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Gossip Girl (Original)

Type: Official
Writers: Grace VanderWaal, Autumn Rowe
Times Performed: 99
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Notes

Grace in her introduction to her first performance of ”Gossip Girl”: This is a new song I wrote called ”Gossip Girl” and it’s really just about someone who … I feel like all of us have encountered at least once in our lives. It’s just someone that like earned your trust and you tell them secrets and stuff, and they just kind of let it out to everyone.

Later she told ”Paste Magazine” that: “It’s about a friend that was so close and then just kind of turned her back, and I think we have all had an experience similar to that. I kept on dreading on it, I just needed to get it out of my system” (Interview with Paste Magazine 23. Jan 2017)

Grace has often shown her love for this song:

“Ohh – I love that song. “Gossip Girl” is probably one of my favourite songs , even more than “I Don’t Know My Name”, because it’s just so fun to sing. And it’s a much more like “dark” song, than I usually sing.” (Interview, original source unknown, Dec. 9, 2016)

"its different and I like the sound of it. The song is more dark than I usually do. I usually try to do like “empowering” songs and this one is more like pointing someone out for something they did, it was kind of like I really wanted to get that out of my system, rather than dwelling on that one memory and that one thing that happened.” (Interview with Teen Vogue at Perfectly Imperfect launch event Dec. 2, 2016)

"It was the first song that we did in the studio, it's definitely the one where we like, played around with it a bit more, and really messed around with like noises and synthesizers and drums and all these kinds of noises and it was like so much fun to make. I really wanted to sing it on the show, but – I don’t know, I wanted to stick with like ”empowerment songs”, it is a little more darker than what I usually sing. (Interview at the Perfectly Imperfect Launch Party 5-Dec-2016)

It is "about the shock of being suddenly embraced by popular kids in the wake of her insta-fame. “I had a lot of those fake friends,” she says. “You just have to realize it’s happening. You can’t get caught up in the ‘Oh, my God, they want to be my friend finally’ aspect.” (Rolling Stone Jan. 6, 2017)

"We have all had the person that we thought was our friend,” she wrote on YouTube. “We confide our true feelings, then they tell everyone ... We are left hurt and wondering who our true friends are." (Grace quoted on TCPalm.com Aug. 24, 2016)

”I had a close friend and, she was my best friend, and there was rumors – I lost all the friends that I had, and it was just like a really hard time. It passed over, I got new friends, I have friends now, but I kept dwelling on it for like years after, and I thought that I needed to get it down on paper, or else I would like dwell on it forever. So, I wrote it down, and Gossip Girl was borne. And I am really proud of it, it is one of my favorite songs that I have ever written.

In the lyric video, I had this idea… I love like old vintage porcelain dolls, they are like creepy, and had an idea for a music video, where it feel and broke, and it would be put back together [unintelligible]. It told Columbia about my idea and we created this doll and put it in to the lyric video” (Grace on Facebook Live Dec. 28, 2016)

“I wanted to sing that so much on the show, but it’s not really the kind of message I want to sing on this kind of show, but it is a great song, I love that song.” (Grace in an interview with Robert Herra for Frontrow Liveevent ,Sep.13, 2016 – right after her AGT finale performance of Light the Sky)



