WBD Scores HBO’s Gaga Special

Warner Bros. Discovery NZ will broadcast and stream the 2022 Lady Gaga concert special Gaga Chromatica Ball on May 26.

It will stream from midday on ThreeNow — the same time it goes out on HBO — and air from 8.00 on Three.

As Variety notes, “The concert took place just months after the pandemic began to lift in earnest and celebrated an album that was released in the summer of 2020 — a dance-party album when there were few parties and most dancing was done at home”. Wrote critic Chris Willman at the time:

Gaga has remained undaunted in making it clear that 2020’s ‘Chromatica’ is the album she is very much touring behind, with 10 songs from the two-year-old album accounting for just under half the overall set.

There was a sense of post-pandemic victory to Gaga’s increasingly lengthy asides, late in the two-hour-plus concert — ‘The whole world did not fade. We’re all here, in some kind of way,’ she said.

But, as an undertow, you might detect a sense of vindication for the ‘Chromatica’ record itself, in how she’s determined not to let it go down as a lamb that got lost in the storm.

Here’s the WBD media release:

GAGA CHROMATICA BALL PREMIERES SUNDAY 26 MAY ON THREENOW

Thursday 09 May 2024 – Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ today announced the HBO Original concert special Gaga Chromatica Ball premieres Sunday, 26 May on ThreeNow and 8pm on Three (same day).

In front of a sold-out crowd of 52,000 people, 13-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Lady Gaga delivers a career-defining performance at Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium during her 2022 Chromatica Ball Tour.

Gaga Chromatica Ball delivers breathtaking live performances of some of Gaga’s biggest and most cherished hits, including “Stupid Love,” “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Shallow,” “Rain On Me,” and more.

The film delivers huge show-stopping moments and intimate piano numbers, complete with heart-stopping choreography, intense pyrotechnics and an array of iconic outfit changes as only Gaga does. This is Lady Gaga as you’ve never seen her before.

Gaga Chromatica Ball is produced, directed, and created by Lady Gaga; executive produced by Bobby Campbell, Arthur Fogel, John Janick, and Steve Berman.

About Lady Gaga: Academy Award and 13-time Grammy-winner Lady Gaga is a one-of-a-kind artist and performer. She has amassed an outstanding 87 million global album sales, 96 billion streams, and 516 million in song consumption, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her most recent pop album, Chromatica, marked her sixth consecutive #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first female artist to do so over a ten-year period (2011-2020). Her collaboration with Ariana Grande for “Rain On Me,” marked the biggest Spotify debut of 2020, reaching #1 on the Global and U.S. Spotify charts and becoming one of the many smash hits that fans have come to expect from the icon. In 2023, her debut single “Just Dance” became her third diamond certified single by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), joining previously certified “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face,” indicating 10 million or more units sold. Her debut album, “The Fame,” is the longest running #1 album on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart of all time with over 175 non-consecutive weeks to date. The album ranks #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of All Time   chart and is the 6th longest-charting album by a female singer on the Billboard 200 chart with 319 weeks. Notably, the album features multi-platinum singles “Paparazzi” (5x platinum) and “LoveGame” (triple platinum). In 2018, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Shallow,” featured on the soundtrack of Best Picture nominee “A Star is Born” (2018), in addition to claiming a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and four Grammy Awards for both “Shallow” and “I’ll Never Love Again,” also from the same soundtrack. Lady Gaga knows no bounds from producing her classic pop hits and beyond to the classic American Songbook with her albums “Cheek to Cheek” and “Love For Sale” with Tony Bennett, both respective #1 albums.

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