Now, I know this has been countlessly theorised before - but I think there is *really* something to this... even down to recent indicators.
To make sense of my point, I'm going to have to throw-it-back to the dark days of the pre-Joanne era. This is going to be a long read, but stick with me.
During the pre-LG5 era, we were quick to notice Gaga's referencing of butterfly symbolism:
Coupled with this, came the additional and constant hint of tornados and hurricanes; which is summarised by this image.
As a lot of us will remember, the connection between butterflies and hurricanes is conceptualised by Chaos Theory - a mathematical branch of science that refers to how "small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences".
This consequential process is best exemplified by The Butterfly Effect... the idea that a butterfly flapping it's wings on one side of the planet, can be traced as the reason for a hurricane on the other side of the world.
Gaga's awareness of this theory has been well-evidenced, which led to speculation that the 'original' LG5 would be based on this theme:
The 'Original' LG5:
In addition to ambiguous symbolism, the evidence we have of LG5's early production is very telling.
For example, the night this picture was taken:
Was the night that Gaga and Mark Ronson began working on LG5 in London.
The 'chaos angel' mention, coupled with the storm emoji, confirms a link to chaos theory. This tweet was sent when both Gaga and Daphne were still together. And considering how Mark and Gaga had met to work on the album, it is clear that they were all discussing the concept of chaos theory and how it could fit into the music.
What's more, we know that RedOne was originally involved in LG5. And what's most telling about this, is how the only surviving trace of these sessions is 'Angel Down' - a song about the 'angels ' of the world (the innocent, good people) getting caught up in society's 'chaos'. Is it really a coincidence that concepts of angels, chaos and terror were worked on with RedOne?
Intel and "Chaos Theory":
At the beginning of 2015, coinciding with the influx of chaos theory symbolism, Gaga reached out to Intel to work on a year-long project that would culminate in a 2016 Grammy performance. This is confirmed by Paul Tapp (director of technology at Intel) in this interview.
Within this interview, Paul explains how Gaga asked Intel to "make my environment come alive". She wanted to portray "the relationship between creativity and science" - and in doing so, wanted her movements to impact the world around her. This led to the creation of a ring that, once on Gaga's finger, would allow her every move to have consequence. Paul explains how "Gaga's movements literally caused the stage to respond in real time. It was robust: When she moved, it moved".
Now, doesn't this sound a lot like something? A mathematical branch of science that refers to how "small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences" - Chaos Theory.
Piecing everything together, it is clear that Gaga wanted to bring 'the butterfly effect' to the stage. She wanted to show how one movement can lead to a "holographic tornado of fluorescent colors".
The Grammy commercial literally features Intel's technological butterfly dress. I think it's quite clear what she wanted to do.
As we know, when David Bowie died, everything changed. "We had to start with a completely new creative one month before going live", Paul explains. And along with a change in the Grammy direction, we also know that this is when Gaga worked with Mark to create 'Joanne' - not the 'original' LG5 concept.
LG5 = LG6:
The death of David Bowie inspired Gaga to take a more personal approach to her work, which resulted in 'Joanne'. But beyond David's death, I think that Gaga wanted to 'save' the concept of 'chaos theory' for an era where she could demonstrate it's relevance to her own life more clearly.
And knowing that ASIB - which she was aware of from late 2015 onwards, coinciding with LG5s shift - would likely transform her career, I believe that Gaga decided that she would, first, release Joanne to A) compliment ASIB, and B) to release the 'chaos' album /after/ ASIB to demonstrate the butterfly effect. Think about it... Gaga's career post-ARTPOP has been, pop-culturally, chaos theory live in action:
Remember, a key facet of chaos theory is destruction. The small decisions we make can have a monumental impact on our life - an impact that we have to recover from. The butterfly flapping it's wings creates a tornado... and the destruction this creates has to be dealt with. Gaga's career was damaged, and she had to fix it piece-by-piece, which is what she has been doing since 2014.
LG6 = 'Chaos' Evidence:
I have already written a thorough analysis of Gaga's Met Gala piece. But what I didn't write about is it's relevance to LG6. And this is where things get *really* interesting.
From Gaga's Vogue video, we know that her Met performance was layered with deep meaning. She asks "why the umbrellas?", "why the oversized dress?".
Well, before attending the Met, Gaga uploaded a simple black-and-white aesthetic to her social media and remained silent for months. Indicating the 'calm before the storm', when Gaga made her first public appearance at the Gala... she did so with a performance that included umbrellas and her dress being dramatically blown up behind her - imagery all painting the picture of a chaotic storm.
Further linking to chaos theory, Gaga's performance was an example of transformation (metamorphosis = butterfly). Shifting between different looks, she left her oversized dress and spread her wings to leave the storm:
And she did all of this whilst wearing...
A butterfly necklace.
Still not convinced?
Gaga's friend and photographer captioned a Met Gala moment with the following:
By using the butterfly in place of 'storm', Pierre's caption confirms - to me, at least - that Gaga and her team are still aware of the butterfly effect and chaos theory. And when you couple this with the umbrellas, the 'stormy' wind, the transformation and the butterfly necklace... it all adds up.
Now, whether any of this means anything or not - I do not know. And even if it does, I certainly don't think that Gaga will reuse any of the 'original' LG5 tracks. But I really would not be surprised if the LG6 theme is a reworking of the theme of chaos. It is absolutely relevant to Gaga's life today, and it is clear that she and her team continue to use it / think about it / incorporate it into their work.
Could LG6 finally be the manifestation of 'Chaos'?