Lady Gaga Announces Release Date for New Album 'Joanne'

Lady Gaga Announces Release Date for New Album 'Joanne'

The singer's fifth studio album is named after her late aunt.

The singer's fifth studio album is named after her late aunt.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Today, Lady Gaga announced that her highly anticipated fifth studio album Joanne will finally be released on October 21. The declaration came during an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 this afternoon.

The title Joanne holds a lot of history and meaning for Gaga. “The decision to name the album Joanne was in tribute to my father’s sister who died when she was 19,” Gaga explained to Lowe. “It’s the toughness of the pain that happened as a result of losing her that made us all strong, and made us all who we are.” Joanne is also Gaga’s middle name, making it her first pseudo self-titled album. She called the title track, co-written with Mark Ronson, “the true heart and soul of the record.”

The pop chameleon also revealed more details of the forthcoming album. Alongside previously announced collaborators Ronson, Florence Welch, and Beck, the record will feature indie wunderkind Father John Misty on a track entitled “Sinner’s Prayer” and contributions from country songwriter Hillary Lindsey. The record will also contain 11 tracks, with an additional three on the deluxe edition, making it her tightest collection of songs since 2009’s Grammy-nominated The Fame Monster.

Stay tuned for more on Joanne, including the album art, coming today.

UPDATE: The album art is here. Photography by Collier Schorr. Hat by Gladys Tamez Millinery.

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