Lady Gaga says she couldn’t have done ‘A Star Is Born’ without making ‘Joanne’

The singer co-stars in the new remake with Bradley Cooper

Lady Gaga has said she couldn’t have been in A Star Is Born without making her album ‘Joanne‘.

The record, named after the singer’s late aunt, was her fifth studio album and was released in October 2016. In a four-star review, NME said: “When Gaga strips herself back, what’s underneath is just a more streamlined strangeness.”

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, she discussed her role in the upcoming remake, in which she plays rising star Ally alongside Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine. When the DJ suggested she couldn’t have “carried off” the role without making ‘Joanne’, she replied: “You are right.

“I think things come in sequence and artists, you know, I think that we move them to a certain cadence in a sequence, in the way that we want to put things into the world that we believe in,” she said. “But especially with the song ‘Shallow’ being such a crucial moment in the film. I did work on ‘Joanne’ with Mark Ronson and I worked on ‘Shallow’ with Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando.”

Of the song ‘Shallow’, which premiered on Lowe’s show earlier today (September 28), Gaga said: “We made this song for Ally and Jack and it’s such a special song. It’s two people talking to each other and talking about the need and the drive to dive into the deep end and stay away from the shallow area.”

Earlier this year, Gaga had described working with Cooper, who also directed the movie and co-wrote the screenplay, as having “changed” her. “It just has changed me,” she said. “Watching Bradley work was phenomenal and then having him believe in me – it gave me more ammunition to believe in myself and I just feel so blessed to have had that experience.”

Meanwhile, the star is set to begin a residency in Las Vegas later this year. She will kick off a run of 74 dates at the Park MGM’s Park Theater on December 28, with 27 of the dates already announced.