“Rain on Me,” a collaboration song of Stefani Joanne Angelina “Lady Gaga” Germanotta, 34, and Ariana Grande, 26, is set to be released on May 22, 2020. Before the release of the song, Gaga shared the story behind its lyrics.
The song is the second single to be released from Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album “Chromatica.” In an interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show, she said the new album is about “radical acceptation.”
“(‘Rain on Me’) is also a metaphor for tears and for the amount of alcohol I was taking to numb myself,” Gaga told Lowe. “I’d rather be dry but at least I’m alive. Rain on me.”
Gaga described working with Grande as a “very healing process.” For the former, it was refreshing to collaborate with a female artist who “has been through some really tough, really hard life testing stuff undoubtedly” and had the amazing ability to move on.
“We create things that make us feel comfortable,” Gaga shared. “We put them all around.”
“I do it all the time,” Gaga continued. “We all do things to make ourselves feel safe and I always challenge artists when I work with them.”
Executive produced by Michael “BloodPop” Tucker, 29, “Chromatica” was originally scheduled to be released on April 10, 2020 but because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the release date was moved to May 29, 2020. The album was named after a world “that celebrates all things,” a world where “no one thing is greater than the other,” Gaga told Paper magazine.
The first single released from “Chromatica” was “Stupid Love.” Released on February 28, 2020, the song peaked at number 5 in the United States.
BloodPop and Gaga co-wrote “Rain on Me”with Nija Charles, 22, Rami Yacoub, 45, and Alexander “Boys Noize” Ridha, 37. The song will be released under Interscope.