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"Alejandro" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It is present on her second studio album The Fame Monster (2009) and will be released as the third single from the album. The song was co-written and produced by RedOne. Composed as a mid-tempo song, with influences of ABBA and Ace of Base, "Alejandro" has an uplifting melody. Critics noted it to be heavily influenced by ABBA and Ace of Base, but predominantly gave positive reviews for it. "Alejandro" has already charted on the UK Singles Chart prior to its official release, and reached the top-five on the Hungary Singles Chart due to strong download sales from the album. Gaga performed the song on The Monster Ball Tour, where she engaged in a simulated threesome with her dancers.
"Alejandro" will be officially sent to radio on April 20, 2010 in the United States. "Alejandro" is a mid-tempo song with heavy europop and disco influences, is an apparent homage to ABBA and Ace of Base. The Ace of Base influences are prominent in the beats of the song, the vocals and the melody and lastly, in Gaga's non-English accent while singing the song. The words are slurred in her mouth while consisting of an uplifting melody. It incorporates the melody from the violin show piece "Csárdás" by Italian composer Vittorio Monti. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a moderate tempo of 80 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B minor with Gaga's vocal range spanning from the high-note of F♯3 to G5. The song has a basic sequence of Bm–D–F♯m–Bm–D–F♯m as its chord progression. The lyrics talk about Gaga defending herself against a "harem" of Latin men and has a number of ABBA allusions, including a reference to their 1976 song "Fernando", which Gaga cited as one of her influences.
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Chris Ryan from MTV called the song a "lush paean to a love that's 'hot like Mexico'." Bill Lamb from About.com commented that the song "is a bit like Madonna's classic "La Isla Bonita" with a contemporary edge." Paul Lester from BBC felt that "[Alejandro] moves at an Ace of Base pace." Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine also made an Ace of Base connection calling the song an homage to them. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic denoted the song as an "updated ABBA revision". Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times called it bubbly and compared the style to ABBA. Ben Patashnik from NME called the song light-hearted. Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone called it a "loving ABBA spoof". Scott Plagenhoef of Pitchfork Media noted that although "Alejandro" is a ABBA morph, "it comes off very modern, in part because U.S. pop and hip-hop is currently drawing heavily from Europop, hi-NRG, and dance music." Chava Thomas from The Argonaut gave a negative review, saying "'Alejandro' is the one low point on The Fame Monster. The song feels forced, and its Latin beat does not mesh well with Lady Gaga's style." Michael Hubbard of MusicOMH said that "'Alejandro' is brilliantly catchy, deceptively simple and wonderfully melancholy." Evan Sawdey from PopMatters said that Gaga's vocals sounded like those of Shakira's, in the chorus of the song. Sarah Hajibagheri from The Times called the song "painful Latino warble [and] a would-be Eurovision reject."
With the release of The Fame Monster, "Alejandro" charted on the UK Singles Chart at number seventy-five, on November 29, 2009 due to digital sales. On the Mahasz issue dated December 6, 2009, the song debuted at number five on the Hungarian Singles Chart.
In January 2010, it was reported that Gaga was holding casting calls for the music video for "Alejandro" and was eager for David Walliams to appear in the video alongside his fiancee Lara Stone. 
Gaga performed "Alejandro" on her 2009-2010 world tour The Monster Ball. It was the fourth song of the set list. The live performance saw her wearing a silver bodysuit and then being carried by her crotch by one of her male dancers and lowered onto another male dancer, engaging in a threesome with them. During the performance at San Diego, California, Gaga incorporated the city's name in the song, later commenting "I am so lucky that San Diego rhymes with 'Fernando' and 'Alejandro'." Ted Shaw of Windsor Star commented that "Songs like 'Alejandro', 'Teeth' and 'Monster' shoved the sex act in your face." T'Cha Dunlevy from The Gazette said that "the song followed in fast order, with not quite enough to set [it] apart. It was one choreographed dance number after the next." Jeremy Adams from Rolling Stone commented that the performance was "[one] of several moments [...] that gave parents in the audience consternation." Jim Harrington from San Jose Mercury News compared Gaga's performance of the song with that of an erotic dancer.
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Credits and personnel
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