Posted: 5:08 pm Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Little Monsters haven’t gotten an album from Mother Monster since 2013 & we’ve been waiting (impatiently)- well… The wait is ALMOST over! Last week, Gaga released her first single off her latest album, & in a recent interview, released a lot more info about it- incuding the album title, it’s meaning, & the official release date! Today she revealed she has decided to name her fifth studio album Joanne—the name of her father’s sister who passed away at a young age from Lupus—and it will finally come out on October 21. Gaga explained, “When Mark Ronson and I wrote it, the decision to name the album that was in tribute to my father’s sister who died when she was 19. He was younger than her. She was very sick with Lupus. The death of her in his family and life left a scar that never healed. As I returned to my home life and spending time with my friends and family and getting out of the mainstream limelight for a minute, the experiences of our family and our challenges that make us who we are.” She continued, “The album is everything about Joanne, which also happens to be my middle name. 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.” She says that the day the album gets released will mark the date of a new beginning in her life. “It will be such a day of healing for me and my family,” she said. “It’s such a wonderful way to feel like she’s getting to live the rest of the life she never got to.”The singer kept many of her aunt’s belongings and has incorporated them into the new album, including a letter she wrote to her father years ago, including a letter her aunt wrote to her father, “That’s her handwriting on the album art,” Gaga noted. “I have all of her things. On the inside packaging for the physical copy of the album there’s all sorts of little clippings and papers and things from her and my father growing up. Photographs, letters they wrote to each other, her drivers license, her high school ID, it’s all hidden behind the lyrics and chord charts we wrote while making the album.” The album is full of incredible collaborations with people like RedOne, Diane Warren, Nile Rodgers, Bloodpop, Giorgio Moroder and Tame Impala.