Lady Gaga flies high with new Top Gun theme song
Los Angeles, California – Pop icon Lady Gaga has soared with the release of a video and theme song for the upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick, proving her movie music-making magic is still flying high.
A sequel to the '80s cult classic Top Gun and once again starring Tom Cruise as a need-for-speed naval pilot, Top Gun: Maverick will be released on Memorial Day Weekend and is shaping up to be the blockbuster of the summer.
Its theme song, Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga, is already on the runway and ready for take-off.
Gaga dropped the new piano rock power ballad on Tuesday and its video on Friday, which – although more stripped down and not as catchy as those in her pop cannon - will live as a gold standard in her songbook.
Both writing and producing the track along with producer BloodPop, Gaga is in her element and evoking serious Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On vibes here. She's created another standard love anthem that fans can only hope will go on as near and far as the time-tested Titanic tune – which is still arguably the most successful movie theme pop song in film history.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Gaga's new vid features the pop star clad in army-inspired gear, complete with dog tags and aviator shades, wailing on a grand piano plopped on an airfield as fighter jets zoom overhead into a cinematic sunset of dreams. It switches between explosive color and windswept black-and-white shots in a clear ode to film classics of the past.
The shifts are expertly timed with the song's '80s glam rock-inspired percussion explosions – epic drum fills worthy of keeping Phil Collins waiting for this moment for all his life (oh Lord).
As most movie theme music videos do, Hold My Hand splices in plenty of scenes from the upcoming film, featuring sweat-filled cameos from Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and John Hamm. And in a throwback to its roots, it adds a flashback clip featuring love interest Kelly McGillis in a scene from the original 1986 film.
Gaga said the song unknowingly bore "multiple layers" as it took flight.
Hold My Hand is intended to have a larger meaning
The 36-year-old diva shared her thoughts about the new record on her Instagram last week,
"When I wrote this song for Top Gun: Maverick, 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," Gaga wrote. "I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours.
"This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time. I’ve wanted you to hear it for so long," she told fans, calling it "an ability to celebrate life’s heroes."
"When you feel lonely, sad, removed from the world, far away from yourself and others, #holdmyhand," she added. "One day you may even be strong enough to hold your own."
Hold My Hand is Gaga's first original music for film since her wildly successful soundtrack for the 2018 version of A Star is Born, for which she penned and performed most of the movie's music in addition to playing its leading lady. It birthed the number one worldwide hit Shallow, a duet with Bradley Cooper which earned an Oscar, two Grammys, and a Golden Globe, among other awards.
Hold My Hand seems locked and loaded for a similar, high-flying destiny.
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