It’s going to take more than Lady Gaga splayed out on the side of an airplane wearing dog tags getting her coochie rumbled by G-force to convince me that Top Gun: Maverick is ever going to actually come out. But it’s a start. Variety reports that Gaga is trying to give Berlin a run for their residuals with a “soaring rock tune with violins and guitar licks that harken back to the power ballads of the ’80s” called Hold My Hand. The single is out today, and Top Gun 2: Cockpit Cockfight is scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 27, but it was originally slated to open in July 2019, the same year Gaga won her Oscar for Shallow from A Star is Born. That means, even if Gaga doesn’t get any plumb dramatic roles this year, she’s going to be campaigning HARD. I fully expect Hold My Hand to be playing at every Krogers, Lucky’s, fireworks show, and Dental office in the country for the entirety of the summer.
Here’s the song as well as Gaga serving Kelly McGillis, wind tunnel, airport hangar, military propaganda realness.
Variety reports that there’s already Oscar buzz surrounding the song, perhaps due to the fact that Gaga’s already taken flight with the same over-the-top effusiveness she’s used in previous Oscar campaigns.
Leading up to the release, Gaga teased lyrics, “Hold my hand everything will be ok, I heard from the heavens that clouds have been grey.” She called the song a “love letter to the world.” In a longer Instagram post, Gaga shared, “I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in. I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours. I wanted to make music into a song where we share our deep need to both be understood and try to understand each other—a longing to be close when we feel so far away and an ability to celebrate life’s heroes.”
Personally, I don’t get it. If she’s really been working on it for years, where is her Italian accent? That must have been a confusing time for her. Maybe the flies she saw while portraying Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci weren’t really from her. Shelly Miscavige probably sent those to her as a warning!
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