Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande save 2020 with ‘Rain on Me’

During these troubling times filled with economic uncertainty and unbridled social woes, there are two things America needs right now: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. On Friday, May 21, Lady Gaga and Ariana released their collaboration from Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth album “Chromatica” to light into the world.

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

“Rain on Me” is a dance-pop song that was written by Lady Gaga and Ariana along with a lot of other people. There’s a lot of writers on this song, like a lot of pop songs. The song came about after Gaga and Ariana had a conversation. This is also probably due to “Rain on Me” sampling the Gwen McCrae song “All This Love That I’m Giving.”

The single cover

“I sat with her and we talked about our lives. It’s two women having a conversation about how to keep going and how to be grateful for what you do.” Gaga told Paper magazine. She also hinted that she collaborated with Ariana by telling the magazine that she “collaborate with a fellow female pop star, who has similarly experienced immense trauma while in the public eye.” Everyone saw past that hint because the internet happened. It wasn’t confirmed until May 15th when Ariana and Gaga posted about “Rain on Me” on their social media.

“Rain on Me” could be considered to be the sister song to Ariana’s 2018 single “No Tears Left to Cry.” The song is about letting go of pain and just embracing it. Gaga said during her May 21 interview with Zane Lowe that the lyric “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive, rain on me” was a metaphor for the tears and alcohol that she was using to numb her pain. Yep, this song is super deep, like all good pop songs.

Thoughts on the song

Honestly, I’m not huge on the song. “Rain on me” starting to warm up on me, but I still not a big fan. It reminds me of a song that you would hear at the end of the anime as the credits roll. I kind of wish they would let the beat drop more and let the little anime creature loose. That would make the song stand out more.

I can still admit that the song is a banger. “Rain on Me” is going to be the song of the summer. I also see this song becoming an LGBTQ+ anthem, especially with Ariana and Gaga’s popularity and support of LGBTQ+. Besides the 90s anime feel to the song, it also reminded me of something that we would have heard on Gaga’s first two albums, “Fame Monster” and “Born This Way.” Especially with the spoken words on in the bridge. It’s the Gaga that we’ve been waiting to have back

The vocals on the song are what you would expect from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. It feels like Ariana is holding back. There are parts, especially after the bridge, where you know that Ari would normally belt it but, the belting isn’t there. There a start of it, but it just never takes off. You could say the same for Gaga as well. It’s like they are trying to let each other shine and not overshadow.

The Music Video

The video for “Rain On Me” takes place in Gaga’s “Chromatica” universe, which got set up in the video for her first single “Stupid Love.” Taking place in the future, factions have dance battles to reign supreme and bring love into the world. There’s no tie into the video for “Stupid Love,” at least that I could tell.

Gaga and Ariana are dancing in the rain and looking iconic with their gangs. Gaga has a knife in her leg for reasons. She also cosplays as Ariana in the end. Spoiler: She nails it. The video is simple and just visually appealing. It works for the video, especially during this time of quarantine. I just wish I understood what is going on.

Verdict

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

While I’m not a massive fan of the song, I cannot deny that Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” is a bop. The lyrics are deep and meaningful with an excellent dance beat that will let you keep on dancing until the world stops ending. I do wish that the beat was bigger for the song as well as the vocals didn’t sound like both singers were holding back. The video is also very well done and is visually stunning. I do recommend checking out the video and the song. It’s worth the listen, especially for your summer playlist.

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11 lyrics that proves Ariana Grande has that BDE

Centuries ago in 2018, our goddess and savior Ariana Grande-Butera invented Big Dick Energy, also know as BDE. BDE isn’t just a mood, it’s a way of life. It is a little-known fact that Ariana Grande has that BDE. She tucks it so she doesn’t offend people. It’s massive. Just ask her BFF Zach Sang. So it’s time that I snatch Buzzfeed’s edges and list the 11 lyrics that prove Ariana has that BDE. Get ready because this list will be having walk “Side to Side” and you will have a baby in you.

