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Lady Gaga has never been an artist that delivers the minimum. So when festival organizers at Coachella announced Mother Monster as the replacement for pregnant headliner Beyoncé, it was a safe guess that a straightforward performance is not what the audience was in for.
Gaga used her position as a first-time Coachella performer and headliner to not only perform her biggest hits, but drop a new single and film scenes for her upcoming film. Yas Gaga.
Gaga debuted her new single “The Cure” to the crowd of 125,000 music fans in Palm Springs during her closing set on Saturday, which also included performances of “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” “The Edge of Glory,” and her 2009 Beyoncé-duet “Telephone.”
“I love you guys so much,” Gaga told the screaming crowd during her performance of the new single. “I’m telling you, I have been through so much in my life and seen so much and you cure me every time with your love.”
While is seemed like Gaga hit every musical genre with Joanne, “The Cure” acts as a reminder that the evolution of Gaga is on-going. The new single combines ’80s-inspired synth-pop with early ’90s R&B, bringing in 2017 with the mandatory talking bassline that pops up in every top 10 track.
Gaga dropped her fifth solo album Joanne in October 2016, following it up with the most-viewed Super Bowl performance in history this past February. But she didn’t specify whether the new song is part of a follow-up to Joanne or will be released as part of a deluxe edition of the album.
In addition to the new song and first of two headlining sets, Gaga is also using her time in the California desert to shoot scenes for her upcoming remake of A Star Is Born.
Starring opposite Bradley Cooper, who is also making his directorial debut with the film, Gaga and Warner Bros. released a call for extras on Twitter earlier this month. Fans looking to attend as extras are instructed to dress for a country and western concert and pay $10, with proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.