Dirty Dancer

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"Dirty Dancer"
Single by Enrique Iglesias and Usher featuring Lil Wayne
from the album Euphoria and Versus
Released May 9, 2011
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded South Point Studios,
(Miami, Florida)
Genre Dance-pop, electro house
Length 3:34 (Album Version)
4:05 (Single Version feat. Lil Wayne)
Label Universal Republic, Universal Latino
Writer(s) Enrique Iglesias, Nadir Khayat, Evan Bogart, Erika Nuri, David Quiñones
Producer(s) RedOne
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)"
(2010)
"Dirty Dancer"
(2011)
"Ayer"
(2011)
Usher singles chronology
"More"
(2010)
"Dirty Dancer"
(2011)
"Promise"
(2011)
Lil Wayne chronology
"Red Nation"
(2011)
"Dirty Dancer"
(2011)
"Ballin'"
(2011)

"Dirty Dancer" is a song by Spanish recording artist Enrique Iglesias and American recording artist Usher, recorded for Iglesias' sixth studio album, Euphoria, and included on Usher's EP Versus. A remix of the song, which features American rapper Lil Wayne and American singer Nayer, was released on May 9, 2011 by Universal Music Group as the sixth single from Euphoria. Written by the two singers with Evan Bogart, Erika Nuri and David Quiñones and producer RedOne, "Dirty Dancer" is a dance-pop song with rave music influences. The album version of "Dirty Dancer" appeared on the UK Singles Chart, the Dutch Single Top 100 and the Slovakian Radio Top 100 Oficiálna, while the single version entered the Australian Singles Chart, the New Zealand Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. An Ethan Lader-directed music video for "Dirty Dancer" has the three artists watching holographic dancers in nightclubs.The single has already been certified Gold in Australia and USA. The song was covered by the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation as part of their weekly radio covers in promotion for their upcoming event, Elements and was included on their April, 2013 cover album The Q-Music Sessions.

Background[edit]

"Dirty Dancer" was written by Enrique Iglesias, RedOne, Evan Bogart, Erika Nuri and David Quiñones, and was produced by RedOne. It was recorded at South Point Studios, Miami.[1] "Dirty Dancer" is a dance-pop song[2] with some influences of electropop, dubstep, and rave music.[3] According to Adam Graham of MTV News, "Dirty Dancer" is about "a comely-yet-dangerous female"; its hook features the lyrics "She's a dirty, dirty dancer/ Dirty, dirty dancer/ Never ever lonely".[4] At the beginning on the song, Usher dedicates it to "the dirty girls all around the world".[5] Iglesias and Usher exchange verses before, on the single remix, Wayne gives his rap verse, which makes a reference to actor Eddie Murphy.[6] "Dirty Dancer" was included on Iglesias' sixth studio album, Euphoria, and Usher's EP Versus. "Dirty Dancer" was sent to Australian contemporary hit radio (CHR) and nights radio on May 9,[7] while the single remix was sent to US CHR May 10.[8] The single was released as a music download in North America on June 12, 2011, and was released in Europe and Oceania on June 19.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey from Digital Spy and Allison Stewart from The Washington Post chose "Dirty Dancer" as one of the best tracks on Euphoria,[3] with Stewart calling it "steamy".[2] Prefix Magazine's Wilson McBee criticized Wayne's appearance on the track, and wrote that the line "Ain't no money like young money" was his "weakest last line ever".[9]

Chart performance[edit]

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The album version of "Dirty Dancer" debuted at number 194 on the UK Singles Chart on July 17, 2010, and at number fifty-one on the Dutch Single Top 100, where it later peaked at number thirty-nine. The album version also entered the Slovakian Radio Top 100 Oficiálna at number ninety-four in May 2011,[10] as well as appearing on the Belgian Ultratip charts of Flanders and Wallonia at numbers nine and thirty-six, respectively.

