Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ Album Lands Online Ahead Of Schedule

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Lady Gaga has a diamond heart on Joanne.

Gaga’s forthcoming record isn’t scheduled for release until this Friday (Oct. 21), but the standard version mysteriously surfaced onto the web Monday morning (you can pre-order it on iTunes here).

A store in Belgium stocked the record prematurely.

The album incorporates Gaga’s love of country, rock and pop, producing a genre-bending record that’s calculated to sweep Gaga away from predictable.

“Everyone thinks of rock & roll and country in different ways,” Gaga tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. “Rock & roll, country and blues – they all have babies. So I love Johnny Cash, I love Neil Young, I love Garth Brooks.”

RS points out Johnny Cash is an obvious choice for any well-versed musician transcending into the realm of rock, but Garth Brooks? According to Gaga, it stems from her 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 recalls. “I thought it was cool.”

And while we’re trying to force Gaga into a category, she doesn’t see it that way.

“I have a general and deep respect for all country musicians, but I myself am not a country musician. I’m just a musician period,” she says. “I love all different kinds of music and this is just what I wrote.”

In a separate interview with The Sunday Times, Gaga says “everybody has a Joanne in their life.”

“Everybody has someone they’ve either lost or is a pending loss,” she explained. “In this world, we’re all trying to keep up, put a perfect image out of who we are.”

Joanne is a deeply personal body of work for the singer. “I’m not sure I’d go into detail about it, but Joanne gave me strength to live the rest of the life she didn’t get to have,” she continued. “I guess, I think, if I can heal one person, maybe I can heal two, five, ten million. If I could just heal my dad, then maybe [I] might heal someone else.”

Joanne tracklist:

Diamond Heart
John Wayne
Dancin’ In Circles
Perfect Illusion
Million Reasons
Sinner’s Prayer (feat. Father John Misty)
Come to Mama
Hey Girl (feat. Florence Welch)
Angel Down

The Deluxe Edition, which features “Grigio Girls,” “Just Another Day” and “Angel Down (Work Tape)” are still safe for now.

Cuz that's my middle name, & my daddy named me after his sister. ✌️So I named this album #JOANNE

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And it just gave me these really good vibes. I call 'em my #JoanneVibes

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