Lady Gaga Surprise Drops New Single, ‘The Cure,’ with ‘Born This Way’ Producer

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Headlining at Coachella this past weekend, Lady Gaga surprised fans with a surprise new single, “The Cure,” an upbeat, full-on pop production decidedly stepping outside of the Joanne phase.

“The Cure” was co-written by Gaga and Paul Blair, also known as ‘DJ White Shadow,’ who collabed with Mother Monster heavily on her critically-acclaimed album Born This Way. As Gaga gears up for a Joanne world tour, we’re excited and, admittedly, shocked to discover that moving forward with new projects, we can expect to step away from the soft country vibes offered us on LG’s most recent album.

Take a listen here:

Upon first play, we weren’t sure we were sold on the new song, but hearing it again while cruising down the freeway we realized it just might be the anthem we need right now. And Coachella attendees certainly seem to agree:

Love it or hate it, you have to admit you didn’t see “The Cure” coming, and for someone as conspicuous as Gaga, that’s pretty remarkable. Plus, the silky armchair-centric track art is legend.

Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder Duet ‘Happy Birthday’ For Elton John

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Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder united at Elton John’s 70th birthday party to sing Wonder’s 1981 hit “Happy Birthday.” The event raised money for both the Hammer Museum and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Gaga returned to her natural hair color, brunette, in a classic updo for the event, and wore a gorgeous Alberta Ferretti gown. In addition to dueting with Wonder, she found time to sing piano ballads of “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way,” Idolator reports.

Take a look at Gaga and Wonder, as well as some classic Fame Monster piano-ballad Mother Monster, below.

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Lady Gaga to Perform with Metallica at Grammys

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Heavy metal lovers, rejoice: Lady Gaga will perform a duet with Metallica at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The announcement was made via a TV commercial, now uploaded to Twitter by a fan site:

Gaga’s certainly had quite the week, fresh off her electric Super Bowl performance and the announcement of her Joanne World Tour. She’ll be joined onstage by other power-pairings as well: The Weeknd performing with Daft Punk and Alicia Keys alongside country singer Maren Morris. A very pregnant Beyoncé, Adele, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood are all also slated to peroform. And, last but not least, Katy Perry will make her return to music with a new single to follow up 2013’s Prism.

Gaga has a history of loving Metallica – back in her early days, she and her friend Lady Starlight would alight hairspray on fire and perform burlesque shows to the rock band’s classic anthems.

The Grammys air at 8 PM EST on CBS.

Lady Gaga to Give PTSD Interview with Piers Morgan Following Twitter Skepticism

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Piers Morgan recently took to Twitter criticizing Lady Gaga and Madonna’s claims of rape in their past, questioning Madonna’s Billboard Women in Music Speech and Gaga’s interview on Today. Morgan stated that their claims should be taken with a “pinch of PR salt.”

This morning, Mother Monster fired back, defending the fact she has been raped and as a result suffers from Post Tramautic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When Morgan remained skeptical, Gaga agreed to sit down for an interview to discuss the matter:

Below, watch Madonna’s full Billboard speech, in which she explains that she was raped at knifepoint:

Lady Gaga Gave a Heart-Wrenching Performance at the AMAs (Watch)

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Yesterday marked the 2016 American Music Awards, which were filled with several huge pop culture moments, chief among them Lady Gaga’s raw performance of “Million Reasons.” Check out the full performance below:

Another key moment of the night was Selena Gomez’s tearful acceptance speech after receiving the award for Favorite Female Artist, in which she admitted, “I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside.” Gaga responding to Gomez’s speech from the audience with clasped hands.

For a full list of AMA winners visit here.

Lady Gaga Duets With Bon Jovi at Final Clinton Rally

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At Hillary Clinton’s last campaign rally last night, in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lady Gaga gave a rousing speech in support of the Democratic nominee, and was joined by Jon Bon Jovi to sing a duet of “Livin’ On A Prayer.” Don’t worry – she also found time to sing “Come to Mama” off of Joanne, although the audio of the recording is faulty.

“She stands before us today proud, like a lady. She’s ready to be President,” Gaga exclaimed with signature ferocity. “And by the way, I know that it is important for this mention too to be spread – that we do not need to hate his followers. If we are true Americans, then we must go from viewing his followers as our adversaries to viewing them as our allies.”

She continued: “What I see in this remarkable woman is that she is ready to restore peace in this country. America is not America without its people. So I say, Hillary Clinton is the one.”

Then, with an electric growl: “Hillary Clinton is made of steel. Hillary Clinton is unstoppable!”

She concluded: “Vote for the candidate that has the heart. It’s an honor, tonight, for me to say, a 30 year old woman from an Italian American immigrant family, that I’m. With. Her!”

Check out Gaga’s speech below, as well as footage of her dueting with Bon Jovi and singing “Come to Mama” – apologies for the audio quality on the last video.

10 Iconic Musical Moments on ‘SNL,’ in Honor of Gaga

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Lady Gaga absolutely killed it on this past weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live – so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to include it as the first of our Ten Iconic Musical Moments over the show’s 4 decade plus history. Feast your ears below:

Gaga’s epic return to music.

After a five-year span without releasing a solo album, Gaga has made her return to chart-topping with the sensational album that is Joanne.

Frank Ocean Singing “Pyramids”

Fresh off his major splash into mainstream music with Channel Orange, Ocean’s vocals and beautiful arcadia-themed set wowed the audience at 30 Rock and further cemented the singer as a legend.

Prince Performing 4 Songs In a Rule-Defying Jam Out

Here’s the format for musicians on SNL: come out twice, perform two songs, smile, wave, go home. Not for Prince – the sadly deceased musician came out and did 4 back-to-back songs in a show-stopping medley the likes of which have not been seen before or since on NBC’s program.

