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Who’s Laughing Now (Ava Max)

Who’s Laughing Now (Ava Max) Description

Who’s Laughing Now” is a song by American singer Ava Max. It was released on July 30, 2020, through Atlantic Records as the sixth single from her upcoming debut studio album Heaven & Hell (2020). The song was written by Max, Madison Love, Måns Wredenberg, Noonie Bao, and producers Cirkut and Lotus IV. It is a dance-pop song with lyrics about a girl being gaslighted, serving as a continuation from Max’s 2018 song “Sweet but Psycho”. The Isaac Rentz-directed music video was released on July 30, 2020, and features Max seeking revenge on her boss and her cheating boyfriend.

Background and development

Ava Max first teased “Who’s Laughing Now” on her social media accounts on May 28, 2020, before officially announcing the single’s initial June 2, 2020 release date, and cover art the next day. The release date was subsequently postponed because it coincided with Blackout Tuesday. She then announced that the song would be released on June 25, 2020, but was also indefinitely delayed on June 17, 2020. She eventually announced that it would be released on July 30, 2020. The cover art depicts a topless Max positioned in front of a flaming background. The song was written by Max, Madison Love, Måns Wredenberg, Noonie Bao, Cirkut and Lotus IV, with the latter two handling production.

Promotion

A ten second teaser of the music video was posted on Max’s Instagram account on July 28, 2020 to hype up the song. The next day she announced the name, release date, and cover art of her debut studio album Heaven & Hell. Then, on the song’s release date, the album was made available to preorder and merchandise was released on her website.

Composition and lyrics

“Who’s Laughing Now” is a dance-pop song. It was written as a continuation from her 2018 song “Sweet but Psycho”, as the lyrics both describe a misunderstood girl being gaslighted, and serve as an analogy to Max’s own experiences being rejected in the music industry. She summarized the song as “basically telling everyone to just fuck off”.

Critical reception

Issy Sampson of The Guardian criticized “Who’s Laughing Now”, stating that it was similar to “Sweet but Psycho”, which she described as an “irritating earworm”. She added that the former used a “smug” horrible personality trait in place of “psychotic”.

Music video

The music video was directed by Isaac Rentz and released on July 30, 2020. Max is depicted as a person seeking revenge after being fired by her boss and cheated on by her boyfriend. She is seen dancing in a destroyed office and breaking a car with a crowbar, before breaking free of a psychiatric hospital while strapped in a straitjacket. Ava Max wrote the video’s plot, which she decided to incorporate several female characters into a corporate workforce dominated by men. One character portrayed by Ava Max is gaslighted by a doctor into becoming “psycho”, while another had musical instruments appearing from her head, which was parallel to her own negative experiences with music executives.

Track listings

Streaming
No. Title Length
1. “Who’s Laughing Now” 3:00
Digital download – The Remixes
No. Title Length
1. “Who’s Laughing Now” (Breathe Carolina Remix) 2:24
2. “Who’s Laughing Now” (Cat Dealers Remix) 3:40
Digital download – The Remixes
No. Title Length
1. “Who’s Laughing Now” (KOLIDESCOPES Remix) 3:20
2. “Who’s Laughing Now” (COASTR. Remix) 3:36
3. “Who’s Laughing Now” (Jordan Jay Remix) 2:34

Personnel

  • Amanda Ava Koci – vocals, songwriting
  • Henry Walter – songwriting, production, programming
  • Linus Wiklund – songwriting, production, programming
  • Madison Love – songwriting
  • Måns Wredenberg – songwriting
  • Jonnali Parmenius – songwriting
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – engineering

Credits adapted from Tidal.

Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Lithuania (Radiomonitor) 1
Macedonia (Radiomonitor) 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4
Norway (VG-lista) 8
Hungary (Single Top 40) 13
Switzerland (Media Control Romandy) 13
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 14
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 30
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 30
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 31
Croatia (HRT) 35
UK Download Singles (Official Charts Company) 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 49
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit) 63
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 71
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 73
Germany (Official German Charts) 87
France (SNEP) 159
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Who’s Laughing Now (Ava Max) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Never knew the sting of a stranger
Never felt the words like a razor
But I won’t give a damn ’bout it later
All the little digs doesn’t matter
Writin’ down a brand new chapter
Where there’s only love, never anger

[Pre-Chorus]
So lonely in your bed
Does breakin’ me make you feel good?
Guess you don’t understand
What goes around, comes around

[Chorus]
Don’t ya know that I’m stronger?
Don’t ya see me in all black?
Don’t ya cry like a baby
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?
Know that it’s over
Don’t ya know I won’t call back?
Don’t ya cry like a baby
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?

[Verse 2]
You’ll never see me blue, never bleedin’
Hope you understand how I’m feelin’
I’m turnin’ off my phone like I’m leaving (Bye)
Pushed me to the edge, now it’s over
Shuttin’ off the hate, gettin’ closure
This will be the dust when I’m older

[Pre-Chorus]
So lonely in your bed
Does breakin’ me make you feel good?
Guess you don’t understand
What goes around, comes around

[Chorus]
Don’t ya know that I’m stronger?
Don’t ya see me in all black?
Don’t ya cry like a baby
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?
Know that it’s over
Don’t ya know I won’t call back?
Don’t ya cry like a baby
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?

[Post-Chorus]
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?

[Bridge]
It’s comical, hysterical
So ridiculous, think you messed me up

[Chorus]
Don’t ya know that I’m stronger?
Don’t ya see me in all black?
Don’t ya cry like a baby (Oh)
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?
Know that it’s over
Don’t ya know I won’t call back? (Call back)
Don’t ya cry like a baby
Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha
Who’s laughing now?

Who’s Laughing Now (Ava Max) Music Video

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About Who’s Laughing Now (Ava Max)

Artist Ava Max
Album Heaven & Hell
Release Date July 30, 2020
Length 3:00
Genre Dance-pop
Label Atlantic Records
Songwriter(s) Amanda Ava Koci, Jonnali Parmenius, Linus Wiklund, Måns Wredenberg, Madison Love, Henry Walter
Producer(s) Cirkut Lotus IV
Format Digital download, Streaming
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