The wait is finally over. Lady Gaga‘s sixth studio album and her first in nearly four years, Chromatica, is here as of midnight on May 29. It was originally supposed to be released on April 10, but Gaga chose to push the date back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans had already gotten a taste of what kind of record Chromatica was shaping up to be with singles like “Stupid Love,” “Rain On Me” with Ariana Grande, and “Sour Candy” with BlackPink—and that taste was all about dancing it out with pop songs that just make you wish you could be at a club with all your friends.
The rest of the album did not disappoint. USA Today wrote in their review, “Gaga delivers an album’s worth of four-to-the-floor anthems that are begging to be played at festivals and gay clubs whenever it is safe again to do so” and we truly can’t disagree.
Lady Gaga fans, a.k.a. the Little Monsters, are rightfully freaking out about Chromatica all over social media. “Just finished my first listen of #Chromatica and I’m truly blown away. This is @ladygaga’s most cohesive body of work yet,” one fan tweeted. “Every song tells a story and the flow is simply incredible. The album pulls you right in and makes you want to forget everything and dance all night long.”
“Chromatica is a very strong album with a lot of club bangers. There’s not a single bad song on it, not one, every song is solid and has it’s own thing. If you want to have a party then this is the perfect album for you,” another wrote.
And, of course, there are memes and reaction GIFs galore.
The transition from the song “Chromatica II” into “911” is also creating a lot of Twitter buzz. Note: It is pretty freaking fantastic when that beat drops in.
May your virtual dance parties be filled with many Chromatica tunes this weekend.
Lady Gaga’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica, dropped on May 29, and it’s everything fans hoped for and more. The record is a dance music odyssey: There isn’t a single ballad, yet these are some of Gaga’s most personal lyrics to date. She covers a variety of topics, from mental health (“911”) to feminism (“Free Woman”), to overcoming trauma (“Rain on Me”) and tabloids (“Babylon”). It’s crying in the club music to a tee.
The lyrics on a few songs are sure to get fans talking. On “Fun Tonight,” for example, Gaga muses about what went wrong in a past relationship. “Yeah, I can see it in your face. You don’t think I’ve pulled my weight. Maybe it’s time for us to say goodbye ’cause I’m feelin’ the way that I’m feelin’ with you. I’m not havin’ fun tonight,” she sings.
It’s unclear who Gaga is speaking about, though signs point to an ex of hers who wasn’t a celebrity before they dated. “You love the paparazzi, love the fame—even though you know it causes me pain,” she sings. “I feel like I’m in a prison hell—stick my hands through the steels bars and yell, ‘What happens now?’ I’m not okay.”
Based on this, it seems unlikely Taylor Kinney, whom she dated from 2011 to 2016, is the subject, since he himself is a well-known actor. Gaga reportedly had a brief fling with audio engineer Dan Horton in mid-2019, so it could be about him. Or maybe it centers on Christian Carino, her ex-fiancé whom she dated for two years and broke things off with in early 2019.
Another song on the album, “Replay,” covers similar themes. Gaga addresses a less-than-perfect past relationship but doesn’t offer a ton of specifics. It’s unclear if this is the same relationship discussed in “Fun Tonight.” “Who was it that pulled the trigger: Was it you or I?” she sings. “I’m completely numb. Why you acting dumb? I won’t blame myself ’cause we both know you were the one.” On the chorus she wails, “I don’t know what to do; you don’t know what to say. The scars on my mind are on replay.” And later on in the song she says, “You’re the worst thing and best thing that’s happened to me” and, “Your monsters torture me.” Whoever this is about, it’s clear they left a serious imprint on Gaga.
There isn’t anything on these tracks that directly mentions any particular relationship. But if you take all the love songs on Chromatica, they tell a story. Gaga starts at a low place on tunes like “Fun Tonight,” “Replay,” and “Plastic Doll.” (“Don’t play with me. It just hurts me,” she sings on “PD.”) But on “Free Woman” and “Enigma,” she’s moved past that hurt and rejoices in her single life. “I’m still something if I don’t got a man,” she sings. “I’m a free woman!” On “Enigma,” she’s laments, “We could be lovers, even just tonight. We could be anything you want. We could be jokers, brought to the daylight. We could break all of our stigma. I’ll be your enigma.”
