"A-YO" is a song by Lady Gaga and was supposed to serve as the second single from her fifth studio album, Joanne, until Million Reasons replaced it because of it's success. "A-YO" was written with Hillary Lindsey, Mark Ronson, and BloodPop, and was produced by the same, excluding Hillary. The song was released digitally on October 18, 2016, included in the pre-order for Joanne.  The song was sent to radio on the same date. 
The rootsy outlaw track is about doing your own thing and spitting in the face of those who don't like it. When asked if the song was about cigarettes, haters, or sex, Gaga responded with "All of the above. Leavin ur haters in the dust is a sexy feelin, drag em' like a smoke, leave ur blazin' tracks in the road #AYO".  A-YO is one of the songs on the album co-written with Hillary Lindsey, and borrows elements from both country and folk music. The line 'mirror on the celling' is a reference to watching one's self having sexual intercourse, as well as 'light me up and breathe in' suggesting one's sexual partner needing the other like a cigarette or drugs.
Gaga's dip into Nashville waters is no surprise to those who know her. She told Rolling Stone Country in a 2016 interview that she is a big fan of country music, especially Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks. "When I was little, my father used to play 'Friends In Low Places' really loud in the basement, and I'd catch him down there dancing by himself, screaming real loud. I thought it was cool," she recalled.
Released: October 18, 2016
Photography: Collier Schorr
|Written by||Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Mark Ronson and M. Tucker|
|Produced by||Mark Ronson, BloodPop® and Lady Gaga|
|Recorded by||Joshua Blair and assisted by David "Squirrel" Covell at Shangri-La Studios, Malibu, CA |
Joshua Blair and assisted by Justin Smith at Pink Duck Studios, Burbank, CA
Benjamin Rice and assisted by Barry McCready at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY
Recorded at GenPop Laboratory, Los Angeles, CA
|Mixed by||Serban Ghenea and engineered for mix by John Hanes at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach|
|Mastered by||Tom Coyne and Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY|
|Track Participants||Josh Homme — Guitar |
Mark Ronson — Bass, Guitar
BloodPop® — Organ, Rhythm Track for GenPop Corp.
Thomas Brenneck — Guitar
Ian Hendrickson-Smith — Baritone Saxophone
Dave Guy — Trumpet
J. Gastelum Cochemea — Tenor Saxophone
Brian Newman — Trumpet
Lady Gaga — Percussion
Este Haim — Percussion