"Red Lips" is a post-grunge/electronic song written by Shirley Manson (lead singer of Garbage) and long-time collaborator, Greg Kurstin, for Sky Ferreira's second EP, Ghost. The song was released through iTunes on July 17, 2012 as the first single off the EP by Capitol Records.
Ferreira first teased the song by uploading a preview to her SoundCloud page on February 21, 2012. Ferreira later posted a second teaser on June 11th, this time of the 'Video Edit'. Ferreira posted the final version of the song the day after, writing "Produced by Greg Kurstin & Shirley Manson" in the description. She included the following description with the 'Video Edit' post:
Go to TerrysDiary.com June 12th for the video
THIS IS NOT THE SINGLE/MIXED VERSION
Written by Shirley Manson & I Produced by Greg Kurstin
—Sky Ferreira on SoundCloud
The music video for "Red Lips" was directed by Terry Richardson and premiered on June 12, 2012.
The video followed a string of self-promotion brought on by Sky Ferreira using social media. On May 7th, Ferreira posted a screenshot from the video on her Facebook with the description, "First edit of #RedLips video". On May 26th, she posted another message on Facebook reading "June 12th.Red Lips video.FOR REAL." On June 4th, she posted a third message leading up to the release of the video that read "ONE WEEK UNTIL THE RED LIPS VIDEO". When asked to give a preview of the video, Ferreira redirected by commenting the link to the first post. On June 10th, she posted another message reading "2 days until #RedLips". The day after, she posted a link to her SoundCloud page that included a preview of the 'Video Edit' as well as a screenshot of the video.
As mentioned, the video premiered on the scheduled date with one final post that read "#REDLIPS" and also included a link to the video via YouTube. On June 25th, Ferreira posted a follow-up to the video that read "Errr watch out for Red Lips on MTV and mtvU". On June 30th, she posted another update on her Facebook reading "buy #RedLips on iTunes July 17th (a little late...I know.)" On July 18th, she posted on her Facebook that the video was available for purchase through iTunes, "get the #RedLips video on iTunes http://smarturl.it/RedLipsVid"
- ASCAP Work ID: 382053858
- BMI | Repertoire
- iTunes Store
- SoundCloud teaser
- Facebook post announcing the preview
- SoundCloud Video Edit teaser
- SoundCloud post
- Facebook post regarding the video
- Second Facebook message regarding the video
- Third Facebook message regarding the video
- Fourth Facebook message regarding the video
- Fifth Facebook message regarding the video
- Sixth Facebook message regarding the video
- Seventh Facebook message regarding the video
- Facebook post regarding the iTunes release
- Facebook post announcing the iTunes release of the video