Bad Romance

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"Bad Romance"
Upper bust of a blond woman. She has short cropped hair. Her body and her face is covered by a red translucent cloth with intricate wrappings in the front. Over the image the words "Lady Gaga" and "Bad Romance" are written in red capital letters.
Single by Lady Gaga
from the album The Fame Monster
ReleasedOctober 26, 2009
FormatDigital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded2009; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California; FC Walvisch, Amsterdam
GenreDance-pop, synthpop
Length4:54
LabelStreamline, Kon Live, Cherrytree, Interscope
Writer(s)Lady Gaga, Nadir Khayat * [1]
ProducerRedOne
Lady Gaga singles chronology
"Paparazzi"
(2009)
"Bad Romance"
(2009)
"Telephone"
(2010)
The Fame Monster track listing
 
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"Bad Romance"
Upper bust of a blond woman. She has short cropped hair. Her body and her face is covered by a red translucent cloth with intricate wrappings in the front. Over the image the words "Lady Gaga" and "Bad Romance" are written in red capital letters.
Single by Lady Gaga
from the album The Fame Monster
ReleasedOctober 26, 2009
FormatDigital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded2009; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California; FC Walvisch, Amsterdam
GenreDance-pop, synthpop
Length4:54
LabelStreamline, Kon Live, Cherrytree, Interscope
Writer(s)Lady Gaga, Nadir Khayat * [1]
ProducerRedOne
Lady Gaga singles chronology
"Paparazzi"
(2009)
"Bad Romance"
(2009)
"Telephone"
(2010)
The Fame Monster track listing

"Bad Romance" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga from her third extended play The Fame Monster (2009). A collaborative effort between Gaga and RedOne, the lyrics of "Bad Romance" subsumes Gaga's fear of derisive relationships and the paranoia that she endured while touring on The Fame Ball Tour. Following a demo leak, Gaga showcased the final product at Alexander McQueen's show at the Paris Fashion Week in October 2009, followed by the release of the single's cover art. Musically, "Bad Romance" features a spoken bridge, a full-throated chorus and sung lyrics about being in love with one's best friend. The song, which is imbued with elements of German-esque house and techno, as well music from 1980s and the 1990s, was touted by Gaga as an experimental pop record. This song by Lady Gaga was recorded in English, with few verses in French.

Most commentators were enticed by "Bad Romance", who attested the song as one of the highlights of The Fame Monster. It was included in the best-of lists in several media outlets such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork Media, and acquired a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[2] In the United States, "Bad Romance" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified quintuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 5.2 million copies as of June 2012.[3] It achieved worldwide success by topping the charts in a variety of markets, ultimately selling 9.7 million copies worldwide by the end of 2010,[4] thus becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

The accompanying music video of "Bad Romance" features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse. There, she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga killing the man who bought her. The song's video garnered favorable reviews from critics, who not only applauded the risqué and symbolic nature of the plot, but its artistic direction and vivid imagery. It was nominated for numerous superlatives, including ten awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, where the singer won seven of those, including a recognition for Video of the Year. In addition, the song's music video snagged a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. Gaga has performed "Bad Romance" on various television programs and award ceremonies such as Saturday Night Live and the 2009 American Music Awards, as well as two of her tours, with the most recent being the Born This Way Ball.

Contents

Background

Gaga collaborated with Nadir "RedOne" Khayat in writing "Bad Romance", while Khayat solely took charge of production. The song was recorded at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles and FC Walvisch Recording Media Studios in Amsterdam.[5] "Bad Romance" was released as the lead single from The Fame Monster (2009), Gaga's follow-up to her debut album The Fame (2008).[6] Before its official release, a demo version of the song was published illegally on the internet, prompting Gaga to comment via Twitter, "leaked next single is makin my ears bleed. Wait till you hear the real version."[7] A snippet of the song was performed on Saturday Night Live on October 3, 2009, along with "Poker Face" and "LoveGame".[8][9] The final version of "Bad Romance" premiered during the finale of fashion designer Alexander McQueen's 2010 Paris Fashion Week show,[10] followed by the song's release on October 19, 2009.[11] According to Gaga, the song was one of the initial efforts she wrote in 2008 while touring. The songs composed during that time were about the various abstract "monsters"—metaphors that refer to her paranoias—she faced during the tour. One of these concepts was the "love monster", the central inspiration behind "Bad Romance".[12] Gaga explained that she generally felt lonely when she was involved in a relationship, and concluded that she was allured by men with whom the romance never works out.[13] As such, "Bad Romance" explored her preference for such lonely relationships and her poor choice in men.[13]

