“My whole life is a theater piece.”

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“My whole life is a theater piece.”

Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne isn’t slated for release until this Friday (Oct. 21), but it made its way online ahead of schedule. It’s jam-packed with country-rock-pop-tinged records embracing Gaga’s intimate past relationships with her father, men and of course her aunt Joanne (which is also her middle name and has a huge significance in the title).

One of the songs, “Angel Down,” is a politically charged social anthem about living in today’s fast-paced digital age, and the ripple effect its having on young people. “I confess I am lost in the age of the social,” she sings. “I’m a believer / it’s chaos / where are our leaders? / I’d rather save an angel now.”

“The justice system is broken,” she says in a new interview with the New York Times. “I have seen what I’ve gone through with [the LBGT community], or what I feel I’ve gone through with them on a spiritual level. When there’s justice and change, you start to see the cleansing of the soul and that is what I want for people, and I hope it’s okay for me to say those things.”

“I became obsessed with writing their stories in musical form,” she continues. “It’s an endless proving of myself, that I really am a musician, that I have something to offer in the room. That women can be musicians, women can be rock stars, women can be more than an objectified idea of a pop star.”

In the album film above, Gaga describes the process creating Joanne, which she admits could be harrowing.

“I get blocked by my own trauma sometimes,” she said. “The darkness, the loop of negative thoughts on repeat, clamors and interferes with the music I hear in my head. When I’m making music, I can hear all the parts, all the instruments. I can hear what it should be.”

Read the full interview here.

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