By Hayden Wright

Lady Gaga’s new single “Perfect Illusion” dropped last Friday, and she has revealed more about the creative process for the song. She credits Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker as the “musical genius” of the track, which he originally presented as a song called “Illusion.”

Related: Linda Perry Apologizes to Lady Gaga for Oscar Songwriting Accusation

“We stripped everything away,” she said in an interview. “I sat at the piano, Kevin was on the guitar and Mark was at the bass and we just played through it and I worked on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth. What was important to me was it wasn’t just a song about any illusion but one we can all relate to. That’s how we came up with the title ‘Perfect.’ But I have to hand it to Kevin—he is a real musical genius.”

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Lady Gaga’s co-writer Diane Warrenaccepted an Emmy for their Oscar-nominated song, “Til It Happens to You.” Because The Hunting Ground aired on CNN, the documentary’s awards eligibility crossed mediums to television, though Gaga missed a songwriting credit. The subject caused controversy earlier this year as Oscar ballots were collected.


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