Lady Gaga

"Born This Way"

May 23

For her forthcoming album, Lady Gaga says she's giving the Little Monsters full credit-though probably not royalties-for their role in the project. The new album "was really written by them," Gaga told Britain's BBC Radio 1. "Every night they're funneling so much into me. It's all about little monsters and me, Mother Monster."

But her reliance on outside input doesn't mean she's crowd-sourcing the entire project. Her chief studio collaborator on her first effort, RedOne, is expected to play a big role on the follow-up.

Gaga began working on "Born" in 2009, while "The Fame" was still in ascent. By the summer of 2010, she declared she'd finished the album. To the delight of fans, "You and I" showed up in a stripped-down solo arrangement during the summer run of her Monster Ball tour. Gaga revealed the album's title last September at MTV's Video Music Awards.

Gaga also told the BBC's Newsbeat that "the album's music combines electronic music with these sort of major, epic-I dare to even say metal, rock'n'roll, pop, anthemic styles-melodies with really sledgehammering dance beats."

She's started working on videos for "Born This Way," and another tour is expected to roll out before year's end.

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