Paying her respects to Beatles singer John Lennon at his memorial in New York's Central Park, Lady Gaga walks with CBS's Sunday Morning host, Lee Cowan, talking about her latest album Joanne. The Bad Romance singer, who was dressed in pink, recalled visiting the memorial at least four times a week. "I was so inspired," she says.
As she sat down in her father's restaurant, Gaga discussed how, unlike her older albums, where Gaga was seen in loud clothing, accessories and creating off-beat music, Joanne shows the singer in a subtler shade. "This album is not a party. There is a lot of crying, lot of pain, a lot of learning about myself," she says in the interview.
"I think it is hard for them (fans) at times to, you know, change from album to album, 'cause I go through quite a transformation. And that's just the way I am as an artist. You know, they have to kind of let go of the last era of music," she explains about the different kind of music the album offers.
The title track, Joanne, is about her father's sister, Joanne, who died of Lupus, before Gaga was born. When she first played the song to her father and grandmother, Gaga shares that the two got emotional.
"Playing music for my father and grandmother for the first time was very powerful. My father was very very emotional. My grandmother held my hand and hoped that I didn't have an obsession with the death of my aunt," she shares. Gaga believes that the album is her most honest record yet, including the song Million Reason, about the heart ache of relationships.
Talking about the love of her life, Gaga believes women love very hard. "We love men. We just love with everything we have. And sometimes I don't know that that love is met with the type of dignity that we wish it would be met with. You know, we're not trying to make you less of a man. We just want you to love us as deeply and as wholesomely and as fully as we love you," she shares.
Gaga is known for promoting her albums in most unique ways possible and Joanne is no exception. The singer debuted 'Joanne' songs in Dive Bars tour. "There is something just so fantastic and wonderful and humbling being in a dive bar, where I started making music and being able to sing this music. Up close and personal to the fans, looking them in the eye for the first time when they hear it reminds me that if this has to go away tomorrow, all the big success, I would still be happy going from bar to bar to play music for people," she humbly explains.
An emotional Gaga goes on to talk about the impact of fame has left on her. "It's legal to follow me. It's legal to stalk me at the beach. And I can't call the police or ask them to leave. And I took a long, hard look at that property line, and I said, 'Well, if I can't be free out there, I can be free in here'," she said.
The album has already claimed Gaga's fourth No 1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart. According to Billboard, Gaga is the first woman with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 2010s. She passes Beyonce and Taylor Swift, each with three during the decade.
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