Gaga constructed the lyrics of "Bad Romance" in Norway on her tour bus.It was rumoured that the lyrics for the song were based on the relationship of her long lasting friend Samuel Shone. Gaga said in an interveiw "My friend Sam (Shone) was going through a really rough patch with his girlfriend Naushin, I felt like a song for him would cheer him up" She further elaborated on the writing process in an interview with Grazia: "I was in Russia, then Germany, and spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe. There is this amazing German house-techno music, so I wanted to make a pop experimental record. I kind of wanted to leave the '80s a little bit, so the chorus is a '90s melody, which is what the inspiration was. There was certainly some whisky involved in the writing of the record. It's about being in love with your best friend."[14] The cover art was released on October 15, 2009, and shows Gaga in a red dress, with her face down and covered by the dress fabric.[15] Bill Lamb from About.com praised the cover art, saying, "Gaga is maintaining her hitting streak of generating powerful images to accompany her music and stage presentations".[15]

Composition

"Bad Romance" is a dance-pop song with techno, New Wave and house influences.[14][16] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Bad Romance" is set in common time with a metronome of 119 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of A minor with Gaga's vocal range spanning from the low-note of E3 to the high-note of C5. The song follows in the chord progression of Am–C–F–C–G in the verses and F–G–Am–C–F–G–E–Am in the chorus.[17] The song opens with Gaga singing a portion of the chorus, then transitioning into the "Ra-ra-ra-a-a-a, Roma-roma-ma, Gaga-u-la-la" hook. It is followed by the sound of drum beats and keyboards.[7] After the first verse, the prechorus follows, with Gaga voicing the line "You know that I want you, And you know that I need you, I want your bad, your bad romance". The full-throated chorus then follows, where she sings "I want your love, And I want your revenge, You and me could write a bad romance [...] Caught in a bad romance".[7]

Gil Kauffman from MTV found similarities between the tempo of "Bad Romance" to that of Gaga's previous single "Poker Face".[7] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine noticed the 1980s influences that resonated throughout the track; "If melodies could be time-stamped, these would have '80s' branded on their asses."[16] About.com writer Bill proclaimed that the song was well-suited for fashion shows and on the runway,[12] a view that was echoed by Daniel Brockman of The Boston Phoenix, who not only pinpointed liberating declarations "from a significant other", but the Depeche Mode and Madonna-esque qualities that were imbued in "Bad Romance".[18] To Pitchfork Media journalist Scott Plagenhoef, Gaga was able to transform her persona in a similar vein to various female entertainers, often reminiscing the likes of Britney Spears, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse.[19] Simon Price from The Independent heard characteristics of Boney M in the chorus, and stated that the first line of the song "I want your ugly, I want your disease" established the grim tone of The Fame Monster.[20]

The lyrics address aspects of a bad relationship but also discuss fashion in the line "Walk, walk fashion baby, Work it move that bitch crazy."[5][21] In an interview, Gaga pointed out that she was listing Alfred Hitchcock films in the verse, "I want your psycho, your vertigo shtick, Want you in my rear window, Baby, you're sick." She said, "What I'm really trying to say is I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much."[22]

Critical reception

A blond woman sings on a microphone, wearing a white shirt.
Gaga performing "Bad Romance" live on The Today Show

