The Remix

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The Remix
A young blond woman stands naked with her right hand above her head and wearing a black glove on her left hand. Parts of her body, like her breasts and stomach are covered with thin stripes of newspaper. Behind her, a panorama of buildings can be seen. To her right, the words "Lady Gaga" and "The Remix" are written in white capital font and slanted from top to bottom.
Remix album by Lady Gaga
Released March 3, 2010
Recorded 2008–09
Genre
Length 77:15
Label
Producer
Lady Gaga chronology
The Fame Monster
(2009)
The Remix
(2010)
Born This Way
(2011)
Alternative cover

The Remix is a remix album by American recording artist Lady Gaga. Released in Japan on March 3, 2010, it contains remixes of the songs from her first studio album, The Fame (2008), and her third extended play, The Fame Monster (2009). A revised version of the tracklist was prepared for release in additional markets, beginning with Mexico on May 3, 2010. A number of recording artists have produced the songs, including Pet Shop Boys, Passion Pit and The Sound of Arrows. The remixed versions feature both uptempo and downtempo compositions, with altered vocals from Gaga.

The album received mixed reviews from contemporary critics, but some noted how Gaga was able to sell the songs from The Fame in new and novel ways. It reached the top of charts in Greece and the Dance/Electronic Albums chart of Billboard magazine in the United States. In other nations, The Remix charted within the top ten in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia region), Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Billboard 200 chart of United States, while reaching the top-twenty in others. It was certified platinum in Japan and Brazil and received gold certification in Belgium and Russia. Worldwide the album has sold over 500,000 copies, and it is among the best-selling remix albums of all time.

Background[edit]

On April 15, 2010, The Guardian reported that a number of artists, including Pet Shop Boys, Passion Pit and rock musician Marilyn Manson, have contributed to a remix album by Lady Gaga, titled The Remix. The remixes included in the package had been previously released alingside Gaga's single releases in the past years.[1] The album was originally released in Japan on March 3, 2010, containing sixteen of the remixes.[2] The revised version, consisting of seventeen remixes, was released on May 3, 2010, the first market being Mexico.[3] Manson features on the Chew Fu remix of "LoveGame", while Passion Pit remixed "Telephone" and Pet Shop Boys remixed "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)". Other artists who remixed Gaga's songs included Alphabeat, Frankmusik, Stuart Price, Monarchy and Robots to Mars.[1] The album was released in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2010 and featured a different artwork for that region.[4] The US release of the album was announced by Interscope Records in July 2010 and it was released on August 3, 2010.[5]

Composition[edit]

Gaga used fragments of the Chew Fu Ghettohouse Mix version during the performance of "LoveGame" in The Monster Ball Tour.

Chuck Campbell from the California Chronicle felt that the main "trick" adopted by the producers behind The Remix, was to preserve the integrity of Gaga's nuances in her songs, at the same time bringing something new to her music.[6] The second song in the tracklist, the "LLG vs GLG Radio Mix" of "Poker Face", features a computerized chanting of the "mum-mum-mum-mah" hook of the song.[6] Stuart Price remixed "Paparazzi" into an electronic version, changing the original mid-tempo composition of the song.[6] New vocals were added on top of the song, giving it a jungle-like vibe, according to Nicki Escuerdo from Phoenix New Times.[7] She also felt that the remix of "LoveGame" featuring Manson, changed the original composition by "giving the originally innocent and fun song an almost demonic quality".[7] According to Campbell, The Monarchy Stylites remix of "Dance in the Dark" "pump[ed] extra oomph" into the song, with addition of drum beats.[6] Richard Vission's remix of "Just Dance" introduced an elastic rhythm in the song, while Frankmusik changed the soft composition of "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" to a more upbeat one, also manipulating Gaga's vocals in the process.[6][7] Campbell also added that the Passion Pit remix of "Telephone" felt like a "theatrical set up for a song that feels like it's going somewhere, but never does";[6] the remix consists of synths, with a thumping beat accompanying the song.[7] Sound of Arrows remixed "Alejandro", changing the dark nature of its music into a bright, summery jam while "Bad Romance" was remixed by Starsmith, making it a complete dance track.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Billboard 69/100[9]
Bloomberg Television 3/5 stars[10]
Daily Express 3/5 stars[11]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[12]
Entertainment Weekly (B–)[13]
The Globe and Mail Positive[14]
Phoenix New Times Positive[7]
PopMatters 3/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]

