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The song's accompanying video was shot over two days in Los Angeles, California and was directed by Hannah Lux Davis. The video was officially previewed and teased in a Beats by Dr. Dre commercial that aired on August 20, 2014. Following the ad's airing, it was announced that the music video would arrive shortly after the trio's performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. On August 24, 2014 the official video was uploaded on MTV's website and was available for international viewing. On August 25, 2014, the video was released via Jessie J's Vevo account, and was Vevo-certified on November 5, having surpassed 100 million views. As of September 2017, it has accumulated more than one billion views.

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by British singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande, and Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj.

The song was written by Minaj, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Rickard Göransson, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya.

Kuk Harrell served as a vocal producer for the song.

The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014).

In August 2015, "Bang Bang" was certified 5× platinum by the RIAA.

As of 2016, the song has sold 3.2 million copies in the US.

"Bang Bang" debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and reached the top ten in fourteen countries including Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States.

The single was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Award (2015).

The song won Favorite Song of the Year at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards.

"Bang Bang" is an up-tempo, "soulful" song, that features a "clap-heavy" production, built over "big bouncy beats and horn blasts."

It's in the key of C minor, with the vocals making use of the C blues scale. The tempo is 150 BPM (Allegro).

The melody of the chorus has been compared to that of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!.

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called the song a "perfect Max Martin throw-down" that "fuses Nelly's 'Country Grammar' with Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,' which is some truly twisted pop archaeology."

Zach Frydenlund from Complex praised Jessie J's and Ariana's heavenly vocals in the song but concentrated more on Nicki's "catchy killer verse" stating that "it's Nicki who really steals the show with her verse".

Lewis Corner from Digital Spy gave the song four and a half stars out of five and said that is "one of the year's most electrifying pop anthems".

Chris Martins from Spin stated that the song is "powerful", and credits Minaj for the song's noteworthy energy.

The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart at number one with 230,000 digital downloads sold in its first week.

The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 6, making it the third highest new entry of 2014 on that chart, also behind Grande's "Problem" and Swift's "Shake It Off".

The song is Jessie J's second, Grande's fourth, and Minaj's tenth top 10 single in the United States, peaking at number 3.

It became Grande's second consecutive top ten hit of 2014, after Problem peaked at number two.

Internationally, the song has since peaked within the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Korea.

In the UK, "Bang Bang" debuted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart with 92,000 downloads, becoming Jessie J's third, Grande's second, and Minaj's first number one single in the UK.

On Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs) chart, the song reached number two, becoming Minaj's highest charting single on that chart since her appearance on Canadian artist Justin Bieber's 2012 single "Beauty and a Beat" peaked at two, Jessie J's highest since her 2012 single "Domino" also peaked there, and Grande's second-highest peak after "Problem" hit number one.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj performed the song together at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California alongside Grande's song Break Free and Minaj's single Anaconda, and at the 2014 American Music Awards on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Jessie J performed the song by herself on The Ellen Degeneres Show on October 17, 2014, on The X Factor UK on 19 October, at The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. on November 11, 2014, and the Nickelodeon HALO Awards on November 30, 2014.

Jessie J also performed "Bang Bang" with Demi Lovato on her tour in San Jose, California and with fellow coaches Delta Goodrem, Ricky Martin and The Madden Brothers on The Voice Australia in 2015.

Grande performed the song by herself at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London, UK on December 9, 2014 and during her international tour, The Honeymoon Tour.

Grande also performed the song with Minaj at the NBA All-Star Game halftime show on February 15, 2015, as well as at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The song has been featured in the short-lived CBS TV drama series Stalker, an episode of British sitcom Drifters and in the video game Just Dance 2015.

The song has also been featured in an episode of "Pretty Little Liars".

Credited cast:
Mandela Bellamy Mandela Bellamy - Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ariana Grande Ariana Grande - Ariana
Jessie J Jessie J - Jessie
Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj - Nicki
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