Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande Are Grooving on Chromatica

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Not long after Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga’s collaborative track ‘Rain on Me’ dropped, it’s music video arrived. And boy, did it arrive with a bang.

Under stormy purpling skies, the pair find their footing on this odd new planet: Chromatica. Gaga dons a neon pink bodysuit, that looks as though it’s melting in the rain, while Grande shows off a black metallic miniskirt with butterfly wings. Yep, it’s all sorts of bizarre. The pair take the stage in a stadium reminiscent of something out of Blade Runner 2049. To be honest, from the vastness, to the oddly colored skies – the entire music video looks like a scene out of Blade Runner. Oh and did we mention that it rains daggers on Chromatica? But for these freaky, fearless ladies, it’s a walk in the park. After all, it is Gaga’s planet. 

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It’s also worth mentioning that the choreography is absolutely stunning. It’s energetic and wild, similar to what we witnessed in Gaga’s previous single, ‘Stupid Love’. Now, this tune’s going to feature on her upcoming album, ‘Chromatica’ and might we also remind you that she still has two other collabs left to unveil: Elton John and BLACKPINK.

Over the course of creating this track, it looks like Ariana and Gaga have developed a close bond, which is lovely to see. In fact, the pair have been quite active on social media, gushing about each other in lieu of this comeback. 

Lady Gaga tweeted about her difficulties and how Ariana’s always been there to remind her that she’s not alone. “One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got.

If we’re gonna cry we’re gonna cry together, but we’re gonna dance while we do it.” BOOM. Mic drop. 

These past few weeks have seen some very powerful women dominating the charts, from Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat to Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion, this kingdom is theirs now. And it won’t be long before our ‘Rain on Me’ stars join them. So, here’s to more powerful collabs with some of the strongest women in the industry!

By: Nina Karun

‘Agust D’ (SUGA) Stars in New Music Video: Watch Now

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After teasing fans over the new release of his upcoming mixtape, SUGA of BTS donns his ‘Agust D’ persona and gets straight to work. The mixtape, titled ‘D-2’ is officially out now, on all platforms. Featuring bandmate RM, American singer-songwriter MAX and Korean star Kim Jong Wan, the mixtape contains 10 songs. 

The release is accompanied by a music video for the high-energy track ‘Daechwita‘. Daechwita is a genre of Korean music that is traditionally used for military processions. Agust D uses traditional Korean percussion and folk instruments for production elements throughout the track. For fans familiar with his solo music, the use of these elements come with an air of familiarity, reminiscent of his work in tracks like ‘Ddaeng’ and ‘UGH’. 

Going hand in hand with the song, the music video featuring Agust D is set in a traditional Korean ceremony, with SUGA announcing the arrival of a new king. Agust D always presents himself with an air of confidence and this project is self-assuredness and belief personified. Backed by a high-energy trap beat, he raps: “Born a slave, but now a king/ Born in a ditch, but rise up a dragon// That’s the way I live.” The pre-chorus, emphasising SUGA’s place in the industry and rap game, blares loud, resonating with the lines: “Pathetic f*cks putting on a talent show/ not gonna lie, what a shit show// I got no pretensions, just kill em’ all//”. 

ARMY is freaking out, and there are no surprises there. With ‘D-2′, Min Yoongi explores all the musicality that may often take a backseat on BTS’ joint records. With production, song-writing and delivery unique to him, Agust D is back, and stronger than ever. 

‘D-2’ by Agust D is available on all streaming platforms now. 

By: Ahalya Narayanan

Lana Del Rey Responds to Criticism Amid Drama 

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Lana Del Rey has spoken, and unfortunately, the situation has only worsened. 

The American singer-songwriter has found herself in boiling hot water after her explosive statements about hypocrisy in the pop music industry, taking the names of her peers – Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and more, to prove her point. 

Naturally, fans of the mega stars were not happy with the tone and delivery of her message, touting it as privileged and anti-women. And while Twittersphere has been abuzz with dialogue over the post. Lana Del Rey seems to have gotten lost in the clumsy execution of her message which was basically a plea for expression. She pointed out how “pathetic” it is that she is criticised for “glamourising abuse” in her music. 

Well, after all the backlash that stemmed from her name-dropping female artists (predominantly women of colour), Lana has hands to throw and words to say. Lana Del Rey took to her Instagram stories to respond to the backlash, saying: “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favourite singers. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be.”

From all the reactions that have come in following the statement, Lana Del Rey seems to be falling further into a problematic trap. She seems to be doing fine, though, posting a video of herself dancing with the caption simply saying “#fuckoff”. 

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By: Ahalya Narayanan