Upon its release, the album met with mixed reviews. At Metacritic it holds an aggregate score of 54 out of 100 points, indicating generally mixed or average reviews.[17] Simon Cage from the Daily Express gave the album three out of five stars and felt that although she "has a winning way with ostentatious hats", Gaga's true talent lies in selling the same album over and over again. "It’s great but… enough already!"[11] Music critic J. D. Considine, while reviewing the album for The Globe and Mail, complimented the piano and voice version of "Poker Face" adding that the latter was "the smartest track on her newest remix album". He felt that the song "brings out her inner Elton John. And yes, this move, too, is probably just another bit of calculated image management, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant."[14] Robert Copsey from Digital Spy noted that the release of The Remix was a more natural progression than music labels trying to "cash-in" by releasing something not associated with the artist. He complimented the remixers featured in the album, calling them "as vital to keeping the singer's music fresh as her Haus Of GaGa designers are to her image."[12]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, but felt that the tracklist could have been shortened. Erlewine complimented some of the remixes, including those by Pet Shop Boys and Space Cowboy, adding that The Remix "is not an essential addition to Gaga’s canon goes without saying... but there’s glitz and glamour to enjoy here."[8] Mark Beech, reviewing the album for Bloomberg Television, noticed that the already familiar tracks from Gaga "are given a new sheen by the Pet Shop Boys and sometime Madonna producer Stuart Price."[10] Nicki Escudero from Phoenix New Times gave a positive review saying that the songs featured in The Remix can be a great addition during workouts, as well as staple dance floor music. She listed the Chew Fu remix of "LoveGame" as a highlight from the album.[7] Monica Herrera from Billboard complimented the album saying "Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable producers to make her dance-ready smashes from The Fame and The Fame Monster even more danceworthy."[9] Giving it three out of five stars, Caryn Ganz from Rolling Stone noted an uneven sequencing among the tracks in The Remix. She felt that the Passion Pit remix of "Telephone" was the best remix on the album.[16]

Chart performance[edit]

Following the album's release in Japan, it debuted at number nine on the Oricon Albums Chart.[18] On the issue dated May 17, 2010, the album moved to a new peak of seven and has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of 250,000 copies.[19][20] In Australia, The Remix entered the ARIA Albums Chart at its peak position of number 12 on May 16, 2010, remaining on the chart for a total of five weeks.[21] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number three on the official UK Albums Chart dated May 22, 2010, and has sold 132,000 copies according to The Official Charts Company.[22][23] Across Europe, the album debuted at seven on the European Top 100 Albums chart of Billboard.[24] In Romania, it has opened at number-two behind Gaga's debut album The Fame and being followed by her sophomore major release The Fame Monster at number three. In 2010, the album sold 6,500 copies. As of October, 2012 the album has sold 12,000 copies in Romania being certified Gold by the Uniunea Producatorilor de Fonograme din Romania. It also reached the top of the charts in Greece, while attaining top-ten positions in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.[25]

