of close friends and people she’s worked with—which is why the Rihanna follow is a big deal.
BloodPop worked with Gaga on several songs for Joanne, but his production discography spans genres, so it’s unclear what kind of music they’re cooking up (if any). Meanwhile, fans have been inkling for a RiRi feature ever since she tweeted lyrics to Gaga’s song “Sexxx Dreams” back in 2013. From that alone, diehards gauged Rihanna and Gaga were coming up with a remix to “Sexxx Dreams.” To say their collaboration is overdue would be an understatement.
In July 2018 the cutting-edge electronic DJ Sophie revealed she was working with Gaga on her new record. “Yes,” she said when a fan asked her. “Whatever, you know. I’m working on a lot of different things. If it comes out, that’s cool.”
Justin Tranter, who’s produced hits for Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani, was also spotted in the studio with Gaga in May 2018:
I also wouldn’t be surprised if Mark Ronson, Gaga’s Joanne and “Shallow” collaborator, made his way onto #LG6, as well. Boys Noize, the German electronic producer, is also rumored to be on the album.
What Gaga has said about the new album: In November 2017 Gaga told Entertainment Weekly she’d started on #LG6. “I’ve started writing,” she said. “I have a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to create, so you’ll see in a bit. I need some time to create.” She confirmed to Vogue in October 2018 that new music was in the works too.
The songs: Entertainment Weekly reports in November 2017, Gaga previewed a song called either “Frankenstein” or “Frankensteined” for fans that was supposedly new material. Of course, it’s very possible this was just an experiment that will end up on the cutting room floor.
Artpop could be a major influence: Gaga’s 2013 Artpop record was unjustly crucified despite its being one of her most energetic and cohesive offerings to date. It’s quite likely #LG6 will recall that era in more ways than one. DJ White Shadow (real name: Paul Blair), a frequent Gaga collaborator, is said to be involved with #LG6, and even called the project Artpop‘s “little sister.” “For all her flaws, strangeness and beauty, I thank you ARTPOP for the lessons learned and the gifts you gave. Happy 4th Birthday. I can’t wait to introduce you to your little sister,” he posted to Instagram, according to EW.