Bang Bang ( song)

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"Bang Bang"
Single by
from the album Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby and #willpower
Released June 26, 2013
Recorded 2012
Length 4:38
Label Interscope
Writer(s) William Adams, James P. Johnson, Cecil Mack, Sonny Bono
Producer(s) singles chronology
"Crazy Kids"
"Bang Bang"
"Fall Down"
Music video
"Bang Bang" on YouTube

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by American producer and rapper featuring the vocals of Shelby Spalione. The single[1] features as the third track on the soundtrack album of the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby. "Bang Bang" is also featured on deluxe edition of's fourth studio album #willpower, and an alternate version of the song featuring vocals from Leah McFall is included on the compilation Now 86.


"Bang-Bang" is an up-tempo fusion of 1920s jazz instrumentals along with synthpop elements.[2][3][4] The track features partially Louis Armstrong-inspired lead vocals by and additional sing-along by guest vocalist Nicole Scherzinger.[5] It incorporates elements of the 1923 Cecil MackJames P. Johnson composition "Charleston".[4] Lyrics include the line "My baby shot me down" from the 1966 song "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by American recording artist Cher, written by Sonny Bono.[6]

Live performances[edit] performed "Bang Bang" live on May 2, 2013 during the season 12 finale of American Idol.[7] He also performed the song in the United Kingdom with Leah McFall during the final of the second season of The Voice UK.[8] The original version of "Bang Bang" rose to a peak of number three on the UK Singles Chart following the performance.[9] later hinted that a duet version of the song with McFall would be officially released.[8]


In April 2013, controversy arose over allegations that two songs from #willpower – "Bang Bang" and "Let's Go" – may have used unauthorized samples from the EDM instrumentals "Epic" by Sandro Silva and Quintino and "Rebound" by Arty and Matt Zo.[10] "Bang Bang", in particular, was alleged to have copied the chord progression of the drop from "Epic".[11]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Bang Bang" was first released onto YouTube on May 20, 2013 at a total length of two minutes and fifty-seven seconds.[12] The video features a 1920s-themed speakeasy stage show by and a band playing various brass instruments.[13] He is later accompanied by Spalione in Charleston flappers-style; and his band then perform highly choreographed routines. The video also features a tap dance solo by

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 12
Belgium (Ultratop Dance Bubbling Under)[14] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 9
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[16] 83
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[17] 5
France (SNEP)[18] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 14
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 3
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[22] 1
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[23] 21


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom June 26, 2013[25] Contemporary hit radio Interscope Records
Australia September 26, 2013[26]


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  3. ^ McCabe, Kathy (May 3, 2013). "The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann delivers audacious soundtrack". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Lucy (May 3, 2013). "'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack – First Listen, Track-By-Track". NME (London). Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby'". 
  6. ^ Seale, Jack (June 22, 2013). "Andrea Begley wins The Voice UK 2013". Radio Times (London). Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ " Performs 'Bang Bang' on 'American Idol'". Rap-Up (Los Angeles). May 2, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Will.I.Am Teases Leah McFall Bang Bang Release". MTV (UK). Viacom Media Networks. July 2, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Corner, Lewis (July 1, 2013). " teases Leah McFall version of 'Bang Bang' for release". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brown, Justin (April 17, 2013). "Will.I.Am 'Rips Off' Two EDM Tracks On New Album". Mixmag (London). Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (April 17, 2013). "Black Eyed Peas Frontman Accused of Plagiarism… Again". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ " – Bang Bang (Official Video)". williamVEVO. YouTube. May 20, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ Corner, Lewis (May 21, 2013). " premieres 'Bang Bang' music video – watch". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b " – – Bang Bang" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  15. ^ " – – Bang Bang" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201331 into search. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  17. ^ " Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Euro Digital Songs for Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  18. ^ " – – Bang Bang" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  23. ^ " Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – – Bang Bang". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Bang Bang in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  25. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Playlist – 26 June 2013". BBC Radio 1. BBC. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ "News Wrap". Auspop. September 26, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.