Paparazzi

Album: The Fame (2008)
Charted: 4 6
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Songfacts®:

  • Lady Gaga told About.com that she intended this song to have a few different interpretations. She explained: "The song is about a few different things – it's about my struggles, do I want fame or do I want love? It's also about wooing the paparazzi to fall in love with me. It's about the media whoring, if you will, watching ersatzes make fools of themselves to their station. It's a love song for the cameras, but it's also a love song about fame or love – can you have both, or can you only have one?"
  • Lady Gaga told Arjanwrites.com that she felt this song "really defines me as an artist in a lot of ways." She explained: "It's a real Pop record but still kind of twisted too. And it has a really intelligent pop art message behind it. That's one of my favorite songs on the record. I'm really proud of that song."
  • The epic eight-minute video for this song was helmed by Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, the man behind The Prodigy's controversial "Smack My Bitch Up" clip. It stars Lady Gaga and Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, who played Meekus in the 2001 Ben Stiller movie Zoolander and the vampire Eric Northman on HBO's True Blood. Lady Gaga explained to The Canadian Press: "It has a real, genuine, powerful message about fame-whoring and death and the demise of the celebrity, and what that does to young people. The video explores ideas about sort of hyperbolic situations that people will go to in order to be famous. Most specifically, pornography and murder. These are some of the major themes in the video."
  • The video won two awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.
  • This topped the Pop Songs chart, making Gaga the first artist in the 17-year history of that tally to have four straight singles from a debut album reach #1. Her three previous chart-toppers were "Just Dance," "Poker Face" and "LoveGame."
  • The word "Paparazzi" is the Italian term for press photographers who pester celebrities. It is derived from the name of a news photographer, Paparazzo, in Fedrico Fellini's famous movie, La Dolce Vita (1960).

Comments: 17

  • Ninty from United StatesYou know, I still believe this song is about a woman that is in love with a man who doesn't love her back, so she's stalking him and hoping he caves in, constantly taking pictures and following him around, sending unwanted letters, e mails, notes, and messages in hopes he loves her back
  • Anastazia from EnglandLove this song. This, Judas, Bad romance are my best favourite lady gaga songs
  • John from Frankiln, Lai think the song is abount asking you do you want fame or love
  • Rob from Jemseg, Nb, -I have to admit, Lady Gaga would never be my first selection of music to listen given I come from a rock background. Although, whether it's rock or Lady Gaga, I would have to say I truly love her style of rhythm vocals and catchiness to her music. Therefore, I have a copy of her CD and truly love it. Suppose it's always good to expand on my repertoire of music anyway.
  • Ryan from London (y), United KingdomI LOVE how people can have so many interpretations of this song; Personally I like to think of the obbsession side more. But the 'love song for the cameras' is also a great interpretation. x
  • Gidget from Los Angeles, Camy favorite lady gaga song
    i'd been hoping for awhile that it would be her next single
    great video to i love her morbid side
    it's a great song to when you have a crush on someone
  • Emily from Around Chicago, IlI have to say, I absolutely love this song. Her voice is so pretty with the melody...I never thought I'd like Lady Gaga after I first heard Love Game, but...oh well. Still love the song :)
  • Erica from Nairobi, KenyaI love the song,the video is creative and interesting!!!
  • Nicole from Rochdale, Ali absolutly love this song !!!

    she sounds great and the eyeliner and cigerettes bit is well me :px
  • Claudia from Galloway, Njthe only part i don't like is the bad word. but everything else is AWSOME!!!!!!!
  • Julia from Princeton, KsGot to say, the lyrics freak me, but the beat is totally awesome!! And her voice on this song is pretty awesome.
  • Danielle from Philadelphia, PaI love this song!! Its amazing especially since she's saying that she will follow him... thats just awesome
  • Jeana from Sterling Heights, Milol this is a crazy stalker song..."baby you'll be famous chase you down until you love me papa paparazzi"
  • Sarah from Stockton On Tees, --"I'll follow you around, until you love me"? Yeah now thats the personality of a stalker alrite. lol
  • Amanda from Lantana, FlTheresa, i totally agree with you!first time i heard this i loved it!
  • Amanda from Lantana, Fli absolutely love this song! she's a stalker and she wont stop until he loves her. WOW!
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI fell in love with this song on first listen. This girl has guts!
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