Lady Gaga – Stupid Love: Song & Music Video Review

Trevor Casey, Staff Writer

After a year or so of promoting her film, “A Star Is Born,” pop superstar Lady Gaga has made a return to the pop music scene with her newest single, “Stupid Love” from her soon to be released album, “Chromatica”.

“Stupid Love” is the first single from Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album, “Chromatica” which is to be released on April 10.

“Stupid Love” has all the elements of a Lady Gaga song. The instrumental has all the qualities of an 80’s pop song. It’s got an upbeat pop sound and a catchy chorus (“I want your stupid love, love”) that sticks in your head. “Stupid Love” is just that good.

The music video for “Stupid Love” is a breath of fresh air in the current fog of music and marks a return to the Lady Gaga that everyone pictures in their minds. It features outrageous and unconventional outfits, crazy makeup, unique wigs, and popping visuals. The music video begins with Gaga and her kindness/love “tribe” running to break up a fight between two other “tribes” of a rival color. The video then breaks into a bunch of dance scenes with all the other “color” tribes. 

“‘We created a color palette and divided it into different tribes. When Gaga saw the palette, she said ‘Oh my god, I’m the kindness tribe, I’m pink,’” says Nicola Formichetti in a Behind the Scenes video. Formichetti has been a frequent collaborator with Gaga in the field of fashion for some of Gaga’s projects over the past ten years.

What’s interesting to note is that the entire music video was shot on the iPhone 11 Pro. Director Daniel Askill states in a Behind the Scenes video, “‘The iPhone camera makes it modern. That’s how we see the world today. It’s so cool that the kids can copy it, too.’”

In the 47th episode of Gaga’s self titled vlog, Gagavision, Richy Jackson, Gaga’s choreographer, talks about the ideas behind the choreography in the music video “‘Basically . . . Gaga got on a call with all her creatives . . . I started some of the dance because I thought I had gotten the vibe.. But then Gaga said some key things to which I made a 9-1-1 everyone-get-here-now . . . Now I got the vibe.’”

With her new sound, Gaga revealed her creative process for creating “Stupid Love,” and her new album “Chromatica” on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe: “‘We are definitely dancing . . . I put all my heart, all my pain, all my messages from the other realm that I hear of . . . what they tell me to tell the world and I put it into music that I believe to be so fun and, you know, energetically really pure. I want people to dance and feel happy. I would like to put out music that a big chunk of the world will hear, and it will become a part of their daily lives and make them happy every single day.’”

As someone who loves music and cannot live without it, it feels good to finally have something fresh and new. Listening to songs on the radio feels boring nowadays because it seems like every artist keeps the same sound that they used when they found immediate success. However, Gaga has shown us that, once again, she can make a return and serve something new and fresh rather than a regurgitation of what we’ve seen and heard since the last time she was making rounds on the radio.

In addition to the power of new music, as someone who’s grown up with Gaga, hearing her new sound has brought back the feelings and memories that I have had in the past. “Stupid Love” has me reminiscing back to 2009, when her songs such as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” “Telephone” and many more would dominate the airwaves.