Elton John’s new album is coming out in just a few weeks, but the Grammy-winning artist hasn’t seemed to need time off from music. John revealed Tuesday, during an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, that he’s working with Lady Gaga on her upcoming album, according to NME,
The British music icon shared that he’s writing with Gaga and discussed her upcoming music. The album, which is expected to come out sometime during 2016, will go “back to the early stuff,” according to John. He said that he has heard two of Gaga’s new songs so far and that they’re “killer.” John compared the music to her songs You and I and Bad Romance along with Tapestry, a 1971 Carole King album.
Gaga fans also got a hint of what not to expect from the musician-slash-actress’ album; John told Zane that her third album, Artpop, “was not a great idea,” so presumably that’s not a direction she’ll choose to take again. “It was not a good album and I think she would admit that,” he said.
This isn’t the first time that Sir Elton and Mother Monster have teamed up. However, they’ve only worked together for TV and film projects in the past, as NME points out. In 2011, they recorded their first studio collaboration, Hello, Hello, for the Disney animated film Gnomeo & Juliet. They’ve also performed together on multiple occasions, including the 2010 Grammys and 2013’s Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, in which performed Bennie and the Jets and, ironically, Artpop.
Beats 1 tweeted out a (voiceless) clip from John’s interview, showing his enthusiasm as he discussed Gaga’s work.
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) January 20, 2016
John’s latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, drops on February 5.