“A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper opened in theaters nationwide on Oct. 5 and the highly-anticipated soundtrack dropped in conjunction with the film’s release. Gaga shared audio versions of multiple tracks featured in the film, including the emotionally-charged love song “I’ll Never Love Again.” (Grab some tissues and listen to the song above).
Bradley Cooper directed, co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the film opposite Lady Gaga. The pair also co-wrote many of the tracks on the movie soundtrack. “I’ll Never Love Again” was co-written by Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Aaron Ratiere. Two versions of the song are featured on the soundtrack. The film version is predominantly sung by Gaga and features Bradley Cooper singing near the end of the song. The extended version (timed at 5:28) is performed only by Gaga.
The sweeping ballad pays tribute to the intense love which develops over the course of the film between Cooper’s character Jackson Maine and Gaga’s character Ally. Gaga arguably delivers a vocal master class as she starts softly against the haunting strains of the piano at the beginning of the song and climbs to a sparkling falsetto in the first chorus when she sings the lines, “Don’t wanna feel another touch/Don’t wanna start another fire/Don’t wanna know another kiss/Don’t wanna name fallin’ off my lips/Don’t wanna give my heart away, to another stranger/Or let another day begin/Won’t even let the sunlight in/No I’ll never love again …”
The “I’ll Never Love Again” audio follows last week’s release of Cooper and Gaga’s duet “Shallow” both as a single and music video. The video for the latter track has garnered over 19 million YouTube views since its Sept. 27 release and Cooper made his Billboard chart entry on the track. Per Box Office Mojo data, the film has grossed $56 million in a worldwide release, with a domestic opening weekend pulling in over $41 million across 3,686 theaters, ranking the movie at No. 2 over the weekend behind Marvel Universe’s “Venom” at No. 1.
“A Star Is Born” marks Lady Gaga’s feature film debut and Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. It also stars Sam Elliott Jackson’s brother Bobby, Andrew Dice Clay as Ally’s father Lorenzo and Dave Chappelle as Jackson’s close friend George “Noodles” Stone. The film first debuted in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. The 1954 version was a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. The most recent film remake before the 2018 version was in 1976 and starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Cooper and Gaga are re-telling the story in the present-day tech era, with 17 original songs written for and featured in the film. As previously reported, Gaga was highly-impressed by Cooper’s natural vocal talent and felt the film delivers a very authentic live concert experience. “A Star Is Born (2018)” is already garnering huge Oscar buzz and "Shallow" will likely be in contention for a 2019 Grammy Award. Read an AXS film review of "A Star Is Born."
Gaga has previously won a Golden Globe Award for acting in her haunting role in “American Horror Story: Hotel.” If she gets an Oscar nomination for her role in this film, it will mark her first Academy Award acting nod. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for Best Original Song for “Til It Happens to You” from the riveting 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which focuses on campus rape in the United States. She co-wrote the song with Diane Warren.
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