"Stupid Love" is a song written by Lady Gaga from her sixth studio album, Chromatica. The song was shown to be playing on her phone on October 29, 2019 via Twitter. The song was released on February 28, 2020. The track was written by Gaga, Max Martin, Ely Rise, Michael Tucker and Martin Bresso, and produced by BloodPop® and Tchami with co-produced by Martin.

Gaga announced the single originally via Twitter and a billboard in Los Angeles, California.

Background

"Stupid Love" is a high-spirited electro-pop track where Lady Gaga can be heard singing about falling for someone and irrefutably wanting their love.

In an interview New Music Daily with Zane Lowe on Apple Music which was released on the day of release of "Stupid Love" (February 28, 2020) Lady Gaga talked about creating this song and working with Max Martin for the first time, also with BloodPop, and Tchami on it:

This was me, Bloodpop and Tchami, I worked with Max on this a little bit, I mean, he is-is an amazing producer, I’ve never worked with him, I’ve always sort of gone, I write my own music, I produce myself, I don’t need to work with Max, right? And I decided to stop being asshole, meet him at least – You know? And he has sent over, basically, I sang over a track that BloodPop made, who were in the studio, we sent over what I sang to Max, Max picked some parts out, sent it back to me, and then I wrote lyrics and used some of the melody that he chose, that he sent back to me and I kind of spliced it all together and then I went to his studio, and sat down at a piano and I played Stupid Love on a piano with chords. And I looked at him and I said, that’s what I’ve got for you, and to me, this song can only stand on it’s two feet, even with a great track, if you can play it on a piano and it still sounds like a hit. And he was-he was like, I love it, get in the booth. I warmed up my voice, got in the booth, I sang it, and what you’re hearing on Stupid Love is what we did that day. But I have to hand it to Bloodpop and Tchami also for, you know, just incredible production on the record and the amount of love that they wrapped around me every single day.

Lady Gaga on Apple Music

Also in this interview when asked how it compared to making "Joanne" as well as how "Stupid Love" was created, Lady Gaga responded:

This was much more like, 'You know what, guys? It turns out, I just sobbed for three minutes and this is what came out, and this is what should be there'. And it was so real and it was so, like, like, all my gears, all my musical bells, all my artistic thoughts, the way that I see music and experience music like a wall of sound, everything was just firing on all cylinders and it made me feel so happy because I thought to myself, wow, even when you feel six feet under, you can still fire on all cylinders.

Lady Gaga on Apple Music

Lady Gaga talked about "Stupid Love" on Kiss FM:

Stupid Love is a really special song to me. I worked on it with a few different people, BloodPop and Tchami Being some of them as well as Max Martin. I wrote this song with a lot of love in my heart and a lot of belief that the world operates because of kindness and love.I think that for some of us, it’s easier to love and for others it’s harder to love and the more vulnerable we are, the more brave we are to open ourselves up, to really, really love each other. I think that love heals the world, I think it keeps us together. It’s how we survive as a planet and I wanted to make a song that really celebrated love and reminded us all how important it is.

Lady Gaga on Kiss FM

On May 18, 2020, a lip sync video was released for the song, promoting Lady Gaga's Haus Laboratories eyeshadow palette named after "Stupid Love". The video features influencers from the world of makeup Aaliyah Jay, Manny, Patrick Star, and Sadaf, including drag queens Alaska and Aquaria.

On August 30, 2020, Lady Gaga performed "Stupid Love" as the final song of a medley of songs from Chromatica at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. She started the performance with a stripped-down rendition of the song, playing on a brain-shaped piano. She then gave a short speech about the importance of being kind and wearing a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After being joined by her dancers on stage, she continued with a live band version of "Stupid Love".

Release and promotion

Lady Gaga via Instagram
(Oct 29, 2019)

A mysterious snippet of the song surfaced on August 20, 2019 on Twitter, which was seemingly confirmed when the user who posted the snippet received a copyright claim from Universal Music Group three days later[1], confirming the song’s title. On October 29, 2019 Lady Gaga posted a picture to her Twitter and Instagram accounts of a Halloween pumpkin she painted. In the corner of the photo was an iPod Touch; when zoomed in it appeared to show "Stupid Love" being played on the device.

