"Paparazzi" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Gaga pairs fairly tame lyrics with violent, sexy video.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 66 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The message of the song is that fame -- and the media's obession with the next "It" girl -- can kill. She makes the point in the video with violent, sex-filled images, which may not work to sway hearts and minds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gaga may be a hit in the clubs, but her affinity for skimpy costumes and adult content make a poor role model for kids.


Video includes high level of violent content, including images of people who’ve died from various causes. 


The video for this song shows lots of sex and skin.


One use of the word s--t.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarettes mentioned once.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while these song lyrics themselves are fairly tame, the eight-minute video for the tune is off-limits for kids, showing lots of violence and sex.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byangelsite2850 October 7, 2010
Even with the concerned, I loved the song and LOVED the video. It was so creative and so Ga Ga! Little kids shouldn't see it because they aren&#039... Continue reading
Adult Written byBillyTheKidd September 1, 2010
its a great song, i hear 7 year olds singing it, yeah they understand what every single word means, LADY GAGA IS AMAZING <3333333333
Kid, 11 years old July 27, 2020

Shows dark side of fame

This song includes images of obsessive fandom being dangerous, which is true. It's also a great romance, and mostly clean. Great for kids!
Kid, 12 years old November 9, 2014

Good song

Young kids will love it until they watch the music video or her 2009 VMA act.

What's the story?

PAPARAZZI is the latest single off of Lady Gaga's smash dance album, The Fame. With her recent wins at the MTV Video Music Awards and meteoric rise to the top, the song's lyrics are particularly poignant -- comparing a girl's desire to make a guy her boyfriend to the paparazzi's drive to gain access to a superstar. For a Gaga song, the lyrics themselves are fairly tame, with no overt mentions of sex, drugs, or other adult content. However, the eight-minute video is another matter entirely: after her boyfriend secretly sets her up to be photographed by hidden paparazzi, the two engage in a violent fight that ends with him throwing her over a balcony. Gaga survives, recovers, and eventually poisons him to death. Peppered throughout the song are gruesome images of women in various states of death.

Is it any good?

Though the extended video of this song is exceptional by video standards, the music itself lacks the pizzazz of earlier Gaga singles. The beat is catchy enough, but Gaga delivers most of the lyrics in high notes that aren’t ideally suited for her solid-if-not-outstanding voice. The end result sounds like a strange cross between a ballad and a club track, fulfilling neither role all that well. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why celebrities sometimes act wild -- is it just to get attention? Are celebrity escapades so common that they no longer shock us?

  • The video for this song has a lot of violent imagery. Understand the effects these violent images can have on kids and how repeated viewings of violent media can desensitize kids.

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: July 7, 2009
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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