Lady Gaga is a lot of things on her new record Joanne, but one thing she's not is like Madonna.
Don't think of this as pitting two women against each other, because it's not. Lady Gaga is on a mission to portray her new album out tomorrow (Oct. 21) as a piece of her soul, and anything described otherwise isn't sitting well with her. There's no need to remind you of the several Twitter responses she's had over the course of the week, those are all available to ogle at here, but one thing that was striking during her sit-down on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe Thursday morning was being compared to Madonna.
“Madonna tells a very similar story, Lowe said. “Overprotective father… ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’”
Rightfully so, this struck a never with Mother Monster, who adamantly denies that.
Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all. I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna. She’s a nice lady and she’s had a fantastic huge career. She’s the biggest pop star of all time, but 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. I’m not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show. There’s a spontaneity in my work. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws. There are major differences between me and her… I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I am who the fuck I am, and this is me. My life story is my life story.
The interview also touches on many of the important themes and undertones of the record, including the album title track, collaborating with Florence Welch, why family is so important, songwriting and more.
Watch (Madonna bit at 31:18):
Joanne is officially available on Friday, October 21.