In the United States, The Remix charted at number six on the Billboard 200 dated August 21, 2010, with 39,000 copies sold.[26] It became Gaga's third top ten album on the Billboard 200. It also debuted at number one on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums making this Gaga's third number one entry on the chart.[27] The same week, her studio albums The Fame and The Fame Monster were at positions two and three respectively. Billboard chart manager Keith Caulfield noted that Gaga became the first act to occupy the chart's top three positions, in its nine-year history.[28] She additionally charted on the Billboard 200 with The Fame at number 12 and The Fame Monster at number 27, marking the first time an artist placed three concurrent titles in the top 30 since 1993, when Garth Brooks last achieved the feat on the January 23, 1993, chart by placing four sets in the top 30: The Chase at number two, Beyond the Season at number 23, Ropin' the Wind at number 26 and No Fences at number 29.[29] According to Nielsen SoundScan, The Remix has sold 308,000 copies in US as of March 2014.[30] In Canada, the album debuted at five on the Canadian Albums Chart issue dated May 22, 2010, and remained on the chart for a total of ten weeks.[31][32][33] The Remix has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide, and it is among the best-selling remix albums of all time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Tracklisting as per the music label pressings for the International and Japanese edition, and Allmusic for US edition.[2][8]

International edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Just Dance" (Richard Vission Remix) (featuring Colby O'Donis) Lady Gaga, RedOne, Aliaune Thiam RedOne (remix and additional production by Richard Vission) 6:15
2. "Poker Face" (LLG vs. GLG Radio Mix Remix) Lady Gaga, RedOne RedOne (remix and additional production by Guéna LG) 4:03
3. "LoveGame" (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix) (featuring Marilyn Manson) Lady Gaga, RedOne Chew Fu 5:21
4. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (Frankmusik Remix) Lady Gaga, Martin Kierszenbaum Kierszenbaum (remix and additional production by Frankmusik) 3:49
5. "Paparazzi" (Stuart Price Remix) Lady Gaga, Rob Fusari Fusari, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Stuart Price) 3:21
6. "Boys Boys Boys" (Manhattan Clique Remix) Lady Gaga, RedOne RedOne (remix and additional production by Manhattan Clique) 2:50
7. "The Fame" (Glam as You Remix) Lady Gaga, Kierszenbaum Kierszenbaum (remix and additional production by Guéna LG) 3:57
8. "Bad Romance" (Starsmith Remix) RedOne, Lady Gaga RedOne, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Starsmith) 4:57
9. "Telephone" (Passion Pit Remix) (featuring Beyoncé) Lady Gaga, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Lazonate Franklin, Beyoncé Jerkins, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Passion Pit) 5:14
10. "Alejandro" (Sound of Arrows Remix) RedOne, Lady Gaga RedOne, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by The Sound of Arrows) 3:59
11. "Dance in the Dark" (Monarchy 'Stylites' Remix) Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay Garibay, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Monarchy) 6:10
12. "Just Dance" (Deewaan Remix) (featuring Ashking, Wedis, Lush, and Young Thoro) Lady Gaga, RedOne, Thiam RedOne (remix and additional production by Deewaan) 4:16
13. "LoveGame" (Robots to Mars Remix) Lady Gaga, RedOne RedOne (remix and additional production by Robots to Mars) 3:12
14. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (Pet Shop Boys Remix) Lady Gaga, Kierszenbaum Kierszenbaum (remix and additional production by Pet Shop Boys) 2:49
15. "Poker Face" (Live at The Cherrytree House Piano & Voice Version) Lady Gaga, RedOne Kierszenbaum 3:39
16. "Bad Romance" (Grum Remix) RedOne, Lady Gaga RedOne, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Grum) 4:53
17. "Telephone" (Alphabeat Remix) (featuring Beyoncé) Lady Gaga, Jerkins, Daniels, Franklin, Beyoncé Jerkins, Lady Gaga (co) (remix and additional production by Alphabeat) 4:48

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits and personnel adapted as per Allmusic.[34]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[2][55] March 3, 2010 CD, digital download Universal Music
Australia[56] April 30, 2010
Poland[57]
Canada[58] May 4, 2010
Colombia[59] CD Universal Music, Interscope
Philippines[60] CD, digital download Universal Music
Italy[61]
Mexico[62]
United Kingdom[63] Interscope
Brazil[64] May 5, 2010 Universal Music
Germany[65] May 7, 2010
United States[66][67] August 3, 2010 CD, vinyl, digital download Streamline, Kon Live, Cherrytree, Interscope

See also[edit]

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