Lady Gaga – Poker Face (Remix Stems)
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“Poker Face” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga from her debut studio album, The Fame (2008). It was released on September 26, 2008 as the album’s second single. “Poker Face” is a synthpop song in the key of G♯ minor, following in the footsteps of her previous single “Just Dance”, but with a darker musical tone. The main idea behind the song is bisexuality and was a tribute by Gaga to her rock and roll boyfriends. The song’s lyrics feature various sexual innuendos.
“Poker Face” was acclaimed by most critics, who praised the robotic hook and the chorus. The song attained worldwide success, topping the charts in twenty countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European countries. “Poker Face” is the best-selling single of 2009 worldwide, with over 9.5 million in sales. It is among the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over 14 million copies. The accompanying music video for the song portrays Gaga singing it in various costumes and playing strip poker in a getaway villa.
Gaga performed the song for the eighth season of the television show American Idol as well as the Fame Ball and Monster Ball tours. The live performances included an electronic version and an acoustic version, which she played on the piano. It was nominated for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards, and won the Award for Best Dance Recording.
“Poker Face” was written by Gaga and RedOne, while production was handled also by RedOne. Gaga stated in an interview that “Poker Face” was written by her as a pop song and was a tribute to her “rock ‘n’ roll boyfriends”. She also stated that the main idea behind the song was sex and gambling. In an interview with UK’s Daily Star, Gaga noted of the song, “It’s about a lot of different things. I gamble but I’ve also dated a lot of guys who are really into sex and booze and gambling, so I wanted to write a record my boyfriends would like too.”In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, when asked about the meaning of the line “bluffin’ with my muffin”, Gaga explained that it really was a metaphor for her vulva.
“Poker Face” is a synthpop and dance-pop song, and follows the footsteps of Gaga’s previous single “Just Dance”. Whereas “Just Dance” was predominately electropop, “Poker Face” carries a dark sound with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook while combining the synths from “Just Dance” and the more dance-oriented beat of the next single “LoveGame”.According to Kerri Mason of Billboard, the composition “carr[ies] the pleather-and-sequins vibe of the downtown New York scene out of the underground and onto the FM dial without losing its smut and sass.”
A 23 seconds sample from “Poker Face” which plays the chorus, where Gaga’s voice spans from C5 to G3, followed by the stuttering hook which samples Boney M.’s song “Ma Baker”.
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Poker Face is set in a common time time signature, with a fast tempo of 120 beats per minute. It is written in the key of G ♯ minor with Gaga’s vocal range spanning from the note G3 to the note C5.It begins with a medium tempo followed by electronic chord arrangement and the “Mum-mum-mum-mah” hook. The chords follow in this order: G ♯ m–E/G ♯–F ♯, and then for the chorus G ♯m–E–B–F♯. This is followed by the sound of dance music, produced by a powerful beat from the instruments, and a stuttering hook following the chorus.
Lyrically, “Poker Face” is all about sexual innuendo and teasing.According to Daily Star, the chorus repeats two alternating lyrics. After the hook “Can’t read my Poker Face” the backup singer says “He’s got me like nobody” and then in the next line says “She’s got me like nobody”. Gaga explained in an interview with them that the line carries a bit of an undertone of confusion about love and sex.However, the liner notes from the album booklet indicate both these lines only repeat “she’s got me like nobody”.According to BBC, the “Mum-mum-mum-mah” hook used in the song references Boney M.’s 1977 hit “Ma Baker”.