Performances

2016.08.18 At home
2016.10.27 AGT Live Concert (The PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) AGT
2016.10.28 AGT Live Concert (The PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) AGT
2016.10.29 AGT Live Concert (The PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) AGT
2016.10.30 AGT Live Concert (The PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) AGT
2016.12.05 Perfectly Imperfect Launch party (YouTube Space at Chelsea Market)
2016.12.08 Apple Music Showcase (Facebook ) At 1 min in video (Facebook so no timestamps) 
2016.12.14 Horizon Media Holiday Party (Hammerstein Ballroom)  
2017.01.23 Paste Magazine Live (Paste Magazine)
2017.02.07 iHeartRadio Live Sessions (Honda Stage, Brooklyn Art Library )
2017.03.01 WE Day (Allstate Arena)
2017.04.21 WE Day (Key Arena ) The "official" recording
2017.04.27 WE Day (The Forum)
2017.05.21 Valley Hospital Benefit Concert (Ramapo High School)
2017.07.06 Shops At Nanuet Concert Series (Shops At Nanuet )
2017.10.14 Austin City Limits (week 2) (Zilker Park)
2017.10.27 Q-Topia 2017 (Ameris Bank (formerly Verizon) Amphitheater)
2017.11.05 The Troubadour Just the Beginning Tour Some sound issues when base is loud or girls screaming
2017.11.13 Irving Plaza Just the Beginning Tour
2017.11.15 Park West Just the Beginning Tour
2018.01.20 Private Acoustic Concert (Bean Runner Cafe)
2018.02.05 The Sinclair Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.07 9:30 Club Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.09 Cannery Ballroom Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.10 Terminal West Just the Beginning Tour First 10-15 seconds missing
2018.02.12 Warehouse Live Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.13 Trees Just the Beginning Tour Part 1 (These are not two versions but two parts of the same song)
2018.02.16 Bluebird Theatre Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.20 Slim's Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.22 Hawthorn Theatre Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.23 Neumos Just the Beginning Tour Beginning of song is missing
2018.04.21 MVCC Cultural Series (Mohawk Valley Community College) Just the Beginning Tour
2018.06.05 Xfinity Theatre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.06 Xfinity Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.08 Darling's Waterfront Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)  
2018.06.09 PNC Bank Arts Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.11 St. Josephs's Health Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.14 Budwesier Stage Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.16 Hershey Park Stadium Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.17 Blossom Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.19 Madison Square Garden Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.21 DT Energy Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.22 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.24 Century Link Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.26 Denny Sanford Premier Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.27 Summerfest (American Family Insurrance Amphitheater) Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.29 Saratoga Performing Arts Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.02 Jiffy Lube Live Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.03 Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.05 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creck Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.07 Colonial Life Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.08 Brandon Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.10 Bridgestone Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (15s) 
2018.07.11 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.13 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (43s) 
2018.07.14 Sprint Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.16 Red Rocks Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.18 Isleta Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.21 The Forum Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Documented by video that has since been deleted
2018.07.22 The Forum Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.24 Concord Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.26 Bobcat Stadium Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Part of (50s) 
2018.07.28 Loveloud - Concert (Rice-Eccles Stadium) Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.30 INTRUST Bank Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.01 BOK Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.02 Austin 360 Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.04 Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.05 Smoothie King Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.07 The Wharf Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.09 Coral Sky Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.10 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2019.05.31 CAL Polytech "Spring Fever" Sunset Concert (California Polytech University, University Union Plaza)
2019.08.10 Railbird Festival (The grounds of Keeneland Racetrack) Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.11 Orange Peel Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.13 Cannery Ballroom Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.14 Variety Playhouse Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.16 Granada Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour Part of (59s)
2019.08.17 Emo's Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.18 Warehouse Live Ur so Beautiful Tour Fragment (26s) 
2019.08.21 The van Buren Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.22 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.25 The Observatory Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.27 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.28 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.29 The Fillmore Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.01 The Depot Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.02 Washington's Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.03 Bluebird Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.06 Varsity Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.07 Park West Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.09 Saint Andrews Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.11 The Opera House Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.13 Royale Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.14 College Street Music Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.16 Theatre of Living Arts Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.17 Webster Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.19 The National Ur so Beautiful Tour Part of (35s) 
2019.09.20 9:30 Club Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.21 Rams Head Live! Ur so Beautiful Tour

Reviews, Reactions etc.

Type Comment Link
Behind the songGrace Vanderwaal Talks New Song “Gossip Girl” w/ @RobertHerrera
Behind the songBrief clip of Grace explaining the song
Behind the songInterview where Grace gives some background to Gossip Girl

Singles & Albums

Release Date Record Type Track
2016-12-02Perfectly ImperfectEP5
2016-12-02Perfectly Imperfect (Walmart Version)EP5
2017-05-24Perfectly Imperfect (Japanese version)EP5

Lyrics

Hugs and kisses
Best friends forever, you tell me
Pinky swears and bracelets
Always telling secrets
At slumber parties

Not trying to point any fingers
But I’ve heard the whispers, going around
Not trying to point you out here
Just making the facts clear, that I have found

That you’re the gossip girl
I thought you were real to me
The gossip girl
But you’re just plastic, girl
Shiny plastic hard shell
Don’t give in to gossip, girl

We were closer than sisters
I was the miss to your mister
You were the light to my fixture
I was the frame to your picture
We were closer than sisters
I was the miss to your mister
You were the light to my fixture
I was the frame to your picture

But you’re the gossip girl
I thought you were real to me
The gossip girl
But you’re just plastic, girl
Shiny plastic hard shell
Don’t give in to gossip, girl

I thought you were real to me
The gossip girl
But you’re just plastic, girl
Shiny plastic hard shell
Don’t give in to

Gossip girls they always seem to
Talk the talk about you
Gossip girls they always seem to
Talk the talk but never say the truth

That you’re the gossip girl
I thought you were real to me
The gossip girl
But you’re just plastic, girl
Shiny plastic hard shell
Don’t give in to gossip, girl

I thought you were real to me
The gossip girl
But you’re just plastic girl
Shiny plastic hard shell
Don’t give in to gossip girl
Gossip girl

Transcription provided by the VanderVault (www.VanderVault.org)
© SME (on behalf of Columbia); Sony ATV Publishing
For non-commercial use only.

Covers and Remixes

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