Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande just released the new music video for their collaboration “Rain on Me.”
The song shot to number one in 26 countries on iTunes and was trending at the top on Twitter in the U.S. just hours after the Robert Rodriguez-directed video came out.
“Rain on Me” is the second single from Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated sixth album, “Chromatica,” which drops May 29.
The night before the video was released, Gaga tweeted, “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.”
Ariana praised Gaga on her own Twitter account. She wrote, “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. 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**kinnnn cry ! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman !”
Gaga recently opened up on her friendship with Grande, telling Apple Beats 1, “She was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. 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.”
Gaga added, “Eventually she called me on my sh*t. She was, ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was like, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed.”
She also revealed what she hopes people will take away from “Chromatica,” saying, “If you’re listening to this album and you’re suffering in any type of way, just know that that suffering within itself is a sign of your humanity and you are not broken.”
The album’s release date was pushed from April 10 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In March, Gaga tweeted, “This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us. And while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic.”