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TheEdgeOfGlory
Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
Fernando Garibay
DJ White Shadow
Producer(s) Fernando Garibay
Co-producer(s) Lady Gaga
Length 5:20

BTW-Logo singles chronology

Singles "Born This Way"
"Judas"
"The Edge of Glory"
"Yoü and I"
"Marry the Night"
Digital single(s) "Hair"

Born This Way track listing

"The Edge of Glory" is a song written by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow for Born This Way. On May 5th, 2011, radio station 96.1 KISS announced that they would receive and play "The Edge of Glory" on Monday, the 9th.[1] It is the first promotional single to be released from the album as part of the iTunes Countdown for Born This Way. The song premiered on the radio one hour before the release on iTunes. Radios played a shortened version (4:20) sent by Interscope. The song was registered on BMI as simply "Edge of Glory" on May 17, 2011.

On May 11th, Gaga announced the song to be the official third single from the album after it topped download charts worldwide shortly after it's release on iTunes. The song was sent to US radios on May 17th. The song was also featured on a Google Chrome commercial featuring Lady Gaga that debuted on Saturday, May 22, 2011, during Saturday Night Live featuring Gaga. On May 24th, it was announced that Gaga would perform the song along with saxophonist, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, on the American Idol season finale.

BackgroundEdit

Gaga revealed during the Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga interview that the song is about "your last moment on earth, the moment of truth, the moment before you leave earth." In the same interview Gaga stated that she wrote "The Edge of Glory" after the death of her grandfather. The song title was revealed by Stephen G. Hill through a tweet.

"And the Lady GaGa...aural energy that had my speakers gasping for water afterwards. The joint "The Edge of Glory"...phenomenal!" 7:48 PM Jan 24th via web

Prior to the release of the song title, Gaga tweeted the following in 2010.

"I'm on the edge of glory, and I'm counting on a moment of truth. I'm on the edge of glory, and I'm counting on a moment with you." 2:52 PM Sep 25th via Twitter for BlackBerry®

During the interview Musicians@Google Present: Google Goes Gaga she explains that “one of the songs on the album that is truly one of my favorites, it's called 'Edge of Glory' and it's kind of a sad story. Sorry to be a downer. But my grandpa died about five months ago, and my dad and I were going to say goodbye to him at the hospice, and I got out a big thing of agave tequila and my dad sat next to me at the piano and we started to doing shots back and fourth, and I wrote 'Edge of Glory' on the piano and my dad and I cried. The song's about your last moment on Earth, the moment of truth, the edge of glory is that moment right before you leave the Earth. So that song can be played on the piano, but it's actually set to this giant, huge, techno rock, Springsteen-esque dance beat. I actually had Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band come in and play saxophone on it. It's fucking beautiful.

Gaga stated during her interview with NME that “[She's] perpetually unhappy with what [she creates]. Even though [she] might tell you that 'Edge Of Glory' is a pop masterpiece, when it's all said and finished there will be things [she dreads], and every time [she listens] to it [she'll] hear them.

During her interview with E! News, Gaga said that

"The song is about, how when I watch my grandpa die, I believe that he looks my grandmother and I realize that he was a champion in the life and that's when he's able to go to the edge of glory that represents being on the edge of that glorious moment."

Garibay discussed the song with The Hollywood Reporter stating "[Lady Gaga] and her family are massive Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band fans. She wanted sax on "Edge of Glory" and asked, "Do you think we can get Clarence Clemons?" I was like, "Dude, you're Lady Gaga, you can get anybody you want. So we set it up, and it was amazing, because this was right after her grandpa passed away and it was truly moving. Clarence came into the small studio in a wheelchair, we played him this musical break in the song, he found his pocket and just started soloing in that section. We kept the first take."[2]

During her performance of the song on Howard Stern, Lady Gaga explained that the song as follows:

"It's about knowing in your heart you may never reach that glorious moment until you die, so live life on the edge half way between heaven and hell, and let's all dance in the middle in purgatory."

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, /gaga said that she wrote "The Edge of Glory" on the eve of her grandfathers' passing, which means the song was written on September 24, 2010.

CompositionEdit

"The Edge of Glory" is an upbeat song of dance-pop and electro-pop tendencies. It is notable for the use of synthesizers executed in a manner highly influenced by smooth jazz, as well as the inclusion of a saxophone solo by Clarence Clemons.

Commercial releaseEdit

Physical releasesEdit

GermanyEdit

TEOG-Single-CD Label: Labels
Format: Slimase
Released: July 8, 2011
Barcode: 602527771441
Photogaphy: Nick Knight
Design: N/A

Digital releasesEdit

The RemixesEdit

TEOG-TheRemixes Label: Interscope
Format: Digital
Released: July 12, 2011
Barcode: N/A
Photogaphy: Nick Knight
Design: N/A

RemixesEdit

  • Bare Noize Remix — 3:47
  • Cahill Club Remix — 7:26
  • Cahill Major Radio Mix — 3:26
  • Cahill Minor Club Mix — 7:27
  • Chew Fu Glorified Fix (feat. A-Clay) — 2:46
  • Desi Hits! Bollywood Remix — 4:26
  • Electrolightz Remix — 3:46
  • Foster The People Remix — 6:10
  • Funkagenda Remix — 7:52
  • Porter Robinson Remix — 6:39
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix — 6:33

PerformancesEdit

Dates Location City Globe-green

Dates Location Channel Globe-green

Dates Location Globe-green

Dates Location Station Globe-green

Tour Dates Performances
The Born This Way Ball All Dates 98
artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball July 2, 2014
July 9, 2014 - N/A
1
Total of performances 99

CertificationsEdit

On June 23, 2011, "The Edge of Glory" reached platinum status in the United States where it had sold over 1 million copies since its release.

