Are You Buying?: Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’

Published: Friday 21st Oct 2016 by Rashad

It’s been nearly three years since the last time we pressed play on a new album from pop eccentric Lady Gaga by her lonesome.  Granted, part of that time lapse was due to forays outside of her main genre with mentor/jazz legend Tony Bennett and work on television via FX’s hit ‘American Horror Story’ series, but much of it was presumed time taken to recoup from the critical and relative commercial failure that was 2013’s ‘ArtPop.’

With word she was set to reconnect with longtime hitmaking partner-in-crime RedOne, fans and critics alike were undoubtedly expecting a “return to form” for the songstress upon the official unveiling of her 2016 efforts.  While they got no such thing in the set’s first releases, ‘A-Yo,’ ‘Million Reasons,’ and, of course, ‘Perfect Illusion,’ diehards were still singing anticipatory praises to the album (‘Joanne’).  The masses – as evinced by the poor performance of each of the previously mentioned tunes on the Billboard Hot 100 – were not so easily convinced.

Fast forward to its release date (October 21st), the album – even at a discounted $3.99 – is being greeted with low buzz and mixed review.  But, as usual, the only reviews we care about are yours – That Grape Juice faithful.

That’s why we’ve come to ask…

Are you buying Lady Gaga’s 5th album ‘Joanne’?

Your thoughts?

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  1. truthtea October 21, 2016

    Nope, it sucks! I predict 50k-90k. And that’s being generous! There’s only 3 songs from it that charted on iTunes.

    • ? October 21, 2016

      Something about her seems forced this go around. I downloaded it for free and I only like 1 song, think its called dancing round in circles or some sh’it.

      • MusicFan103 October 21, 2016

        Same for me. It is boring beyond belief.

  2. Meteorite October 21, 2016

    Sorry, however Gaga is not one of my Essential artist who I have to buy, not even for 3.99. Her music to me is on par with Britney Spears, fun to listen to, much like how popcorn is fun to snack on but its not real food nor real quality (In MY PERSONAL opinion). Now who I am really waiting on is Christina and Mariah! (and Kelly Rowland has me intrigued)

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      Hmm aren´t you thinking about The Fame Gaga? The comparison with britney would make sense in taht era. But this Gaga? With all taht raw talent? Have you listened to the album? It´s not fun or popcorn. No shade. i know you love music. I´m also waiting for Mariah btw. If I were you, I wouldn´t be waiting for xtina though. I think she´s not interested.

      • Cyrano October 22, 2016

        I agree this album might not appeal to the mass but it’s raw talent

  3. #Nicole Nation/J. Cole October 21, 2016

    The day I buy a lady gaga album will be the day Lupe Fiasco and desiigner do a collab.

  4. IStan4Rihanna. (Bajan Beauty) October 21, 2016

    No. I won’t buy it!


    I will stream it though as I’ve been doing on ‘SPOTIFY’ thus far. 😉

    • RihNavy October 21, 2016

      Tbh, I can’t even come for the Navy or Rih anymore, in regards to the Samsung deal, seeing as how Lady GagMe just made herself look like a fool.

      • IStan4Rihanna. (Bajan Beauty) October 21, 2016

        LOL. The “Monsters” have a fućķing nerve!

  5. RihNavy October 21, 2016

    It’s a no from me. I only use “Dancin In Circles”. For a 3 year departure between albums, this has to be more lackluster than anything CialasAra has put out since Fantasy Ride

  6. HailLegendBeysus October 21, 2016

    No the album is too forced, dull, boring and contrived! Plus she still has that egomaniac persona going on in her head (even tho the bish been flopping for 3yrs). Bitxh can flop her way to the grave!

    • IStan4Rihanna. (Bajan Beauty) October 21, 2016

      Stream it! You’ll contribute to her SPS and SEA’s (considering the massive weight of streaming now) but at least you’re not spending your coins! 😉

      • HailLegendBeysus October 21, 2016

        Bawahahaha I shall, poor thing needs the all the help she can get!