“Sour Candy” shows Gaga breaking down her walls. “I’m hard on the outside, but if you give me time then I could make time for your love,” she sings. And by “Stupid Love,” she’s a full-blown romantic again. “You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for! Gotta quit this cryin’! Nobody’s gonna heal me if I don’t open the door. Kinda hard to believe, gotta have faith in me,” she sings. Later, she croons, “Could this love protect me from the pain? I would battle for you, even if we break in two.” Gaga is currently in a relationship with Michael Polanksy, CEO of the Parker Group. Maybe this relationship served as a healing vehicle for her? Who knows!
Regardless, the theme of mending a broken heart is certainly strong on Chromatica—and it poignantly comes to a crescendo on “Sine From Above,” her duet with Elton John. “I lost my love and no one cared” she reveals before declaring, “I heard one sine from above. Then, the signal split in two. The sound created stars like me and you. Before there was love, there was silence. I heard one sine. And it healed my heart.” “Sine From Above” is really open to interpretation, though. There’s certainly an argument that the song tackles romantic love, but the lyrics could also be about overcoming another loss, like death.
It’s interesting that the lyrics on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica are both vague and specific, universal and singular. That’s what makes a great pop song, right? These songs can be exactly what you need them to be. For me, I hear a clear through-line of overcoming heartbreak—but how about you? Find out by listening to Chromaticawherever you stream music right now.
Prince William has been famous quite literally since he was born. That comes with the territory when you’re the future King of England and your parents are Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
But just because he was born into a world of wealth and privilege doesn’t mean William doesn’t have human emotions and anxieties just like the rest of us. And it turns out he’s got a handy trick for dealing with the nerves that come with all those public speeches he has to give, which he revealed during a new BBC documentary called Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health that confronts the stigma surrounding the issue for men.
“My eyesight started to tail off a little bit as I got older, and I didn’t use to wear contacts when I was working, so actually when I gave speeches I couldn’t see anyone’s face,” he says in the doc, per People. “And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces and because you can’t see anyone looking at you—I can see enough to read the paper and stuff like that—but I couldn’t actually see the whole room. And actually that really helps with my anxiety.”
Who among us cannot relate? Giving speeches or work presentations can be so stress-inducing whether it’s going to be broadcast around the world or not. Plus, we always love to see William opening up about mental health, a cause dear to his and wife Kate Middleton‘s hearts.
“Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is,” he said. “I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is like you say, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds.”
But he also says he has the support of a great partner. “Me and Catherine, particularly, we support each other and we go through those moments together and we kind of evolve and learn together,” William said. “I can completely relate to what you’re saying about children coming along—it’s one of the most amazing moments of life, but it’s also one of the scariest.”
Hopefully, they all give him great notes on his speeches, too.
Khloé Kardashian is certainly no stranger to internet criticism about her looks. Sadly, there’s not a famous woman on the planet who can’t relate—and honestly, even if you’re not a celebrity, you probably get it too.
As with all things Kardashian, any commentary or perceived “controversy” online can become heated and elevated very quickly. In case you missed it, the latest discussion popped up after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram that showed off a new, darker hair color. “Location: under bitches skiiiinnnnn 💋,” she wrote in the caption. But many people focused on how they thought her face looked, in their words, “different.”
Here’s the photo in question:
The post received many positive comments from friends, family, and fans. “My GORGEOUS Girl!!!!!! WOW !!!😍😍😍,” Kris Jenner wrote. “🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” colorist Tracey Cunningham added. And her daughter True’s dad, Tristan Thompson, commented, “Baddie❤️ P.S I’m all for the caption 💥 🔥💪🏾😤.” But the negative commentary was present as well. “How can you buy another face during lockdown??” one commenter said. “Blue check marks commenting on her hair while us normies be commenting how different she looks. 😂😂 wish I had money to completely change my face,” another wrote.
The conversation around whether or not Kardashian had undergone plastic surgery or overused Photoshop raged on on Twitter as well.
The reality star finally spoke out about it this week in response to a commenter on another post who asked, “Why do you look so different in all your photos?” Kardashian, in true Koko form, simply wrote, “From my weekly face transplant clearly.”
