Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta AKA Lady Gaga entered the world of fame with her shock-inducing outfits and remains the seventh most followed person on Twitter. The singer now, is on the verge of launching her new album, which has come as a surprise to many as it will be Lady Gaga’s sober album. Joanne, the now 30-year-old singer’s first solo album in three years, marks a shift from the glam synthpop that made Gaga a club sensation to another retro sound — unadorned soft rock, with forays into country.
Lady Gaga, who once said that she lived for the applause, is seen taking up growing social issues, including ‘Black Lives Matter’, the movement being run against the killings of African Americans. The singer said that she wrote Angel down, a grim ballad with guitar tune in the backdrop, after the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, as he was on his way back home with iced tea and candy in his hands.
“I confess that I am lost in the age of the social,” Gaga sings. “Angel down, angel down / But the people just stood around.” Gaga, in an interview for the album’s release Friday, said she felt compelled to speak out in turbulent times after talking to black fans who are “terrified when they hear sirens.”
“How could I possibly make an album about twerking my ass in a club?” she said, in a recent interview. ”It feels empty, it feels irrelevant. When I go into the studio at this point in my career, I can’t possibly just sit and think, oh, what would be just fun?”
The title track of Lady Gaga’s new album is a reference to her aunt, who died at 19 after a struggle with lupus and
Joanne, however, is still very much an album about Lady Gaga. The title track is a reference to her aunt who died at age 19 after a struggle with lupus and became the namesake to the future star, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Set to an acoustic guitar resonant of 1990’s pops ballads, the singer asks her late aunt to stay on Earth and with immense feels and forcefulness she sings, “Girl, where do you think you’re going?”
Gaga in 2014 released an album of pop standards with now 90-year-old crooner Tony Bennett, who became her mentor as they went on tour together. Joanne features a slew of famous collaborators including producer Mark Ronson, known for blockbuster hit Uptown Funk. For all of the brooding on the album, Joanne is also about finding connection.