IT'S 2016! Dang 2015 was a strange year was it not?! It's over and I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I've enjoyed not dancing for awhile but it's time to get back on that stage!
Time for a sneaky peeky! First one of the year, woohoo! One dancer picked Lady Gaga's "Teeth." If you are a fan of Gaga, you know this song well. Have a listen while you read song song facts!
Lady GaGa - Teeth
Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
"Teeth" is a song recorded by American recording artist Lady Gaga. The track appears on The Fame Monster (2009), her second major release and her third extended play. The song was written by Gaga, Taja Riley, Pete Wyoming Bender, and Teddy Riley,[a] and produced by Gaga and Teddy Riley. It peaked at number 107 on the UK Singles Chart. Gaga performed "Teeth" during The Monster Ball Tour. In 2013, Riley sued Gaga for US$500,000 and punitive damages over the songwriting credits, saying he was not given 25 percent of royalties as he had been promised.
"Teeth" received a mixed reception from critics; some complimented the song and others called it the album's worst track. Gaga's vocals was compared to those of Christina Aguilera. Slant Magazine 's Sal Cinquemani said the song "sounds like something from Michael Jackson's last studio album as sung by Christina Aguilera ... that the closest she gets to another human being involves being tied up and bitten is revealing." Blogcritics' Clayton Perry said "Teeth", along with the tracks "Monster" and "Telephone", "thump harder than anything she's released thus far". In his review for Consequence of Sound, Tony Hardy describes the song as a "repetitive chant which gets its point across in the first verse, rendering the rest of it almost redundant". Nick Levine of Digital Spy said "Teeth" is "the most sonically intriguing thing GaGa's put her name to, an ode to rough sex conducted over an intense, tribal production that recalls Cher's 'Half Breed' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk'."
This sexual romp is a bouncy marching song full of horns, looped samples, cossack-like music and call-and-response vocals. It finds Gaga singing of a S&M desire for being tied up and bitten. The tune was produced by Teddy Riley, who was an architect of the late 1980s and early '90s New Jack Swing sound and was responsible for hits by Bobby Brown, Guy, and Keith Sweat. He went on to work with many leading names in the music industry including Boyz II Men, Snoop Dogg and the late Michael Jackson.
Riley's daughter Taja Riley was credited with co-writing the song. However, her father sued her in 2013 for copyright infringement and fraud claiming that she didn't co-pen the tune. The New Jack Swing pioneer said that she lied about the songwriting credit and should not have received a publishing deal from EMI Music.
Teddy Riley also filed suit against Lady Gaga later in the same year, claiming he was promised 25% of writing fees, but has received nothing.
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