In the latest episode of his Beats 1 Rocket Hour show, Sir Elton John said he’s heard a few songs from Lady Gaga‘s upcoming fifth studio album, but that we shouldn’t expect to hear anything before next year. “I’ve heard two or three songs from her new record, which she’s making with Mark Ronson, and it’s absolutely brilliant,” he said. “So you’re gonna be really happy when you hear that later in the year or early next year.”
Also speaking on Beats 1 earlier this year, John said he was helping Gaga work on the follow-up to 2013’s Artpop and that the pals were writing songs together. After releasing 2014’s Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett and doing a string of shows in support of the standards album, Gaga has reportedly been working on her next effort in the wake of the tepid response to the ambitious Artpop. A spokesperson for Gaga could not be reached for confirmation on the her album’s release date.
Artpop, which featured guest spots from T.I., R. Kelly and Zedd, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold more than 758,000 copies to date in the U.S. according to Nielsen Music.