The all-new duet dropped on Friday morning and serves as the second taste of music from Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica, which will be released next Friday.
Throughout the three-minute, bass- and synth-driven dance track, Gaga, 34, and Grande, 26, sing back and forth about overcoming an emotional downfall by simply embracing it.
“I can feel it on my skin (It’s comin’ down on me) / Teardrops on my face (Water like misery) / Let it wash away my sins (It’s coming down on me),” the pop duo sings together in the third verse.
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One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got. 👯♀️ #RAINONME out now! ⛈🗡 Video premiere at 10am PT / 1pm ET TOMORROW on my YouTube channel ⚔️💓
The Bad Romance singer described the inspiration for Rain on Me via Twitter following its release.
“One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop,” she wrote. “Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. Now when I cry, instead of fighting it, I say, ‘I’m ready. Rain on me.'”
Gaga proceeded to express her love and gratitude towards both Grande and producer BloodPop (Michael Tucker).
“@arianagrande, I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got,” she added in the tweet.
“@bloodpop, thank you for encouraging me to keep going when I was sad. Turns out even if you don’t feel good enough, you still can be. I heard my joy back when we wrote this song. It was there, I just needed to find it,” Gaga wrote in a separate tweet.
Thank you for reminding me I’m strong, I’m super emotional and love you so very much, I cherish you @ArianaGrande and little monsters without you I don’t know how I would survive. I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 22, 2020
The Thank U, Next hitmaker followed suit with a brief story of how she instantaneously clicked with Gaga after they met.
“One time, I met a woman who knew pain the same way I did, who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did and whose heart was bigger than her whole body,” she wrote on Twitter.
one time ….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did… who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2020
Grande continued: “She immediately felt like a sister to me. She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of Chromatica, and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothaf—in’ cry!
“I hope this makes you all feel as uplifted as it does for us both,” she added. “I love you, @ladygaga, you stunning superwoman!”
Hours after its release, Gaga dropped an accompanying music video for Rain On Me, which shows the pair — who are clad in bizarre Chromatica-themed outfits — dancing together in the rain, before embracing each other at the end.
Here’s what some excited Twitter fans had to say about the video:
— emma *₊°。 (@nottodayem) May 22, 2020
— Ariana Grande Update 🌧 (@ArianatorFallen) May 22, 2020
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) May 22, 2020
— ً (@FAMEKILLED) May 22, 2020
Rain on Me is now available via all major streaming platforms.
Chromatica was originally slated to drop on April 10, however on March 24, Gaga postponed it as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The 16-track album will officially be released worldwide on May 29.
Updates and further information regarding Chromatica and the Chromatica Ball tour can be found through the official Lady Gaga website.
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