Yesterday Lady Gaga announced details of her upcoming fourth album ‘Joanne’. We got the first taste of the new album last week, by way of the Kevin Parker and Mark Ronson produced single ‘Perfect Illusion’ which will be released on October 21. But just who is the ‘Joanne’ who’s getting a namecheck in the album title?
Well Joanne is actually one of Gaga’s middle names – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – but the story doesn’t end there. The name was given to her in honour of her aunt, Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who died of lupus at the age of 19, 12 years before Gaga was actually born in 1986.
Joanne, who was her father’s sister, has proven to have been a huge influence throughout Gaga’s life, and it’s something she has been vocal about in the past. As revealed in the biography Lady Gaga: The Fame, Gaga and the crew referred to her mammoth ‘The Fame Ball’ tour as ‘Joanne’. In the album booklet for her first album ‘The Fame’, Gaga also published a poem that Joanne had written before her death, entitled ‘For A Moment’:
In 2010, Gaga expanded on her bond with Joanne, saying that her aunt helped her kick a dangerous drug habit. “I thought I was gonna die, I wanted to be the artists I loved, like Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol – and I thought the only way to do it was to live the lifestyle. But then I realised my father’s sister Joanne, who’d died at 19, had instilled her spirit in me. She was a painter and a poet, and I had a spiritual vision I had to finish her business.” Her father also opened a restaurant in her name – Joanne Trattoria – in New York back in 2012, which Gaga was at the opening of.
On social media, her Little Monsters have also been speculating that a song dedicated to her aunt will make its way onto the album. Though rumours have not been confirmed, Gaga allegedly penned a song in dedication to Joanne when she was working on ‘Cheek To Cheek’ – her collaborative album with Tony Bennett – but it never made it to the final tracklist. Now the album is confirmed to have the title Joanne, it may finally surface.
it's a fan theory since she said it's something really personal to her and there's a song about her aunt + a tattoo is likely
— Cece✨ (@CantReadMyJudas) September 14, 2016