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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande Reset 2020 With the Cathartic “Rain On Me”

2020 has been one of the most taxing years in recent history, but a little music can certainly go a long way during trying times. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are no strangers to feel-good tracks, consistently providing catchy tunes and noteworthy music videos for the masses, yet no one could’ve predicted the pop perfection that would be unleashed just in time for Memorial Day weekend in the form of their single, “Rain On Me.”

A song about enduring difficult situations couldn’t have possibly arrived at a better time, and “Rain On Me” serves as an excellent perseverance anthem. It’s a cathartic release courtesy of two of the greatest pop stars of our generation — a collaboration that wouldn’t have occurred had Grande not chipped away at Gaga’s walls. The “Bad Romance” singer revealed to Zane Lowe of Apple’s 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.”

As if an uplifting song wasn’t enough, the pair also filmed a pre-COVID-19 music video with famed director Robert Rodriguez. Having helmed the camera for movies like Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel, the Texas-born filmmaker brought his unique sci-fi-inspired vision to the project. With the aid of stunning cinematography, Ariana and Gaga delivered a futuristic dance party unlike any other.

Amid the visual metaphors of endurance sprinkled throughout, the musicians hold hands, swap hairstyles and linger on one of the most heartwarming hugs we’ve ever seen in a music video. It’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of a strenuous year — a pop song that simply exists to spread happiness and remind us that we’ll make it through the rain.

Featured Image: Interscope Records

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