After months of anticipating, Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, Joanne, has officially dropped with 13 hot tracks.
The Grammy winner, Gaga told E! News I had a particular person in mind when she began crafting her newest sounds. “I kept envisioning this girl in the middle of the country somewhere crying her eyes out in the field with a drink in her hand and her kid in the other, going, ‘I can’t believe that Lady Gaga understands how I feel. I never thought that someone like her could ever get me,'” she explained. “The point of this record was to find that human connection with the world in a deeper way.”
The album “crosses between country and funk, pop, dance, rock, electronic music, folk,” she further said of her fresh work. “It really covers a lot of different areas.” And a lot of different emotions. At its core, the album is inspired by the singer’s late aunt Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who tragically passed away at 19 years old after suffering complications from Lupus.
“This is something that a lot of people have experienced—that someone they loved is gone or that someone that they love is possibly going to be gone in the future” she says. While Gaga never got to meet her father’s sister, she feels a spiritual kinship with her. “I’ve always used the fact that she didn’t get to live the rest of her life as a sense of strength and power within me that I have to go out and live the rest for her,” she explained.
“This album is sort of me going out into the world and bringing with me its deepest stories that I have of my life and turning them into songs that I hope will touch people in a deep and meaningful way about their own lives and their own stories.”