So there you go. Perhaps at some point we’ll hear more about Kardashian’s reaction to the conversation on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but we wouldn’t be surprised if she just left it at that. Rumors about her facial procedures aren’t the only ones she’s had to shoot down lately. Kardashian also confronted chatter she was expecting another baby with Thompson.
“I don’t go on social platforms much these days AND this is one of the main reasons as to why I stay away. The sick and hurtful things people say. I am disgusted by so many things I am seeing. SMH people swear they know everything about me. Including my uterus. Sick,” she wrote on Twitter. “The nasty things you’re saying about me over A RUMOR! I have seen so many hurtful/despicable stories and tweets about me over a false story. And if it were true…. it’s MY LIFE, NOT YOURS.”
Some people baked bread, some tie-dyed, and others got really, really into storage and organization essentials for their home. Though many parts of the country are returning to pre-quarantine life, the desire to have a home curated just so, isn’t exactly going anywhere.
We dove into the oddly satisfying world of professional organizing to find products that’ll inspire your next project. Spearheaded by “organization influencers” like Horderly, The Neat Method, and The Home Sort, the community of professional organizers and the people who love watching them organize have found a natural home on Instagram, where you can find a seemingly endless stream of immaculate closets, kitchen cupboards, and dresser drawers.
In an attempt to introduce even a fraction of this structure into our own homes, we tapped the pros for their favorite storage and organization essentials. Not only do they routinely use these products in clients’ homes, but they’re all $28 or less. Who knows, maybe you’ll emerge from quarantine as the next Marie Kondo.
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Thanks to the silky-smooth matte bottle and the apéritif’s faint golden hue, creating my concoction felt more mindful than the standard glunk, glunk, glunk of rosé at the end of a workday (Rosé lovers, don’t worry—they’re rolling out Rose Rosé made with fresh petals from their rose bushes this summer). The delicate blend of chardonnay grapes with hints of botanicals like elderflower and hibiscus made for a stunning adventure of the senses, inspiring me to savor every last drop with intention. I found it less syrupy and sweet than traditional apéritifs like vermouth or pastis—and despite the low-ABV (15%-20% depending on the flavor), the beverage tastes just as good on the rocks with a fresh squeeze of citrus or shaken up in a fancy cocktail. It’s nice to know I can still channel my Ina Garten (minus the copious amounts of vodka) by adding a splash of fruit juice, club soda, and a pretty garnish—without my body hating me in the morning.
Beyond the unmatched flavor and attention to detail, Haus has a charming backstory a Pisces like me was obviously bound to eat up. “My grandparents bought this land over 40 years ago, and I’ve been farming the land Helena and I now live on for a decade,” explains Woody. “The first batch of Haus was made on our porch with our grapes, Meyer lemons from our trees, and elderflower blossoms from the bushes near the pond.” While staying close to their roots in terms of production, the duo thinks big, having just launched The Restaurant Project, a charitable initiative to help restaurants hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. “When COVID hit, we were one of the few companies fortunate enough to be growing. At the same time, we were losing sleep over the impact the pandemic was having on our friends in the restaurant industry. We realized that we could temporarily shift our focus to co-creating products with some of America’s favorite restaurants, sell the products online, and give the restaurants 100% of the profits. We’ve launched 13 restaurant collaborations all while running our core business, and to date, we’ve sent six figures in profits to our partners.”
I just turned 27. I have little-to-no interest in many of the things that took up my time when I was 21 (read: stilettos, tequila shots, and chasing after the wrong boys). My running routine is back in action, I have seven house plants, and I’m finally chipping away at my credit card debt. (Alexa, play Grown Woman by Beyoncé). As I update my bar cart accordingly, Haus fits neatly within a vision of my life through a long-term lens and helps me embody the Parisian I swear I am on the inside. For me, New York drinking culture lost its luster a while ago, and the health and productivity issues associated with too much alcohol and not enough shut-eye are not lost on me. In my eyes, Haus is a stylish tincture to cut the edge, a special treat to enjoy with friends, and yes, a small flex for an Instagram Story (sue me).
Will you ever catch me on a Friday night at one of New York’s buzzy, experimental booze-free bars? Probably not. But I’m now more likely to be at home listening to good records with great people, cradling this lovely newfound beverage than throwing back sub-par vodka sodas at the local dive. And until we can all be together again, I’ll be busy staring at the brand’s dreamy collage of rooftop hangs, shared bowls of cherries, and brighter days.
