Next up on this week’s conveyor belt of crushing disappointments (if you happen to be a patriotic Bey stan and Cruel Summer apologist who is also a bit of a monster): There won’t be new Lady Gaga music any time soon. What? Then why did I watch Mother Monster ruin perfectly good cake? Despite the promise of a third album from Gaga in the new year, MTV News has learned that ARTPOP is taking longer than originally planned. It’s still on its way, we’ll just need to wait a while–something we happen to have experience with.
Our friends across the dial spoke with Zedd, the 23-year-old producer and EDM artist who opened for Gaga on last year’s Born This Way Ball and has been collaborating with her on a new sound for ARTPOP despite both of their packed schedules. “The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he explained. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.” Isn’t being “busy”–or just flat-out tardy–what caused the Gaga-Kendrick Lamar collaboration to fall apart last fall?
Thus far studio sessions have been fruitful, as Zedd explains there are at least 10 unfinished tracks in the works. “I did about 10 ideas, and they were all between almost finished songs up to the piano,” he said. “And then when we were on tour together in Asia for almost two months, we had a lot of time to go back and forth and pick the ones we really like and work on them.” Working together also helped the emerging star learn to take control and be honest in the booth, even in the presence of one of the biggest acts on the planet. “It took a day or two to kind of get used to that, but now it’s totally fine. I can say, ‘That was not good. You can do better.’ And when it’s good I’ll say ‘It’s great.’” Amen! While Zedd warns that all material is still “really rough,” he reminds us, and the fans, that these two are in control of their own destiny when it comes to putting together a finished product: “It could be five [tracks], it could be 10 [tracks], it could be anything we want.”
So don’t give up hope just yet, friends. It is only January and there are few signs that ARTPOP will become Gag’s Detox. Until then, we do have new JT material and 2 Chainz on 2 Broke Girls to hold us over.
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