Lady Gaga made her triumphant return to pop music on midnight Friday (February 28) with “Stupid Love,” her first solo single in nearly three years. And, my friends, it was well worth the wait.
The track is classic Gaga: big, bright, and booming, with eighties-style electronic production and an anthemic chorus. It’s a welcome return to form for the singer, whose last pop record, Joanne, was more stripped-down and acoustic than the shiny electro-dance of albums past. “Stupid Love” finds Gaga squarely back in club territory—it’s a song tailor-made for sweaty sing-alongs underneath a shimmery disco ball.
It’s also unlike anything on top 40 radio right now. Save for Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” the top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 is quite moody and downtempo—not a sugary bop in sight. If “Stupid Love” impacts radio (which fingers crossed it will), it could bring BPM and bombast back into pop. And who doesn’t need that right now?
The music video for “Stupid Love” is equally as colorful, starring Gaga as an alien princess of sorts who’s determined to bring love and light to her conflicted world. Watch the video (and hear the song) for yourself, below:
Gaga teased the video for “Stupid Love” earlier in the day on February 27. Again, the imagery—eccentric, over-the-top, and avant-garde—feels like classic Gaga.
The single art is equally as dynamic:
“Stupid Love” has had quite the journey. In January, a demo of the track leaked in full and quickly went viral. Fans loved it, and it was, confusingly, prematurely played in nightclubs, sporting events, and performed by drag queens. Gaga addressed the leak with a cheeky tweet essentially asking her Little Monsters to be patient:
But the wait for new music is over. Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album is on its way, though details and a release date are unknown at this time. Thank goodness “Stupid Love” is a supremely delicious jam that will keep us satiated for a while.