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"3-Way (The Golden Rule)" is a song by The Lonely Island, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga. The song premiered on May 21, 2011 during Saturday Night Live and was released digitally on May 24th. The song was recorded the day before the premiere. The song was released on their third studio album, The Wack Album.
The song was written on May 19th and recorded on the 20th. The video was shot the same day. The beat is by The Futuristics with Ryan & Smitty and Asa Taccone. The video was directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
"I wish that they filmed the backstage scenario as both Justin and Andy Samberg tried simultaneously to pitch this idea to me and they both choked on the way in. Justin was like 'Umm so umm, we have a skit idea and umm, well I'm not really good at this I'll have Andy tell you.' Then Andy came and was like 'Well umm bluh blah we have this skit idea.' Then they both came in finally and they told me the story and I'm like, 'Guys, I get it.' They're like 'We really like each other.'"
During the short's original television broadcast on May 21, 2011, NBC bleeped the word "dick" in the phrase "helicopter dick". The version uploaded to Hulu shortly after the episode's premiere is the censored version with the audience response track. "3-Way" has been uploaded to The Lonely Island official YouTube account uncensored and without laugh track. Also, when the single was released via iTunes on May 24, the audio contained the uncensored version.