Three-time Grammy award winner Lady Gaga is taking a keen interest in India. The platinum selling artiste collaborated with Indian movie composers Salim-Sulaiman and created a Bollywood style remix of her single Born this way…, which released earlier this week. The song will be part of her second studio album of the same name and is set to launch worldwide on May 23.
The 25-year-old American artiste, who has been labelled the new Madonna by international media, is known for her eccentric stage performances and fashion statements. In the past, she has even used props like meat and giant eggs on stage. But it was her debut album, The Fame (2008) that brought her in the limelight with her hit club singles Poker face… and Just dance… The four-minute filmi track is replete with a sitar intro, dhol beats, dubstep and background voice of Salim with Gaga’s vocal flair.
“Lady Gaga’s record label Interscope contacted us through the Canadian website, Desi Hits with the proposal to remix the song. We produced it and sent it back in 20 days,” explains Sulaiman, who steered clear of typical bhangra beats and attempted to give it a more Bollywood feel instead. “We were specifically told to make it sound like a Hindi movie club number. That’s why we put in the sitar sample and Salim sang the background vocals.”
The music composer further reveals that Gaga has produced another Indian version of Born this way…. “Canadian Punjabi artistes Sunny Brown and Baba Kahn have also produced a mix to suit the UK desi market,” says Sulaiman, before adding that though it is too early to confirm, Lady Gaga may soon be visiting the country for either a concert or to record a Bollywood song.
The 25-year-old songstress too has expressed her eagerness. “I can’t wait to come to India. When Salim-Sulaiman sent me the track, I connected with the dhol and rhythms very well. They’ve done a fabulous job. It’ll be great to meet and work with more musicians like them,” says Lady Gaga.
The Emmy-winning musicians, who’re known to have previously incorporated western, folk, Hindustani and Sufi influences in their music, were an easy choice for Interscope. Tory Carter, head of Gaga’s management team confirms, “We collaborated with Indian music producers from across the globe to show our respect and appreciation for our fans. Desi is a new urban genre that combines traditional Indian music with Western pop and RnB. Salim-Sulaiman were ideal for the job."
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