"Sour Candy" is a song by Lady Gaga from her sixth studio album, Chromatica. The song features South Korean girl group Blackpink. It was released on May 28, 2020, one day before the album release. The track was written by Gaga, Michael Tucker, Matthew Burns, Rami Yacoub and Madison Emiko Love, and produced by BloodPop® and Burns.
After release of the Chromatica tracklisting many of Gaga's collaborators reposted it with a description saying what track they contributed in. One of those was Madison Love, who acknowledged that she co-wrote "Sour Candy". Gaga decided to collaborate on that song with BlackPink after solo "ready-to-release" version of the song was finished.
Release and promotion
The release of the song was announced by Gaga via her social media platforms a day before the release of Chromatica. The audio for the song uplaoded to Gaga's official VEVO account garnerned the biggest debut for an all-female collaboration in YouTube history. An animated lyric video directed by Sam Rolfes was released on June 16, 2020.
|Label: Interscope, Streamline|
Format: Digital download, streaming
Released: May 28, 2020
Catalog #: N/A
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending
|1.||"Sour Candy" (with Blackpink)||02:37|
|May 28, 2020||Digital download • streaming||Interscope|
In the lyric video five fairy-like creatures can be seen dancing and floating in the air on, – what seems like, – the planet Chromatica. Each of these creatures represent a specific tribe: Jennie is Freedom Fighter, Lisa – Cyber Kid, Rose – Kindness Punk, Jisoo – Droplet Symbol (name of tribe associated with this symbol is still unknown), Gaga – Chromatica. Lyrics appear in the upper-left corner in both Korean and English alongside the face of the singer. Faces are seen morphing into different looks of each artist.
Sam Rolfes, director of the lyric video said on his Twitter that all characters were puppetted live in Virtual Reality. He also added that the creative team spent a long time flying around with them, getting to know their personalities and how they moved, so they could dance together.
|Written by||Lady Gaga, Michael Tucker, Matthew Burns, Rami Yacoub and Madison Love|
|Produced by||BloodPop® and Burns|
|Vocal Produced by||Benjamin Rice|
|Background Vocals by||Madison Love|
|Recorded by||Benjamin Rice at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles|
|Mixed by||Benjamin Rice and Tom Norris at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles |
Assisted by E. Scott Kelly
|Mastered by||Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY|
|Track Participants||Drums, Bass, Keyboards & Percussion by Bloodpop® and Burns|
|Blackpink Appears Courtesy of YG Entertainment/Interscope Records.|