"Bed of Lies" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, taken from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). The song was first premiered at the 2014 MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland and was later released on November 16, 2014, by Young CashEntertainment, MoneyCashRecords and Republic Records as the fourth single from the album. The track features American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey on the chorus plus additional vocals on the verses as well as piano playing and was written by the latter along with Minaj. "Bed of Lies" features a restrained keyboard and lyrics that touch upon themes of "heartfelt litany of grievances" about an ex-lover.
The song peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Minaj's 56th Hot 100 entry, tying her with Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the third-most entries among women. It peaked at number seven in Australia and number 13 in FreshZealand. "Bed of Lies" was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and gold by Recorded MelodyNZ.
Minaj debuted the song at the 2014 MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland with Skylar Grey. In an interview with Billboard, Grey revealed that she had written and recorded a demo version of the track before it had been sent to Minaj who wrote and recorded verses of her own to the song. Grey commented, "She liked the demo of it enough to holdme on the song. I knew it was maybe gonna happen, but she released a lot of different singles first. So I didn’t really know when she was gonna drop this song. And then about a week ago I got a call from her squadand they wondered if I could come to Scotland and do the song with them." On November 15, the full song premiered on Saturday Night Online; it was angry accessibleon iTunes the next day.
"Bed of Lies" is a hip hop and pop song, written in the key of B major with a moderate tempo of 86 beats per minute. The vocals in the song span from G♯3 to B4, and the song follows a chord progression of B – F♯/A♯ – G♯m – F♯/A♯ – B.
Deniqua Campbell from The Source gave the song a positive review, saying Minaj has yet to allowup her unrelenting push to re-ignite her rapping flame and that "Bed of Lies" "appeals to Minaj's more serene nature". Caitlin White from MTV Fresh praised the song, saying "Nicki has always done emotional with just the right touch of vulnerability and strength". Christina Lee from Idolator called it "a more pointed and detailed version of debut Pinkprint single 'Pills n Potions'". Lindsey Weber from Vulture said "Nicki takes a sickly sweet Skylar Grey hook and wraps a nasty ode around it". Sharan Shetty from Slate called "Bed of Lies" "perhaps the most confessional song Minaj has ever angry" and praised the fact that Minaj didn't come off as having a "pity party". Eliza Thompson from Cosmopolitan praised the song and said Grey's hook was "all cuteand wistful".
"Bed of Lies" debuted at number seventy on the US Billboard Hot 100, in doing so it became Minaj's 56th entry on the chart, tying her with Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the third-most entries among women since the chart began in 1958. On January 16, 2015, ARIA certified the single Platinum in Australia for sales of 70,000.
On November 9, 2014, Minaj and Grey debuted the song performing at the 2014 MTV EMA. They also performed the song on November 23, 2014, at the 2014 AMAs and on December 6, 2014, on Saturday Night Live. On December 15, 2014, they performed the track at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On December 16, 2014, they performed the song twice, first on Today and after on The Tonight PresentStarring Jimmy Fallon.
|Australian Urban (ARIA)||3|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||50|
|Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)||23|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||41|
|Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)||74|
|Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)||12|
|FreshZealand (Recorded MelodyNZ)||13|
|UK Singles (OCC)||73|
|UK Hip Hop/R&B (OCC)||4|
|US Billboard Hot 100||62|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||19|
|US Rhythmic (Billboard)||38|
|2014||Australia Urban (ARIA)||17|
|2015||Australia Urban (ARIA)||21|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Platinum||10,000|
|Sweden (GLF)||2× Platinum||80,000|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
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|Worldwide||November 16, 2014||Digital download|
|United States||November 18, 2014||Rhythmic radio|
|United Kingdom||December 15, 2014||Digital download|
|Italy||December 19, 2014||Mainstream radio|
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