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Chromatica is Lady Gaga's sixth studio album. It was set to be released on April 10th, 2020, but was delayed to May 29th, 2020 date due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

The album's lead single, "Stupid Love", was released on February 28, 2020.

Background and inspiration

Gaga revealed that the inspiration behind the album's title in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. "I think what I've learned is that I can view the world in whatever way I choose to see it, and it doesn't mean that I'm deleting the bad things, it just means that I can reframe my life experiences", she said. "I live on Chromatica, that is where I live ... I found Earth, I deleted it. Earth is canceled. I live on Chromatica."

Chromatica's symbol was explained to Zane Lowe by Gaga: "The symbol for Chromatica has a sine wave in it, which is the mathematical symbol for sound, and it's from what all sound is made from, and, for me, sound is what healed me in my life period, and it healed me again making this record, and that is really what Chromatica is all about. It's about healing and it's about bravery as well and it's really like, when we talk about love I think it’s so important to include the fact that it requires a ton of bravery to love someone."

Continuing on the album's inspiration and concept Gaga said: 

"BloodPop® brought it up, and we talked about how Chromatica was essentially on its own when you first look at it, it seems to be about colors and all the different colors and also music is made of a chromatic scale, you know? So it's all the colors, all the sounds, you know, so we, we're talking about inclusivity and life and also a lot of what we see around us and what we’re experiencing is math, which is very much like music and sound is math as well. So we talked about that, and then I sort of went back and I said, 'OK, well, yeah, it's inclusivity but it's really a way of thinking', you know, it's not just, 'Oh, Chromatica, we're being inclusive with all the colors, all the people', and when I say, 'All the colors, all the people', I mean way more than we could possibly fathom.

I think that we're actually operating on a completely rudimentary level where we square things off into very simplified colors when actually we're all extremely different in a vast variety of ways that stem from both, like, genetics as well as epigenetics, like, we're all completely different and I thought OK, well maybe, Chromatica is a frame of mind. And that is my frame of mind, and I don't know that I've ever made an album that wasn't on Chromatica in some type of way, meaning like my frame of mind is always a part of my music, and this is just my way of kind of expressing, even in a both literal and abstract way, that, like, making music and putting it out into the world is my perspective on life, and it's also my gift to the world in the best way that I can, and I think that everyone on any given day is doing the absolute best that they can do, and this is my perspective, and here it is, and it's always been my perspective, but now I know that it was my perspective."

Artwork

On April 5, 2020, Gaga revealed the cover artwork via social media. The cover depicts a dystopian Gaga laid amidst the Chromatica logo covered in metal and machinery. The photograph was taken by Norbert Schoerner, while graphic design was handled Travis Brothers, Bryan Rivera, Isha Dipika Walia, and Darío Alva. Gaga was styled by her longtime collaborator Nicola Formichetti and Marta del Rio. A draft of the cover was prematurely revealed earlier in the day by an online music retailer.

Symbols

Release and promotion

Chromatica temporary artwork

Temporary artwork

In response to tabloid reports saying she might be pregnant, Gaga tweeted on March 12, 2019, "Rumors I'm pregnant? Yeah, I'm pregnant with #LG6." Several news outlets speculated the tweet alluded to a release within a nine month window, the typical span of a human pregnancy, but the anniversary has since come and gone, proving the theory to be false. In October 2019, she jokingly announced via Twitter that the album would be called Adele after the English singer-songwriter of the same name. In January 2020, several news outlets reported that the album's lead single was scheduled to be released in early February, with the album's release following soon afterwards.

