Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have finally released their highly-anticipated collaboration “Rain On Me,” from Gaga’s upcoming album Chromatica.
Released at midnight ET, the track is the first to feature both artists who are no strangers to radio and streaming. The pair came together following the tragedy at Ariana’s Manchester performance in 2017.
Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Gaga opened up about the song and how it blossomed out of the relationship between the two. “The lyrics that I wrote right here in this studio, ‘I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive. Rain on me.’ This is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you know what it’s also a metaphor for, is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself. I’d rather be dry. I’d rather not be drinking, but I haven’t died yet. I’m still alive. Rain on me,” Gaga said. “This song has many layers.”
Ari, for her part, has been a longtime Lady Gaga fan and she’s proved her devotion to the star promoting this single. “One time ….. I met a woman who knew pain the same way I did… who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me” she wrote about Gaga on her Twitter. “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothaf*ckinnnn cry! I hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both.”
The video, which released the same day as the track, begins with Gaga laying in the rain which quickly turns into knives. The scene is dark and shows the singer in her most vulnerable. To contrast, the scene flips to Ariana in the same storm, though she is dancing and the knives return to water.
This pivot is the center of how the two came together. In her Apple Music interview (Link above), Lady Gaga describes the process in which the two healed.
“When she came into the studio, I was still. crying and she was not,” Gaga said. “I was too ashamed to hang out with her, because I didn’t want to project this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. Eventually she called me out on my sh*t and said ‘You’re hiding.'”
“Rain On Me,” continues to bring both singers on the same plain, both dancing in the rain that once held them back. The video shows them growing physically with long purple hair flowing to their rain dance.
Of the video, both singers detailed the relationship they had while on set. Ariana told Zane Lowe, Gaga made her feel comfortable to try something new.
“She made me feel so comfortable. And so her as an artist, but also comfortable stepping out of my me stuff. You know, the video is so Gaga and so fun. I had so much fun. I was like, ‘I’ve never dressed like this in my life. I’m just having the best time’,” Grande told Apple Music about the video. “She was so open to trying things that she hasn’t done before. She was, ‘I’m going to just trust you.’ And it was this beautiful,” Gaga said in return.
Check out the video for “Rain On Me” Below! Chromatica is set to release on May 29.
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