Lady Gaga takes up Black Lives Mat­ter with new record

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Lady Gaga rose to fame with her shock-in­duc­ing out­fits and re­mains the sev­enth-most-fol­lowed per­son on Twit­ter, but on her sober new al­bum, she ad­mits an un­ease in the era of so­cial me­dia.

Joanne, the now 30-year-old singer’s first solo al­bum in three years, marks a shift from the glam syn­th­pop that made Gaga a club sen­sa­tion to an­other retro sound – un­adorned soft rock, with for­ays into coun­try.

The singer who once said that she lived for the ap­plause takes up weighty is­sues in­clud­ing Black Lives Mat­ter, the move­ment trig­gered by a se­ries of killings of African Amer­i­cans.

Gaga said she wrote “An­gel Down”, a grim bal­lad with a siren-like gui­tar back­drop, af­ter the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African Amer­i­can shot by a neigh­bor­hood watch vol­un­teer in Florida as he walked home with iced tea and candy.

“I con­fess that I am lost in the age of the so­cial,” Gaga sings. “An­gel down, an­gel down / But the peo­ple just stood around.”

Gaga, in an in­ter­view for the al­bum’s re­lease, said she felt com­pelled to speak out in tur­bu­lent times af­ter talk­ing to black fans who are “ter­ri­fied when they hear sirens”.

“How could I pos­si­bly make an al­bum about twerk­ing in a club?” she told Ap­ple Mu­sic’s Beats One ra­dio.

“It feels empty, it feels ir­rel­e­vant. When I go into the stu­dio at this point in my ca­reer, I can’t pos­si­bly just sit and think, oh, what would be just fun?” – AFP

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