"Bad Romance" received positive assessments from a variety of music commentators. In a 2011 review for the song, Rolling Stone declared it as the best song out of Gaga's discography. Epitomizing the "essence of Gagaism", the publication was enamored by the song's "relentlessly" catchy chorus and "pummeling" beat that reflected a track that was pompous, "joyful", and "melancholy".[23] One of the highlights of the The Fame Monster in the eyes of Lamb, he asserted that Gaga's vocals were at its peak in "Bad Romance", as evident when the singers alters from "threatening to floating sweetness and back again." Lamb continued, "If you had any fears that Gaga would be one album flash in the pan, the room filling beats and melodies of 'Bad Romance' should help dispel them."[12][24] Kaufman, while applauding the drastic transition into a bombastic "Erasure-esque throb during the chorus", felt that the instant catch that was apparent in her earlier singles was absent in "Bad Romance".[7] Kitty Empire of The Guardian argued that instances such as this established Gaga to be more comparable with Madonna.[25]

Referring to her emerging popularity, Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone said that "Bad Romance" made the singer's name a "Teutonic chant".[26] A columnist from the aforementioned publication, Daniel Kreps, while writing about the song's initial leak, felt that the song was comparable to "Poker Face" and was not on par with her other singles.[21] Christopher John Farley from The Wall Street Journal praised the "Jabberwockian" catchiness of the hook,[27] while Michael Hubbard from MusicOMH opined that the chorus of the song was Gaga's best yet.[28] Pitchfork Media placed "Bad Romance" at number 39 in its top 100 tracks of 2009, saying it was "epic in construction".[29] Likewise, Edna Gundersen of USA Today commented that the song was a "ferocious club thumper" that possessed a "sordid underbelly".[30] The Boston Public Health Commission rated "Bad Romance" as number 10 on its list of "Top 10 List of Songs with Unhealthy Relationship Ingredients".[31]

To Los Angeles Times's Mikale Wood, the "Euro-soul" lead single was "turbocharged" throughout,[32] while BBC critic Paul Lester summed up "Bad Romance" as a song with "cheesy rave synths, the now typically Gaga stomping beat and a controversy-lite lyric."[33] Though not as catchy as her previous efforts, Monica Herrera from Billboard commended the track's "wicked" sex appeal.[34] Jon Blistein from L Magazine wrote about the organization of the song. He felt that "'Bad Romance' revels in the nightmare it tries to create with Hitchcock references and somber vocals," but the song lacked cohesion. Blistein called it an amalgamation of Cher song, faux-European accented verses, power disco chorus and a bland spoken-word bridge.[35] Rolling Stone also ranked the song at number nine on its list of the "25 Best Songs of 2009".[36] On February 13, 2011, the single won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[2]

Chart performance

Gaga performing "Bad Romance" on Good Morning America as part of their "Summer Concert Series".

In the United States, "Bad Romance" debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 2009, making it Gaga's highest debuting song on the chart at the time. It sold 142,000 paid digital downloads in its first week.[37] After two weeks the song moved from number eleven to number two, which became its peak. The movement was spurred by 49 percent digital gain, thus pushing the song to the top of the Hot Digital Songs chart selling 209,000 copies.[38] "Bad Romance" became her second highest peaking song on the Hot 100, behind "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".[38] The song was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipment of a four million copies of the single.[39] As of June 2012, "Bad Romance" has sold 5.2 million paid digital downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making Gaga the second artist in digital history to have three singles—along with "Just Dance" and "Poker Face"—pass the five million mark in digital sales.[3][40] "Bad Romance" debuted on the Pop Songs chart at number 38[41] and moved to the number one position, making it Gaga's fifth consecutive number one single on the chart.[42] The same week it also topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[42] According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, "Bad Romance" set the record for most weekly plays in the 17-year history of the Pop Songs chart, registering 10,859 plays from 130 radio stations monitored for the chart. The record was later broken by Kesha, with her song "Tik Tok".[43][44]

The song debuted on the ARIA Charts of Australia at number 16,[45] and at number 33 on the New Zealand RIANZ charts.[46] The next week, "Bad Romance" was the greatest gainer on the ARIA charts and moved to position three.[47] On its seventh week on the chart, the song reached a new peak of two in Australia,[48] and a peak of three in New Zealand.[46] The song was certified four-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipment of 280,000 copies of the single.[49] On October 29, 2009, "Bad Romance" debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number 20; it reached the top in its seventh week.[50][51] On the Canadian Hot 100, "Bad Romance" debuted at number 58.[52] The following week it reached number one, making it the third song by Gaga to top the Canadian chart.[53] After being replaced by "Tik Tok" for two weeks, "Bad Romance" again claimed the top spot on the chart.[54] The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) certified "Bad Romance" seven-times platinum, for shipment of 280,000 copies of the single.[55]

