If like me, pop girls have been your guilty pleasure since the day you popped out of the womb, you’ll have seen your fair share of powerhouse collabs. Gaga and Beyonce; Nicki, Jessie and Ariana; Shakira and Rihanna; that Britney, Madonna and Christina moment… But never Gaga and Ariana. Until now.
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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande teamed up to produce a pop treasure that has us foaming at the mouth. ‘Rain On Me’ sounds like a cheesy club banger, but carries an emotive message of self-love and perseverance – which appears to be Gaga’s trademark for this era. On Twitter, Gaga explained the message of the track:
“One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things.”
‘Rain On Me’ reflects pop’s cyclical nature: utilising a downpour of synths that build up to a disco-house beat that early Madonna would be jealous of. Gaga’s commanding vocals pirouette alongside Ariana’s to perform lyrics cloaked in metaphor:
“It’s coming down on me
Water like misery
It’s coming down on me
I’m ready, rain on me”
‘Rain On Me’ is the second single from Gaga’s upcoming album Chromatica, following ‘Stupid Love‘. Chromatica seems to have progressed from a body of work to an alternative reality, as fans took to Twitter to create the ‘United States of Chromatica’. @Chromaticagov pledges allegiance to Lady Gaga but ultimately decides who is granted citizenship, and who is banned. Including Ru Paul.
RuPaul’s visa has been temporarily suspended due to allegations of fracking on planet Earth.
— United States of Chromatica (@ChromaticaGov) May 22, 2020 0
Certainly, the video for ‘Rain On Me’ feels like it takes place in an intergalactic separate dimension. Gaga and Ariana frolic in the rain with flawless choreography, dodging knives that cascade from the sky. Chromatica is clearly a stylish universe, with studs, graphic eyeliner, latex and enough corsets to make Michelle Visage cry.
Want to gain citizenship to Chromatica? Stream ‘Rain On Me’ now.