LyricsEdit

There ain't no reason you and me should be alone tonight
Yeah baby, tonight yeah baby
But I got a reason that you-hoo should take me home tonight
I need a man that thinks it right when it's so wrong
Tonight yeah baby
Tonight yeah baby
Right on the limit's where we know we both belong tonight

It's hot to feel the rush
To brush the dangerous
I'm gonna run right to
To the edge with you
Where we can both fall far in love

I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment of truth
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you

Another shot before we kiss the other side tonight
Yeah baby, tonight yeah baby
I'm on the edge of something final we call life tonight
Alright!
Alright!
Put on your shades 'cause I'll be dancing in the flames tonight
Yeah baby, tonight yeah baby
It isn't hell if everybody knows my name tonight
Alright!
Alright!

It's hot to feel the rush
To brush the dangerous
I'm gonna run right to
To the edge with you
Where we can both fall far in love

I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment of truth
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge with you
I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment of truth
Out on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
The edge
I'm on the edge of glory
And I'm hangin' on a moment with you
I'm on the edge with you

I'm on the edge with you
I'm on the edge with you
I'm on the edge with you
I'm on the edge with you

Google ChromeEdit

The film was shot in New York City on May 8th with Laurieann Gibson as director. Within hours of the release of her new single "Edge of Glory" on May 9th, fans began uploading videos on YouTube, making the song their own by dancing to it, singing it and playing it on all kinds of instruments. Lady Gaga then posted a message on her website asking for more videos to be used in the film project. Fans responded within minutes and uploaded hundreds more videos. Back in the editing room, in real time as fan videos streamed in, editors were putting them into the film. The film was completed on May 18th in time to air during Lady Gaga's performance on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, and to also live on the web.

Music videoEdit

The Edge Of Glory05:28

The Edge Of Glory

Premiere date June 16, 2011
Director(s) Haus of Gaga
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Choreographer
Director of photography


BackgroundEdit

On May 17, 2011, Laurieann Gibson revealed to Rap-UpTV that the music video of Gaga's third single to Born This Way, would be filmed very soon. She also gave a hint - "We'll be very fishy..." On May 22, 2011, Gaga tweeted to a fan that she will begin shooting "The Edge" video in one week and that she has already written the treatments for it. On May 27, E! News managed to get a casting call notice for the video. The casting notice asks for a "Puerto Rican or Dominican type badass" who "must be willing to kiss Lady Gaga", "Couture Doctors" who will wear smocks and black gloves", a "male or female on-air reporter", and a group of military men to hold M16 rifles."

The music video was shot May 28-29, 2011. Originally, Joseph Kahn had been hired to direct the music video for the three days shoot. After rumors of an argument between Gaga and Kahn, Laurieann Gibson said on Twitter that there had been issues on the set and Kahn was no longer involved in the production. Interscope Records confirmed that Gaga then became the director of the clip along with the Haus of Gaga as collaborative directors. The footage shot on the second day featuring Gaga with Clarence Clemons were the only footage used to make the music video which was released on June 16 So You Think You Can Dance. During a press conference in Singapore, Gaga's revealed what happened on the set: "I had this whole elaborate setup for ‘The Edge of Glory’, but once I got on that fire escape in that one outfit, I realized that it was time to just have a moment of acknowledgement for myself as a 25-year-old who has been working so hard from the bottom up my whole life."

SynopsisEdit

It begins with Lady Gaga slowly appearing from behind a building on a deserted street corner. When the first verse of the song begins, Gaga emerges from the window of an apartment onto the fire escape while smoke begins to billow out of the building. The video is mostly comprised of interchanging shots of Gaga dancing and singing on the street, on the fire escape, and on the steps in front of the apartment building with Clarence Clemons. Near the end of the video, after Clemons's saxophone solo, Gaga crouches in front of the building's steps and kisses the sidewalk. The video concludes with Gaga reentering the window into her smokey apartment.

During her Inside the Outside interview, Gaga said that she missed New York and that after the releases of the previous two projects, she felt so empty that the only way that she would know New York again is to "fuck herself up and lick the streets," which is expressed in the scene where she kisses the sidewalk.

Filmed on a Brownstone set just off New York Street on the Metropolitan Sets backlot and a tenement fire escape behind the gas station on Courthouse Square at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Lady Gaga: outfits by Versace (Fall/Winter 1992)
Universal Studios Hollywood

ImagesEdit

Photography by Meeno Peluce.

Date May 29, 2011
Location Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA Us
Camera EOS-1Ds Mark III by Canon
Fashion direction Nicola Formichetti at Haus of Gaga
Stylist Anna Trevelyan and Brandon Maxwell at Haus of Gaga
Hair Stylist Frederic Aspiras at Haus of Gaga
Nails Aya Fukuda

5-29-11 Meeno 002

Outfits by Versace (Fall/Winter 1992)

Original conceptEdit

Three stills from the set of the original music video concept were confirmed by Khan's on-set editor, Chancler Haynes.[3]

CreditsEdit

SongEdit

The album credits erroneously credited Gene Grimaldi as the mastering engineer (at Oasis Mastering) for this track.

Personnel

Publishing

  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • [BMI] Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./ Garibay Music Publishing.
    All rights on behalf of itself and Garibay Music Publishing administered by WB Music Corp.
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP), administered by Universal Music Publishing Group and Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing Group

Music videoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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