After its release in the United Kingdom, "Bad Romance" debuted at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.[56] In December 2009, the song reached the top spot, making it Gaga's third UK number one single.[57] She became the first female in British chart history to have three number one singles in one year.[58] Two weeks later, in the first week of 2010, "Bad Romance" returned to the number one spot, making her only the second female artist of the 21st century to have two separate runs at the top spot.[59] "Bad Romance" was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipment of 400,000 copies of the single.[60] As of January 2011, Bad Romance has now sold over 800,000 copies in the United Kingdom, certifying it Platinum.[60] In Sweden, the song debuted at number three and after two weeks, reached the top of the chart.[61][62] Across Europe the song debuted on the main charts of Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland (to be on top 50 for 65 weeks from late 2009 to early 2011),[63] Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.[64] The song debuted on the European Hot 100 Singles at number 40[65] and on January 23, 2010, "Bad Romance" topped the chart, remaining there for two weeks.[66] According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the song has sold 11.2 million copies across the world.[67]

Music video

Development

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Gaga confirmed that film director Francis Lawrence had directed the music video for "Bad Romance", and that she was impressed with the final version.[68] She explained, "I knew [Lawrence's] ability as a director is so much higher than what I could [do]."[69] Her creative team Haus of Gaga managed the art direction,[68] and the final video premiered on November 10, 2009. Gaga described her experience of working with Lawrence:

I wanted somebody with a tremendous understanding of how to make a pop video, because my biggest challenge working with directors is that I am the director and I write the treatments and I get the fashion and I decide what it's about and it's very hard to find directors that will relinquish any sort of input from the artist. [...] But Francis and I worked together. [...] It was collaborative. He's a really pop video director and a filmmaker. He did I Am Legend and I'm a huge Will Smith fan, so I knew he could execute the video in a way that I could give him all my weirdest, most psychotic ideas, [...] But it would come across to and be relevant to the public.[69]

The concept of the music video was a joint collaboration between Gaga and Lawrence.[70] Originally, the video was going to be shot in New York City, with more elaborate sets, including ones outdoors.[70] The idea was scrapped, however, due to budgetary issues, as the budget for the video was low and there was no product placement.[70] Because of Gaga's schedule, the video was shot in Los Angeles over a two-day period.[70] Lawrence described Gaga's work ethic and creativity during the video shoot:

She loves the art form of music videos and she is a real creative partner and has great ideas and really cool and unique tastes. She has a great team working with her as well, helping build really fantastic things that she wears. She works hard, she shows up on time and she's pretty spontaneous [...] it was great [...] if she had a new song and wanted to do something, I would do it in a second. She was really fun to work with.[70]

Gaga created a pair of razor-blade sunglasses—which she believed portrayed tough female spirit—to wear in the video, explaining "I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends [...] they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths, [...] That tough female spirit is something that I want to project. It's meant to be, 'This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.'"[69] The white latex suits in the video were inspired by the wolf costume from the film Where the Wild Things Are.[71] Gaga also wore designer Alexander McQueen's 12-inch (300 mm) high shoes[72] and the famous "Alien" shoes.[73]

Synopsis

Gaga's choreography from "Bad Romance" which drew comparisons to the choreography to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The main idea behind the video is that of Gaga getting kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her, and then sell her off to the Russian mafia for a million rubles. It takes place in a fluorescent white bathhouse.[69][74] The video begins with Gaga sitting on a white throne in a brightly lit white room. The scene shows her wearing the razor blade glasses and surrounded by people and a harlequin Great Dane. She has her finger on the mute button of an iPod speaker, and as she releases it, "Bad Romance" begins to play and a dimly lit bath house is shown. A bright light pans across the walls, activating fluorescent lighting, that shines through a sign reading "Bath Haus of GaGa". As the first hook of the song begins, a group of female dancers wearing white long-sleeved leotards with knee high boots and matching crowns crawl out of white, coffin-like pods. The center pod has "Mons†er" written on it, and Gaga emerges wearing a similar outfit to the others, who begin to dance behind her. A pastiche of following scenes alternates between Gaga singing to herself in front of a mirror and lying in a bathtub.

