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"Paparazzi" (CD single)



Gaga pairs fairly tame lyrics with violent, sexy video.
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What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigarettes mentioned once.

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.

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. 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old July 14, 2012


Okay, so I was doing research on backmasking and... I found out that there was a horrible subliminal message. You can listen to it on this site (sorry it won't let me put a link, put out the spaces and insert the period, okay?) jeff milner dot com I'm not sure about you, but I think that it sounds a lot like it.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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 other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old March 11, 2012

luv it

i luv this song, sure, there is the word sht, but otherwise its clean, great song, catchy beat, otherwise an awesome song.
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Too much swearing


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