Monsters, rejoice. Lady Gaga’s Joanne has finally arrived.
Released today, the highly-anticipated 14-track project — her first solo since 2013’s ARTPOP — features Florence Welch on “Hey Girl,” a smooth and empowering anthem. “Hey girl,” they sing together. “If you lose your way, just know that I got you.”
Of course, “Perfect Illusion,” the lead single, also appears on the album, which benefits from contributions by Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop.
Prior to releasing the album, Gaga called the effort, which was named after her late aunt, “extremely autobiographical.”
Last night, Gaga celebrated the album’s release with a special performance outside of The Bitter End on Bleecker Street in New York City.
“I couldn’t leave without singing to you,” she wrote. “The bar was too small to fit you all! Was so awesome to connect with you on release night like that in my hometown from the rooftop of the place I began this whole journey when I was 15 playing out in New York as a singer/songwriter.”
During the performance, she also took a moment to share some words of wisdom with her screaming fans. “I’ve got something to say,” she told the crowd. “There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world. So much stuff going on in the world, but we need to remember to stay together, stick together, and love each other.”
Stream Joanne below.