When the chorus of the song begins, two women pull Gaga out of the bathtub, rip her clothes off and force her to drink a glass of vodka. As the second verse begins, Gaga, wearing a diamond-covered outfit topped with a crown, seductively dances for a group of men bidding for her. She straddles one of the men, played by Slovenian model Jurij Bradač,[75] and performs a lap dance for him. Afterwards, the man raises his bid and becomes the highest bidder for her. When the chorus is played for the third time, Gaga is shown wearing a faux polar bear hide jacket. She walks towards the man, who is sitting on a bed and unbuttoning his shirt, while drinking a glass of vodka. Gaga has a look of indifference on her face and removes her jacket and sunglasses. Suddenly, the bed spontaneously combusts with the man still sitting on it and Gaga sinisterly sings in front of the flames. The video ends with her lying beside a smoldering skeleton, on top of the destroyed bed, covered in ashes. With soot smeared across her body, she calmly smokes a cigarette, while her pyrotechnic bra activates.

Reception

After the video's release, the response from critics and fans was overwhelmingly positive.[73] Tim Stack from Entertainment Weekly called the video "amazing." He said, "I don't think Gaga has ever looked prettier than in the close-ups where she's more stripped down."[76] Jennifer Cady of E! was also impressed by the video and commented, "This music video really makes us appreciate everything Gaga actually brings to pop music. She's exciting to watch, plain and simple. [...] We need someone like Gaga to really bring it. To put actual thought and care into her product so that it feels alive."[77] Issie Lapowsky of New York Daily News thought Gaga laid the "theatrics on thick" in the video and complimented Gaga without makeup, calling it "refreshingly normal."[78] Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times said the video brought back his faith in performance art and "Gaga brings enough of it [drama] on her own, thank you very much."[79] He also thought the set for the video was "worthy of a feature-length film." Daniel Kreps from Rolling Stone felt that the scenes from the music video were reminiscent of the work of Stanley Kubrick. He added that in "Bad Romance" Gaga portrays her craziest ideas yet.[80] Jocelyn Vena from MTV believed that the video was symbolic and portrayed that "the old Gaga is over, here's the brand-new Gaga: the one who seems to delight in pushing the boundaries and exploring all manner of sexual proclivities." She further believed that the video was a testament to Gaga's brilliance "as an artist that uses the video art form as the jump-off point for the next leg of their career."[81] In 2011, Claire Suddath of Time said that although later Gaga videos were more elaborate, "Bad Romance" was Gaga at her best.[82] In Lady Gaga: Behind the Fame, Emily Herbert drew comparisons between the underlying theme of the video and the theme of The Fame Monster: the relationship with fame.[73] "Was this the price that Gaga had to pay for the fame she so desired? Did she feel as if she'd had to prostitute herself in some way? The themes were all based around sex, decadence, and corruption; alcohol and even cigarettes, twenty-first century society's biggest no-no, were present, and so by implication, [...] drugs."[73] The Wall Street Journal noted Gaga as one of the few pop stars of present time, who really understood spectacle, fashion, shock, choreography—all the things Madonna and Michael Jackson were masters of in the 1980s.[27] Bill Lamb from About.com wrote that "like the song [the video] blasts at your senses until you are just left drowning in the audio and visual power of it all."[83] In 2011, "Bad Romance" was voted the best video of the 2000s by readers of Billboard, narrowly beating Britney Spears's "Toxic."[84] Time Magazine also included "Bad Romance" on its list of the best music videos since the 1980s.[82]

