October 19, 2016


The Complete Guide to Lady Gaga's 'Joanne' Album

Here's the LATEST on Lady Gaga's Joanne... (10/18)

Mother Monster released yet another taste of the album with the twangy "A-YO" buzz track. "I can't wait to rev you up / Faster than you can say 'Ferrari' / Tearin' up the gravel, watching you unravel / Now it's a party," she sings on the country-tinged track.

Scroll down for everything else we know about the album, including producers, featured artists and more.


Aug. 19, 2014: After the confusing and disappointing ARTPOP era, Lady Gaga cleansed our palettes by unexpectedly teaming up with Tony Bennett for their Cheek to Cheek jazz album.

Sept. 11, 2014: She confessed to Parade that if it wasn't for Bennett, she would've quit the music industry a long time ago.

Dec. 22, 2014: A fan site posts a photo of Gaga sitting by a piano alongside Nile Rodgers and Diane Warren. What is the singer up to?

Dec. 23, 2014: She reveals to Yahoo! Style that recording the new album was a "soul-searching experience." "ARTPOP was, you know, the acid-making record. And this record is like my old self as a cadaver. And I’m just, I’m operating on my old self," the artist continued.

Feb. 4, 2015: Gaga posts a photo of her and Paul McCartney hanging in the studio together. "Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends. Working on one of his many secret projects! Killer musicians, vibe, and lots of laughs," she teased.

Feb. 25, 2015The singer announces she has joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story. The chance of her returning to pop after ARTPOP anytime soon becomes smaller.

Feb. 27, 2015: There may be some hope after all: Gaga releases "Till It Happens to You," a powerful song for The Hunting Ground documentary.

Oct. 2, 2015: The artist appears in a Tom Ford promotional campaign covering a Chic classic, "I Want Your Love." It raises the question if LG5 will be disco-inspired.

Oct. 7, 2015: She tells Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that she's too focused on American Horror Story to put out another album right away: “I’ve completely committed to the role. I’m not doing anything else while I’m doing Horror Story. I’m doing the entire season. I really take it seriously.”

Oct. 22, 2015: Gaga and Bennett say their Cheek to Cheek follow-up already has a concept: all Cole Porter songs.

Nov. 24, 2015: Lily Allen blesses us all by spilling the beans about Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga working together. She says in a red carpet interview that the producer cancelled a recording session with her in order to meet with Mother Monster.

Jan. 7, 2016: The diva explains to V magazine how much American Horror Story helped impact the new record:

"When I wasn’t working on the show I was truly miserable because I had no safe house to get out any of my vices. Now I have a safe house for my vices so when I’m making music I just have a lot more clarity. I have a little less of an instinct to be reckless with my music now because I’m reckless in other places. So now I’m thinking more about what it is I want to say and what I want to leave on Earth.  It’s less an expression of all my pain. 

There will be some of my pain on the record for sure, but it will be more than that. My last album was riddled with a ton of pain. That whole record. It’s almost like you couldn’t even get to what it is. Now, the show gives me an outlet to put things somewhere, so when I get to the piano I’m in a deeper place already. I have something completely other to explore." 

Jan. 11, 2016: Praises all around! Gaga confirms a new album is imminent backstage at the Golden Globes: "You know, I am putting out an album this year. I won't tell you when!"

Jan. 20, 2016: Elton John confirms that he's been writing with Lady Gaga and claims her new songs are "back to the early stuff of hers—like 'You and I' and the Bruce Springsteen one (as I always call it), 'Bad Romance'."

Feb. 7, 2016: The new era is almost near, with the singer coming out the music shadows to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50. 

Feb. 16, 2016: Lady Gaga gives an incredible tribute to David Bowie at this year's GRAMMYs.  

Feb. 18, 2016: Mark Ronson continues to gush about Gaga, calling her "one of the greatest voices in pop music." The two went back in the studio while they were both in Los Angeles for the GRAMMYs.  

April 4, 2016: Nile Rodgers reveals to The Washington Post the singer is featured on the forthcoming Chic album.  

May 12, 2016: Ronson teases the album again, saying in a Charlie Rose interview that it's a "very honest, authentic, kind of analog record."  

May 23, 2016: The producer shares an Instagram photo of Gaga working in the studio alongside Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, with the simple caption "Illusion." Hmm...

May 26, 2016: RedOne, the producer responsible for some of Gaga's biggest hits ("Bad Romance," "Just Dance," "Poker Face") says in an interview that he reunited with the pop star to record EIGHT new tracks! He also confirms her album will be dropping this year. 

June 7, 2016: Hold your horses, because Elton John states there may be a delay for the album's release. "You’re gonna be really happy when you hear that later in the year or early next year," he says. 

Aug. 17, 2016: Little Monsters, rejoice! Mother Monster officially confirms she'll be dropping her "Perfect Illusion" single in September. Sources tell Fuse that Gaga’s next LP is definitely due out this fall and that Ronson is "driving the bulk of the album's production." 