"can y’all stop"
Lady Gaga via Twitter
(Jan 22, 2020)

Adding fuel to the fire, The Sun published an article claiming Lady Gaga’s lead single will be released on February 7, 2020, which was quickly refuted by her team on January 16, 2020. Two days later, an extended snippet leaked via Snapchat, resulting in “Stupid Love” trending on Twitter[2], which led to the entire song leaking in high quality on January 22, 2020. The song went viral on Twitter. Gaga responded to the leak by tweeting "can y'all stop" with a stock photo of a young girl wearing a balaclava while listening to music on a cassette player.

In an interview for Paper it was said that Lady Gaga was well aware that "Stupid Love" leaked in January 22, 2020, long before she'd planned for anyone to hear it. She jokes that when hackers typically find her material, they'll leak their favorite, which validated her decision to make the track open the Chromatica era. Many fans figured she'd rush it out, but Lady Gaga wasn't interested in releasing anything half-baked. She said:

There was a minute where me and my manager, Bobby, were talking, 'Do we change the single?' We'd just spent months and months developing this video and choreography. And I said, 'Nope!' You know why? Because the song, when it's mixed, mastered and finished with the visuals, and everything I have to say about it — when all those things come together at once, that will be the art piece I'm making. Not a leak.

Lady Gaga for Paper

During Lady Gaga's AT&T TV Super Saturday Night concert on Ferbuary 1, 2020 at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami many fans in attendance shouted out "Stupid Love" in hopes she’d play it. But she did not perform this song, despite requests from audience members and her reaction to one fan screaming "Stupid Love" went viral, and another meme of 2020 was born.

Promotional billboard in 8240 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

Gaga announced the song's release via social media on February 25, 2020. The announcement was accompanied with a photograph of a billboard in Los Angeles that had "an image of the song’s title splashed across an image of bright pink lips." The billboard also features stills from the music video embedded to the right of the center text, as well as a silhouette of characters in the video ingrained in the text. The word "Chromatica" is written twice on the billboard: one vertically adjacent to the music video stills, and again as the last line of the copyright message in the lower left corner. The prominence of this word led news outlets to speculate the title of Gaga's sixth studio album.

After much speculation regarding the track’s official release, Lady Gaga finally confirmed it would be released on February 28, 2020 at 12:00 AM EST.

Digital Release

Stupid Love artwork.jpg Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Digital download, streaming
Released: February 28, 2020
Design: Studio Pending
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love"   3:13

Physical releases

Picture Disc Vinyl

Stupid Love picture disc.png Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: 7" vinyl in a transparent plastic
Released: February 28, 2020
Catalog #: B0032053-21
Barcode: 0602508876165
Design: Studio Pending
   

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Side A
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love"   3:13
Side B
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love" (Instrumental) 3:13

CD Single

Stupid Love CD.png Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cardboard
Released: February 28, 2020
Catalog #: B0032052-32
Barcode: 0602508881138
Design: Studio Pending
   

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# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love"   3:13
2. "Stupid Love" (Instrumental) 3:13

Cassette

Stupid Love cassette.png Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Cassette
Released: February 28, 2020
Catalog #: B0032054-24
Barcode: 0602508881145
Design: Studio Pending
   

602508881145.png

Side A
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love"   3:13
Side B
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love" (Instrumental) 3:13

Vitaclub Mix

On May 15, 2020, Gaga released the official remix titled "Vitaclub Warehouse Mix", the track was produced by Bloodpop and Burns. The remix is also featured as a bonus track on the international deluxe edition of Chromatica.

