Baby Don’t Lie is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani. It was written by Stefani, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella, and produced by Tedder and Blanco. It was released as the lead single from Stefani’s third solo studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, on October 20, 2014.
The song is a midtempo electropop and reggae-pop track. It begins with Stefani announcing, “Uh huh, here we go,” to a rubbery bass line and hand claps. The song also has a hip hop-inflected breakdown, in which Stefani raps, “You can tell me what you’re hidin’ boy/And you can tell me if I’m gettin’ warm”. Lyrically, the song discusses insecurities in a relationship, where Stefani questions her man’s love.
“Baby Don’t Lie” was a commercial success, reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached the top 10 in several other countries, including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 1 million copies in the United States.
“Baby Don’t Lie” was met with positive reviews from critics. Billboard called the song a “summery, reggae-tinged jam” and praised Stefani’s vocals. Rolling Stone also gave the song a positive review, calling it “a feel-good anthem about not letting go of love”.
The song was originally written for Rihanna, but she turned it down. Stefani revealed this in an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2014. She said that she wrote the song with Rihanna in mind, but Rihanna decided not to record it. Stefani was disappointed, but she decided to record the song herself. The song was a commercial success, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
About the Artist
Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She was born on October 3, 1969, in Fullerton, California. Stefani is best known as the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, which she co-founded in 1986. With No Doubt, Stefani released several successful albums, including “Tragic Kingdom,” “Return of Saturn,” and “Rock Steady.” The band’s music incorporated elements of ska, punk, and pop, and Stefani’s distinctive voice and fashion sense made her an icon in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2004, Stefani embarked on a solo career and released her debut album, “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.,” which included the hit singles “Hollaback Girl” and “Rich Girl.” She has since released several more albums, collaborated with numerous artists, and served as a coach on the singing competition show “The Voice.”