"Hey Girl" is a song written by Lady Gaga and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, for Gaga's fifth studio album Joanne. She performed a small snippet of the song October 5, 2016 during her interview with 102.7 KIIS FM. The track is the only collaboration on the album.
Rumors about collaboration started when Florence shared an Instagram picture of her standing in front of a baby blue Ford Bronco – the same custom car Gaga was photographed driving earlier the same week. They were also both spotted with Mark Ronson in California. During an interview with BBC1 Radio, Gaga spoke about the collaboration on the album, "There's a feature on the album that I think you will be very excited about. Me and Florence Welch did a duet together. I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl. You’ll see why when you see what the song is about." She continued, "I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really to me if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible." During and interview with Beats1, Zane Lowe has asked her about the making process of the song and she replied: "Love that record. [...] I remember when she [Florence] came in and I was like o.k. I want to go back and forth [...] and she was like "Why are we going back and forth [...] I should just sing the second verse in this" and I was like "No! [...] There's got to be a conversation. We got to talk to each other. I need to women having it out and the coming together""
- During the encore of the Joanne World Tour performance in Denver, Gaga sang a snippet of "Hey Girl" to a fan. The lyrics she sang were: "Hey girl, can you hear me? Are you holding out your heart?"
- The recording session of "Hey Girl" between Welch and Gaga was featured in the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two. It took place at Mark Ronson's house.
|Written by||Lady Gaga, Florence Welch and Mark Ronson|
|Produced by||Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga and BloodPop®|
|Recorded by||Joshua Blair and assisted by David "Squirrel" Covell at Shangri-La Studios, Malibu, CA |
Jens Jungkurth, Joshua Blair and assisted by Michael Harris, Christopher Cerullo, Chris Claypool at Vox Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Brett “123” Shaw at 123 Studios, London,
|Mixed by||Tom Elmhirst and assisted by Joe Visciano, Brandon Bost at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY|
|Mastered by||Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY|
|Track Participants||Lady Gaga — Piano|
Homer Steinweiss — Drums
Nicholas Movshon — Bass
Thomas Brenneck — Guitar
Victor Axelrod — Synthesizer
Florence Welch — Vocalist
Jack Byrne — Guitar
Kelsey Lu — Cello
Tom Moth — Harp
BloodPop® — Rhythm Programming for GenPop Corp.
|Florence Welch appears courtesy of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.|