Was it an illusion?
Spoiler: no. Lady Gaga surprised a room full of East London clubgoers with a live performance in a shiny crop top early Saturday, just hours after dropping her upcoming album’s first single, “Perfect Illusion.”
Guests of the Moth Club heard Gaga perform the new song and some old favorites including 2009’s “Bad Romance,” along with other pop hits.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Gaga’s producer, Mark Ronson, warmed up for her performance with a DJ set before the singer took the stage around 1:30 a.m.
The upcoming, unnamed album ― a more “analog” production that will feature Florence Welch on one track ― is Gaga’s first solo endeavor since her 2013 album “Artpop.” In the meantime, she worked on a collaboration with jazz singer Tony Bennett and released the Oscar-nominated song “’Till It Happens to You.”
Gaga has also been keeping busy with acting gigs.
In January, she took home a Golden Globe for her work in FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story,” having played the Countess in Season 5, “Hotel,” and is set to appear in Season 6 of the horror show, premiering Wednesday. (Details of the upcoming season are frustratingly scarce.) Gaga’s role alongside Bradley Cooper in the upcoming “reimagining” of the oft-remade film “A Star Is Born” was announced in August; she’s been spotted hanging out with the actor in Malibu, California. The singer ended her engagement with fiancé Taylor Kinney in July.
A release date for Gaga’s new album has not yet been announced.
CORRECTION: Gaga’s song “Bad Romance” was released in 2009, not 2008.