The star-studded team that helped Gaga create her brand new album
Lady Gaga’s latest album, ‘Joanne’, takes the polymath pop star’s music into new territory, and it’s partly thanks to a brand new cast of co-producers, writers and guest musicians. But just who are the pop heavyweights who helped realise Gaga’s great new record? Here are some of the biggest players, from BloodPop to Matt Helders.
Who: ‘Uptown Funk’ hitmaker and producer of – among many other things – Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’
Appears on: Everything, as producer
Gaga says: “He has a fantastic sensibility and wisdom about him when it comes to different kinds of women – women that are tough.”
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Who: The producer formerly known as Blood Diamonds, who’s worked with Grimes and Justin Bieber
Appears on: Numerous, as co-producer
Gaga says: “BloodPop just has this massive talent for taking sounds and sampling them in new and different ways and his production and just watching him work is incredible.”
Who: Queens Of The Stone Age frontman, recent collaborator with Iggy Pop and universally agreed coolest man in rock
Appears on: Homme co-wrote ‘Diamond Heart’ and ‘John Wayne’. He plays guitar on those tracks plus ‘Sinner’s Prayer’, ‘Perfect Illusion’ and ‘A-Yo’.
Gaga says: describes him on Twitter as “Josh Fucking Homme”, and one of the “brilliant gentlemen” who created the record, otherwise known as “my brothers”.
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Who: American songwriter noted for her work in the country genre
Appears on: Co-writer on the ballad ‘Million Reasons’, the nu-Nashville stomper ‘A-Yo’, ‘Grigio Girls’ and background vocals on ‘Sinner’s Prayer’.
Gaga says: They wrote ‘Million Reasons’ after sitting “on the couch together, going back and forth” thinking about “all the men in my life”. Lindsey joined Gaga onstage during the Bud Light Dive Bar tour, where the track was debuted.
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