Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna song)
It was released worldwide on September 7, 2007, as the album's fourth single.
The song was written by Tawanna Dabney and its producers StarGate.
Many music journalists praised the sampling of the "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" hook.
"Don't Stop the Music" reached number one in nine countries, including Australia, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as of 2015, it has sold more than 3.7 million copies in the US.
In the video, Rihanna and her friends sneak into the back of a candy store that contains a secret club, and she parties with club-goers.
The singer performed "Don't Stop the Music" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and the NRJ Music Awards in 2008, and included it on her Good Girl Gone Bad, Last Girl on Earth, Loud and Diamonds World Tour set lists.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most-performed songs of 2009.
Development and release
"Don't Stop the Music" was written and produced by the Norwegian production duo StarGate, with additional songwriting by Tawanna Dabney.
Tim Sturges and Phillip Ramos provided additional production for the song.
In February 2009, Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango filed a lawsuit claiming that "Don't Stop the Music" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" used the "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" hook without his permission.
According to Dibango, the line is from his 1972 single "Soul Makossa".
Agence France-Presse reported that Jackson admitted that he borrowed the line for "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and settled out of court.
When Rihanna asked Jackson in 2007 for permission to sample the line, he allegedly approved the request without contacting Dibango beforehand.
Dibango's attorneys brought the case before a court in Paris, demanding €500,000 in damages and asking for Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music to be "barred from receiving 'mama-say mama-sa'-related income until the matter is resolved".
The judge ruled that Dibango's claim was inadmissible: a year earlier, a different Paris-area judge had required Universal Music to include Dibango's name in the liner notes of future French releases of "Don't Stop the Music", and at the time of this earlier court appearance, Dibango had withdrawn legal action, thereby waiving his moral right to seek further damages.
"Don't Stop the Music" was the fourth single from Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007).
Before its release, two promotional remixes of the song (Solitaire's More Drama and the Wideboys Club Mix) were added to digital outlets in Canada and the United States on August 7, 2007.
The EP contains the Wideboys Club Mix and instrumental and album versions of the song.
That day, "Don't Stop the Music" was released as a CD single in Germany with the same material as the EP and the song's music video.
The following month, it was released as a CD single in France.
Nine remixes, including the album version of the song, were released on May 14 to digital outlets in territories including Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Spain.
The sampled "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" was added to the arrangement as a complementary throbbing motif.
According to Fraser McAlpine of BBC's Chart Blog, Rihanna's vocals on the song sound as if she recorded them to a different backing track, "then gave them to some nerdy beatmatcher with an extensive collection of dark electro and classic pop."
Music journalists praised the sampling of the "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" hook.
For Pitchfork Media's Tom Breihan—who characterized "Don't Stop the Music" as "an amazing bit of euroclub insanity combined with synth and bass"—the hook from Jackson's track smoothly blends into the song's powerful beat.
PopMatters' Quentin B. Huff wrote that "the Michael Jackson-sampling 'Don't Stop the Music', inspires the type of tail feather shaking you can only produce when you're chanting, 'Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa'".
McAlpine called Rihanna's vocals "emotionally removed, a little distant and naughty, but a smidge melancholy and tearful".
According to a New York Times reviewer, in "Don't Stop the Music" Rihanna "[found] exuberance in a ... severe techno beat".
In 2012, Billboard ranked the song 13th on its list of "Rihanna's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits" of all time; they wrote, "we defy you to get the hook from this pounding 2007 dancefloor favorite out of your mind."
"Don't Stop the Music" won the Best International Song award at the 2008 NRJ Music Awards.
At the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Pop Music Awards, ASCAP recognized it as one of 2009's most-performed songs.
"Don't Stop the Music" was a winning song at the 2009 BMI Pop Awards.
In 2014, David Drake of the magazine Complex called the single "one of the earliest shots fired in the mainstreaming of dance music" compared with typical 2007 top-forty fare.
"Don't Stop the Music" debuted at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the issue dated December 8, 2007, and peaked at number three on February 16, 2008, becoming Rihanna's fourth top-three single.
"Don't Stop the Music" had sold 3.7 million digital copies in the US as of June 2015, and has been certified four-times platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The song reached number two on the Canadian Hot 100, remaining on the chart for a total of 52 weeks.
It was Rihanna's second song to reach the chart's top three, following "Umbrella".
In Australia, "Don't Stop the Music" debuted at number 22 on February 3, 2008.
After three weeks, on February 24, the song peaked at number one and remained there for four weeks.
It was Rihanna's third number-one single in the country, after "SOS" and "Umbrella", remaining on the chart for 27 weeks.