Stupid Love Vitaclub Mix artwork.jpg Label: Interscope, Streamline
Format: Digital download, streaming
Released: May 15, 2020
Design: Studio Pending
# Name Time
1. "Stupid Love" (Vitaclub Warehouse Mix feat. Vitaclub) 3:40

Remixes

Remix Length Releases Year
Vitaclub Warehouse Mix feat. Vitaclub 3:40 Chromatica deluxe edition 2020
Ellis Remix 3:38
MASTERIA Remix 2:31 Gaga Radio
MNNR Remix 3:04

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog # Barcode
Worldwide Feb 28, 2020 Digital download • streaming Interscope
Streamline
N/A
Us.png Vinyl B0032053-21 0602508876165
CD single B0032052-32 0602508881138
Cassette B0032054-24 0602508881145
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal N/A
United Kingdom Feb 29, 2020
Australia Mar 2, 2020
Us.png Hot adult contemporary radio Interscope
Streamline
Mar 3, 2020 Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom Mar 7, 2020 Hot adult contemporary radio Universal
Worldwide May 15, 2020 Vitaclub Mix
(Digital download, streaming)
Interscope
Streamline

Spotify

Performances

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Lyrics

You're the one that I've been waiting for
Gotta quit this crying
Nobody's gonna heal me if I don't open the door
Kinda hard to believe (gotta have faith in me)

I freak out, freak out, freak out, freak out (look at me)
I get down, get down, get down, get down (look at me)
I freak out, I freak out, freak out, freak out
Look at me now

'Cause all I ever wanted was love
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah
All I ever wanted was love
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah, hey yeah yeah (hey yeah, hey yeah)

I want your stupid love, love
I want your stupid love, love
(Oh...)

Now it's time to free me from the shame
I gotta find that peace, is it too late
Or could this love protect me from the pain?
I would battle for you (even if I break in two)

I freak out, freak out, freak out, freak out (look at me)
I get down, get down, get down, get down (look at me)
I freak out, I freak out, freak out, freak out
Look at me now

'Cause all I ever wanted was love
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah
All I ever wanted was love
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah yeah (Ooh ooh)
Hey yeah, hey yeah yeah (hey yeah, hey yeah)

I want your stupid love, love
I want your stupid love, love
(Oh...)

I don't need a reason (oh)
Not sorry, I want your stupid love
I don't need a reason (oh)
Not sorry, I want your stupid love
Hey yeah! hey yeah! oh!

I want your stupid love, love (oh, oh, woo)
We got a stupid love, love
(Oh)
I want your stupid love, love
(Oh)
I want your stupid love, love

Music video


Stupid_Love
Premiere date February 28, 2020
Director(s) Daniel Askill
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti
Choreographer Richard Jackson
Director of photography Sebastian Wintero

Background

The video was filmed on January 24, 2020. In an interview for Paper it was said about “Stupid Love” music video and Lady Gaga talked about hard work of filming it: "Stupid Love" is wildly ambitious, with an iPhone-shot music video that saw 50 dancers film for two days straight in the hot, dry California desert. In it, her "Kindness Punks" — dressed in that same bubblegum-pink shade Gaga wears in her studio — rush to break up a fight between different tribes segmented by colors. Gaga presents as a warrior leader, with the Chromatica symbol on her forehead like a third eye and accessories that resemble armor, from a massively spiked belt to a full-face shield. In addition to the "Kindness Punks," of which Gaga is a member, there are the "Freedom Fighters" in blue, "Junkyard Scavengers" in black, "Government Officials" in red, "Eco Warriors" in green and "Cyber Kids" in yellow. By the end, they all ultimately find mutual peace and dance together as a full spectrum.

This experience, Gaga says, further proved her newfound appreciation for the power of nature over technology. Prior to filming, Gaga rehearsed for three days and her dancers immediately followed with five of their own. Her longtime choreographer, Richard Jackson, who's responsible for movement in everything from "Telephone" to "Applause," had the challenge of creating and teaching dances that would last the duration of "Stupid Love" without stopping. Gaga gushes:

I want you to imagine people dancing for eight to 10 hours straight. I watched them work so hard — the blood and sweat. Scrapes from dancing in the desert or getting poked in the eye from a stud that knocked them in the face. They're breathing in sand, they can't see. The conditions alone were ridiculous.

