Liar (Camila Cabello song)

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"Liar"
Camila Cabello - Liar.png
Single by Camila Cabello
from the album Romance
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)
Format
Recorded2018-2019
GenreSka-pop[1]
Length3:27
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Camila Cabello singles chronology
"South of the Border"
(2019)
"Liar"
(2019)
"Shameless"
(2019)
Music video
"Liar" on YouTube

"Liar" is a song by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. It was released as one of the double lead singles off her second solo album Romance through Epic Records and Syco Music on September 5, 2019, alongside "Shameless". The song was written by Camila Cabello, Alexandra Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Jonathan Bellion, Jordan Johnson and Stefan Johnson. Songwriting credits were also given to Lionel Richie and Ace of Base members Jenny Berggren, Jonas Berggren, Malin Berggren and Ulf Ekberg due to interpolations of "All Night Long (All Night)" and "All That She Wants". The song was produced by Watt, The Monsters and the Strangerz and Bellion. It is her first solo song since the release of "Consequences" in 2018.

It has reached the top 50 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and top 100 in the Argentina, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United States. As of October 2019, it has over 80 million streams on Spotify.

Background[edit]

On September 1, 2019, Cabello took to social media to upload a teaser of a project called Romance.[2][3] The first installment was announced to premiere on September 5, 2019. Cabello uploaded several pictures of the cover art being revealed and presented in a museum-type of room in the days after.[4][5] The official cover art of the song was unveiled September 4, 2019.[6]

Composition[edit]

"Liar" is a ska-pop song which contains elements of flamenco and Latin trap,[1] It was written by Camila Cabello, Alexandra Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Jonathan Bellion, Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Jenny Berggren, Jonas Berggren, Malin Berggren, Ulf Ekberg and Lionel Richie, and produced by Wotman, The Monsters and the Strangerz and Bellion. "Liar" runs for three minutes and twenty-seven seconds.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in his review, "'Liar' is a canny pan-Caribbean and Spanish mélange. As she sings about how a certain kiss makes her lose control despite herself — 'Clothes are on the floor,' she notes at the end — the ultra-canny track segues from mariachi horns to the stark electronics of Latin trap to flamenco handclaps to a ska-pop chorus: border-hopping at the speed of pop."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song has reached the top 50 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and top 100 in the Argentina, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and the United States

Live performances[edit]

Cabello has performed Liar live at the 2019 iHeartRadio Festival[8] and at a private fan concert hosted by Verizon. [9]

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

Cabello shared a 26-second preview of the music video on September 11, 2019, through social media and stated "literally most fun video I've ever made."[10] It was directed by Dave Meyers and released on September 12, 2019.[11] As of October 2019, it has over 48 million views and 1.5 million likes on YouTube.

"Liar" is a mini movie, and features a fictional romantic love triangle, with Cabello playing herself and La Flaca (English: the skinny girl), which is the hostress of Tea Time with La Flaca, Gordita y Tammy, a fictional television show, while Zak Steiner plays Reese Kensington, and Keiynan Lonsdale plays "the busboy." It also stars Natalia Jiménez as Gordita and Chelsea Brea as Tammy.

Synopsis[edit]

Camila Cabello is seen being confronted by her fiancé, while being strapped onto a polygraph.

The video begins with Camila Cabello at an outdoor restaurant with her suave-talking fiancé (portrayed by Zak Steiner), who only sees her as his trophy wife.[12] She starts to show feelings towards a restaurant waiter (portrayed by Keiynan Lonsdale), who accidentally spills red wine that leaves a heart-shaped stain. However, Cabello begins to be placed in a Groundhog Day-style time loop where she wakes up and repeats the same date scenario with her fiancé after dying in various accidents which become more surreal. These include choking to death, getting crushed by a falling elephant, run over by a horde of bicyclists, being swarmed by drones, and inadvertently burning down her fiancé's mansion.[13] She is then taken away by the Truth Police to be placed on a polygraph, while wearing a straitjacket. Cabello finally professes her love to the waiter, as she wakes up the next day in a different house and holds a digitally animated bird, seemingly breaking out of the time loop. In the closing moments of the video, a TV in the room plays a sensationalist TV show previously played near the start of the video. The three fictionalized hosts (Cabello portrays the lead host wearing a red wig) start conversing about her recent break-up and mock her dating choices, as Cabello reaches for the remote and turns the TV off.

Reception[edit]

Althea Legaspi, who writes for Rolling Stone, stated that, "Mirroring the song's lyrics about falling for someone, despite being in continual denial about those feelings, the visual sees Cabello reliving a number of scenes that get progressively more ridiculous and humorous as she tries to escape her conflicting emotions."[12]

Patrick Hosken of MTV News penned, "'Liar,' is cinematic in scope — the pink shot of Cabello amid a sea of flamingos is downright dazzling — and also features Cabello playing a gossipy TV host. As the slapstick drama heightens, Cabello has a lot of fun playing someone increasingly more unhinged."[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[20] 77
Argentina Airplay (Monitor Latino)[21] 16
Australia (ARIA)[22] 33
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 38
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[25] 48
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[26] 27
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 21
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[28] 24
Croatia (HRT)[29] 75
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[30] 31
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[31] 21
France (SNEP)[32] 131
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 63
Greece International (IFPI Greece)[34] 12
Hungary (Single Top 40)[35] 26
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[36] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[37] 21
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[38] 89
Malaysia (RIM)[39] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[40] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[41] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[42] 32
Norway (VG-lista)[43] 23
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[44] 29
Portugal (AFP)[45] 53
Romania (Airplay 100)[46] 72
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[47] 18
Singapore (RIAS)[48] 13
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[49] 21
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[50] 92
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[51] 58
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[52] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[53] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[54] 54
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[55] 20
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[56] 18
US Rolling Stone Top 100[57] 49

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various September 5, 2019 [58]
United Kingdom September 6, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [59]
Italy September 13, 2019 Sony [60]

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