Lady Gaga has released a stripped-down, piano-led version of “Joanne,” the title track from the Stern Show regular’s latest studio album.
The slowed-down, emotionally charged rendition of her hit single pays extra attention to Gaga’s poignant vocal tracks than did the album cut. The accompanying video (above), meanwhile, begins with superimposed text about her late Aunt Joanne—who died from lupus when she was just 19—and shows Gaga playing piano, playing acoustic guitar in a garden, twirling on a bridge, and taking over a city street in a cowboy hat.
When Gaga joined the Stern Show most recently in late 2016, she told Howard healing is the overarching theme of her album "Joanne." She also said that even though her Aunt Joanne died long before the pop star was born, Joanne’s spirit has always been with her.
"She's like this goddess who we worshiped in our family," Gaga told Howard. She also urged people to visit the Lupus Foundation's website to learn more about the disease. Listen to her conversation with Howard (below) and check out her full Stern Show sit-down here.
In addition to dropping the new music video, Gaga recently announced a 74-show Las Vegas residency and will soon be performing at the 2018 Grammys. Watch her video for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” (above).