“The Cure” is a feel-good anthem about unconditional love for someone.
During her first live performance of this song at Coachella 2017, Gaga told the crowd: “I love you guys so much. I have been through so much in my life and I’ve seen so much. And you cure me every time with your love”
That performance was the debut of the song, which was released on streaming platforms and iTunes shortly after.
In early March 2017, Gaga was spotted venturing back into the recording studio. Many fans speculated a follow up to 2016’s Joanne was in the works, until the release of “The Cure.” Gaga confessed before premiering the song at Coachella that she “had trouble keeping the next part of her show a secret”.
The song is highly speculated to be written in tribute to Gaga’s dear friend, Sonja Durham, who was battling a losing fight with cancer at that time and sadly passed away a few months later.
As seen in Gaga’s documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, she gets a call from Sonja telling her things were going worse. Gaga tells her to stay strong, and that she will be with her right away, canceling her other work-related plans. After hanging up, she tears up and says “I’m losing everyone I love”.
She might not have the Cure for Sonja’s cancer, but she will do her best to make her feel loved and cherished during her last days.
Released: April 16, 2017
Photography: Ruth Hogben & Andrea Gelardin
Design: Lobster Eye
|Worldwide||April 16, 2017||Digital download|
|Italy||April 21, 2017||Contemporary hit radio|
|United States||April 25, 2017|
|May 8, 2017||Hot adult contemporary|
Critical Reception & Chart Performance
Most of the reviews of the song positively described it as a fresh and catchy summer hit.
Immediately after its release, the single got into the iTunes charts in over 70 countries and took the #1 spot in about 40 of them, including the USA, UK, France, Spain, Australia, etc. It became the first (and so far the only) song released by a solo female artist to top the worldwide iTunes chart in 2017 by dethroning Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' which was on the lead position for 97 days.
The song debuted at #23 at the UK singles chart.
|Written by||Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson, Mark Nilan & Nick Monson|
|Produced by||Detroit City, Lady Gaga and Nick Monson|
|Recorded||at Dragonfly Creek Recording Studio, Malibu, CA|