These days, a simple movie night can turn into an overwhelming existential crisis. Do you finally get around to watching that new critically acclaimed series everyone’s been talking about? Or turn on a beloved favorite for the hundredth time? With so many streaming services and on-demand options available, something meant to be fun has become just another stressor in our lives.
But an unlikely hero has emerged to help: Dakota Johnson.
The actor says she, too, was tired of “content overload.” So she and Ro Donnelly, her co-founder in the production company TeaTime Pictures, started creating easily digestible top ten lists on Instagram of all the things they’re connecting with at the moment. “With the pandemic and having everyone at home, we launched the lists sooner than expected so that we could help people decide what to watch easier,” Johnson says. “That’s the goal of it: to make choosing content a little bit more easy.”
Considering Johnson is so adept at recommending what to watch, I hit her up for our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves to ask what queue-worthy content she suggests. She also shared what she’s been reading and buying lately, as well as some behind-the-scenes tidbits about her new movie The High Note, available on demand May 29, in which she plays a personal assistant to a famous singer (the brilliant Tracee Ellis Ross). Johnson and Ross have an easy chemistry that’ll pair so well with a glass of wine and your comfiest blanket. See? I told you Dakota Johnson was great at picking your next movie night. See more of her selects, below.
The best thing about her character in The High Note
Her ambition and drive seem a little bit other worldly. I identify with the drive to keep going, no matter how many times you’re told, “No.”
The beauty swap that’s changed her skin
I just recently switched everything over to being completely clean and non-toxic and organic, and it’s actually been really amazing for my skin. I did not think that would happen, but it’s pretty wonderful.
The movie you should check out
There’s a new Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly that I love so much. I think it’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen.
How she self-cares lately
I’ve been finding that the sunshine makes everything a lot easier. And on the days when it’s been shitty outside, I feel light-years more depressed. Oh my god, [I love] sweatpants, although, I haven’t really been getting dressed. I just have not. The only thing I put on is, if I’m honest, a bikini every morning and that’s it.
I like making a roast, like roast veggies and chicken or grilled salmon…stuff like that. I actually have a cookie recipe that’s really amazing. They’ve gotten really popular in our house, and they’re very healthy. They’re made with oats, no sugar, and almond flour.
The music Dakota plays to get into character
I was listening to a lot of Aretha Franklin when we were filming The High Note, but I’m always listening to music when I’m working.
The TV series she’s loving right now
Normal People is brilliant. The Great, I also love. But if you haven’t seen My Brilliant Friend on HBO, the second season is completely mind-blowing. It’s beautiful.
The perfect feel-good music
I’m constantly listening to music, but there’s this whole new Perfume Genius album that is really amazing. I probably wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite song. The whole thing is great.
Her favorite workout right now
I have been walking a lot, and I have also been doing hot yoga. I turn the heat up really high in the garage and do hot yoga.
Sephora’s Beauty Insider program has always made shopping in the store feel a little bit more rewarding. Sure, I just spent $50 on less than an ounce of foundation, but I also got a free sample size of designer lipstick with my VIB points, so who’s the real winner here? (The answer is still Sephora. I give them too much of my money.)
To earn rewards—including free samples, birthday gifts, makeup courses, and more—shoppers can join the program for free. Depending on how much you spend in-store per year, you’ll either be a regular old Insider, a VIB ($350/year), or a Rogue ($1000/year) member. As you rake in points by buying stuff, the more valuable the free goodies you can take home. For Rogue members (and occasionally VIBs) that could mean free, full-sized products and early access to the biggest sales of the year before anyone else gets a chance to shop. According to a new statement from Sephora, those perks are about to get even better.
As of May 29, Sephora is updating its famous loyalty program, so here’s some of the updates about where your membership stands:
Points now equal cash. At checkout, all members can use their points to get money off on their purchase. 500 points will get you $10 off in store and online.
Free shipping for all…kind of. Rogue members have always had free standard shipping with all purchases, but now VIB members will earn the perk on all purchases of $35 or more. Standard Insiders must make at least a $50 purchase for free shipping.
