Sour Candy is a song recorded by the American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK. It was released on May 28, 2020.

The album was scheduled to be released in early April, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. [1]

It is the first time the two acts have worked together, and the second time BLACKPINK has been featured as a whole on another artist’s album.

Background

On April 22, Lady Gaga confirmed the Chromatica's tracklist on her Twitter account.

Apart from the collaboration with BLACKPINK, the album counts with the participation of great artists such as Ariana Grande and Elton John.

On May 6, 2020, Gaga revealed on her Twitter account that Sour Candy would be released on May 29, the same day as the Chromatica album release. [1]

Music and lyrics

"Sour Candy" is a "sugar-sweet" dance-pop, electropop and deep house "banger" which features a "bouncy" house and dance beat. Its lyrics show Gaga and Blackpink "trading off flirty lines" in English and Korean which use sour candy as a metaphor to "illustrate how they function in a relationship". The post-chorus features Gaga performing a "speak-rap", while the K-pop group's verses include "tight, almost mechanical melodies".


Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 42
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 18
CIS (Tophit) 106
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 20
Estonia (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 15
France (SNEP) 62
Greece (IFPI) 10
Hungary (Single Top 40) 4
Hungary (Stream Top 40) 8
Ireland (Irish Recorded Music Association) 11
Italy (FIMI) 46
Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100) 43
Lithuania (AGATA) 5
Malaysia (RIM) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 52
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 12
Portugal (AFP) 24
Russia Airplay (Tophit) 96
Scotland (OCC) 20
Singapore (RIAS) 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 20
South Korea (Gaon Digital Chart) 178
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 46
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 30
UK Singles (OCC) 17
US Billboard Hot 100 33
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard) 3
US Rolling Stone Top 100 17

Monthly charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) 43

Year-end charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard) 16

Lyrics

 Lady Gaga   Jisoo   Jennie   Rosé   Lisa 

Sou-sour candy
(Sou-sour candy)


I'm sour candy

So sweet, then I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Ask me to be nice, and then I'll do it extra mean

뜻밖으 표정 하나에 넌 당황하겠지

이상적이란 말들로 날 포장한 건 너야, 너야

If you wanna fix me, then let's break up here and now

거리낌 없는 눈빛에 넌 거릴 두니까
툭 까보면 어김없이 소릴 질러, wow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
(Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I might be messed up

But I know what's up
You want a real taste
At least I'm not a fake
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me
I'll show you what's me
Close your eyes, don't peek
Now I'm undressing
Unwrap sour candy
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me

Come on, sour candy (Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I'm sour candy

So sweet 'til I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Take a bite, take a bite

S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)
S-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)

Sour candy

Sou-sour candy
(Sou-sour candy)


I'm sour candy

So sweet, then I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Ask me to be nice, and then I'll do it extra mean

dabhage pyeongcheonha, neon dagawa nagessji

isang jeogila maldulleo nal peojanghangeon, neoya, neoya

If you wanna fix me, then let's break up here and now

geouikae mom, neo nunbicheneun galil geonikka
chugha bomyeon neogimeobsi, solijilleowa, wow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
(Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I might be messed up

But I know what's up
You want a real taste
At least I'm not a fake
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me
I'll show you what's me
Close your eyes, don't peek
Now I'm undressing
Unwrap sour candy
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me

Come on, sour candy (Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I'm sour candy

So sweet 'til I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Take a bite, take a bite

S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)
S-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)

Sour candy

Sou-sour candy
(Sou-sour candy)


I'm sour candy

So sweet, then I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Ask me to be nice, and then I'll do it extra mean

Answering calmly, you'll come to me

It's over there, it's you, it's you

If you wanna fix me, then let's break up here and now

It's almost like a body. When you celebrate,
you shout without hesitation, wow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
(Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I might be messed up

But I know what's up
You want a real taste
At least I'm not a fake
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me
I'll show you what's me
Close your eyes, don't peek
Now I'm undressing
Unwrap sour candy
Come, come, unwrap me
Come, come, unwrap me

Come on, sour candy (Oh)


I'm hard on the outside

But if you give me time
Then I could make time for your love
I'm hard on the outside

But if you see inside, inside, inside


I'm sour candy

So sweet 'til I get a little angry, yeah

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm super psycho

Make you crazy when I turn the lights low

Sour candy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Take a bite, take a bite

