Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande Unleash a Diva Monsoon With ‘Rain On Me’ – Variety


To the depression-busting latest pattern of joyful dance-pop, add Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me,” which premiered at midnight ET Friday morning, precisely one week earlier than Gaga’s full-length “Chromatica” hits. When it rains, it’s about to pour.

As the one (click on picture above to pay attention) hit digital companies within the late evening hours — with a music video promised for launch Friday at 1 p.m. ET on YouTube — Apple Music launched excerpts from separate interviews Zane Lowe did with the 2 singers that can air in full later Friday.

“It feels so enjoyable to be a part of one thing so upbeat and straight pop once more,” Grande advised Lowe, “as a result of I do really feel prefer it’s been a minute since I’ve completed one thing that poppy, actually. And that’s humorous as a result of I’m a pop particular person, but it surely’s simply, everybody is aware of that my coronary heart is type of rooted within the R&B affect music that I make, and that’s the place my coronary heart is. But it surely simply felt so good and enjoyable and pleased to dip a toe into her world a little bit, and to do this on for measurement… You make your music and you do your factor, and then when an artist like Lady Gaga, who has such magnificent perspective, and such an articulate message to ship, (invitations you onto a venture). you type of are utterly giving your self over to her.”

As for the video that’s coming mid-day Friday: “You understand, the video is so Gaga and so enjoyable,” Grande stated. “I used to be like, ‘I’ve by no means dressed like this in my life. I’m simply having the very best time.’”

Grande elaborated on their newfound friendship: “Properly, I discover that that’s what I found with each single lady that I’ve met, who has had the BDE, the Large Diva Vitality factor, thrown round and the horrible rumors began about them, and the narrative has been so weirdly skewed and no matter… I’ve discovered that everybody that I’ve met has this lovely human bleeding coronary heart. It’s simply so refreshing. I really feel prefer it’s simply such a bizarre place to be in, since you’re an artist and you need individuals to listen to you in every single place, and you need individuals to blast your music, and you need to see your self and hear your music in every single place. After which it goes left, and then individuals don’t perceive you. And you then really feel utterly overtaken by the world. And you then take it again sooner or later.”

Grande continued, “And I really feel like she has completed such an unbelievable job of doing that, and therapeutic herself… And he or she’s simply a lovely particular person” — albeit a lovely one who is “additionally like, ‘I’m going to offer you a f—ing present, and I’m going to select each colour that’s on the display. Each lighting, each shot, each wig that each dancer is sporting. Each every thing. I’m going to select. I’m going to assist Ari with selecting her make-up and her hair. However now she’s so uncomfortable’… It’s superior. I actually love seeing her have the perspective, and such gentleness on the identical time, and respect for an additional artist on the identical time.”

In a separate interview with Lowe, Gaga stated, “(She) and I linked straight away and she was so fantastic. And I feel perhaps she assumed that it’d be that she got here in and I (can be) like, ‘Right here, simply sing this and thanks a lot in your time.’ Proper? However as an alternative I requested her what she wanted, how she wished to do issues. Once we have been vocally producing her, I used to be sitting there… and I bear in mind I stated to her, ‘Okay, now every thing that you just care about whilst you sing, I would like you to neglect it and simply sing. And by the best way, whilst you’re doing that, I’m going to bounce in entrance of you.’ As a result of we had this enormous large window. I used to be like, ‘I’m going to bounce in entrance of you.’ And he or she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. Okay, okay.’ After which I did it and she sang, and she began to do issues together with her voice that (have been) completely different. And it was the enjoyment of two artists going, ‘I see you.’”

Stated Gaga, “You haven’t seen the video but, however she was so open to attempting issues that she hasn’t completed earlier than. She was, ‘I’m going to simply belief you.’”

Of the “Rain on Me” tune itself, Gaga stated, “The lyrics that I wrote proper right here on this studio, ‘I’d fairly be dry, however at the least I’m alive. Rain on me.’ That is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you recognize what it’s additionally a metaphor for, is the quantity of ingesting that I used to be doing to numb myself. I’d fairly be dry. I’d fairly not be ingesting, however I haven’t died but. I’m nonetheless alive. Rain on me. Okay, I’m going to maintain on ingesting.’ This tune has many layers.”


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