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Lady Gaga has talked about her upcoming fifth studio Joanne as her most personal record to date, and it now looks like that even extends to the album artwork. Just days ahead of the album’s October 21 release, Gaga is giving fans a sneak peek at the digital album, which includes photographs of her father and his sister, Gaga’s late aunt Joanne, who was the inspiration behind the album’s title.
During an interview in September with Zane Lowe, Gaga spoke candidly about her aunt, who passed away from lupus at age 19. “The death of her in his family and his life left a scar and wound that never healed,” said Gaga. “It’s the experiences of our families and our challenges and our toughness that make us who we are.” The new album, Gaga’s first since 2013’s Artpop, also features a song named after Gaga’s aunt.
Gaga posted the digital booklet for her lead single “Perfect Illusion” and emotional ballad “Million Reasons,” as well as the lyrics to the high energy pop-country track “A-Yo,” which she officially released yesterday. In addition to family photos, the digital booklet also includes images of Gaga along with producers Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in the studio.
Preview of my new album Lyric BOOKLET. Available in physical copy and digital here: http://smarturl.it/Joanne That’s my father’s sister Joanne’s student ID. Thought it was nice to include family heirlooms that carry meaning to me still today. And a Polaroid of me and @iammarkronson in the studio as we built our musical family of no rules pop cowboy dance soul funk rock. #PerfectIllusion #MillionReasons #AYO
Lyric Booklet Preview of new album #JOANNE out Friday Physical and Digital:http://smarturl.it/Joanne That’s a photo of me and Kevin Parker of @tame__impala writing & recording “Perfect Illusion”, scribbles of music chords and ideas along the way, and an IOU (I OWE) written from Joanne to my father in the 1960’s. Reminding him to return her “super” ball that she loaned him, in a timely fashion…or else a $2 penalty!!! when they were just kids. #MillionReasons #AYO #PerfectIllusion
Gaga performed “A-Yo” for the first time as part of her Dive Bar Tour earlier this month in Nashville. Mother Monster was joined on stage by songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote the song with Gaga.
Lady Gaga’s Dive Bar Tour has two more US dates on October 20 and 27, with the cities yet to be announced.