When she's not dressing down and causing controversy at a ball game, Lady Gaga is looking ahead to the future in a very big way.
Gracing the cover of this week's issue of Rolling Stone, the "Poker Face" singer dropped some pretty big news for fans who can't get enough of the Fame Monster: She's finished recording a new album and is planning an early 2011 release, the name of which she will announce at midnight on New Year's Eve.
"I think I'm gonna get the album title tattooed on me and put out the photo," she told the magazine. "I've been working on it for months now, and I feel very strongly that it's finished right now. It came so quickly. Some artists take years; I don't. I write music every day."
And no doubt she has a lot to say.
Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, added that unlike her debut, The Fame, and 2009's follow-up, The Fame Monster—both of which explored her blond ambition to be a pop superstar—the new disc will have more political, even angry overtones, tackling hot-button issues close to the crooner's heart, such as gays in the military.
"Why are we still talking about 'Don't ask, don't tell?' exclaimed Gaga. "It's like, what f—king year is it? It makes me crazy!"
In effect, the tunes aren't as sweet.
"And I have been for three years baking cakes—and now I'm going to bake a cake that has a bitter jelly," she adds. "The message of the new music is now more bitter than it was before. Because the sweeter the cake, the more bitter the jelly can be."
With that metaphor, we're looking forward to more outrageous music videos. (Wonder if she'll take on BP?)
Lady Gaga is about to embark on the North American leg of her highly acclaimed Monster's Ball tour, which kicks off in Montreal on June 28 and hits cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up Sept. 19 in Raleigh, N.C., before heading to Europe.
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