"The Cure" is a song written and produced by Lady Gaga and Nick Monson with co-writing credits with DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson and Mark Nilan, and co-production with Detroit City. It was released as a single on April 15, 2017.
“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 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, cancelling 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 to Sonja’s cancer, but she will do her best to make her feel loved and cherished during her last days.
Critical Reception & Chart Performance Edit
Most of the reviews of the song are positive describing 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.