Thriller comparisons

The video and its choreography also drew many comparisons to Michael Jackson's Thriller, both with robotic, zombie-like arm movements and morbid themes. Tim Stack from Entertainment Weekly compared some of the dance choreography of the video with the music video of "Thriller"[76] Issie Lapowsky from New York Daily News compared the pods in the video to coffins and called the dance "zombie-like". Gaga "[stole] a page from Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video," she said.[78] Los Angeles Times said the video had some "twitchy, 'Thriller'-like dance moves."[79] The Wall Street Journal compared the shock art of "Bad Romance" to the shock art of Michael Jackson during the 1980s.[27] Evan Sawdey of PopMatters also compared the video to "Thriller", but was not sure whether the homage was intentional by Gaga or "just another excuse for Gaga to wear the mostweirdass outfits ever designed by mankind".[82]

Awards

On August 3, 2010, the video received 10 nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in the categories of Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Video of the Year, tied with Peter Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer" for the record for most nominations for a single video in the history of MTV Video Music Award. It went on to win seven of the categories.[85] The video also won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.[2]

Live performances

A blond woman in white pants and black bustier stands inside a number of metallic circular rings. She holds a microphone to her mouth with her left hand and her right hand makes a claw like gesture. The woman is flanked by men and women in white dress and fierce expressions with their eyes being white in color.
Gaga, surrounded by her dancers, performing "Bad Romance" on the revamped Monster Ball show, after crawling out of a gyroscope.

A portion of the song was performed on Saturday Night Live on October 3, 2009. Gaga wore a complex outfit called "The Orb", designed by Nasir Mazhar and her production group "Haus of Gaga".[9] Described by Gaga as a "fashion installation", it consisted of concentric metallic rings that revolved around her. After finishing her performance of "LoveGame", Gaga sat at her piano and played an acoustic version of the chorus of "Bad Romance".[7][86] She performed the song on the TV show Gossip Girl episode "The Last Days of Disco Stick".[87] The performance took place at a private show arranged by the character Blair Waldorf.[88] In an interview with MTV, Gaga explained that the decision to perform on the show was inspired by her sister. She stated that she did not want the performance to be out-of-tune with the storyline of the show, so she worked with the script-writers to incorporate it into the plot. The performance included many ladders, symbolizing bad luck; it featured Gaga wearing a 35-foot (11 m) long dress.[89] According to the show's executive producer Stephanie Savage, the song incorporated a few Gossip Girl specific lyrics.[87] The performance began with her emerging from two giant doors in a large red gown. She climbed up a ladder, from where she sang parts of the song. Her male dancers danced around the ladder as she continued to sing.[90]

"Bad Romance" was also performed at the 2009 American Music Awards, where she coupled it with "Speechless", from The Fame Monster. Gaga was dressed in a flesh colored bodysuit wrapped with white piping, and embedded with flashing lights, imitating ribs and spine. The performance started with "Bad Romance" and Gaga dancing around the stage, ultimately breaking open a glass door with the microphone stand.[91] It was performed on The Jay Leno Show where Gaga wore a pair of black sunglasses and a black jacket with shoulder pads that extended above her head. Her male backup dancers were dressed in black suits and S&M inspired headgear.[92] Both "Bad Romance" and "Speechless" were performed at The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 25, 2009.[93] Gaga performed "Bad Romance" on the British TV show The X Factor on December 6, 2009.[94] The performance had her singing inside a four meter long bath tub as well as playing the piano while sitting on a toilet.[95] "Bad Romance" was performed as the last song of Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour. She performed the song in an '80s-inspired white power suit with exaggerated high shoulders and highwaisted pants. The performance was done while standing in a human sized gyroscope.[96][97] On January 15, 2010, Gaga performed "Bad Romance" as part of a three song medley on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Gaga was dressed in a metallic jacket and had spikes in her hair. She carried a spiked ball dangling from a chain in her hand.[98] "Bad Romance" was also performed at NBC's Today Show, along with "Alejandro", "Teeth" and her later, 2011 single release called "You and I".[99] In May 2011, Gaga performed the song during Radio 1's Big Weekend in Carlisle, Cumbria.[100] She also performed the song on Good Morning America as a part of their "Summer Concert Series". It was the opening song of the show and Gaga entered the stage, flying on a harness, and stretching out her hands towards the audience as steam billowed from the center-stage. Once she reached the song started and Gaga's dancers removed the white cape she was wearing, to reveal her in red fishnet stockings with black felt pieces, a red leotard and black lace boots.[101] The song was added to the set list of Gaga's 2012 Born This Way Ball Tour.[citation needed]