S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)
S-sour candy
Take a bite, take a bite
S-sour candy (Sour candy)
Take a bite, take a bite (Uh)

Sour candy

Audio

Spotify

Trivia/Achievements

  • Sour candy debuted at #1 on Worldwide iTunes (first K-pop girl group to do so).
  • Sour Candy ties with Lovesick Girls for the most #1’s for a female act on iTunes (63 countries).
  • Sour Candy broke "don't call me angel's" record of most viewed video (female collaboration) in 24 hours on YouTube (21.8M views).
  • Sour Candy is the most viewed official audio on YouTube in the first 24 hours (broke Selena Gomez's 3 year record).
  • Sour Candy debuted and trended at #1 on YouTube's World Wide Music Videos (70+ countries).
  • Sour Candy ranked at #6 in Global Digital Ranking.
  • Sour Candy debuted at #37 on Worldwide Apple Music Song Chart (highest peaking girl group song in 2020).
  • Sour Candy received 15 #1s on Apple Music.
  • Sour Candy is the most viewed K-pop girl group music video for the first 24 hours on YouTube (after the new rules were implemented).
  • Sour Candy was added to Spotify's biggest playlist at #9 (Today's Top Hits).
  • BLACKPINK became the most streamed female group on Spotify on May 28 following "Sour Candy's" release (8.51M).
  • Sour Candy debuted with 5.7M streams on Spotify (biggest 1st day debut streams by a girl group on Spotify).
  • It reached #1 on China's QQ Music New Releases.
  • It reached #1 on QQ's music's Rapidly Rising.
  • Sour Candy debuted at #17 on the UK Official chart becoming the highest charting song by a K-Pop female act in the country, surpassing ‘Kill This Love’ (#33).
  • Sour Candy debuted with 5,766,451 streams on Spotify becoming the biggest girl group debut in history on Spotify.
  • Sour Candy debuted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the highest charting single by a Korean girl group in Hot 100 history, surpassing Kill This Love.
  • The song is the highest charting song by a K-pop Act on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart (#3) surpassing ‘Waste It On Me’ (#6). Making BLACKPINK the 1st K-pop Act to enter the top 3 in history.
  • The song charted at #44 on Spain Top 100 Songs making BLACKPINK the highest charting K-pop group in Spain.
  • Sour Candy is eligible for Gold in the US. (500,000 units) It is BLACKPINK’s 10th song to achieve this.
  • The song debuted at #15 on US Rolling Stone Top 100 Chart. Making BLACKPINK the first girl group to debut in the top 15 in history!
  • The song debuted at #1 on ASIA POP 40 Chart.
  • The song debuted at #46 on Italy Singles Charts. Making BLACKPINK the 1st K-pop group ever to enter the top 50 of Italy Singles Charts.
  • The song received 27,584,074 streams in a week making it the biggest streaming week by a Korean act on Spotify Global Chart in 2020.
  • The song debuted at #11 on Official Irish Singles Chart. It is now the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in Ireland.
  • The song sold 403,000 units worldwide in its first week of release.
  • The song debuted at #3 on the UK’s Official Trending Chart. Making BLACKPINK the first K-pop girl group in history to debut in the top 10 on the chart.
  • Sour Candy has remained on the Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart for 20 consecutive frames which ties with 3 other Asian acts.[2]
  • Sour Candy is the second most streamed non-single track by a female group on Spotify. It's also the 11th most streamed song by a K-pop girl group.
  • Sour Candy is the longest-running song by a K-pop act on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
  • Sour Candy remained inside the top 15 over 22 weeks on the Hot Dance/Electronic Charts.
  • Sour Candy is #16 on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Year-End chart (2020).
  • Sour Candy gained 173,893,193 streams in 2020 on Spotify. It's the third most streamed female group song in 2020.
  • Sour Candy has over 200 million streams on Spotify. It is BLACKPINK’s 9th song and third collaboration to achieve this.
    • It’s the seventh fastest song by a female group to hit 100 million streams on Spotify. (59 days)
  • Sour Candy has over 364,000 unique listeners on MelOn.
  • Sour Candy debuted at #10 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart.
  • Sour Candy debuted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • Sour Candy has over 138,000 unique listeners and 1.4 million streams on Genie.
  • Sour Candy (audio) has surpassed 101 million views on YouTube.
  • Sour Candy has sold over 3 million units worldwide.
  • Sour Candy has over 449,000 streams on Shazam.

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