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It's been a long time coming, but Lady Gaga's comeback album is finally here! After releasing 'Perfect Illusion' a week back (see our review here!), details of her next album Joanne have finally been revealed.
Gaga announced in an interview with Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe that her next album - the follow up to 2013's ARTPOP - is hopefully in its final hours of recording, sitting in the studio for the last 48 hours of the sessions for Joanne tinkering with things while mixing and mastering the record. In the interview, she also spoke about a few songs and revealed the release date.
Speaking on the latest single 'Perfect Illusion' and the bittersweet feeling of finishing the process, Gaga claimed that it's hard to leave it and part ways with producers Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, but "this isn't the end, it's just the end of this moment... It's also the beginning of this moment, because we can share this with the world." Gaga goes on to talk about a collaborator on the album Hillary Lindsey who hasn't been mentioned before the interview.
Joanne gets its title from Gaga's late aunt, who died of lupus at only 19. The death truly shook her entire father's side of the family, and it's always been an important thing to her - her middle name is also Joanne. Gaga claimed the album's title track 'Joanne' is, appropriately, "the true heart and soul of the record," and while stepping away from her fame for awhile, she was able to bring together "the experiences of [my] family and our challenges that make us who we are. It’s everything about Joanne... It’s all the toughness of the pain of losing her that made us all strong and made us who we are. She is the woman of my past who is becoming and helping me bring more of my honest woman self into the future."
Gaga announced that the album will be out on October 21, 2016 via Interscope/Streamline. She went on to talk about some songs on the album, including surprising collaborations: 'John Wayne' features Queens Of The Stone Age's guitarist Josh Homme and Father John Misty features on 'Sinner's Prayer' are the notable ones she mentioned. She always discussed the influences of Bollywood and country influences with Nashville singer Hillary Lindsey on the record.
Excited for the return of Gaga?! We'll review it as soon as it's dropped. Listen to the interview below and listen to 'Perfect Illusion' above, too.