Lady Gaga is fully aware that our topsy-turvy world could use a bit of sonic relief—and if she’s being totally honest, she could, too.
Case in point: a few days after the release of “Stupid Love,” her first single from her new album, Chromatica, every other news story was about the coronavirus crisis. But a clip of a sombre press conference in Italy went viral when an attendee’s ringtone set to the song accidentally went off and produced a few much-needed laughs. Gaga retweeted the link with the comment, “And this is why I make music.”
For true-blue Gaga fans, Chromatica (out later this year) doesn’t disappoint. Whereas her previous release, Joanne, was a folk-tinged dance album for dive bars, Chromatica is a return to Gaga in her purest pop form. At a preview listening, the swell of the first few notes was an instant stress reliever, as if long-lost tracks from the “Paparazzi” era had just been found, polished up and newly released. It’s her original sound with a grown-up twist. She’s even brought along a few famous friends for guest spots. Co-produced by 29-year-old whiz BloodPop®, who has previously worked with Grimes, Justin Bieber and Madonna, Chromatica speaks to the prismatic range of experiences that have informed Gaga’s life.
“I feel very grateful for what I’ve been a part of and what I’ve been invited to be a part of,” Gaga says. “All these artistic experiences made me who I am today. It’s like when people get married and say, ‘Through thick and thin.’ That’s how I feel about myself. I feel like, ‘You know what, Gaga? You know what, Stefani? In sickness and in health, I’m with you, and I’m going to hold your hand whatever the outcome.’”
When she was a child, Gaga says she probably would have copped to wanting to become a singer, but little Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta from New York City couldn’t have predicted the extent of her impact: that she would become a living legend in her late twenties with five studio albums all reaching number one on the charts, with songs that would be streamed 32 billion times. Nor did she probably imagine that she’d win 11 Grammys and make history as the first person to take home two Grammys, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an Academy Award in the same year (in 2019 for “Shallow,” the main track from A Star Is Born; she also earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her starring role in the film). Or that, by the end of 2019, she would have launched her own beauty company, Haus Laboratories, and broken ticket-sale records in Las Vegas with her residency at the Park MGM Resort.
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