Don't Matter

"Don't Matter" is a reggae fusionR&B song by American singer Akon from his second studio album, Konvicted (2006).[1] The song was released as the album's third single in January 2007. In April of that year, it became Akon's first solo U.S. number-one single and second number-one overall. The chorus interpolates the 1979 song "Zimbabwe" by Bob Marley and the Wailers and borrows the melody of "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly in its verse. "Don't Matter" was ranked number 31 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[2] This song was also ranked number 81 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[3]

"Don't Matter"
Akon Don't Matter.jpg
Single by Akon
from the album Konvicted
ReleasedJanuary 19, 2007 (2007-01-19)
Recorded2006
Genre
Length4:54
LabelKonvict, UpFront, SRC, Universal
Songwriter(s)Aliaune Thiam, Bob Marley, Anthony Lawson, R. Kelly
Producer(s)Akon
Akon singles chronology
"The Sweet Escape"
(2006)
"Don't Matter"
(2007)
"I Tried"
(2007)
Music video
"Don't Matter" on YouTube

Chart performanceEdit

"Don't Matter" was released in the United States in mid-January 2007. The song made its debut at number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one after ten weeks on the chart, in large part due to its substantial airplay, the song topping the Hot 100 Airplay chart for two weeks. In the United Kingdom, it debuted on the singles chart at number forty-five, based solely upon downloads, and late peaking at number three following a physical release. Following the song's debut inside the top ten on the singles chart in Canada, it peaked at number one for a period of three weeks. As of January 2008, the song has been certified 3 times platinum for 3,000,000 digital sales. Bizzy Bone made a remix with this song, so did Candace Jones, Jadiel and Nivea. As of 2011, the song has sold 5,600,000 copies both in the United States and internationally.

Music videoEdit

The video was directed by Gil Green and starts with Akon picking up his date which happens to be his cousin (Klari Aniz) at a location. As he leaves with this date, an old man (presumably a relative of the date) is shown both reading a magazine about Akon partying at local clubs and staring at the two with an angry look. The video continues with Akon singing "Don't Matter" throughout the course of his date. It is set in a Caribbean beach style community at social places such as the beach, village market, and a dance. Notably, in the video's final scene, the music becomes much more lively, with a Caribbean style rhythm playing under the song's chorus. It has a cameo appearance by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.

Track listingEdit

UK CD single and European CD single 1

  1. "Don't Matter" - 4:09
  2. "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28

European CD single 2[4]

  1. "Don't Matter" (Konvict Remix) - 5:46
  2. "Don't Matter" (Calypso Remix) - 5:38
  3. "Don't Matter" (Original Radio Edit) - 4:09
  4. "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15

Australian CD single

  1. "Don't Matter" (Radio Edit) - 3:02
  2. "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28
  3. "Easy Road" - 3:59
  4. "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United States January 19, 2007 (2007-01-19)
Australia June 30, 2007 (2007-06-30)
United Kingdom October 15, 2007 (2007-10-15)

Charts and certificationsEdit

Covers and samplingEdit

Fall Out Boy performed a cover of "Don't Matter" for their live album, **** Live in Phoenix. They also performed the song at their June 12, 2007, concert, the night after their bassist Pete Wentz got in a fight with a fan. Canadian singer Lights often covered the song for her live shows. Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte did a cover of "Don't Matter" live in Festival de Verão Salvador with Akon in January 2010.

Brazilian band Bonde do Maluco also did a cover version of "Don't Matter" which has the chorus used by Claudia Leitte on her live version with Akon.

Lauv covered the song on his 2017 release Spotify Singles.

D'Prince and Kehlani interpolate "Don't Matter" in their songs "Bestie" (2015) and "Undercover" (2017), respectively.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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