Your birthday can get you hair and body products now. All members can choose from new product categories, including products from brands like Briogeo, MILK Makeup, and Sol De Janeiro (crossing my fingers for some Brazilian Bum Bum Cream).
That’s not all. Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, Beauty Insider members will be able to exchange their points for experiences like a one-on-one meet-up with a brand founder, a facial from a skin care expert, or a chance to see how their favorite product is made (it’s still TBD on which brands or products that includes, though).
Sephora is also planning on giving back to the community by allowing customers to redeem points for charitable causes. “Launching in June, clients can now use their points to make a difference,” the statement reads. “Sephora’s Charity Rewards make it easier to support organizations that provide critical aid in our communities.” Basically, by redeeming your points for Charity Rewards, Sephora will match the value of those points to benefit a featured charity each month through the Tides Foundation. Sephora will start with the National Black Justice Coalition in June, before rotating to Project Glimmer in July.
In conclusion, Sephora’s perks just got a whole lot perkier.
Want some suggestions of how to put those points to good use? Shop our current faves below:
Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album, Chromatica, officially comes out Friday, May 29, and she’s pulling out all the stops to get fans hyped. First, she dropped her collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me,” which is slated to top all the charts this week. Now, she’s giving us “Sour Candy,” her new song with the K-Pop band BLACKPINK. And, ladies, it’s a smash.
The song is pure dance floor paradise, containing elements of deep 90s house and a chorus that sticks like, well, sour candy. BLACKPINK mans the first verse while Gaga kicks in later with some sultry spoken-word vocals: “I might be messed up. But I know what’s up. You want a real taste. At least I’m not a fake,” she says.
Take a listen for yourself, below:
Fans, naturally, are freaking over the song. Check out some reactions, below:
Fans also are comparing the song to Katy Perry’s 2017 hit “Swish Swish,” but not in a shady way. It turns out both songs sample “What They Say” by Maya Jane Coles, according to the pop music Twitter account PopCrave.
Chromatica is shaping up to be quite the album cycle for Lady Gaga. At publish time, “Rain on Me” and “Sour Candy” occupied the top two spots on the iTunes chart. “How can I take something that’s extremely painful for me and find the one piece of it that’s universally human and help somebody else? And then see what it sounds like,” Gaga said of the album in an Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe.
Gaga still has one more collaboration on Chromatica: “Sine From Above” with Elton John. The two musicians are close friends, having performed together for the first time at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Gaga is also the godmother to John’s children with David Furnish.
If you listen to anyone talk about what to eat during quarantine, it should obviously be cook, talk show host, mogul, and EVOO term-coiner Rachael Ray. Considered the guru of quickie cooking—30-minute meals is one of her signatures—Ray’s approach is user-friendly, not too fussy, and her dishes are always abundantly satisfying.
Even as one of the world’s most visible culinary personalities, Ray admits she’s shifted the way she thinks about cooking and mealtimes while isolating in her upstate New York home with her husband (don’t sleep on their food-and-cocktail Instagram tutorials!) and has basically started a to-go meal service for friends and family in close proximity.
“We’re cooking so much for Instagram Live, my daytime show, and for friends on Zoom who want to keep in touch and stay connected,” Ray says. “The byproduct of all that cooking content is a lot of leftovers. So we’re kind of running our own ‘no cost’ restaurant. We fill up the human bird feeder, which is a work bench from the garden that we put next to the garage, and we label every bagged meal. Then our family and friends come by and pick up their [bags] and we’re able to still share our love of food with them even if they can’t sit at our table right now.”
A doggy bag from Rachal Ray sounds pretty good right about now, but for the rest of us, she’s shared one of her go-to pasta recipes that’ll make any home cook feel like a chef. Ray’s Tuscan-inspired Pici all’Aglione sounds fancy but it’s remarkably easy to make using only a handful of pantry staples. “The recipe calls for a lot of thinly-sliced garlic, cherry tomatoes. lots of fresh basil, good olive oil, salt, a little cheese, and you’re done,” says Ray. “So it’s really one of those comforting dishes because it’s so easy to achieve. And because it’s so few ingredients.” Consider this a celebrity pasta recipe you’ll actually want to eat.
Rachael Ray’s Pici all’Aglione
3-4 tablespoons EVOO
2 tablespoons good-quality salted butter
7-8 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly by hand or using a truffle shaver