The album's title and release date were officially announced on March 2, 2020, through Gaga's social media accounts with an artwork featuring Chromatica's symbol on a pink background with "LG-6" stamped on the corner. Gaga confirmed that the image is a placeholder "This is not the album cover but we made it for you to enjoy in the meantime". The pre-order for the album was made available with the announcement. On March 24, Gaga announced in a statement on Instagram and other platforms that the release would be postponed until later that year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First of all, I want to make sure everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing. Please know that I’m thinking of you all.
I wanted to tell you, that after a lot of deliberation, I’ve made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of Chromatica. I will announce a new 2020 release date soon.
This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn't feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic.
Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions. It’s important to me that the attention is on getting essential medical equipment to healthcare professionals, making sure kids who depend on public schools for meals get the assistance they need, and that we help those who will be financially impacted by this pandemic.
As you may have also heard, MGM sadly had to postpone my Vegas shows from April ‪30-May‬ 11 due to guidelines about public gatherings from the CDC. I’m hopeful that my other Vegas shows in May will continue, and we’ll update you as soon as we have any new information. I also definitely plan to see you on the road for my CHROMATICA BALL tour this summer!
I had so many fun things planned for us to celebrate together… I had a secret Coachella set lined up, and a lot of other fun surprises, some of which I’m still planning to share with all of you very soon! Chromatica is still very much on the way and I can’t wait.
To my fans, I love you. I know you are disappointed. Probably angry and sad. But I also know that as a fan base… as a family… we are strong, we are loving and we are the kindness punks. So I ask you to practice that kindness in these trying times.
I hope you can see that when the album does come out, I want us to be able to dance together, sweat together, hug and kiss each other, and make it the most bombastic celebration of all time. And until that time comes, LET’S ALL STAY HOME! But I promise you that when we can go out again, I'm going to make it SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to be dancing with you all!

⚔️💓

—Lady Gaga

On April 5, 2020, Gaga revealed the cover artwork via social media after a draft of the cover was prematurely revealed earlier in the day by an online music retailer. Some day another statement about album delay was revealed on Gaga's official website.

Singles

  1. "Stupid Love" (February 28, 2020), cover by Studio Pending.
  2. "Rain On Me" with Ariana Grande (May 22, 2020), cover by Studio Pending and Brandon Bowen.
  3. "Sour Candy" with Blackpink (May 28, 2020).

The Chromatica Ball

The Chromatica Ball Poster 001

Promotional poster

On March 5, 2020, Gaga announced she would embark on The Chromatica Ball tour to support the album. The six-date trek is scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020, in Saint-Denis, France and end on August 19, 2020, in East Rutherford, United States.

Track list and editions

The album will be have a standard and deluxe edition. The standard edition will consist of 16 tracks. The deluxe edition will contain 4 bonus tracks with a special Hardcover book.

No. Title Length
1. "Chromatica I" (Interlude) 01:00
2. "Alice" 02:57
3. "Stupid Love" 03:13
4. "Rain On Me" with Ariana Grande 03:02
5. "Free Woman" 03:11
6. "Fun Tonight" 02:53
7. "Chromatica II" (Interlude) 00:41
8. "911" 02:52
9. "Plastic Doll" 03:41
10. "Sour Candy" with Blackpink 02:37
11. "Enigma" 02:59
12. "Replay" 03:06
13. "Chromatica III" (Interlude) 00:27
14. "Sine From Above" with Elton John 04:04
15. "1000 Doves" 03:35
16. "Babylon" 02:41
Deluxe edition
17. "Love Me Right" 02:51
18. "1000 Doves" (Piano Demo) 02:49
19. "Stupid Love" (Vitaclub Warehouse Mix) 03:40
20. "Stupid Love" (Ellis Remix) 04:11

CDs

Chromatica CD Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Jewel case
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885406
Barcode: 0602508854064
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854064

Chromatica Hardcover Book Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: CD in Hardcover Book
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885414
Barcode: 0602508854149
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854149

Chromatica Target Exclusive Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Jewel case
Released: May 29, 2020 Us
Catalog #: B00320010
Barcode: 0602508854071
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854071

Chromatica artwork Label: Universal Music Japan
Format: CD
Released: May 29, 2020 Jp
Catalog #: UICS-1359
Barcode: 4988031378281
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

4988031378281

Chromatica artwork Label: Universal Music Japan
Format: CD
Released: May 29, 2020 Jp
Catalog #: UICS-9164
Barcode: 4988031384350
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

4988031384350

Chromatica temporary artwork Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 2LP
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885416
Barcode: 0602508854163
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854163

