| Single by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé|
from the album The Fame Monster
|Released||January 26, 2010|
|Recorded||CD single, digital download, 7"|
|Label||Streamline, Kon Live, Cherrytree, Interscope|
|Writer(s)||Stefani Germanotta, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Lazonate Franklin, Beyoncé Knowles|
|Producer||Dark child, Lady Gaga|
|Lady Gaga chronology|
The song received positive reviews from critics who frequently noted "Telephone" as a stand-out track from The Fame Monster. It was Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2011. "Telephone" charted in a number of countries due to digital sales following the album's release, namely in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Hungary. The song was particularly successful in Europe where it reached the top of the charts in Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the single sold 7.4 million digital copies worldwide in 2010, making it one of the best-selling digital singles.
The accompanying music video is a continuation of the video for her 2009 song, "Paparazzi", and is also shot as a short film. After Gaga gets bailed out of prison by Beyoncé, they go to a diner and poison the guests having breakfast. After the homicide they escape and end up in a high speed police chase. The video referenced Quentin Tarantino and his films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003). The video received generally positive reviews was nominated for three awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Video of the Year. In January 2015 Billboard named the video, best video of the decade. In memory of Alexander McQueen, Gaga performed an acoustic rendition of "Telephone" mixed with "Dance in the Dark" at the 2010 BRIT Awards. It was also added to the set list of The Monster Ball Tour in 2010, the Born This Way Ball in 2012 and ArtRave: The Artpop Ball in 2014.