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Diane Warren defends 'A Star Is Born' pop song "Why Did You Do That"

Diane Warren talked with NYTimes about a song she penned for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born.' When Ally's label switched her up to a pop star, many fans assumed the songs were meant to be vapid and "bad." Diane claims that is not the case, that they're just fun pop songs.
"I saw someone tweet that 'Why Did You Do That?' is supposed to be a 'bad' pop song, and you replied, 'That was not the intention, actually.'"

"No, it’s not the intention. I would never purposefully sit down to write a bad song, although I guess I’ve done some without trying that turned out that way. This was a fun song, and I love fun pop songs. Not everything has to be serious all the time."

"Did you know that Bradley’s character, Jackson Maine, would later make fun of the lyrics?"

"It surprised me when I saw it! I was sitting next to my friend and I jabbed her in the arm and went, 'That’s my line he’s quoting!' I love that her character defended her music. It doesn’t have to be what he thinks music should be — music can be everything. It can be a serious song, it can be a pop song, it can be a song about an ass."

"As someone who has worked with many pop stars as a songwriter, did Ally’s arc ring true to you?"

"I’ve seen stuff like that, where they try to push an artist — especially a female artist — into something they’re not, and then they rebel against it and try to discover what their true voice is. But by the way, maybe her true voice is being a pop star, you know? And that’s O.K., if that’s who you are."

"How did you feel about the movie in general, once you saw it?"

"I thought it was really impressive. The thing is, when Gaga was talking about acting in it, some people I know were like, 'She’s not gonna be great,' but I knew she would be. I’ve spent time with her, I know how hard she works: This is someone who works with a vocal coach for hours a day. She has that discipline, that work ethic that very few people have. She has it, and Beyoncé has it. They just go that extra mile. Good isn’t good enough, so when I knew she was serious about this, I knew she would be great — and she is."

Read entire interview @ NYTimes

What's your fav pop song off the soundtrack, ONTD?
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Tags: actor / actress, film, film - drama, lady gaga, music / musician, music / musician (pop)

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