THERE CAN BE A HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THE ROOM BUT ONLY 2 COULD MAKE A SONG AS GOOD AS 'RAIN ON ME'
Text by Charlie Long
MAY 22nd 2020
Two of easily the most influential and important artists in modern history, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande just dropped a song together and it’s everything we could have asked for.
It’s rare that two huge pop divas of Gaga and Grandes size get together on a track, usually these are alliances that we see and pray for in a fan-made mash-up on YouTube or on the hardcore stan accounts of Twitter. There have only been few of these types of collaborations – The Mariah and Whitney on ‘When You Believe’, the Madonna and Britney on ‘Me Against The Music’, the Gaga and Beyoncé on ‘Telephone’. They are the monster records that leave an imprint on the face of pop music and have undeniable influence on the collaborations we see after. ‘Rain On Me’ is definitely one of these tracks.
The song is an uplifting, rejuvenating straight pop anthem with a few dance and house influences thrown in. On the new track the pair take turns with their verses along with a call-and-response exchange throughout the chorus. Lady Gaga sets the tone with emotive yet inspiring lyrics - “I never asked for the rainfall,” she sings, but still, “It’s coming down on me.” Both singers speak on the positive aspects of the challenges we are thrown in life, despite the metaphorical bad weather sentiments. “Gotta live my truth, Not keep it bottled in/So I don’t lose my mind, baby,” Grande sings over handclapped beats. After exchanging lines, the pair euphorically sing together: “I’ll never be troubled/At least I’m alive/Rain on me, rain, rain/Rain on me.”
The track, as many of both of the diva’s past records do, speaks to those who feel on the outside or different within society. With a message that could be compared to Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ or Grande’s ‘Break Free’, it is an anthem for anyone who are currently struggling with their identity or current situation. The record is also somewhat euphemistic of the current COVID-19 situation, acting as a reassuring, uplifting message of hope, reminding us that no matter what life throws at us, we must continue to look at the positives.
"I said to her, 'OK, now everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing,'" Gaga recently told Zane Lowe of the collaboration on Apple Music. "'And by the way, while you're doing that, I'm going to dance in front of you. And she was like, 'Oh my God. Oh my God, I can't, I can't. I don't know. Oh my God. OK, OK.' And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that was different. And it was the joy of two artists going, 'I see you.'"
Gaga also noted that fans will see Grande do things she's never done before in the song's music video, which form a friendship between the superstars. "When she came into the studio, I was still crying, and she was not. And she was like, 'You're going to be OK. Call me; here's my number,'" Gaga says. "And she was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn't want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. And eventually she called me on my s--t. She was, 'You're hiding.' And I was ... and then this friendship blossomed."
After now getting two tracks off of Gaga’s long awaited, ‘Chromatica’, it is safe to say a lot of the record will be going back to her roots and offering us a majority pop masterpiece. Both ‘Stupid Love’ and ‘Rain On Me’ have been feel good upbeat, dance tracks that remind us all of why we fell in love with Gaga all those years ago, reminiscent of her notable early works such as ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Applause’. The album is one of the most anticipated of the decade and will be released next Friday on May 29th with other collaboration tracks featuring the likes of Elton John and BLACKPINK.