Pop icon, actress, philanthropist and now radio host, Lady Gaga talks about collaborating with Sir Elton John and K-pop sensations BLACKPINK in the latest episode of GAGA radio on Apple Music.
Previous episodes included special guests, Chromatica producer Burns and frequent collaborator Bloodpop.
In between interview segments, Gaga also shared an eclectic set of music, from Basement Jaxx and Plastic Avengers to Chemical Brothers and Denis Sulta, that suit the house music-inspired sound of Chromatica.
Calling in from his home in UK, Sir Elton or “Daddy E” as Gaga calls him, talked about collaborating with Gaga remotely and their longtime admiration for each other.
After Gaga joked that they were psychically linked and mentioned how Elton would always know to call her when she was at a low point,” Elton responded.
“I know you back to front, we’re pretty intuitive about each other,” Elton said.
“Making ‘Sine From Above,’ was a very special record,” explained Gaga. “I don’t like to make songs over the internet, which means ‘Sine From Above’ and ‘Sour Candy’ were a bit different for me. I like to make music together. But he [Elton] was in Australia when we made this song together, and it’s become a fan favorite and certainly one of mine.”
Bloodpop first played the song for Gaga, and she found out that Elton had worked on it previously, as the singer explained.
“I worked on it years ago at a Swedish House Mafia session in LA, did the first bit, then Ryan Tedder wrote some lyrics and then I sort of gave up on it,” shared Elton. “And then miraculously, you got your wonderful hands on it and it developed into the song it’s become.”
“I finally got my Bernie on with you man!” Gaga joked, referring to Elton’s longtime creative partner Bernie Taupin.
From then on it was a lovefest, as the two artists talked about how they inspired one another.
“You’re carrying on the Elton tradition in the Gaga way,” Elton remarked.
“I’m not quite there yet,” Gaga said. “There’s no one that plays like you, I feel that you’ve revolutionized music. Elton plays piano as if he’s all the instruments, but then he has this amazing band, so he’s like a supergroup on stage!”
Following her interview with the Rocketman, the pop singer also shared a voice note from all the members of the K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, who collaborated with Gaga on the Chromatica single, “Sour Candy.”
“Hey, Gaga this is BLACKPINK, sending love from Korea and congratulations on Chromatica. We’ve all been listening to your album non-stop. We’ve been big fans of Gaga for a long time, so it was a huge honor to work with her.”
Gaga, in turn, enthused about working with the group.
“It was so fun getting to know the girls. I got to know them over the phone (which I know is not the same as meeting in person) but I remember what it was like being a young person in the music industry. Just being able to connect with them and speak with them one on one, as opposed to going through managers, it’s what made this record happen.
I’m super grateful to them, they’re super talented and they’re so sweet. I really empowered the girls to bring their own creativity to the record. Shoutout to all of BLACKPINK’s fans, I love you guys. I can’t wait to hug you in person,” Gaga said.
Chromatica can be bought here.