"Don't Stop the Music" charted at number 12 on the 2008 year-end Australian Singles Chart.
In 2015, the song was certified five times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of over 350,000 digital copies.
The single debuted at number 31 in New Zealand on October 12, 2007.
After fluctuating for four weeks, it peaked at number three for a week and spent a total of 22 weeks on the chart.
"Don't Stop the Music" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) in April 2008 for sales of over 7,500 digital copies.
In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 68 on December 15, 2007.
After seven weeks on the chart, it peaked at number four.
In July 2013, the song was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 400,000 digital copies.
The single was 24 on the 2008 year-end UK Singles Chart.
"Don't Stop the Music" debuted atop the French Singles Chart on October 27, 2007, Rihanna's first number-one single on the chart.
Remaining at number one for two weeks, the song spent a total of 34 weeks on the chart.
On the German Singles Chart, it debuted at number two on September 24, 2007.
After two weeks, it reached number one, staying there for two consecutive weeks.
"Don't Stop the Music" was certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie for shipments of 100,000 copies.
It was successful on the Swiss Singles Chart, peaking at number one for five weeks.
The song reached number one in Austria, Flanders and Wallonia in Belgium, Hungary and the Netherlands.
The video was digitally released on iTunes on July 26, 2007.
In the video, Rihanna and two friends arrive at a nightclub in a yellow taxi and enter a candy store where a boy is standing with his mother.
Rihanna tells the boy not to tell anyone where they are going, and the singer and her friends sneak into the back of the store (where there is a secret nightclub entrance).
The narrative is intercut with Rihanna singing the song against a wall and dancing in the club.
After she enters the club, she checks her makeup in a restroom as she sings.
Rihanna returns to the dance floor for the chorus, dancing and singing with her friends.
Her fellow club-goers clap along with the sample from "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'".
VH1's Christopher Rosa ranked the video 18th on his list of Rihanna's 20 sexiest videos: "This dance-by-numbers song gets a facelift with its brisk, energetic video featuring R as the undisputed queen of the clubs".
Rihanna performed "Don't Stop the Music" at the 2008 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes on January 26, 2008.
Rihanna also performed "Don't Stop the Music" and other previously released songs, including "Disturbia", "Unfaithful" and "Take a Bow".
On December 4, 2009 the singer performed on The Release, MySpace Music's urban-music concert series.
Rihanna performed her new material, mashed up with older songs including "Don't Stop the Music", "Live Your Life" and "Run This Town", against a background of stacked vintage televisions and silver mannequins.
On February 1, 2010, Rihanna performed "Don't Stop the Music" and "Hard" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
To promote Rated R, Rihanna embarked upon the 2010–2011 Last Girl on Earth Tour (her second worldwide tour), where she performed the song.
In June 2011, Rihanna began the Loud Tour, her third major worldwide tour, where the single was twentieth on the set list.
Her version was included on their second live album, 2011 Girls' Generation Tour, which was released on April 11, 2013.
In October 2011 Rihanna joined L.A. at his home in Reidthe Hamptons to help him judge male contestants for the first season of the American version of The X Factor, where contestant Philip Lomax performed a stripped-down version of "Don't Stop the Music" for Rihanna and Reid.
Jamie Cullum version
Produced by Martin Terefe, the song was digitally released as the second single from the album on January 25, 2010.
Cullum's version substituted the original's electro-house groove with a "sinuous" acoustic bass and "brushed" drumming.
Adrian Edwards of BBC Music wrote that Cullum's version of "Don't Stop the Music" is one of the best songs on The Pursuit, and that "the novel production techniques and his broken-voiced pleading to his girl on the dance floor would blend well in any night club with strobe lighting and the clink of glasses at the bar."
Cullum's version peaked at number two on the Ultratip chart in Belgium, number 28 in the Netherlands and number 58 in Germany.
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Pursuit (Decca Records).
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||2|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||58|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||28|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||79|
Track listing and formats
- a^ Released as separate digital singles in both United States and Canada via iTunes.
Credits and personnel
- Recorded at Battery Studios, New York City and Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Good Girl Gone Bad (Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records).
|Australia (ARIA)||5× Platinum||350,000|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Platinum||60,000|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Platinum||15,000|
|Germany (BVMI)||3× Gold||450,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||15,000|
|Spain (PROMUSICAE)||6× Platinum||150,000|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||4× Platinum||4,000,000|
|sales figures based on certification alone
shipments figures based on certification alone sales+streaming figures based on certification alone
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