"You and I" (stylized as "Yoü and I") is a song by American singer Lady Gaga, taken from her second studio album, Born This Way (2011). Written by Gaga, "You and I" samples Queen's "We Will Rock You" (1977) and features electric guitar by Queen's Brian May. The song was debuted by Gaga in June 2010 during her performance at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball. Footage of the performance appeared on the Internet, and positive response encouraged her to incorporate the song into her setlist for The Monster Ball Tour. She subsequently performed the song on Today to a record crowd in July 2010, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show in May 2011. The song was released as the fourth single from the album, on August 23, 2011 by Interscope.


"You and I" is a slow tempo song featuring instrumentation from electric guitars and piano, with Gaga and Lange providing background vocals. The song received critical acclaim, with reviewers listing it as one of the highlights from Born This Way. After the release of the parent album, "You and I" charted in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States, due to digital downloads from the parent album. Season ten American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart performed "You and I" in May 2011 prior to its release, earning positive reviews. Her studio recording was released to the iTunes Store as a single, and appeared on the compilation album, American Idol Top 5 Season 10. "You and I" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12, 2012.

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video for "You and I" was released on August 16, 2011 and was shot by Gaga's long-time collaborator Laurieann Gibson in Springfield, Nebraska. The video features Jo Calderone, Gaga's male alter ego, who is also featured on the single's cover, and Yüyi, her mermaid alter ego. The main concept behind the video was Gaga's journey to be with her beloved one; she is portrayed through an assortment of scenes displaying her in various avatars, including Calderone and Yuyi. After its release, the video was met with positive reception.


Country Peak
Flag of Australia Australia 14
Flag of Austria Austria 8
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 26
Flag of France France 98
Flag of Germany Germany 21
Flag of Hungary Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 24
Flag of Ireland Ireland 32
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 83
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 5
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 5
Flag of South Korea South Korea 66
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 32
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 23
Flag of the United States United States 6
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 67


Sales in Australia are shipment figures based on certification alone, sales in New zealand are sales figures based on certification alone. Sales in the United States are both.

Region Certification CertifiedUnits/Sales
Flag of Australia Australia Gold record icon Gold 35,000
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Gold record icon Gold 7,500
Flag of the United States United States Triple platinum record icon Platinum 2,310,000

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