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"Bang Bang" is the third single and first bonus track from the deluxe edition for Ariana Grande's sophomore album, My Everything and is also the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album, Sweet Talker. The song debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 3. It was released on July 29, 2014, through Republic Records.

Background Edit

Apparently, "Bang Bang" was originally written and recorded by Grande, but she hated it. However, after she heard Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on the song, she loved the song:

[It] was written for Ariana. She cut it, and she hated it. [...] So I sent it to Rob Stevenson, got Jessie J on it and then sent it to Nicki Minaj. I made them finish the record anyway [...] and then I was scared to send it to Ari. So I sent it to Monte Lipman and he said, 'Play this for Ariana.' When she heard it, she was like, 'I want it back.'

– Wendy Goldstein, Executive VP/Head of Urban A&R of Republic Records.[1]

On June 30, 2014, Jessie J tweeted that she was revealing her new single a day later and that it featured two artists. On July 1, she announced the single was called "Bang Bang", and it was a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The official release date was revealed to be July 29, 2014. In a press release, it was revealed to be the lead single from Jessie J's new album and would be included on Grande's album as well. However, on iTunes, it can only be bought from My Everything if the whole album is bought.

Composition Edit

"Bang Bang" is an up-tempo, "soulful" song, that features a "clap-heavy" production, built over "big bouncy beats and horn blasts." It's in the key of C minor, with the vocals making use of the C blues scale. The tempo is 150 BPM (Allegro). The melody of the chorus has been compared to that of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!.

Critical reception Edit

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called the song a "perfect Max Martin throwdown" that "fuses Nelly's 'Country Grammar' with Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,' which is some truly twisted pop archaeology." Carolyn Menyes from Music Times called the song "[a] Huge successful hit of Summer 2014" and thought that "[the] song is going straight to the top of the charts". Zach Frydenlund from Complex praised Jessie J's and Ariana's heavenly vocals in the song but concentrated more on Nicki's "catchy killer verse" stating that "it's Nicki who really steals the show with her verse". Jason Lipshutz from Billboard responded positively to the song, saying that the song itself "[is] composed of piercing vocals courtesy of two contemporary crooners, as well as rapid-fire spitting from the hottest female MC on the planet, "Bang Bang" rests tidily upon the Ariana Grande assertion, "See anybody could be good to you/You need a bad girl to blow your mind."

Vulture's Lindsey Weber thought the song was "no Lady Marmalade" but praised it saying "it's catchy enough to make a huge splash in the music history". Chris Martins from Spin stated that the song is "powerful", and credits Minaj for the song's noteworthy energy. "What makes the track so big? Well, um, ask Nicki Minaj." He goes on to further praise Minaj's performance on the song, affirming that "The "Anaconda"-taming MC rips a few mics on the loud and proud pop-soul song". Simon Cowell praised the song via his Twitter account, writing, "The best pop single I have heard this year is Bang Bang. It is going to be huge".[citation needed] Lewis Corner from Digital Spy gave the song four and a half stars out of five and said that is "one of the year's most electrifying pop anthems"

Commercial performance Edit

The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart at number one with 230,000 digital downloads sold in its first week. This marked the third-largest sales debut for a song in 2014, behind Grande's "Problem" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", both of which were co-written by Max Martin. The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 6, making it the third highest new entry of 2014 on that chart, also behind Grande's "Problem" and Swift's "Shake It Off". The song is Jessie J's second, Grande's fourth, and Minaj's tenth top 10 single in the United States, peaking at number 3. It became Grande's second consecutive top ten hit of 2014, after "Problem" peaked at number two. It was kept off the top spot by Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Swift's "Shake It Off". Internationally, the song has since peaked within the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Korea. In the UK, "Bang Bang" debuted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart with 92,000 downloads, becoming Jessie J's third, Grande's second, and Minaj's first number one single in the UK.

On Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs) chart, the song reached number two, becoming Minaj's highest charting single on that chart since her appearance on Canadian artist Justin Bieber's 2012 single "Beauty and a Beat" peaked at two, Jessie J's highest since her 2012 single "Domino" also peaked there, and Grande's second-highest peak after "Problem" hit number one.

Music Video Edit

Ariana, Nicki, & Jessie on the set of Bang Bang

Ariana, Nicki, and Jessie on the set of the music video

The music video for "Bang Bang" was shot all day on July 30 and July 31, 2014. It was directed by Hannah Lux Davis. It features the three ladies in different locations in New York, who meet up at the end on the top of a building for the final chorus. The video premiered at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, after which it was uploaded to Jessie J' VEVO account. It is currently available on YouTube here.[2]

Videos Edit

Gallery Edit

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To view the Bang Bang gallery, click here.

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1: Jessie J]
She got a body like an hourglass
But I can give it to you all the time
She got a booty like a Cadillac
But I can send you into overdrive
(You've been waiting for that, step on up, swing your bat)
See, anybody could be bad to you
You need a good girl to blow your mind, yeah

[Hook: Jessie J]
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
She might've let you hold her hand in school
But I'mma show you how to graduate
No, I don't need to hear you talk the talk
Just come and show me what your momma gave, oh yeah
(Okay you've got a very big shhh, mouth but don’t say a thing)
See anybody could be good to you
You need a bad girl to blow your mind

[Hook: Jessie J & Ariana Grande]
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (seat of my car) (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)

[Collision/Spoken: Nicki Minaj]
You know what, girls?
Let me show you how to do

[Verse 3: Nicki Minaj]
It’s Myx moscato, it’s frizz in a bottle
It’s Nicki Full Throttle, it’s oh, oh
Swimming in The Grotto, we winning in the lotto
We dipping in the powder blue, four door
Kitten so good, it's dripping on wood
Get a ride in the engine that could go
Batman, robbin' it, bang bang, cockin' it
Queen Nicki dominant, prominent
It's me, Jessie, and Ari, if they test me, they sorry
Ride his uh like a Harley then pull off in this Ferrari
If he hanging, we banging, phone ranging, he slanging
It ain't karaoke night but get the mic ‘cause I'm singing

[Bridge: Jessie J & (Nicki Minaj)]
(Uh, B to the A to the N to the G to the uh)
(B to the A to the N to the G to the hey)
See, anybody could be good to you
You need a bad girl to blow your mind

[Hook: Jessie J, (Ariana Grande) & Nicki Minaj]
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (oh, yeah!) (ahhh, hey!) yeah uh-huh
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (let me take you there) (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)
Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you
Yo I said, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute 'til you (ahhh, hey!)

References Edit

My Everything
August 25, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bang BangBe My BabyBest MistakeBreak FreeBreak Your Heart Right BackCadillac SongHands On MeIntroJust a Little Bit of Your HeartLove Me HarderMy EverythingOne Last TimeOnly 1ProblemToo CloseWhy TryYou Don't Know Me
Unreleased RidiculousThe Way It Is
Artists
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JNicki MinajThe WeekndZedd
Tour
The Honeymoon Tour
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