Lady Gaga Titles New Album 'Joanne' After Late Aunt, Announces Release Date
By Sophie Schillaci
Lady Gaga is paying tribute to her family on her next album, out Oct. 21.
Mother Monster revealed the name and release date of her forthcoming LP, Joanne, on Thursday, in an interview with Zayn Lowe on Beats 1. "She is the woman of my past," Gaga said, explaining the sweet tribute to Joanne Germanotta, her father's late sister. Gaga's aunt died of lupus in 1974 at just 19 years old.
Gaga's fans will also recognize the name from her family's Italian restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, located on New York's Upper West Side. Gaga also shares an even more personal connection to the name, as the pop star’s legal name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Gaga also revealed on Thursday that Joanne is "actually going to be done in the next 48 hours." The 30-year-old "Perfect Illusion" singer has been working with Mark Ronson on the full-length, and said the pair was currently placing the finishing touches on the final track.
Last week, Gaga unveiled "Perfect Illusion" as the first single from her next album. On Thursday, she teased that a music video directed by Ruth Hogben would be released soon.
After the song was released, there was plenty of speculation among listeners regarding the song's inspiration. Was "Perfect Illusion" written about Gaga's complicated relationship with Taylor Kinney? Gaga set the record straight earlier this week in a series of interviews. See what she said, below.