    • RihNavy October 21, 2016


    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler October 21, 2016

      Don’t even bother streaming that b*******

  7. J October 21, 2016

    It’s cute but definitely a departure record. I’ll get it I guess lol

  8. Lmfao_Hoe October 21, 2016

    ” Its a no for me ” – Simon’s voice. I only liked Hey Girl and that was it. Smh was RedOne even on this album ?? or he jumped ship at the early stage of bs that was coming into this album.

    • Musika October 21, 2016

      Yes, he was but the only song he did with Gaga was a ballad called Angel Down…

  9. Fancy BISH October 21, 2016

    “Unfortunately, I’m saying no…but keep pushing!” – Paula Abdul
    “It’s a no for me, dawg!” – Randy Jackson
    “You already know what I’m going to say…good luck, sweetheart.” – Simon Cowell
    lol #Poanne

    • Trose October 21, 2016

      Lmao quoting all 3 tho

  10. hoy tengo ganas de ti October 21, 2016

    Of course not, it sucks!

  11. Little Monster October 21, 2016

    Hell NO!!!

  12. Jasmine October 21, 2016

    No. I don’t like the production, the songs, or her enunciation of words. Gaga keeps getting more annoying with each album instead of appealing.

  13. BOOBIE October 21, 2016

    Even if it was a fake persona, I miss Gaga with the platinum blonde hair, bangs and fake tan. Orange Gaga was the best. After a disappointing/underwhelming album like ARTPOP, releasing a followup album like Joanne right now is the WORST idea possible. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t have smash hit potential. How can someone make something like The Fame Monster make something like Artpop and Joanne? It’s like she’s a totally different person. Her singing style has changed and even her visuals. She needs her old team back.

    • MusicFan103 October 21, 2016

      I agree. Sadly her old team left her. From Akon to her managers and such. They saw the ship sinking, and they were right. Sadly. RIP true Gaga 2008-2010. And Semi-OK Gaga RIP 2011.

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      So you are basing the whole thing on smash hits potential? There´s a thing called music. Artists make albums. Hasn´t it crossed your mind taht she knows tehre aren´t radio hits on this album? It´s clear she knows what she is doing. Even you are saying it is not bad. She´ll have a Lana or Florence type of career from now on. And who knows, maybe a lot of recognition (she already has it from her peers).

    • BOOBIE October 22, 2016

      @JOHNVIDAL Thats exactly what I’m saying. If she wants her career to stay afloat, she needs hits. I saw a radio interview where she said she wants to make her fans happy, but her fans are not feeling her music. Gaga has built a career on gimmicks. Now that she’s not using her gimmicks, people have lost a great deal of interest.

      She is not a Lana Del Rey or Florence Welch type of artist no matter how hard she tries. Their music has a certain type of emotion and songwriting that comes off as verg genuine. What Gaga is doing seems forced. If she’s going to force her music then she needs to go back to basics where she was able to make hits.

      • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

        Your opinion is not fact. It may be forced for you, but not for others. She´s predicted to sell better than Lana and Florence still with no hits. So I suppose she definitely can get away and keep having a career with this new type of sound or any other.

    • Austin December 13, 2019

      Glad these are old comments cause you losers are delusional both of these albums went number one with over 200,000 copies sold each and also had two top 15 hits from each of that is flop then I want to flop that hard. Stop being jokes

  14. Jackx October 21, 2016

    Nope it sucks. her worst album yet. damn what happened to born this way Gaga❓❓❓❓❓❓

  15. Theman October 21, 2016

    Nah, this album is very good. A lot of real music lovers love it. This is a hate site. She has some very good songs. It’s a great album. Some of y’all just like hating. Furthermore, Sam, the latest two songs aren’t official singles. She just threw them out there prior to her album. Stop grasping..

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler October 21, 2016


    • OMG Logic!!! October 22, 2016

      Critics are trashing the album. Why you lying?

