Celebrity Culture

What Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Teaches Us About the World

I had Chromatica on replay for a week and these are my takeaways

Ming Qian
6 min readJun 10, 2020

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She belted out the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner, sending chills down the spines of all who listened.

She sang and she grooved to 70s jazz music dressed in a tuxedo and a top hat.

She lept from the top of the stadium and launched into a medley of her greatest hits at the Super Bowl Halftime Show for twelve minutes without co-headliners.

She was the face of One World: Together At Home, the global fundraising event that raised $127 million for the fight against the Coronavirus.

She is none other than Stefani Germanotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga. Gaga’s latest album, Chromatica, has just become Gaga’s sixth studio album to reach the top spot on the charts. I have been listening to Chromatica on repeat since its release on May 29, and I am listening to it as I draft this story. I have also embedded the album here so you can listen to it while reading the rest of this article.

I am the sort of person that listens to the same album continuously for weeks. My friends say it is weird — and at times infuriating — to live with me when the same tracks are on replay at every hour of every day. I find it hard to disagree with them. After all, I did listen to Taylor Swift for a whopping 38,411 minutes in 2019.

Usually, I would play albums on shuffle to mix it up a little. Listening in no particular order also changes the experience for me each time. For Chromatica, I broke away from my habits and I listened to all of the tracks in order. Strange, right? Let me explain why.

Unlike most albums, Chromatica progresses through three acts, with musical interludes and commentaries by Gaga preceding each act. I do not know much about music, but to me, these interludes are works of art with string instruments that transition seamlessly into the…

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Ming Qian

Economics Undergrad @ National University of Singapore | Join my newsletter at mingwrites.substack.com