A special shout out to Bailey Aleece Miller. She took time out of her schedule of tasting Jelly and being Ariana Grande to help curate this list and come out of retirement. You should follow her on Twitter because it’s a stan’s dream account. But here’s the list:

When that sex is just too good

When you want to break barriers and be a bad bitch

When you want more than just that good D

When you truly don’t give two fucks

When you got that good shit, that made you not quit for hours

When you have a kink, and that kink is bad boys

When your parent’s question your life choices

When you see a hot outfit that makes your ass look good

When your bae is being an ass

When you flaunt what your momma gave you and don’t care

When you see a man you want

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‘7 Rings’ are few of Ariana Grande’s favorite things

Once upon a time there was girl named Ariana Maria Grande-Butera, Miss Butera if you’re nasty. She was a princess in the land of pop. Miss Butera sang and sang and love and love but then her heart kept breaking. She was sad and her loyal subjects send her so much love. Until one morning, Miss Butera woke up, look in the mirror and said: “Yup, I’m that bitch.” It was then when we saw a princess become bad bitch. Then she gave everyone “7 Rings.”

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Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?

“7 Rings” was released on January 18th after weeks of speculation. It’s an R&B pop song that takes part of “My Favorite Things” from the musical “The Sound of Music.” Because of this, I really hope someone makes an Dame Julie Andrews and Ariana Grande duet.

The song is an ear-worm. It will get stuck in your head. The lyrics are very self-aware and iconic lines. It’s pretty much just Miss Butera talking about how she can enjoy the finer things in life because she’s rich. It’s a song that you can listen to that will make you feel like a rich bitch. I listened to the song on my way to work and I just felt like a rich hoe.

The entire song is based on the events that inspired after her public breakout with her ex Pete Davidson. Miss Butera went out a bought all of her friends rings. She happened to buy seven rings. Hence the title of the song being “7 Rings.” Because of this, it’s safe to sat that the common theme of her next album “Thank, u next” is going to be growth and just celebrating friends and yourself.

The video was also released at the same time as the single and it’s just one big party. It’s like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” video met Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” video in the upper east side and had a baby. That baby was the video of “7 Rings.” The video is just Ariana and her friends having fun and celebrating life.

Verdict

“7 Rings” is an excellent song that is iconic enough to take your wig. I do wish it was a little bit longer but at the same time it’s just long enough to where it’s everything. The song hypes up Miss Butera as a pop icon as well as her upcoming album that we are patiently waiting for.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Ariana Grande’s EP ‘Christmas & Chill’ sets new standards for Christmas music

It’s the last Friday before Christmas and we are onto our final Ariana Friday. I know, you are very sad like I am but hey, at least we made it here together. And don’t worry, this one will be shorter than the last two. So bundle up and get ready for as it’s time to review Ariana Grande’s final Christmas EP “Christmas and Chill.” 

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Released back in 2015, “Christmas and Chill is a quick and easy album that you can easily breeze faster than you can breeze through an episode of “Riverdale.” Each song is a little under three minutes long and there are only six songs all today on the album.  It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Ariana is her Christmas form

Now, this isn’t your grandmothers Christmas music. This is pretty much Christmas sex music. It’s not too vulgar but it’s dirty enough to where you get what’s she’s trying to get at. Ariana wants Santa to cuddle with her under the mistletoe after he comes down her chimney.

The EP isn’t bad. In fact, the beats for the sounds are catchy. I highly enjoyed all of the songs on there. They were fresh and original. The biggest flaw of this album is the length of the songs. While they aren’t too short, it was would have been a much better listening experience if they were longer. The album just has you leaving more. It’s like its teasing more but there’s nothing more to tease. It’s like we got a taste of the cherry and we just need to take a bite but there’s nothing to bite.

I also recommend listening to the Japanese bonus track. It’s a remix version of “Into You” that features the late great Mac Miller. It’s rather good. I wish they would have had his rap on the album version. 

“Christmas & Chill” is a great Christmas EP that improves on what was made in “Christmas Kisses.” Each song stands out and is enjoyable to listen to. The downfall of the EP is the fact that all songs on the EP are so short. If they were a little bit longer, it would be mash out of the park. I highly recommend adding it into your Christmas day rotation. It’s worth the listen. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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