Lady Gaga for Paper

After extensive rehearsal, a drone was finally used to film the scene on-site, though it didn't have nearly the same drive as Gaga and her dancers. "The damn thing lasts three-and-a-half minutes" before dying, Gaga laughs.

I was like, 'Oh, are you tired? Was that choreography too hard for you?' And I had another epiphany: I said, 'I can't even rely on this drone to capture this shot for me. But these dancers behind me? Their bodies are killing them, they all feel like fainting. That is more powerful than anything. The human spirit is remarkable.' I told the dancers before we left for the desert, 'This might be the hardest thing you've ever done, and if it's not, I did it wrong. But you can do it, and when you look back on this time, you'll remember how strong you are.'

Lady Gaga for Paper

Tribes

CGI Renderings

Concept behind the music video was Gaga's, while Jonathan Zawada is the artist who did the rendering for it.

Images

Main articles: Mason Poole, Adrienne Raquel
  1. Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Laurel DeWitt, and an articulated fingers by Gary Fay.
  2. Lady Gaga wears a custom latex outfit by Vex Clothing, and a choker by Funk Plus.
  3. Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Kaimin, a custom bra and panties by Ezgi Cinar, and a custom visor by Rinaldy Yunardi.

Synopsis and fashion credits

At the beginning of the music video, the situation on Chromatica is described with the following text: „The world rots in conflict. Many tribes battle for dominance. While the Spiritual ones pray and sleep for peace, the Kindness Punks fight for Chromatica“. In the opening scene Freedom Fighters and Government Officials are seen fighting with each while Eco Warriors, Cyber Kids and Junkyard Scavengers are cheering them on. Kindness Punks, - Gaga as their leader, - runs towards the conflict episenter to eradicate discord among other tribes.

Kindness Punks start dancing and all the other tribes, one by one, unite with them. Finally, every single one of them is seen dancing simultaneously; and the peace is restored.

  1. Lady Gaga wears a custom latex outfit by Vex Clothing, a belt by Bitchfist, a choker by Funk Plus, and boots by Demonia customized by Conrad Muscarella and Marta del Rio.
  2. Lady Gaga wears a corset and a bodysuit by Wiederhoeft, a jacket by Dust & Beau, shoes by Buffalo customized by Marina Hoermanseder, and a custom helmet-visor by Philip Treacy.
  3. Lady Gaga wears a custom outfit by Kaimin, a custom bra and panties by Ezgi Cinar, a custom visor by Rinaldy Yunardi, boots by Demonia customized by Conrad Muscarella and Marta del Rio, and a large fishnet glove by Leg Avenue.
  4. Lady Gaga wears a custom bikini by Candice Cuoco, and a custom boots by Cape Robbin.

Behind the scenes

Merchandise

Credits

Written by Lady Gaga, Max Martin, Ely Rise, Michael Tucker & Martin Bresso
Produced by BloodPop® and Tchami
Co-Produced by Max Martin
Vocal Produced by Benjamin Rice and Max Martin
Recorded by Benjamin Rice at MXM Studios, Conway Recording Studios and EastWest Studios, Los Angeles Us.png
Mixed by Tchami, Benjamin Rice and Tom Norris at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles Us.png
Assisted by E. Scott Kelly
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY Us.png
Track Participants Drums by Tchami and John "JR" Robinson
Bass, Keyboards, Guitar(s), Percussion and Programming by BloodPop and Tchami
Published by
  • Sony/ATV Songs LLC / House of Gaga Publishing LLC (BMI)
  • OWSLA Music Publishing, LLC/Check Your Pulse, LLC (ASCAP)

Video credits

Date January 23-25, 2020
Camera iPhone 11 Pro by Apple
Location Trona Pinnacles, Trona, CA Us.png
Director Daniel Askill
Editor Lorina Askill
Director of Photography Sebastian Wintero
Photography Mason Poole and Adrienne Raquel
Production Serial Pictures
Post-Production Heckler
Color Grading Greg Constantaras at Heckler
Creative Producer Catherine Terracini
Styling Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Make-up Sarah Nicole Tanno at Haus of Gaga
Hair Frederic Aspiras at Haus of Gaga

References

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