Gorgeous (Taylor Swift song)

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"Gorgeous"
Promotional single by Taylor Swift
from the album Reputation
ReleasedOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
Genre
Length3:29
LabelBig Machine
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Max Martin
  • Shellback
Lyric video
"Gorgeous" on YouTube

"Gorgeous" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, taken from her sixth studio album Reputation (2017). The song was released a promotional single from the album on October 20, 2017. Written by Swift and its producers, Max Martin and Shellback, "Gorgeous" is a fizzy pop song with electropop elements featuring a playful loop and hip hop-influenced beats. Its lyrics describe Swift's feelings toward a crush.

Upon release, "Gorgeous" received lukewarm reviews from music critics. Some of them complimented the straightforward songwriting and the production, while others felt that the lyrics were mediocre for Swift's abilities as a songwriter. The song reached the top 10 on charts in Australia, Canada, Hungary, and Malaysia. It also peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. "Gorgeous" has received certifications in Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.

Production and release[edit]

Taylor Swift wrote "Gorgeous" with Swedish producers Max Martin and Shellback for her sixth studio album, Reputation. The song was produced by Martin and Shellback.[1] On October 19, 2017, Swift previewed the song through an Instagram post which featured a baby voice saying the word "gorgeous" over an electropop production.[2][3] The baby's voice featured on the song is from James Reynolds, daughter of actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.[4] The following day, "Gorgeous" was released for digital download as a promotional single.[5] It was the third song preceding the release of Reputation, following the singles "Look What You Made Me Do" and "...Ready for It?".[6]

Composition[edit]

"Gorgeous" is a pop song with an electropop production.[6] Compared to the two previous Reputation singles ("Look What You Made Me Do" and "...Ready for It?"), "Gorgeous" features a brighter atmosphere with a "radio-friendly" production.[6][7] The song is accompanied by a gleeful loop accompanied by minimal synthesizers and drums.[8] The pre-chorus is instrumented by a drum beat reminiscent of 808 drums used in hip hop music.[9] Swift sings in a high, carefree tone.[9] Chris Willman from Variety drew similarities between the song and Swift's previous single "Blank Space" (2014).[7] Maeve McDermott of USA Today likened the chorus of the song to the music of Katy Perry.[10] The Atlantic's Spencer Kornhaber commented that the song's drums in the pre-chorus reminded him of hip hop songs, specifically the 2004 single "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams.[9]

Lyrically, the song depicts "the pursuit of a maddening love interest", whom Swift describes as "gorgeous".[11] "Gorgeous" begins with a baby voice saying the word "gorgeous", sampling the voice of James Reynolds, daughter of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.[12] In the track, Swift portrays a promiscuous aspect in an attempt to get the attention of a crush.[9] She confesses that she is prompted to cheat on her boyfriend in order to get along with this new man, through the lines, "I got a boyfriend, he's older than us / He's in the club doing I don't know what."[13] She gets melodramatic singing, "You've ruined my life by not being mine…"[13] In the refrain, Swift restates that her crush is so "gorgeous" that she "can't say anything to [his] face", leaving her dumbstruck.[13] Compared to her previous songs about unrequited love or hopeless romance, "Gorgeous" sees Swift assuming a more assertive position: "I'm so furious / At you for making me feel this way."[9] She no longer gets overtly heartbroken should the relationship with this prospective crush does not come true: "Guess I'll just stumble on home to my cats... alone."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Maeve McDermott of USA Today called it "further proof of their queen's pop domination" for Taylor Swift fans, and "a promising omen that the old Taylor may not be dead just yet" for "listeners who have so far been skeptical of Swift's new direction."[10] Glamour stated that it was evidence that Swift was "single-handedly saving pop music in 2017," calling it "fizzy" and "delightful," owing to its "slightly left of centre style."[14] In a positive review for Variety, Chris William called the song a "more conventional Taylor Swift song" that, "provides some of the conventional pleasures that only a pop song about falling deeply in crush can."[7] Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone thought the song is "the yang to the vindictive, angry yin of ‘Look What You Made Me Do,’ as Swift sings 'wistfully' about a man over gentle, radio-friendly pop."[6]

Clayton Purdom from The A.V. Club called it "her first good single in forever,” stating that the song "clears the low bar set by its two predecessors ['Look What You Made Me Do' and '...Ready for It?']" and stands easily alongside the best work on 1989.[15] Entertainment Weekly's Eric Renner Brown gave it a B+, citing that "she's back on top" with "Gorgeous."[16] Richard S. He of Billboard said the song's verses are "Swift at her pettiest", realizing she was playing a character and has "never been wittier."[13] Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic called it "on the surface the most 1989-like of the three Reputation songs so far" and stating that "the song is very catchy and refreshingly straightforward."[9] In a mixed review, Frank Guan of Vulture stated that the song "isn't terrible," but it is "yet another song from Reputation that doesn't live up to its title."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the song debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number 16 on the Streaming Songs chart with 16.9 million U.S. streams, and at number one on the Digital Songs chart with first-week downloads of 68,000 copies. It also became her 14th song to top the Digital Songs chart and her 13th to open at the summit, tying her with Rihanna for the most number one entries on the chart with 14 each.[18]

In Australia, the song entered the ARIA Singles Chart at number 9.[19]

The song also peaked at number 15 in the UK, where it had a limited radio release.[20]

Live performances[edit]

Swift performed "Gorgeous" as part of her set list for the B96 Chicago and Pepsi Jingle Bash 2017 on December 7, 2017 in Chicago.[21] Swift also sang the song during the Jingle Bell Ball 2017 in London and at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swansea.[22][23] The song is also a regular part of her set-list for the Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.[24]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of Reputation.[1]

Studio

Personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[25] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[27] 1
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[28] 17
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[29] 9
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[30] 45
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[31] 24
Euro Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[32] 15
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 45
Hungary (Single Top 40)[34] 9
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[35] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[36] 18
Italy (FIMI)[37] 66
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[38] 52
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[39] 15
Malaysia (RIM)[40] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[41] 60
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[42] 19
Norway (VG-lista)[43] 28
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[44] 13
Portugal (AFP)[45] 40
Scotland (OCC)[46] 12
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[47] 17
Slovenia (SloTop50)[48] 26
South Korean International Singles (Gaon)[49] 52
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[50] 41
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[51] 46
UK Singles (OCC)[52] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[53] 13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[56] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various October 20, 2017[a] Big Machine [5][57]
United Kingdom January 12, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Release as a promotional single.

See also[edit]

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