In just a little over a week’s time the world will finally get to experience Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album, Chromatica, in all of it’s glory. Additionally, tomorrow the long awaited single, “Rain On Me,” featuring Ariana Grande, will take over everyone’s speakers, earbuds, and radios.
Leading up to the release of all of this new music, Lady Gaga tweeted a clip of her interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe. Mother Monster alludes to the fact that this new record is a reclaiming of what she does so well. The mega pop star was inspired to come back into the studio to record a new dance album after experiencing heart break and painful breakups. She shares, “how can I take something that was extremely painful for me and find the one piece of it that’s universally human, and help somebody else.”
Gaga has been open about her struggles with relationships, but this time she is taking all those feelings and emotions and channeling them into a powerful new sixth studio album. During her interview she recites lyrics off of Chromatica, ““I’m not nothing without a steady hand / I’m not nothing unless I know I can/ I’m still something if I don’t got a man / I’m a free woman.”
The artist launched her career with her iconic dance record, The Fame, and now she says she’s come back to dominate the dance floor while demonstrating that her music stems from the human experience. Gaga says, "I’m not making this record for myself, I’m making this record for the world.” The 11-time GRAMMY winner continues, “I’m making a dance record again. And this dance floor, it’s mine and I earned it. And all that stuff that I went through, I don’t have to feel pain about it anymore. It can just be a part of me, and I can keep going.”
The release of Chromatica comes at a time when the world is trying to figure out how to function during a major shift in society. While we sorely need more music to connect and dance to during trying times, Lady Gaga also discusses being able to experience this album once we return to public settings. The ally to the LGBTQ+ community says she’s going to try and go to every possible gay bar once its safe, just so that she can hug, kiss and dance with people.
"Rain On Me" featuring Ariana Grande is out everywhere on Friday May 22.