On her fifth studio album, Joanne, the pop-music titan known around the world as Lady Gaga traded in her signature disco-laden beats for something more pared down. The result, a country and Western-flecked, pop-tinged soft-rocker, couldn’t sound more different coming from the woman of “Poker Face” fame. While Gaga eschews all strategic and musical conventions on her latest long-play, it wasn’t a complete shock, however. Change is what the chameleon-like singer does best.
No stranger to over-the-top glitz and glamor, Gaga can seemingly tackle any genre with ease—she has racked up more than 30 million global album and 150 million singles sales during her career, and her loyal legion of Little Monsters remains dedicated despite her many musical and sartorial transformations.
Earlier this year, Gaga had everyone talking about her Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show, and whether you loved or hated it, Gaga was the one chosen to pay homage to the late David Bowie at last year’s Grammys. We can only assume she has even bigger tricks up her sleeve for the world tour supporting Joanne. She kicked off the 60-gig run in Vancouver on August 1, and she’ll touch down at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday for the first of two shows (she’s back December 16). Expect jaw-dropping costumes and loads of Swarovski crystals—550,000 of them, in fact—plus plenty of bodysuits, fringe and a head-turning fire-engine red Norma Kamali “sleeping bag” coat with a custom 10-foot train.
Joanne might show a different side to Lady Gaga, but the “Born This Way” singer is still there. She’s got the hits—and the wardrobe—to prove it. Lady Gaga at T-Mobile Arena, August 11.