This club banger is the lead single from the expanded version of Lady Gaga's debut album, The Fame: Monster. Lyrically the song celebrates the kind of lusty passion and desire found in a bad romance novel.
Lady Gaga debuted part of this song on the October 2, 2009 edition of Saturday Night Live. The full version was unveiled four days later at the finale of fashion designer Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2010 Paris Fashion Week runway show.
Moroccan/Swedish producer RedOne helmed the song and wrote it with GaGa. He also collaborated with Lady Gaga on her smash hits "Just Dance
" and "Poker Face
Gaga told Rolling Stone that The Fame: Monster is not about cashing in on a successful album. She said: "I think re-releases are unfair. It's artists sneaking singles onto an already finished piece of work in an effort to keep the album afloat. Originally [my label] only wanted me to put out three songs and now it's much more than that. It's a new album's worth of material."
The song's music video was directed by Francis Lawrence, who's helmed clips for the likes of Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Lady Gaga told MTV News that she knew she wanted to work with Lawrence: "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," she said. "But it would come across to and be relevant to the public."
The clip features Gaga with some razor-blade sunglasses. She explained to MTV News: "I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends - don't do this at home! - they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths. That tough female sprit 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.'"
When this reached #1 in the UK, Lady Gaga became the first solo female artist to have three chart-toppers in a calendar year.
There's a healthy bit of gibberish in the lyrics ("Roma Roma-ma"), as well as some French. The French part is: "Je veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche," which translates to "I want your love and I want your revenge."
A congratulary ra ra to Lady Gaga is in order as when this song climbed to the top of Billboard's Top 40 Airplay Chart dated January 17, 2010, the New York hitmaker became the first artist in the tally's 17-year history to send her first five singles to the #1 spot. Said Gaga to Billboard magazine, "Just six months ago, 'Bad Romance' was nothing but a dream, a recurring melody, a lyric hidden on a napkin on my tour bus. Now, it's my fifth #1 record, and a reminder to fans to always follow their dreams. I would like to thank all my beautiful little monsters and my incredibly supportive team for the most memorable year of my life. To have had such a phenomenal reception to my second album, The Fame Monster, is life-changing. I'm so happy I could die."
In the video Gaga's eyes were digitally altered to make them look bigger and bolder. Several Asian contact lens companies manufacture a product known as 'circle lenses,' which covers part of the white area in the eyes to make the pupil look larger. Encouraged by Gaga's wide-eyed look, American teenagers flocked to buy these lenses online in the aftermath of the clip's release, despite opticians warning that the lack of quality control could lead to problems like eye infections, damage to vision, and even loss of sight.
The song's promo received ten nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, tying with Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer
" for the record of most nominations for a single video. It went on to win seven of the categories including the prestigious Video of the Year award.
This won Best Song at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards. The singer also won the trophies for Best Pop and Best Female at the ceremony.
This was the top-selling single of 2010 in Europe, according to the Billboard European Hot 100. Runner up was Kesha's "TiK ToK
" and in third place was the Black Eyed Peas' "Meet Me Halfway
The Fame Monster was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide. The extended version of Gaga's 2008 debut The Fame scored 5.8 million sales around the world in 2010, finishing ahead of Eminem's Recovery, which came in second with sales of 5.7 million and Justin Bieber was in third place with combined sales of My World and My World 2 totalling 5.7 million.
This was a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Gaga performed her song "Born This Way
" at the ceremony, where The Fame Monster
also won for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Music licensing company PPL announced that this song had the most plays on radio and in public places in the UK in 2010. In second place was Eminem's "Empire State of Mind
and in third another Gaga tune, Alejandro
At Bill Clinton's 65th birthday celebration held at the Hollywood Bowl on October 15, 2011, Lady Gaga performed a special version of this song for the former president reworked as "Bill Romance." Gaga then told him, "If someone had told me so many years ago I'd be doing that right in front of you... I would have given them a good American 'F--k you.'"
Gaga closed out her halftime performance at the 2017 Super Bowl with a rendition of this song, rocking a football theme with a very fashionable set of shoulder pads. Her backup dancers also wore designer helmets and pads.
Grammar geeks cringe when they hear the offending lyric, "You and me could write a bad romance." Me
is an objective pronoun and can't perform an action like writing, so the subjective pronoun I
is needed: "You and I could write a bad romance." After all, you would never say, "Me could write a bad romance."
Gaga made a similar error on her hit "You and I
This was chosen by the writers of Billboard magazine
in July 2018 as their best video of the 21st century to date. They explained that it "went beyond the kind of spectacle" that rising artists such as Lady Gaga "had the resources to pull off." Billboard
added: "It offered a glimpse into an entire cinematic world that thrilled and disturbed in equal measure, expanding the possibilities of what a music video could achieve - and challenging other stars to step their game up at the same time."