Americano (song)

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"Americano"
Song by Lady Gaga from the album Born This Way
Released May 23, 2011
Recorded 2010; Bus Tour, Europe
Genre
Length 4:06
Label
Writer
Producer
  • Lady Gaga
  • Fernando Garibay
  • DJ White Shadow
Born This Way track listing
"Judas"
(4)
"Americano"
(5)
"Hair"
(6)

"Americano" is a song recorded by American recording artist Lady Gaga, taken from her second studio album, Born This Way (2011). The song was written by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair, and Cheche Alara, while production was done by Gaga, Garibay, and DJ White Shadow. It combines mariachi, house, and techno genres with elements from Latin music. Lyrically, the song talks about same-sex marriage.

Critical response to "Americano" was mixed, some praised the track's musical style and its message about same-sex marriage, but other, especially Spanish and Mexican music critics, criticized Gaga's Spanish pronuncuation. Some of whom compared the song's theme to Gaga's previous hit "Alejandro" (2010). "Americano" charted at number 17 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs and number 98 on the South Korean Gaon International Download Chart. Gaga debuted the song in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 3, 2011, and later she performed the track on a number of shows, including her 2012 Born This Way Ball tour.

Background[edit]

A collaborative effort between Gaga, Fernando Garibay, DJ White Shadow, Paul Blair, and Cheche Alara,[1] "Americano" was influenced by the events surrounding the repeal of the controversial California Proposition 8—a ballot proposition that defined marriage as a union between opposite-sex couples, thereby prohibiting and invalidating same-sex marriage throughout the state—as well as the growing struggles of Mexican immigrants. "The song was directly inspired by events that happened that day," recalled Garibay, in his interview with MTV. "It was in August, in the middle of summer, last year, and it was when Prop 8 was overturned in California. And there was a lot happening with immigration and the border issues and she pushed, she said she wanted to make this song really Mexican, with the struggle the Mexican people have gone through for freedom, for a better life, and so those ideas are directly implemented in the song." Gaga, an ardent opponent of the law, was compelled to create new music following the repeal of Proposition 8. The singer's main objective was to "go full on Mexicano", a sentiment that Garibay was not used to hearing, as most people in the music industry professed that Latin-inspired music was "a bit cheesy". According to the producer, "We started with me on guitar and her on piano, kind of wrote the lyric on the spot, and she sang it all the way through, and that's how the song was born."[2] "Americano" was previewed on FarmVille on May 20, 2011 in conjunction with the release of Born This Way.[3]

Composition and critical reception[edit]

"Americano" is a mariachi,[4] house,[5] and techno[6] track. It also features elements from Latin music.[7]

Lady Gaga performing "Americano" on The Born This Way Ball Tour, in an artificial recreation of her infamous "meat dress".

Andrew Unterberger of Popdust wrote that the pulsating synths are pretty cool and if you thought that "Hernando's Hideaway" needed a homoerotic dancefloor update, then you will be very, very happy that this song exists. He also added that Gaga's attempt at a Spanish accent is predictably miserable, and the entire exercise ends up sounding grating and impossibly cheesy. The song was given two out of five "lightning bolts".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Americano" debuted and peaked at 17 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs on the week ending in June 11, 2011. The song stayed on the chart for five weeks.[9]

Live performances[edit]

Gaga debuted the song in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 3, 2011. She said in Spanish "Escribí ésta canción acerca las injustas leyes de inmigración en mi país. Queremos justicia" (I wrote this song about the unjust immigration laws in my country. We want justice). Then in Mexico City, she performed the song at Foro Sol to 55,000 per show on May 5 and 6, 2011. Garibay appeared on the stage to play the guitar on May 5, 2011. Gaga performed "Americano" on her The Born This Way Ball Tour.[10] She wore a modified version of her famous meat dress and performed the song while carrying a shot gun.

Covers[edit]

The song was covered on the American TV series Glee in the episode "The New Rachel". Sung by Kate Hudson, it was in a mashup with the Jennifer Lopez (featuring Pitbull) song "Dance Again". The song was also used in the ending of Puss in Boots.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download

  • "Americano" – 4:06

Born This Way: The Remix

  • "Americano" (Gregori Klosman Remix) - 6:07[11]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Born This Way album liner notes.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs[9] 17
South Korea Gaon International Chart[12] 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Born This Way (liner notes). Lady Gaga. Interscope Records. 2011. B0015374-72. 
  2. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (May 24, 2011). "Lady Gaga Wanted To Go 'Full Mexicano' On 'Americano'". MTV (Viacom). Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Shaul, Brandy (May 20, 2011). "FarmVille GagaVille Born This Way Quest: Everything you need to know". AOL. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Dan (May 17, 2011). "Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way' - Track-By-Track Album Review". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Corner, Lewis (May 4, 2011). "Lady GaGa performs new track 'Americano'". Digital Spy (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ McCormick, Neil (May 19, 2011). "Lady Gaga's Born This Way: track-by-track review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jonze, Tim (May 18, 2011). "Lady Gaga: Born This Way — Review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://popdust.com/2011/05/18/lady-gaga-americano-leak-new/
  9. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/306341/lady+gaga/chart
  10. ^ http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/lady-gaga/news/born-this-way-ball-tour-south-korea-review/
  11. ^ http://www.ladygaga.com/news/default.aspx?nid=36947&aid=599&utm_source=rss&utm_campaign=rss&utm_medium=News&utm_content=nid_36947
  12. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week, May 22, 2011 to May 25, 2011)" (To access the applicable chart, change "년 (Year)" to "2011" and select the week) (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2012-05-17.