Cover versions

On March 14, 2010, Marco Hietala from Nightwish covered the song on the Finnish choir singing TV show Kuorosota.[102] Hayley Williams, the lead singer from the band Paramore covered a piano version of the song and posted it on her Twitter on March 28, 2010.[103][104] On March 29, 2010, 30 Seconds to Mars covered the song in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[105][106] Glee performed it on one of the episodes titled "Theatricality"; it was a group number for which the actors donned Lady Gaga outfits. When glee club New Directions member Rachel Berry discovers that rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline are planning on performing a Lady Gaga number at Regionals, the character Will (Matthew Morrison) sets the club a Gaga assignment. The girls and Kurt then create costumes inspired by Gaga and perform "Bad Romance".[107] The version sold 48,000 digital downloads according to Nielsen Soundscan, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at 54, staying on the chart for one week.[108]

Scottish a cappella group The Other Guys released a parody of the track onto YouTube on April 11, 2011.[109] The lyrics were slightly rewritten to coincide with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the song was retitled "Royal Romance". The video has since received almost 750,000 views in a year. Pop group Evil Adam covered the song and made it available to stream and download.[110] Lissie posted a cover of the song on YouTube.[111] Her version of "Bad Romance" received praise from filmmaker David Lynch[111] and The Washington Post writer David Malitz, who included it on "Click Track – Singles Files", the paper's weekly playlist.[112]

Singer Lulu and actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. performed a version of "Bad Romance" as a duet on the August 5, 2011, episode of Channel 4's Chris Moyles' Quiz Night.[113] The band Halestorm recorded the song for their 2011 EP "ReAniMate:The CoVeRs eP". The song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes with lyric changes in the 2011 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and appears on its soundtrack.[114] Italian singer Matteo Brancaleoni recorded a swinging version of "Bad Romance" in his latest album "New Life", 2012.

Track listing

  1. "Bad Romance" – 4:54
  1. "Bad Romance" – 4:54
  2. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) – 5:11
  3. "Bad Romance" (Chew Fu Remix) – 7:13
  4. "Bad Romance" (Starsmith Remix) – 4:55
  5. "Bad Romance" (Music Video) – 5:14
  1. "Bad Romance" (Short Radio Edit) – 4:00
  2. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:22
  3. "Bad Romance" (Main) – 4:54
  1. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:24
  2. "Bad Romance" (Main) – 4:54
  • Germany Remix Version[117]
  1. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:21
  2. "Bad Romance" (Chew Fu Remix) – 7:13
  3. "Bad Romance" (Starsmith Remix) – 4:55
  4. "Bad Romance" (Grum Remix) – 4:50
  5. "Bad Romance" (Bimbo Jones Radio Remix) – 3:58
  6. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) – 5:11
  7. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Dub Remix) – 5:11
  8. "Bad Romance" (Music Video) – 5:14
  1. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:21
  2. "Bad Romance" (Bimbo Jones Radio Remix) – 3:58
  3. "Bad Romance" (Chew Fu Remix) – 7:13
  1. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:22
  2. "Just Dance" (Deewaan Mix ft. Ashking, WeDis, Lush, Young Thoro) – 4:16
  1. "Bad Romance" (Radio Edit) – 4:21
  2. "Paparazzi" (DJ Dan Club Remix) – 6:37
  1. "Bad Romance" (Chew Fu H1N1 Fix) – 7:13
  2. "Bad Romance" (Kaskade Remix) – 4:20
  3. "Bad Romance" (Bimbo Jones Radio Remix) – 3:58
  4. "Bad Romance" (Skrillex Remix) – 4:23
  • US Digital The Remixes EP Part 2[121]
  1. "Bad Romance" (Grum Remix) – 4:50
  2. "Bad Romance" (Richard Vission Remix) – 5:22
  3. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) – 5:12
  4. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Dub Remix) – 5:12
  5. "Bad Romance" (DJ Dan Remix) – 3:44
  • US 'The Remixes' CD Single[122]
  1. "Bad Romance" (Chew Fu H1N1 Fix) – 7:13
  2. "Bad Romance" (Kaskade Remix) – 4:20
  3. "Bad Romance" (Bimbo Jones Remix) – 3:58
  4. "Bad Romance" (Skrillex Remix) – 4:23
  5. "Bad Romance" (Grum Remix) – 4:51
  6. "Bad Romance" (Richard Vission Remix) – 5:23
  7. "Bad Romance" (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) – 5:12

