Lady Gaga has scooped together quite the list of collaborators for her upcoming fifth album, Joanne, including "Uptown Funk" producer (among many other things) Mark Ronson and country writer Hillary Lindsey. Entertainment Weekly got their paws on the two musical wizards, who gave up some inside scoop on Gaga's writing process.
They tell the story about how Gaga takes care of everyone writing on her record. Ronson says:
“She’d be late to the studio and send me a text like, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m just marinating the chicken!’ Most of my memories [of making Joanne] are non-musical and warm [and] fuzzy, just her over the oven, dressed like a ‘50s girl from the ‘Leader of the Pack’ video, preparing breaded chicken. She took care of everybody."
EW says that included Gaga doing dishes. “I was like, ‘You know you don’t really have to do that,’” Ronson remembers.
And the woman loves writing her lyrics on typewriters, according to Lindsey, who saw the old-school machine in action as they wrote a song over some spaghetti at the kitchen table. "She had [the typewriter] in L.A. and she also had it in the studio in New York," Linsey says. "I don’t know if she’s got two or if it travels, but I absolutely loved that."
Perhaps the most touching moment is about Lady Gaga's family. Joanne, out Oct. 21, is about her aunt, whose death rocked the Germanottas. When Gaga played the song she wrote for her aunt for the first time, her mother broke down in tears: “Her mom cried and came over and put her arms around her,” Lindsey says. “I started tearing up.”
Besides Ronson and Lindsey, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, BloodPop, Florence Welch, Father John Misty and Beck are credited on the album. Beck's appearance happened after a casual brush-by appearance late at night, the story goes.
Read more about Joanne at EW and then check out our throwback interview with Gaga below: