The album will be Gaga’s fifth, and it is dedicated to her late aunt.
The singer announced the news on Zane Lowe's Beats1 radio show, saying the album will be finished in the next 48 hours and its name is ‘Joanne’. ‘Joanne’ is one of the tracks on the album and it was also the name of Gaga’s father’s late sister.
‘When Mark 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,’ she explained. ‘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.
‘It’s everything about Joanne, which also happens to be my middle name (I was named after her); 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.’
'Joanne' is out October 21st via Streamline / Interscope. The album will have 11 songs, with about 14 on the deluxe version.
There’s an exciting line-up of collaborators attached including Mark Ronson, Florence Welch, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and Hillary Lindsey.
Gaga said: ‘there’s definitely a bittersweetness to [finishing the album]… this isn’t the end just the end of this moment. It’s also the beginning of this moment.’
You can listen to the full interview here:
You can listen to one of the singles of the album, Perfect Illusion, here.