Lady Gaga released her fifth studio album, Joanne, on Friday (21).

The 14-track album features a heartfelt song titled, “Angel Down.” During a recent interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the singer revealed she wrote the song about Trayvon Martin.

I wrote this song about Trayvon Martin. It was actually a couple of years ago when he was shot and murdered and the epidemic of young African-Americans being murdered in this country.

I was overwhelmed by the fact that people just stood around and didn’t do anything about it and that the justice system continues to over and over again not seek justice for these families.

Also, listening…having my ear to the ground. My fans – young African-American women and boys, who are terrified.

They tell me they drive in their cars and if they hear a siren there is a paranoia that rushes through their body that they freeze up, that they can’t think. This is a tremendous anxiety; this is something that I care about. This is something that has to stop, something that we all need to heal from.

Listen to the clip from Lady Gaga’s interview below.


Watch Lady Gaga perform “Angel Down” live outside of The Bitter End nightclub in New York City.



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