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from The Fame Monster album liner notes.[5]

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2009–10)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[48]1
Austrian Singles Chart[64]1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[64]2
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[64]4
Brazil Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[123]6
Bulgarian Airplay Chart[124]1
Canadian Hot 100[53]1
Czech Airplay Chart[125]1
Danish Singles Chart[64]1
Dutch Top 40[126]7
European Hot 100 Singles[66]1
Finnish Singles Chart[64]1
French Singles Chart[127]1
German Singles Chart[128]1
Hungarian Singles Chart[129]2
Irish Singles Chart[51]1
Israeli Airplay Chart[130]1
Italian Singles Chart[64]1
Japan Hot 100[65]3
Latvia (European Hit Radio)[131]3
Mexico Top Inglés (Monitor Latino)[132]1
New Zealand Singles Chart[46]2
Norwegian Singles Chart[64]1
Polish Dance Chart[133]3
Romanian Top 100[134]1
Slovak Airplay Chart[135]1
Spanish Singles Chart[64]1
Swedish Singles Chart[64]1
Swiss Singles Chart[64]2
UK Singles Chart[57]1
US Billboard Hot 100[38]2
US Adult Contemporary[136]20
US Adult Pop Songs[137]7
US Hot Dance Club Songs[42]1
US Hot Latin Songs[138]15
US Pop Songs[42]1

Year-end charts

Chart (2009)Position
Australian Singles Chart[139]31
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[140]86
Danish Singles Chart[141]42
Irish Singles Chart[142]10
Italian Singles Chart[143]18
New Zealand Singles Chart[144]29
Swedish Singles Chart[145]12
UK Singles Chart[146]17
Chart (2010)Position
Australian Singles Chart[147]26
Austrian Singles Chart[148]9
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[149]31
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[150]10
Canadian Hot 100[151]3
Danish Singles Chart[152]28
Dutch Top 40[153]57
European Hot 100[154]1
German Singles Chart[155]17
Hungarian Airplay Chart[156]5
Italian Singles Chart[157]9
Japan Hot 100[158]26
Romanian Top 100[159]13
Spanish Singles Chart[160]6
Spanish Top 20 Airplay[161]3
Swiss Singles Chart[162]13
UK Singles Chart[163]26
US Billboard Hot 100[164]8
US Adult Contemporary[165]48
US Hot Dance Club Songs[166]2
US Pop Songs[167]3

Certifications

CountryCertification
Australia4× Platinum[49]
BelgiumGold[168]
Canada7× Platinum[55]
DenmarkPlatinum[169]
FrancePlatinum[170]
GermanyPlatinum[171]
ItalyMulti Platinum[172]
JapanGold (cell)[173]
CountryCertification
JapanGold (PC)[174]
New Zealand2× Platinum[175]
RussiaGold (ring-back tone)[176]
Spain2× Platinum[177]
SwedenPlatinum[178]
SwitzerlandPlatinum[179]
United KingdomGold[60]
United States5× Platinum[39]

Release history

RegionDateFormat
FranceOctober 23, 2009[180]Digital download
United KingdomOctober 26, 2009[181][182]Digital download
United States
United KingdomNovember 23, 2009[183]CD single
AustraliaNovember 27, 2009[184]
United StatesDecember 22, 2009[185]The Remixes – Digital download
January 12, 2010[185][186]The Remixes – CD single
FranceJanuary 18, 2010[187]CD single
United StatesFebruary 9, 2010[121]The Remixes Part 2 – Digital download

See also

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