  16. Cough Cough October 21, 2016

    I think she will be ok. This is a transitional album for her. So now going forward she can make whatever type of music she wants, she could have easily did what the 19 year olds, and Other artist super fans are barking on her for but that would. Be easy for her. This is a much harder thin for her to do but will set her up better for the long run as she now will be able to do what kinda music she wants going forward. It’s clear why she’s doing this, to anyone with half a brain. I get it

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      I understood that like two months ago. I totally agree. It´s obvious neitehr she nor her team were thinking this could top singles charts or anything 🙂 She´s definitely decided to have her own career and release whatever type of genre she wants. She needed to get rid of everything once and for all. She knows she´ll be ok cause she knows her “work-mates” and industry are by her side and she stays booked because of her talent. I agree with your thoughts.

    • BOOBIE October 22, 2016

      Yall dont understand that her creative team from Fame/Fame Monster and Born This Way LEFT her side. Its not that she’s choosing to make music that less people want to hear, that makes zero sense. Its that she doesnt have the same people around her anymore to make her who she was. Lets be honest. LADY GAGA IS A RADIO ARTIST.

      People dont want to hear her songs where shes talking about emotional stuff on slow songs like “Million Reasons” even if its a decent song. Its not something we want to hear HER song. Like we dont wanna hear Adele sing Formation or Partition.

      Also what kind of big pop artist like Gaga, who is at a crossroads in their career purposely decides to make an album that is full of songs she knows won’t help her career?

  17. The kpop guy, Matt ~ October 21, 2016

    I purchased it, “loved” Hey girl & dancing in circles on my itunes and don’t plan on visiting that album again anytime soon. Joanne is her UltraVodka.

    • Rosie October 22, 2016

      Joanne won’t get half of the acclaim of Ultraviolence, neither will it outsell it.

      • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

        Wasn´t Lana preparing her new album already? I thought she was going to release by the end of this year. Something like that I read somewhere months ago. Honest question. People here can be nice and talk music.

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      Are you serious? Ultraviolence is Lana´s best. And by far. Until then, she had neen panned by critics (not that I respect them that much). I hope you´ll be interested in future albums. It seems like she´ll have a long career regardless of everything. She has a lot of passion and I don´t think she´ll stop like Xtina seems to have done.

  18. Check DAT October 21, 2016

    Album reduced already? Kii! I’m here for the second drops! Y’all know it’s gonna fall HARD! 🙂

    • Check DAT October 21, 2016

      *second week

  19. Surprise..(DEC 2013) October 21, 2016

    I illegally downloaded it…I HOPE THAT CONTRIBUTES TO HER SALES…LMAO

  20. @ASAPicon October 21, 2016

    I couldnt make it past track #3….. Hunny, what was she thinking. This is not the gaga I had grown to like…. She went in reverse in my eyes, im completely uncomfortable with who she is becoming or trying to be as an artist. I will not be buying this album, thats for sure, even at $4.

    • MusicFan103 October 21, 2016

      I co-sign.

  21. Jamie October 21, 2016

    Nope. Sorry.

  22. B&B October 21, 2016

    Not buying her garbage.

  23. SMH October 21, 2016

    Lol I wouldn’t expect anything less from this comment board.

  24. Sharp October 21, 2016

    It’s interesting that she would have Florence on the album when if you think about it that’s who’s vibe she was trying to go for, but failed miserably at. How Big How Blue How Beautiful is Florence scaled back and raw but it’s still very much Florence. Just like Madonna’s Bedtime Stories was scaled back but still Madonna. Joanne to me sounds like it wasn’t finished, like it’s still in the demo phase and she’s still crafting it. Idk I don’t like the album not even one track, not even after 3 run throughs. Good luck though

    • MusicFan103 October 21, 2016

      I agree, and well thoughout criticism.

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      Hmm… I love Florence. But her album doesn´t have anything to do with Gaga´s change. I mean, Florence´s 3rd album sounds like Florence, she didn´t go for any change with that. Gaga switches genres and has tried a way way different sound. They are not in similar positions or anything for you to compare them. I love their track “Hey Girl” btw.

