‘Joanne’ is the title of Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, which was released on October 21, 2016. After has been circulating around dance and electronic genre, the controversial pop star now turned to a more country-tasted album that features her as a sombrero-hatted lady in pink.After collaborating with Tony Bennett for their latest jazz-flavored album ‘Cheek to Cheek’ in 2014, Lady Gaga is back with ‘Joanne’ that feels a little bit more laid-back and bends the country and soft rock genres. She uses the name ‘Joanne’ for this album after her late aunt, Joanne Stefani Germanotta, whose death was said to have a profound effect on Lady Gaga and her family.As an ever-changing pop artist, in ‘Joanne’ Lady Gaga shows a rather natural persona, which is so much different from her earlier stage performance that was strongly accompanied with controversies.
Not only that she always wears the pink sombrero hat that was featured on the cover album, she also encouraged herself with more powerful and technical vocal performances. For example, for the song ‘Million Reasons’—which is one of the lead singles off the album—she always seems to perform using a grand piano to show off her ability in playing music instruments.Several track listings from ‘Joanne’ include the lead single ‘Million Reasons’ as well as ‘Perfect Illusion’, ‘A-Yo!’, and ‘John Wayne’, which is recently made as music video premiering in Apple Music. ‘Joanne’ has topped many musical charts, especially Billboard Top 200. It follows her earlier albums which are also debuted at number one on the list. ‘Joanne’ also receives critical and commercial success in United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. It too has been named as the 20 Best Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as Billboard and Digital Spy.