Accompanied with a sweet caption for the birthday girl, Lady Gaga posted a photo of the two together on her Instagram page yesterday. The singers, who recently collaborated for their hit duet “Rain On Me,” sat pretty in matching ensembles that included black tank tops, sunglasses and tights. Grande topped off her sheer stockings with a pleated skirt. Gaga opted for an opaque, legging style.
The “A Star Is Born” actress opted for her go-to black platform boots from Demonia. The Stack 301 silhouette sits atop a whopping 7-inch lift with vinyl uppers, and retails for $90 on Walmart.com.
Grande followed suit with her choice of shoes, modeling a set of stacked platform sandals with a wedge heel and peep-toe front. She layered them over slouchy gray socks for a retro-inspired feel.
Following their photoshoot for “Rain On Me” in May, Grande took to Instagram to give fans a sneak peek of the campaign. The 26-year-old, with her hair up in an elevated take on her classic high ponytail, posed in a butterfly-wing adorned purple minidress with matching slouchy sleeves. She kept to her own stylebook in a set of thigh-high stockings, but stole a page from Gaga’s typical fashion repertoire with her towering metallic platform boots.
Remember “sweding”? Back in 2008, inspired by a plot point in Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, a bizarro trend emerged in which film fans would recreate famous movies in their backyards.
The budget for these recreations would be non-existent, with toy cars and cardboard boxes substituted in for Hollywood effects wizardry. But that was the point. These recreations had a fast and loose energy that was wholly charming, and which quickly took over the internet.
Well, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like sweding is back in a big way.
First, a group of youngsters recreated the trailer for Chris Hemsworth’s big-budget action spectacular Extraction.
Then, just this week, a group of children from the Dream Catchers Academy — a charity that teaches young disenfranchised children to dance — gave the music video for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain On Me’ the same treatment.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande fly 5-1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart (dated July 18) with "Rain on Me." The collab is the fourth No. 1 on the list for Gaga and the third for Grande.
Airplay for "Rain" pours in from core-dance affiliates, including SiriusXM's BPM, Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle, according to Nieslen Music/MRC Data. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.)
The track is Gaga's first leader in nine years, since "Born This Way" ruled for a week in April 2011. Her other toppers: "Bad Romance" (one week, 2010) and "Poker Face" (15 weeks, 2009). For Grande, "Rain" follows "Love Me Harder" (with The Weeknd; three weeks, 2015) and "Break Free" (featuring Zedd; three weeks, 2014).
Previously, "Rain" reigned on the Billboard Hot 100 (June 6), Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (two weeks each, June 6 and 13) and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (three weeks, June 6, 20 and 27). "Rain" remains at No. 2 for a fifth frame on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, behind SAINt JHN's "Roses (Imanbek Remix)," which leads for an 11th week.
Popular Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe is one of Lady Gaga's loyal fans around the world. The Yoshimoto Kogyo impressionist was so inspired by Mother Monster's new music video for "Rain On Me" with Ariana Grande that she shot an official parody with the blessing of the original's creators.
Watanabe, who describes Gaga as "a mother-like presence who envelops me in a cosmic way," shared that she was floored by Gaga and Grande's energy when she first encountered the song in May, and felt a strong desire to parody the visuals.
Recruiting fellow comedian Yuriyan Retriever to perform the part of Grande, she chose to recreate the powerful collaboration as the first in her series of parody videos to be premiered on her YouTube channel, NAOMI CLUB. Watch below:
The parody was shot after the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted in Japan, with full support from Watanabe's usual team of make-up artists, nail artists, stylists and other professionals who contributed to the work.
Directed by Daisuke "Nino" Ninomiya -- who has helmed visuals for major J-pop artists, including Daichi Miura, SMAP and EXILE -- the video seriously mimics the overall intensity of the original while inserting comedic details and gags for maximum effect.