Ever since Lady Gaga unveiled her highly anticipated Chromatica track list, fans have been buzzing over the Ariana Grande collaboration, "Rain on Me."
But the Little Monsters and Arianators won't have to wait much longer to hear the pop superstar crossover. The singers took to social media on Friday (May 15) to reveal that "Rain on Me" is coming May 22.
Lady Gaga’s upcoming album, Chromatica, is dropping on May 29 and her Little Monsters are buzzing with excitement. She’s been teasing fans for months by dropping tidbits from the album—including the first single “Stupid Love” and the official album cover and track list. And today she announced that her new song with Ariana Grande, titled “Rain on Me,” is releasing early on Friday.
The two stars teased the single on their social media pages with a brand new image—and while the new music is something to be excited for, it’s the fashion team-up that has us even more hyped. In the new photo, both Grande and Gaga channel a Max Max-inspired aesthetic, which Gaga has rocked on the album cover and in her “Stupid Love” music video. (The mood is part pop star, part machine.)
Gaga and Grande's ensembles are freaky in the best way: Gaga wears a skin-tight latex bodysuit with spike embellishments all over it, while Grande wears a black latex dress with a mini skirt. While it seems Grande is fully leaning into the mood of Gaga’s new fashion alter ego for the song, it’s not totally new territory for the pop star. For the cover of her third album, Dangerous Woman, Grande leaned into a dominatrix vibe as well, wearing a bunny-ear mask in black latex. It’s unknown if a proper music video is coming with the release on Friday—we need more of these deadly-chic looks!—but consider this fashion teaser a sign of what the new song will sound and feel like. If it’s anything like “Stupid Love,” it’s about to be a banger.
Lady Gaga released "Rain On Me," the second single ahead of her upcoming album Chromatica midnight Friday morning, followed by a music video Friday afternoon.
Featuring guest vocals from Ariana Grande, "Rain On Me" is Gaga at her electronic-dance-pop most, with those signature booming vocals and even some dramatic spoken lyrics just before the drop, another Germanotta staple. Few can belt the way that Gaga can and Grande is one of them, giving this the kind of grand-event feel that makes this kind of pop superstar team-up hum.
Fitting in with the sort-of-cyberpunk aesthetic around Chromatica as a whole, the video features Gaga and Grande clad in sci-fi-inspired plastic-and-leather-wear, dancing amidst a rainstorm in a morose, futuristic city. At one point, Gaga becomes a giant, Blade Runner-style projection and — underscoring the song's message of making the best of a bad situation — by the end turns the dystopia into a dance floor.
Music fans have been gifted a plethora of high-profile collaborations between their favorite artists in recent weeks -- from Beyoncé teaming up with Megan Thee Stallion for a surprise remix to Ariana Grande pairing up with both Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for a pair of wildly-anticipated releases.
So, with the month quickly drawing to a close, Billboard wants to know: which all-star collab from May 2020 are you loving the most?
Have you had "Rain On Me" on repeat since it dropped at midnight or are you still stuck on "Stuck With U"? Which Doja Cat moment is your favorite: the rapper's "Say So" remix with Nicki Minaj or her guest assist on The Weeknd's "In Your Eyes"?
]Maybe you're loving Bey's OnlyFans-referencing verse on the "Savage" remix or the Jonas Brothers Latin-influenced partnership with Karol G on "X." Perhaps Bad Bunny's Jhay Cortez-assisted "Cómo Se Siente," the lead single off Las Que No Iban a Salir (the star's second LP of 2020) is more up your alley.
Lady Gaga was interviewed by Zane Lowe about all things Chromatica when she opened up about working with Ariana — and it's super heartwarming.
"Her and I connected right away," she began. "I said to her, 'Okay, everything you care about while you sing — I want you to forget it, and just sing. And by the way, while you're doing that, I'm gonna dance in front of you.'"
"That woman has been through some really tough, really hard, life-testing stuff," she continued. "When she came into the studio, I was still crying and she was not."
"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 shit. She was like, 'You're hiding.' And I was like, 'I am hiding. I'm totally hiding.' And then this friendship blossomed."