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Lady Gaga says Shallow struck a chord because 'women want to be heard'

‘He actually listens to her.’

A STAR IS BORN was easily one of the most talked-about films of this year, and of the track on its highly-acclaimed soundtrack, Shallow was perhaps the most lauded.

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The track struck a chord long before the film was released, with the trailer giving the public a taste of a song which Lady Gaga believes is one of her ‘most authentic’ compositions.

So, what was it about the song that resonated so deeply and widely?

As far as Lady Gaga is concerned, it comes down to the communication which played out between Bradley Cooper’s character, Jackson, and her character, Ally.

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While appearing on Actors on Actors, Lady Gaga tells Lin-Manuel Miranda that at a time when women want to be heard, this track speaks to that desire.

What I love about Shallow – in the film – is that he surprises her with the first verse of the song when she comes on stage. But, you know, when they’re writing in the parking lot and she’s singing to him – this is a conversation between a man and a woman.

“He actually listens to her and I think we live in a time where this is really important to women – women want to be heard,” she continues.

It’s been kind of shocking and amazing to watch people latch onto that song so much because I feel, for me as an artist, it was one of the most authentic things that I’ve written. I feel so humbled and grateful about that.

Lady Gaga is tipped for an Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards.

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