Better Off Alone (Alice DeeJay song)

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"Better Off Alone"
Single by Alice DeeJay
from the album Who Needs Guitars Anyway?
Released July 19, 1998[1]
Format CD, 12"[2]
Recorded 1998
Genre Eurodance, techno-pop
Length 3:34
Label Universal, Republic, Positiva
Writer(s) Sebastian Molijn, Eelke Kalberg[3]
Producer(s) DJ Jurgen
Alice DeeJay singles chronology
"Better Off Alone"
(1998)
"Back in My Life"
(1999)
Music sample
21 second excerpt where the song's primary line is featured.

"Better Off Alone" is a song by Dutch group Alice DeeJay. It was released on July 19, 1998 as the lead single from their debut album Who Needs Guitars Anyway?. It was originally written and released in 1998 on Canadian label ISBA Music Entertainment Inc. but was re-released in 1999 by Positiva, Universal and Republic.

Production[edit]

"Better Off Alone" was initially an instrumental track.[3] DJ Sebastiaan Molijn came up with the lyric "Do you think you're better off alone" after his romantic partner had left him. Molijn stated that "I started humming the vocal melody while the track was playing and we decided to add vocals. It made the emotion of the song as real as it gets. One simple line that said it all."[3] Judith Pronk served as singer for the album.[4]

Style[edit]

Entertainment Weekly described the song as "techno-pop" while Spin described it as a "trance-fueled Eurodance".[4][5]

Release and chart performance[edit]

Pronk changed her stagename to Alice DeeJay after the track was released. The track was released to dance clubs and became an international hit in clubs reaching #2 on the Billboard club charts and a top ten club chart worldwide. The song then became a hit reaching #2 in Canada, #25 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK. It went on to sell over 600,000 copies in the UK and become one of the country's best-selling singles of 1999, despite the radio edit not being on the commercial CD release.[6] The song was in the top 100 best selling singles in Australia for 2000 as compiled by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[7]

Reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the song a B rating, describing the song as "waaaay lite" with "barely-there lyrics" referring to the song as having "catchy, throwaway results".[5]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Charts[edit]

Cover versions and samples[edit]

In 2001, rock group Weezer covered the song during sessions for their album Maladroit. In 2007, New Jersey rock group Paulson released a rock cover of the song on their Calling on You EP.[38] In January 2008, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa sampled the instrumental portion of the song for his single "Say Yeah".[39] A cover by The Secret Handshake is an iTunes exclusive bonus track on their 2009 album My Name Up in Lights. Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim frequently cover this track during their live sets. UK hardcore producer S3RL also covered this track featuring Tamika. Hardstyle artists Neilio and Sound Rusherz released a cover of the song in early July 2011.[40] Michigan band Salem released a cover in 2011.[41] David Guetta heavily sampled the song in 2012 for the song "Play Hard", which features Ne-Yo and Akon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Better Off Alone - Alice Deejay, DJ Alice, DJ Jurgen". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Better Off Alone - Alice Deejay, DJ Alice, DJ Jurgen". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c DJ Ron Slomowicz. "Pronti & Kalmani Interview". Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "ALICE DEEJAY - "BETTER OFF ALONE" | SPIN | Animal Collective Centipedia". SPIN. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Beth (June 23, 2000). "Better Off Alone". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2000". Retrieved 2006-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  10. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Cassette) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  15. ^ "Alice Deejay Feat. DJ Jurgen - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  16. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  17. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  18. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  19. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  20. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  21. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  22. ^ "Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Remixes) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  23. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  24. ^ Allmusic peaks
  25. ^ "Alice DeeJay: Better Off Alone" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  26. ^ "Lescharts.com – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone" (in French). Les classement single.
  27. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Alice DeeJay > Better Off Alone – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  28. ^ "Back In My Life by Alice DeeJay Chart performance in Ireland". Irishcharts. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  29. ^ Italian peak
  30. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Jurgen presents Alice DeeJay search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  31. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone". Top 40 Singles.
  32. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone". VG-lista.
  33. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone". Singles Top 60.
  34. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone". Swiss Singles Chart.
  35. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-08-14" UK Singles Chart.
  36. ^ a b c "Better Off Alone by Alice DeeJay Chart performance in America". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  37. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  38. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Phobos.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  39. ^ "iTunes - Music - Say Yeah - Single by Wiz Khalifa". Phobos.apple.com. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  40. ^ "Neilio & Sound Rusherz - Better Off Alone (Neilio's Mix)". YouTube. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  41. ^ "Better Off Alone". YouTube. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 

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