Limited edition International Super Deluxe includes:
  • CD 7" size album
  • Vinyl 7" Picture Disc
  • Poster and Postcards

Vinyls

Chromatica picture disc vinyl Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 12" Vinyl LP in a clear sleeves with sticker
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885413
Barcode: 0602508854132
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854132

Chromatica milky clear vinyl Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 12" Vinyl LP in a clear sleeves with sticker
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00878904
Barcode: 0602508789045
Photography: N/A
Design: Studio Pending    

602508789045

Chromatica clear vinyl Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 12" Vinyl LP in a clear sleeves with sticker
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885296
Barcode: 0602508852961
Photography: N/A
Design: Studio Pending    

602508852961

Chromatica silver vinyl Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 12" Vinyl LP in a clear sleeves with sticker
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885297
Barcode: 0602508852978
Photography: N/A
Design: Studio Pending    

602508852978

Cassettes

Chromatica Cassette Dark Green Colour Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette tape
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885408
Barcode: 0602508854088
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854088

Chromatica Cassette Pink Colour Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette tape
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885422
Barcode: 0602508854224
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854224

Chromatica Cassette Mint Green Colour Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette tape
Released: May 29, 2020
Catalog #: B00885423
Barcode: 0602508854231
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602508854231

Chromatica Cassette Electric Green Colour Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette tape
Released: May 29, 2020 Gb
Catalog #: B00712301
Barcode: 0602507123017
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending    

602507123017

Chromatica Cassette Silver Colour Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette tape
Released: May 29, 2020 (OU Exclusive) Us
Catalog #: N/A
Barcode: N/A
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending

Merchandise

Release history

Region Date Edition Format Catalog # Barcode Label
Globe-green May 29, 2020 Standard CD B00885406 0602508854064 Interscope
Streamline
Clear LP vinyl (Transparent) B00885296 0602508852961
Milky Clear LP vinyl (Standard) B00878904 0602508789045
Limited Picture LP vinyl B00885413 0602508854132
Limited Silver LP vinyl B00885297 0602508852978
Cassette Dark Green Colour B00885408 0602508854088
Cassette Pink Colour B00885422 0602508854224
Cassette Mint Green Colour B00885423 0602508854231
Gb Cassette Electric Green Colour (UK Store Exclusive) B00712301 0602507123017 Polydor
Us Cassette Silver Colour (UO Exclusive) Interscope
Streamline
Jp Japanese Standard edition UICS-1359 4988031378281 Universal
Globe-green Deluxe CD (Limited Hardcover Book) B00885414 0602508854149 Interscope
Streamline
Limited Super Deluxe edition B00885416 0602508854163
Us Target Exclusive CD B00320010 0602508854071
Jp Japanese Deluxe edition UICS-9164 4988031384350 Universal

Booklet and credits

Executive Producers: Bloodpop® & Lady Gaga
A&R: Bloodpop®
Management: Bobby Campbell for Haus of Gaga
Managing Director: Bo O’connor for Haus of Gaga
Art Direction & Design: Travis Brothers, Bryan Rivera, Isha Dipika Walia for Studio Pending
3D Design: Darío Alva
Art Manager: Aditya Pamidi
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Fashion Direction: Nicola Formichetti for Haus of Gaga
Hair Frederic Aspiras for Haus of Gaga
Makeup: Sarah Tanno-Stewart for Haus of Gaga
Styling: Marta del Rio for Haus of Gaga
Nails: Miho Okawara
Additional Photography: Brandon Bowen
Production Coordinator: Lisa Eihorn-gilder
Assistants to Lady Gaga: Kim Ureña and Nico Milazzo for Haus of Gaga
Discography
Studio albums The Fame (2008) • The Fame Monster (2009) • Born This Way (2011) • ARTPOP (2013) • Cheek to Cheek (2014) • Joanne (2016) • Chromatica (2020)
EPs The Cherrytree Sessions • HitMixes • A Very Gaga Holiday • Live From The Apollo
Soundtracks A Star Is Born
Compilation The Remix • The Singles • Born This Way: The Remix • Born This Way: The Collection
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