Chromatica by Gabrielle Guz August 10, 2020
Little monsters, which is the way that Lady Gaga addresses her legions of fans, are in for a treat they didn’t know they needed:
Mother Monster is becoming a talk show host on her very own “Gaga Radio” for Apple Music.
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Introducing #GAGARADIO on @applemusic, every Friday this month ⚔️💓 Tune in at 11am PT and listen to me and my #Chromatica collaborators talk about the inspirations, making the record & more! The shows are set to exclusive DJ mixes from @BloodPop, @burnsmusic, @Vitaclub, and @Tchami!
At this point, is there really anything she can’t do?
Her innate, long-proven versatility in music — pop, disco, jazz, rock, electronica — is only more impressive when one considers her acting in AHS and A Star Is Born.
Not to mention her directing (of Marry the Night, for instance), co-founding a mental health foundation, Born This Way, and launching her make-up line, Hauslabs.
The multifaceted brilliance is almost too much to fathom. She can morph into anything she envisions and take on any role.
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The announcement of the partnership with Apple came on Wednesday and the premise of the endeavor doesn’t seem to be strictly a promotion for her new, sixteen-track, return-to-dance-pop, chart-smashing album, Chromatica, released on May 29.
Rather, its purpose is to delve into the creative process and the origins behind the work. For that, she will have guests of the likes of BURNS, Vitaclub, and Tchami, all of whom helped with production; they, at their turn on her show, will also present their own DJ mixes.
I’m still glowing from all of the love for “Rain On Me” from the #VMAs! 🥰 So @arianagrande and I wanted to share some of the fun we had making the video 👯♀️⛈ Here’s #GagaVision Episode 48! https://t.co/MhVzRqDiki pic.twitter.com/4bzPKIhwSy
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 6, 2020
BloodPop, who has been one of her longtime producers dating to the Joanne-era, was on Friday’s debut episode. In an excerpt of it, he touched on the topic of what kickstarted the album (which to EW magazine, he revealed to be “Enigma”).
And his favorite moment of making it, when Gaga tried the baseline for “Rain On Me,” because it was then that, he said, she was “fully geared up, ready to go to Chromatica.”
From thereon, the show will continue weekly at 11 a.m PT/ 2 p.m. ET.
Episode 1 of #GAGARADIO with @bloodpop is live in 30 min! Tune in at 11am PT on @applemusic 🔊🔊 https://t.co/TyoR7EFGZb https://t.co/pOJfABakgu
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 7, 2020
“The last few weeks I’ve been figuring out different ways at home that I can be of service to what I would call the singular global community, one that I believe to be kind in nature, one that I believe to be very special to my heart and I believe to the hearts of many,” Gaga. expressed in a press statement.
“And so I’ve been thinking of all the ways that I can be someone that contributes to the society and the world. I’m super-thrilled and excited to have this opportunity to play an incredible mix of music every week.”
The album has been, for Gaga, a therapeutic venture, according to her at length interview with Zane Lowe in May.
In it, Gaga described her creative journey as dancing through her pain, as she has also been open about her PTSD and fibromyalgia diagnosis and her longing to finally ground herself in a reliable, fulfilling relationship.
However, Chromatica, she has said, and wholly expressed in her lead single, “Stupid Love,” is also about metaphorical colors — inclusivity, identity-building, kindness, acceptance, and belonging.
“Gaga Radio” promises to be just that, too. Conversational, deep, and as she has always been with her fans, vulnerable.