Cover art for Paint The Town Red by Doja Cat

Paint The Town Red

Doja Cat
Track 1 on Scarlet 

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Aug. 4, 20236 viewers496.8K views

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“Paint The Town Red” is released on August 4, 2023 as the lead single from Doja Cat’s upcoming fourth-studio album that is expected to be released on September 22nd. On the hip-hop and jazz-fused song she samples “Walk On By” by Dionne Warwick over a smooth beat. She raps about the people who’ve disliked and hated her for her change in appearance.

The term, paint the town red, is an expression in American slang which means to go on a reckless debauch or to be wildly extravagant. This metaphor is used to apply on bonfires which (not literally) paint the sky or scenery red. (Source: The Guardian)


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Leading up to release, various album and single covers of Doja’s on streaming were altered to an all-red hue.

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During the tracking week ending August 19, 2023, the song debuted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. During the tracking week ending September 16, 2023, the song reached the top spot. The song marks Doja’s second #1, as “Say So” peaked at #1 in 2020.

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Release Date
August 4, 2023
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