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"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.

Background

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".[1]  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.

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Digital Release

Chromatica artwork Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Digital download, streaming
Released: May 28, 2020
Catalog #: N/A
Barcode: N/A
Photography: Norbert Schoerner
Design: Studio Pending
# Name Time
1. "Sour Candy" (with Blackpink) 02:37

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog # Barcode
Globe-green May 28, 2020 Digital download • streaming Interscope
Streamline
N/A

Lyrics

[Jennie]:
So-sour candy
(So-sour candy)

I'm sour candy, so sweet then I get a little angry, yeah
Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Lisa]:
I'm super psycho, make it crazy when I turn the lights low
Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Rose]:
Ask me to be nice and then I'll do it extra mean
Deopagaepyeojeoka, neoda wae ganaechi

[Jisoo]:
Isseo jeongae ramadulleo
Na pujanga, neo ya, neo ya

[Jennie]:
If you wanna fix me, then let's break up here and now
Geouikae meumneo nunchi gari jugikka?

[Jisoo]:
Judabomyeon neogimupsi, sorijilleowa
Uh-huh, uh-huh

[Lady Gaga]:
Oh, oh, oh, oh!

I'm hard on the outside but if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside but if you see inside, inside, inside

I might be messed up, but I know what's up
You want a real taste, at least I'm not a fake

Come, come unwrap me
Come, come unwrap me

I'll show you what's me
Close your eyes, don't peek
Now I'm undressin'
Unwrap sour candy

Come, come unwrap me
Come, come unwrap me
Come on, sour candy

Oh, oh, oh, oh!

I'm hard on the outside but if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside but if you see inside, inside, inside

[Rose]:
I'm sour candy, so sweet then I get a little angry, yeah
Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Lisa]:
I'm super psycho, make it crazy when I turn the lights low
Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Lady Gaga]:
Take a bite, take a bite
So-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
So-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
So-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
Sour candy

Lyric Video

Sour Candy (Lyric Video)

Sour Candy (Lyric Video)

Premiere date June 16, 2020
Director Sam Rolfes
Lead Animator Andy Rolfes
Producer Kara Kittel
Production Company Team Rolfes
3D Technical Artists Nicole Ruggiero, Alex Baumann, Damien Blaise
Overlay Design Kristyna Kulikova, Simon Kounovsky
FX Travis Treadway, Derric Eady, David Johnson, Undertone FX

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.

Merchandise

Credits

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 Us
Mixed by Benjamin Rice and Tom Norris at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles Us
Assisted by E. Scott Kelly
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY Us
Track Participants Drums, Bass, Keyboards & Percussion by Bloodpop® and Burns
Published by
  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • FLYEYE
Blackpink Appears Courtesy of YG Entertainment/Interscope Records.

References

  1. Madison Love on Instagram
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