Miley Cyrus Covering Paul Simon

For the show’s 40th Anniversary Extravaganza, Miley Cyrus crooned the star-studded crowd with a smoky, boozy rendition of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

Sia Singing “Elastic Heart,” Accompanied by Her Dancers

Screeching out her wailing, synthed-over ballad, “Elastic Heart,” Sia froze Rockefeller Center, all while in the company of her signature leotard-ed dancers writhing and twitching about her.

Nirvana Grunging Up “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Nirvana proved they weren’t the type to censor themselves for the sake of commercial appeal with their grungy, punked-out performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in 1992.

Elvis Costello’s Controversial “Radio, Radio”

Elvis Costello’s history with SNL has made him one of the most fascinating acts to ever come on the show. After being banned from singing “Radio, Radio,” a song which attacks the commercialization of music via television and radio, Costello began to sing another of his songs, but stopped after a few bars and sang “Radio, Radio” anyway, earning him a ten-year ban from the SNL stage.

The Blues Brothers Singing “Soul Man”

SNL originals John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s jokey band-turned-movie-turned-legitimate Blues group rocked the house at 30 Rock when they opened Season 4 with their rendition of “Soul Man.”

Sinead O’Connor Ripping the Pope in Half

No list of iconic SNL performances is complete without including Sinead O’Connor’s scandalous rendition of “War,” at the end of which she held up a picture of the Pope and ripped it in half. The room went deathly silent.

Lady Gaga Singing “Paparazzi”

Seeing Gaga sing at the beginning of her meteoric rise to fame is a very different thing from seeing her now, though both have some things in common: her never-faltering command of the stage and commitment to the music. “Paparazzi” demonstrates the best of her costumed theatricality and raw vocals.

Lady Gaga’s Glorious ‘Joanne’: Our Favorite Tracks

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Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, Joanne, is finally available to listen to in its entirety on Spotify:

While the album has been receiving mixed reviews from critics ahead of its release – as wide and varied as “slightly frustrating” (Vulture and “the most sonically varied, emotionally honest album of her career” (USA Today). Whatever reviews you’ve read, it’s time to decide for yourself what you think of Gaga’s most stripped down, country-twang record yet. Personally, we’re in love with the album – it’s reminiscent of the soundtrack of an old Western movie – with a modern twist, of course. Here’s our favorite tracks:

The Country Anthem: “A-Yo”

She’s already released this one as a single, and for good reason: “A-Yo” is Gaga having fun – just listening to her belt “Mirror on the ceiling” you can picture her hopping and kicking and snarling onstage with her guitar and cowboy hat.

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The Heartbreaking Ballad: “Million Reasons”

“Million Reasons” is perhaps Gaga at her most stripped-down, ever, and at perhaps her most musically gorgeous. While it’s not really something we’d hope to hear at the club, we’ll certainly cry to it in the rain.

The Sunset, Top-Down Getaway Song: “Sinner’s Prayer”

Next time you’ve robbed a casino in Las Vegas at gunpoint with your true love, and your speeding away into the desert sunset in your pale pink convertible, play “Sinner’s Prayer.” It’s moody, sexy, and inevitably makes you want to smoke a cigarette and spit some sunflower seeds.

The Song You Play to Celebrate Your Work Week Ending: “Come to Mama”:

When you’ve finally wrapped an exhausting week, it’s 6 PM on Friday, you’re feeling a little wobbly and exhausted but also ready to party, and you just need to collapse into your mother’s embrace for a second – it’s time to play “Come to Mama.” It’s kind of Beatles-sounding, but, of course, with Gaga’s powerful wailing thrown over jazzy beats.

Your’s and Your Best Friend’s Song: “Hey Girl”

Yes, dreams do come true, and at long last, Lady Gaga and Florence Welch have released their fabulous, uplifting duet. Their voices are meant to be listened to together – just different enough for you to tell them apart, but similarly rock ‘n roll enough to create a gorgeous, streamlined girl power song.

The Song at the Part of That 60s Movie Where Someone Dies: “Angel Down”

One of the best things about this album is it’s tone, reminiscent of moody, soulful country-rock, somewhat evocative of Bob Dylan or John Mellencamp. And that’s never more apparent on “Angel Down,” a slow, sad, twangy, warbling song perfect for listening to on your front porch as the silent tears cascade down your face.

The Anthem to Play in the Credits of Sex and the City 3: “Grigio Girls

Perhaps our favorite song on the album is the ode to sisterhood, femininity, and white wine: “Grigio Girls.” It’s simultaneously joyous and a little sad, tinged with nostalgia – and also very much a celebration of alcohol. If they don’t use this song for either the opening or closing credits of the new Sex and the City movie, they’ll have to make an American Crime Story season about that decision.

The Song That Makes You Feel Like You’re in a Dive Bar: “Just Another Day”

As she introduces the rest of her team, croons and laughs, “Just Another Day” brings us virtually into the sticky floors and smoky air of her Dive Bar Tour, which continues this weekend in New York City.

Lady Gaga Goes Full-Rodeo in New Single ‘A-Yo’

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Lady Gaga continues to dazzle middle America with her Bud Light Dive Bar Tour, which yielded another song off of Joanne today: the cheeky, country-pop single “A-Yo.”

The song comes equipped with the bluesiest, most cowboy-ish lyrics Gaga’s ever written: She opens with “I can’t wait to smoke them all/Whole pack like Marlboro” and goes on to use car references like, “I can’t wait to rev you up/Faster than you can say ‘Ferrari.'” Quite the departure from the “I wanna take a ride on your disco stick” of Gaga’s past.

Mother Monster co-wrote the song with Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and “Girl Crush” scribe Hillary Lindsey.

Take a listen below (you may want to find a cowboy hat and a mug of beer first):