|Origin||Marina di Carrara, Italy|
|Years active||1993 – present|
|Labels||DWA (Dance World Attack)|
|Past members||Francesco Bontempi|
Corona is an Italian dance group, fronted by Brazilian performer and singer Olga Souza. Originally produced by Francesco Bontempi (also known as Checco and Lee Marrow), it found success in 1993 with the worldwide hits ”The Rhythm of the Night” and “Baby Baby”. Later producers include Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero.
"The Rhythm of The Night"
The project's debut single was "The Rhythm Of The Night", released in Italy in November 1993 on Roberto Zanetti’s DWA record label, and became an instant hit. It stayed at number 1 on the Italian music chart for eight consecutive weeks. However, the song was not released elsewhere until the following year. A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September 1994.
Like several early 1990s Eurodance/Hi-NRG songs that eventually became American hits, such as "Get Ready For This", "Twilight Zone" and "Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited and "Strike It Up", "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box, "The Rhythm of The Night" did not become popular in the United States until well after its success had peaked in Europe. However, by spring 1995, the song was all over American radio and clubs, eventually reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Corona followed up its hit with the 1995 singles "Baby Baby" and "Try Me Out", which saw similar success. The single "I Don't Wanna Be a Star" was a moderate hit. A fifth single, "Do You Want Me", became a regional hit in discotheques in the Eastern U.S. The album, The Rhythm Of The Night sold modestly, peaking at #2 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and #154 on the Billboard 200.
It is now known that “The Rhythm of the Night” was in fact sung by Giovanna Bersola, an Italian singer that gave her voice to several other projects in the genre, including Playahitty. The rest of the singles and songs on the album were sung by English singer Sandra Chambers, another singer who contributed to various releases on DWA and many other record labels in the genre.
1998 to 2004
In 1996 DWA Records reorganized its staff due to internal conflicts and released very few records. As a consequence of this, the production of the Corona project was moved from DWA Records to Francesco Bontempi’s own label (World Of Music, like DWA associated with Discomagic Records). The second album, Walking On Music, was released in 1998 and once again Sandra Chambers was the actual singer. The album did not produce any major hits in Europe or North America. However, the album did yield two minor Stateside dancehall hits with "Walking On Music" and "The Power Of Love". After this album Sandra Chambers left the project.
The third Corona album was released in 2001 on Abril Music in Brazil. Francesco Bontempi co-wrote some of the songs on the album, but he did not participate in the album's production. The album was called And Me U and released under the name Corona X. In 2004, as a tribute to Olga Souza’s native Brazil, Corona sang “A cor dos teus olhos” (The Colour of Your Eyes) which was distributed by ‘5000’. Souza defines the song like an imprint of her childhood memory. The song became an immediate hit. The same year “Garota Brasileira”, a song with spicy samba sounds became a hit with the Japanese public.
2005 to 2007
Towards the end of 2005, Corona re-emerged onto the European music scene with "Back in Time", peaking at #36 in the Italian sales chart. It was followed by “I’ll Be Your Lady” in late 2006, co-written and sung by Olga De Souza.
2010 to present
Corona returned in 2010, with the album Y Generation, reaching #1 on the Italian iTunes dance album chart. The first single release was “Angel”. The music video of “Angel” was recorded in Italy, with “Saturday” becoming the second single release from the album, followed by “My Song” in 2011. Her last single was released in February 2012, and reached #44 on the Italian Singles Chart. It was added to the re-release of Y Generation, which was released in November 2012 as Y Generation: Remixed.
Covers and remixes
Various covers and remixes of “The Rhythm of the Night” have been made, two of which were released on DWA Records: one made by British producer duo Frisco (Frisco vs. Corona, 2008) and the other one by Italian producer Simone Bontempi, son of Corona’s original producer Francesco Bontempi (Simon from Deep Divas vs. Corona, 2010). German dance group Cascada released a cover version in 2012.
In 2007, Swedish dance group Sunblock did a cover version of "Baby, Baby", featuring original singer Sandra Chambers. A remixed version of the original has since been released under the name “Simon from Deep Divas vs. Corona”.
Many people participated in the Corona project, including: Francesco Bontempi (songwriting, arrangement, producing, mixing), Francesco Alberti (engineering), Graziano Fanelli (engineering), Giovanna Bersola (vocals), Sandra Chambers (vocals), Olga Souza (vocals), songwriters - Antonia Bottari, Ivana Spagna, G. Spagna, Annerley Gordon, Fred Di Bonaventura, Gaffurini, V. Marcolin, M. Marcolin, M. Anthony, Michael Gaffey, Pete Glenister, F. Martinelli, A. Puntillo, Marco Baroni, A. Bellucci, L. Ratti, S. Tonelli, N. Heathen, I.G. Off, A. Martin, E. Bertolini, Claudio Silvestri, M. Cimoli, A. Puthli and D. Zimmermann.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|The Rhythm of the Night||1||1||3||18||154||2|
|Walking on Music||5||1||58||77||196||4|
|And Me U||10||88||—||—||—||—|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1993||"The Rhythm Of The Night"||8||6||3||8||3||1||5||—||7||3||28||4||2||11||The Rhythm of the Night|
|"Try Me Out"||10||20||11||40||7||2||45||17||43||4||17||23||6||—|
|"I Don't Wanna Be A Star"||—||25||18||69||—||2||—||—||—||1||37||—||22||—|
|"The Power Of Love"||—||—||—||—||—||7||—||—||—||7||—||22||—||—||Walking On Music|
|1998||"Walking On Music"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||8||—||—||—||—|
|2000||"Good Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||And Me U|
|2004||"Back In Time"||—||77||—||85||—||36||—||—||33||49||—||55||—||—||Singles only|
|2005||"I'll Be Your Lady"||—||—||—||—||—||37||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006||"Baby I Don't Care"||—||—||—||—||—||10||—||—||—||46||—||—||—||—|
|2007||"La Playa Del Sol"||—||—||—||—||—||28||—||—||—||35||—||—||—||—|
(featuring Mikey P.)
|—||—||—||—||—||44||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Y Generation: Remixed|
|2013||"Queen of Town"||—||—||—||—||—||61||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||TBA|
|2014||"Stay With Me"|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
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