Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’: A Who’s Who Of Her Big-Name Collaborators, In Pictures

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.


1Matt Helders

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Who: Drummer with Arctic Monkeys Appears on: The huge 'Joanne' opener 'Diamond Heart' alongside guitarist and long-time Arctic Monkeys collaborator Josh Homme

2Father John Misty

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Who: Cult-leader like persona of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman Appears on: the old-school country-styled ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ and brassy 'Come To Mama'. Drums on 'Diamond Heart'.

3Florence Welch

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Who: singer, Florence + The Machine Appears on: ‘Hey Girl’, a ‘70s Elton homage about going on the razz with your best girl pal Gaga says: “She’s, if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world.”

4Mark Ronson

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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."


Who: Pop polymath enjoying renewed popularity following 2015 hit single ‘Dreams’ Appears on: The possibly quite rude 'Dancin' In Circles' Gaga says: "I've been wanting to work with Beck since forever"


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."

7Kevin Parker

Who: Long-haired leader of world-beating Perth psych rockers Tame Impala Appears on: ‘Perfect Illusion’, which he co-wrote with Gaga Gaga says: “I have to hand it to Kevin, he is a real musical genius.”

8Josh Homme

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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".

9Hillary Lindsey

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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.

10Thomas Brenneck

Who: Founder of the Menahan Street Band and former guitarist for Amy Winehouse Appears on: 'Sinner's Prayer', alongside Father John Misty

11Sean Lennon

Who: Musician, actor and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono Appears on: Plays guitar on 'Sinner's Prayer'

12Este Haim

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Who: Bass player for LA's coolest sisterhood, Haim Appears on: 'A-YO', playing percussion

13(some of) The Arcs

Who: Homer Steinweiss (far left), Nick Movshon (centre) and Leon Michels (second from right) from Dan Auerbach's band The Arcs Appear on: 'Sinner's Prayer' (all), 'Hey Girl' (Movshon, Steinweiss) and 'Just Another Day' (Steinweiss)


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Who: Songwriter and producer who worked on many of Gaga’s early hits Appears on: The moving closing track, ‘Angel Down’