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Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album Joanne is now available in stores and online through digital retailers and streaming services. Click here to buy the 14-track deluxe edition on iTunes for $11.99.
Shortly before the album’s midnight release, Lady Gaga performed at The Bitter End in New York City for the second stop on her Budlight-sponsored “Dive Bar Tour.” Check out the performance below.
To no one’s surprise, Joanne is currently the #1 album on iTunes in nearly two dozen countries. The singer’s fans, known as Little Monsters, have waited three years for new music since 2013’s ARTPOP.
Fan-favorite tracks so far include, among others: “Angel Down” — a track inspired by the police shooting of Trayvon Martin –, “Dancing In Circles” — a song so hot that it outdoes other tracks –, and “Ayo” — a country hoedown song that Gaga says is about “leaving haters in the dust.”
“I was overwhelmed by the fact that people just stood around and didn’t do anything about it, and that the justice system continues to, over and over again, not seek justice for these families,” Gaga told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio about “Angel Down.”
While Joanne has sparked endless praise and been deemed “Gaga’s best album,” the LP and the artist are not lacking in the hate department. Gaga personally tweeted to a reviewer who insisted the album was a weak mix of past eras with no clear inspiration.
She remained calm, however, when a radio host suggested that the story of Joanne — Gaga’s aunt who passed away from Lupus — and the intense relationship between Gaga and father Joe Germanotta seems too similar to Madonna’s Italian roots.
“Madonna and I are very different. Just saying. We’re very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all and I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna, she’s a nice lady, and she’s had a fantastic huge career, biggest pop star of all time,” Gaga said before explaining their differences further.
“I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different,” she said. “I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I am who the f**k I am and this is me. My life story is my life story, just like yours is. The thing is we all express things in different ways, but my rebellion at my father for him being angry with me, that has ended. It’s like finally I can bite back.”
Luckily for music fans, Joanne speaks for itself. What do you think of the new album? Listen here and let us know in the comments!Published in