  25. stan October 21, 2016

    i actually really enjoy this album. it’s a different vibe from the usual gaga album, and a welcome change, imo.

    i almost wish she didn’t release “perfect illusion” as a single. the rest of the album is way more laid back and stripped down.

  26. Snf October 21, 2016

    Buy? I stream everything… FOH… The album is not as bad as I thought it would be… Its way better than Jackie (& I love cici btw)… interested in seeing what she’ll do for the Super Bowl… the album gets a 6 out 10 for me

    • #Nicole Nation/J. Cole October 21, 2016

      Lol why bring up Jackie all of a sudden?

      It was actually not that bad, definitely better than her self-titled album.

      • Snf October 21, 2016

        Lol I only mentioned Jackie bc the name is similar (but not really) to Joanne…

        And again I love Ciara… Gaga too actually

  27. cocobutta October 22, 2016

    No. Not because not talented just never connected to Gaga like that.
    Like the Gaga from the early days when doing tracks with Wale.

  28. Mariah Carey October 22, 2016

    Of course I am dahhling! Gaga has inspired my new album. I shall be calling it Alison dahhling!

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      LOL Mariah!!! Where is pucking new album? Good be nice to spice up things a little bit. Like Gaga did with Florence in this album or like you did with Miguel. You need to collaborate with different types of people not always the same. Look how great Merry Xmas II you was when you collaborated with that Broadway producer for “One Child”. You still have so much talent in you girl, you can definitely explore new genres. Will be waiting! 🙂

    • #Nicole Nation/J. Cole October 22, 2016

      @Mariah Carey you need to go back to Bliss/All My Life/Want You days, vocals so s***, that shít turn me on!

  29. mr.m October 22, 2016

    Sure the album will flop .. hard.
    but for me, I kinda like few tracks of it, tbh
    it’s simple n sweet

    Am not buying tho, I never bought her stuff

    • hoy tengo ganas de ti October 22, 2016

      You stan for Xtincta. Shut up!

      • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

        Why should he shup up (especially when he is being nice) just cause he likes Xtina? Hater! lol I bet you hate on all talented ladies.

  30. Rosie October 22, 2016

    Just like the rest of the GP, no.
    None of the album tracks are even in the top 100 of iTunes (the highest charting is Hey Girl which is currently at #118). 90K in pure sales and I’m being absolutely generous, as usual. The 85% second week drop will be the real mess.

    • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

      You listened to the album a week ago befor all of us mate. You sure are listening to it everyday. You don´t fool anyone. You ahte her for some reason. But it´s clear she is your kind of artist. If you like Lana that much I´m sure you like this album. I wish you many great listenings 🙂

  31. e Nowqd Redv dibut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi October 22, 2016

    Some of her song are pretty nice

  32. JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

    I purchased my physical copy today (cost me 17 Euros, I don´t buy digital). I also bought a Prince Greatest Hits album (for 7 euros) and a Tina Turner double disc (also greatest hits, for 5 euros). Feels so good when you have so much talent for not much money 🙂
    Joanne is a great album btw. There are a few songs are are just cute, like A-Yo. But there are several really great ones:
    – Joanne (definitely, that song is so good)
    – Million Reasons
    – Sinner´s Prayer
    – Come to Mama
    – Hey Girl (with Florence, their voices complement perfecty, very surprised with that).

    • hoy tengo ganas de ti October 22, 2016

      The album sucks, admit it!

      • JOHNVIDAL October 22, 2016

        It just doesn´t. Sorry. No matter the amount of times a few haters repeat it. Proof is @suicide blonde thinks it is a great body of work. He is one of teh few who knows to let hate on a side and talk about music. Go listen to thsoe songs I mentioned and thsoe real vocals. and just be happier.

  33. Justsayin October 22, 2016

    I listened to it couldn’t really make it through the album but i did. This album sounds like an country/folk album with a very small touch of pop. I know all about growing musically but damn this album im not feeling i would of preferred a real soulful album witha touch of urban pop

  34. Grapejuice fan October 22, 2016

    Gaga reverted backwards

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