Sept. 6, 2016: Gaga announces that "Perfect Illusion" is set to drop on Friday, Sept. 9. 

Sept. 7, 2016: She keeps fans salivating by teasing the new single's lyrics

Sept. 8, 2016: The singer debuts "Perfect Illusion," the first single off the new album, on iHeartRadio. 

Sept. 9, 2016During her stop at BBC Radio 1, Gaga tells Nick Grimshaw that Florence Welch, Father John Misty and Beck all have features on the album. The Welch collaboration will be a duet. In that same interview, she explains the meaning behind "Perfect Illusion":

“People feel pressured to live up to that perfect illusion in their real lives. This is about accepting that and letting go. I’m not saying not to use your phone, I’m not that crazy. I think social media is great. But there’s also a lot of things that are on the internet that aren’t reality.”

Sept. 15, 2016: Lady Gaga revealed the album title and release date during her interview with Beats 1 Radio's Zane Lowe. Look out for Joanne (the name of her late aunt and also her middle name) on Oct. 21. The pop star also reveals she's working with songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who is known for big country hits. She also calls the song titles autobiographical. 

Sept. 21, 2016: The singer releases her raw dance party-themed video for "Perfect Illusion," which was directed by friend Ruth Hogben.

Sept. 23, 2016: Gaga drops the standard and deluxe edition of the Joanne tracklist, which 14 songs in total.

Sept. 30, 2016: After endless rumors, the singer is officially performing at the Super Bowl halftime on Feb. 5, 2017.

Oct. 4, 2016: Mother Monster sung a brief preview of “Just Another Day,” one of Joanne's bonus tracks, during her On Air with Ryan Seacrest interview (via EW). “Just another way to prove I love you when it’s hard today / I’ll lay back in my chair and find a way," Gaga belts over a piano. The track finds her returning to her David Bowie-inspired, theatrical roots.

Gaga also discussed how the album is still pop with “sugary sweet hooks," but it still has her kooky and weird charm: 

“I don’t know if people forget this about me, or if it’s just the way I am, but I’m never aiming to make a pop record that is of the status quo of what’s happening in music. My aim is to always be different and to push things further. Not necessarily forward or backwards, but just push them in a new direction and it alway has a positive message behind it.”

Oct. 6, 2016: The singer kicked off her intimate dive bar tour and performed three new songs from the album: "Sinner's Prayer," "A-Yo" and "Million Reasons." That same day, Gaga officially released the stripped "Million Reasons" ballad, her "Perfect Illusion" follow-up, on Youtube.

Oct. 7, 2016: Saturday Night Live announced the artist will make her fourth appearance on the show on Oct. 22, the day after the Joanne album release. She will be the musical guest, but hopefully she'll appear in a few skits!

Oct. 17, 2016: Gaga reveals the country influence behind the LP to Rolling Stone, which her love for artists like Garth Brooks stems from childhood. "When I was little, my father used to play 'I've Got Friends in Low Places' really loud in the basement, and I'd catch him down there dancing by himself, screaming real loud," she said. "I thought it was cool."


Mark Ronson: He's likely executive producing the new album.

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker: The psychedelic band's frontman co-produced "Perfect Illusion."

Bloodpop: See above.

Josh Homme: The Queens of the Stone Age frontman plays the guitar on "Perfect Illusion."

Florence Welch: She recorded a duet with Gaga for the LP.

Father John Misty: He features on "Sinner's Prayer."

Beck: See above.

Paul McCartney: The icon was in the studio with Gaga earlier this year.

RedOne: See above.

Elton John: The artist revealed in January he wrote songs with Gaga.

Hillary Lindsey: The songwriter is known for penning country hits like Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and Little Big Town's "Girl Crush."


First single: "Perfect Illusion"
The artist released the pop-rock track on Sept. 8.

"Million Reasons"
The country-inspired ballad was co-penned with with songwriter Hillary Lindsey.

The rocking Joanne cut was also co-written by Lindsey.


1. “Diamond Heart”
2. “A-Yo,” which Gaga says is her favorite track on the record.
3. “Joanne”
4. “John Wayne,” about Gaga's "incessant need to run after wild men."
5. “Dancin’ In Circles”
6. “Perfect Illusion”
7. “Million Reasons”
8. “Sinner’s Prayer” with Father John Misty. The singer reveals it tells the story of not wanting to break her man's heart, but she knows it will happen because she's a sinner.
9. “Come To Mama”
10. “Hey Girl” (Feat. Florence Welch)
11. “Angel Down”
12. “Grigio Girls” (Deluxe Edition Track)
13. “Just Another Day” (Deluxe Edition Track)
14. “Angel Down (Work Tape)” (Deluxe Edition Track)


Gaga stated in her Beats 1 interview that the album will arrive on Oct. 21.

Below, watch Lady Gaga discuss staying true to her artistry at SXSW 2014: