Some 15 months after Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album introduced us to planet Chromatica, we’re returning to its hot-pink shores with a slew of new guests, including Arca, Ashnikko, Bree Runway, Charli XCX, Dorian Electra, Rina Sawayama, and Shygirl. With fantastically alien artwork by Team Rolfes (who previously worked on the music video for Gaga and Blackpink’s “Sour Candy”), the decision to spotlight leftfield, hyperpop-adjacent artists – whose otherworldly looks wouldn’t go amiss on Gaga’s extraterrestrial utopia – once again proves that Mother Monster is unafraid to push the pop envelope. By the community, for the community, the album is made not only for the Eurovision gays, but the alt-queers too. Gaga’s wall-to-wall bangers are even glossier and maximalist than before. If you need me, I’m going back to planet Chromatica.
Elsewhere, Anne Imhof brings her SEX performance to album form, PC Music’s caro♡ shares her shimmering debut, and German duo ÂME’s techno offering will welcome you into the weekend.