Pop divas Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande get wet and wild in the music video for their collaborative single “Rain on Me.”
The three-minute video, released Friday afternoon, features the dynamic duo surrounded by backup dancers as they frolic — in custom-made bodysuits — on a waterlogged soundstage, both together and apart. It’s the latest single to drop from Gaga’s highly anticipated upcoming “Chromatica” album, which will be released next Friday, May 29.
Variety reported Thursday that Grande, 26, called the music video “so Gaga and so fun” in an Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe that was set to be released later Friday. “I was like, ‘I’ve never dressed like this in my life. I’m just having the best time,’” said Grande, who added that it “feels so fun to be part of something so upbeat and straight pop again.”
She also saluted Gaga, 34, for reclaiming her “BDE, the Big Diva Energy thing” and “healing herself” through her new music and their collaboration.
Gaga, meanwhile, said she encouraged Grande to let loose for the video shoot.
“I remember I said to her, ‘Okay, now everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing. And by the way, while you’re doing that, I’m going to dance in front of you,’” she said. “Because we had this huge big window. I was like, ‘I’m going to dance in front of you.’ And she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. Okay, okay.’ And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that (were) different. And it was the joy of two artists going, ‘I see you.’”
Gaga explained that the song — including the lyrics “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive / Rain on me” — is a metaphor about drinking to “numb” herself, and said she considered sobriety while creating the album.