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"Dance" is a song recorded by Romanian recording artist Alexandra Stan for her sophomore studio album, Unlocked (2014). The track was made available for digital download on 16 July 2014, as the album's third single.[1] "Dance" was written by Stan, Cosmin Basasteanu, Alexandru Cotoi, Lee Anna McCollum, Mika Moupondo and Erik Lidbom, while production was handled by both Cazan and Lidbom. A music video for the song was directed by Khaled Mokhtar and debuted on Stan's YouTube channel on 18 July 2014, where it has since amassed over ten million views.[2] The clip was shot during three days in Bucharest, Romania and sees Stan and her backup dancers performing choreographed dances, which were choreographed by Romanian performer Emil Rengle.[3][4]

"Dance"
The cover sees Stan posing provocative in front of a beige backdrop
Single by Alexandra Stan
from the album Unlocked
Released16 July 2014
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
Fonogram Studios
(Bucharest, Romania)
Genre
Length3:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Cosmin Basasteanu
  • Alexandru Cotoi
  • Lee Anna McCollum
  • Mika Moupondo
  • Alexandra Stan
Producer(s)
  • Alexandru Cotoi
  • Erik Lidbom
Alexandra Stan singles chronology
"Cherry Pop"
(2014)
"Dance"
(2014)
"Give Me Your Everything"
(2014)

The recording was met with positive reviews.[4][5] Digital Journal praised the song for being "catchy", and Stan for providing "honey-rich" vocals. In an interview, Alexandra Stan explained that "Dance" is a "very sexy club song and club image".[6] The track was performed during Stan's Unlocked Tour (2014).[1] The song became a success in Japan, where it ranked at number 25 on the Japan Hot 100.

CompositionEdit

"Dance" was recorded at Fonogram Studios in Bucharest, Romania.[4] Stan first thought of the song's melody and lyrics in Paris, and later brought her idea for further development by her team at Fonogram Records, led by producers Alex Cotoi and Mika Moupondo.[7] The song is a dance track, also incorporating house music influences into its sound.[8] The track opens with acoustic guitar chords,[9] which are then followed by a pop strophe.[8] The refrain consists of a saxophone drop, which is backed by cut saws and plucks.[9] "Dance" ends with the last lyrics of the song being backed by acoustic guitar.[4] Lyrically, the track speaks about the art of dancing, but also features references to friendship and romance.[9] Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal pointed out the opening lyrics of the song for beginning rebellious, but turning into positive and optimistic.[4] He also compared the instrumentation of "Dance" with that one of Kesha's "Die Young".[4]

Critical responseEdit

 
"Dance" was compared to the work of David Guetta (pictured).[10]

Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal compared "Dance" to Stan's 2010 song "Mr. Saxobeat", confessing that the song "has a catchy melody".[4] He went on praising Stan's "honey-rich" voice on the verses "Why don't you dance dance dance / and fall in love with friends / let's start a new romance". Furthermore, Papadatos said that the track deserves to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts. Concerning the music video of "Dance", he praised Khaled Mokhtar for doing a "brilliant job directing [the clip]", and Emil Rengle for choreographing "the dancers and Stan in the video exceptionally well". He went on saying that Stan "looks breathtakingly beautiful in this video". Papadatos gave the music video and the song itself an A rating.[4] Everything Express writer Robin Catling described the track as a "summery David Guetta-inspired Euro-dance number that rattles along". He criticised the song's quality, saying that "even S-Club 7 had better material than this".[10] Direct Lyrics praised "Dance" for having "enough summer flavour to do well this upcoming hot season" and confessed that they like the track better than its predecessor, "Cherry Pop".[5] Los 40 Principales cited the video for "Dance" as one of Stan's best clips ever.[11]

Track listingsEdit

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Unlocked and The Collection.[1][16]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 70
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[18] 25
Turkey (Turkish Singles Chart)[19] 6

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Japan[20] 16 July 2014 Digital single Victor Entertainment
Romania[12] 18 July 2014 Roton
Spain[15][21] 2 September 2014 Blanco y Negro
23 December 2014 Digital remix EP
Italy[13] 12 September 2014 Digital single Ego/ Vae Victis
Germany[14] 26 September 2014 Digital remix EP Kontor Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Unlocked (Liner notes). Alexandra Stan. Bucharest, Romania: Roton (Barcode: 8693644012601). 2014.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Alexandra Stan – Dance [Official Video]". YouTube. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Alexandra Stan a lansat videoclipul piesei 'Dance'" [Alexandra Stan has released the video for 'Dance']. K Fetele. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Papadatos, Markos. "Review: Alexandra Stan inspires fans to 'Dance' in stunning new video". Digital Journal. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b "New Music: Alexandra Stan – 'Dance'". Direct Lyrics. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Alexandra Stan Interview Spain". YouTube. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  7. ^ Apaza, Kevin (31 July 2014). "DirectLyrics Interviews Alexandra Stan: On Second Album, New Single "Dance", Speaking Spanish & Romania Tourism!". DirectLyrics. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Videopremiere: Alexandra Stan mit ihrer nächsten Single 'Dance'" [Videopremiere: Alexandra Stan and her next Single 'Dance'] (in German). Hitfire. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Kießling, Levin. "Alexandra Stan mit 'Dance'" [Alexandra Stan with 'Dance'] (in German). Dance Charts. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ a b Catling, Robin (20 February 2015). "Review: Alexandra Stan – Unlocked (2014)". Everything Express. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Los mejores videoclips de Alexandra Stan" [The best videos of Alexandra Stan] (in Spanish). Los 40 Principales. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Dance – Single by Alexandra Stan on iTunes". iTunes Store. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Dance – Single di Alexandra Stan su iTunes". iTunes Store. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Dance (Remixes) – Single von Alexandra Stan in iTunes". iTunes Store. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Dance (Remixes) – EP de Alexandra Stan en iTunes". iTunes Store. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  16. ^ The Collection (Liner notes). Alexandra Stan. Tokyo, Japan: Victor Entertainment (Barcode: 4988002698196). 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Alexandra Stan – Dance" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Alexandra Stan Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Digital Singles Charts – Turkey". Number One Top 40. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Dance – Single". iTunes Store (in Japanese). 16 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Dance – Single de Alexandra Stan en iTunes". iTunes Store. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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