Rasha Ali, USA TODAY
Published 3:12 p.m. ET May 21, 2020 | Updated 3:13 p.m. ET May 21, 2020
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There’s a lot Lady Gaga wants to convey with her upcoming album “Chromatica,” but perhaps most importantly, she wants to connect with fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During a conversation with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1 Thursday, the “Born This Way” artist spoke about using the album (out May 29) as a means to show how much she loves people and she hopes fans are able to experience that through her music.
“I can’t wait to dance with people to this music, I can’t wait to just go into any space with a whole bunch of people, and blast this as loud as possible to show them how much I love them,” Lady Gaga said. “Until then, I hope that they listen to this record, and go on not only my personal journey with me, and dance through all the pain, but also go through their own journey, and dance through all their pain. And maybe there will be some arc within that sign that aligns us both. And so from afar, how can we connect?”
The 34-year-old initially delayed the release of her album, which was scheduled for an April 10 release, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which she tells Lowe she did because she wanted to focus on helping the world instead of her music.
“When this super virus happened, I did not want to put this album out. I was like, ‘…How can I use my humanity to focus on something that I believe to be infinitely more important than what even I feel that I’ve been through?’ ” she said. “Working with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen was a way for me to talk about kindness, and the things that I believe in, in a very focused way, as opposed to a more abstract way, which for me, is what ‘Chromatica’ is.”
Gaga added that she was mostly thinking about healthcare workers during this time and was worried about their mental health during and after the pandemic.
The “A Star Is Born” actress also touched on her feelings of objectification as a celebrity in the music industry and how she can feel detached from her music.
“I’m always remiss to talk about my personal experience with fame … But the truth is, I think that I was trying to make sense of my humanity within a system that is the music industry, that decidedly is also objectifying,” Gaga said. “That objectification makes me feel like a robot … and once you start to act like that robot, you lose a sense of your humanity. And through writing this album, I would be so sad, and then I would hear myself sound happy in a song, and I’d go, ‘Wait a second, this is completely incongruent, and yet it came from me.’ So how did that just happen?”
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She added that this objectification caused her to start fearing the public, and she wanted to use “Chromatica” as a means to go back to connecting with people.
“I’ve developed a fear of the public, but not a fear of people. I love people. So this album is about, how did I – Get back to people. And how do I connect with people, and go like, ‘Hey, I’m over here, I’m a person, I’m an artist. I’m not a celebrity’? Whatever this thing is, this celebrity thing, I wish to eradicate its existence,” Gaga said.
For Gaga, “Chromatica” is a healing album, where she learned to forgive herself for self-harming and decided to no longer define herself as a “survivor, or a victim of sexual assault.”
“In the middle of the record ‘Fun Tonight,’ which is a song that means a lot to me, and every time I listened to it, I get choked up because I can’t tell you how many nights that people that really love me were trying to get me to smile or laugh or be optimistic, and I just had no ability to be happy,” Gaga said. “It just wasn’t there. But then I write this music and I would listen back and I’d go, ‘Why is that so fun? Why is that so happy?’ “
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