On May 16, 2011, the single version debuted on the Australian Singles Chart at number thirty-six, and on the Australian Dance Chart at number thirteen.[11] It has since peaked at numbers twenty-four and nine, respectively.[12] On the issue dated May 28, 2011, "Dirty Dancer" debuted at number nine on the U.S. Hot Digital Songs chart with 126,000 copies sold,[13] and subsequently appeared at number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[14] The same day it entered the Canadian Hot 100 at number eighteen.[15] On June 4, 2011, "Dirty Dancer" debuted at number thirty-three on the Pop Songs chart,[16] and later peaked at number seventeen.[17] "Dirty Dancer" entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twenty-two on May 30, 2011.[18] On the Dutch Top 40, the song debuted at number thirty-one and peaked at number twenty-five, while on the UK Singles Chart, the single version of "Dirty Dancer" has reached number twenty-one. It entered the French Singles Chart at number ninety-nine on June 11, 2011.

On August 12, 2011, the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs making it his ninth #1 single on the chart. He is the only male artist in the chart's history to achieve this milestone, beating previous record-holder Michael Jackson. It is his third consecutive #1 on this chart from his album Euphoria, following "I Like It" and "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)".

Live performances[edit]

Enrique Iglesias first premiered "Dirty Dancer" live as part of a medley with "I Like It" that he performed on the tenth season of American Idol on May 12, 2011.[4] For the performance, he wore blue jeans and a black leather jacket, which featured Usher and Lil Wayne appearing on video screens behind backing vocalists and a band. Initially, Iglesias was under a lone spotlight, before several green lasers beams lit the stage.[19]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dirty Dancer" was directed by Yasha Malekzad,[20] Jeff Dotson & Ethan Lader[21] and premiered on June 22, 2011.[22] It opens by showing a city during the night, and Iglesias making his way to a futuristic strip club, who then watches a holographic pole dancer performing a gymastic routine while wearing a black latex outfit. Usher is shown donning black clothing and sings alone in a dark room.[23] Throughout the video he alternates between reality and a holographic.[23] Iglesias is shown in similar scenes, and at one point lowers his jacket to expose his blue luminous heart.[23] Iglesias presses buttons on a remote control and the dancer is replaced by another,[23] dressed in silver, who is in turn replaced by a gold bikini-clad dancer.[24] Wayne begins his verse while being projected onto a building, while other shots show him in a dark room, similar to those of Usher.[23] The dancer whom Iglesias watches leans in to kiss him but is replaced by a holographic message reading "credit expired".[21][23] Sabrina Cognata of WNOW-FM wrote, "This video has everything. And I mean everything worth having."[25] MTV Buzzworthy's Jenna Hally Rubenstein wrote, "If you want to be a baller, this video is how you do it." The video has been viewed 77 million times.

Track listing[edit]

  • U.S. digital download
  1. "Dirty Dancer" (Single Version) (with Usher featuring Lil Wayne) – 4:05
  2. "Dirty Dancer" (Music Video)
  3. "Dirty Dancer" (Remix) (with Usher featuring Lil Wayne and Nayer) - 4:04
  • German CD single / UK digital download[26]
  1. "Dirty Dancer" (Single Version) (with Usher featuring Lil Wayne) – 4:05
  2. "Dirty Dancer" (with Usher) – 3:35

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[1]
Personnel[1]
  • Enrique Iglesias – songwriter, vocals
  • Nadir Khayat (RedOne) – songwriter, producer, instrumentation, programming, vocal editing
  • Evan Bogart – songwriter
  • Erika Nuri – songwriter
  • David Quiñones – songwriter
  • Carlos Paucar – vocal editing, recording, engineering
  • Johnny "Sev" Severin – vocal editing
  • Usher – vocals
  • Lil Wayne – vocals

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[8] May 9, 2011 Contemporary hit radio, nights radio Universal Music
United States[7] May 10, 2011 Contemporary hit radio Universal Republic
Canada[15] June 12, 2011 Digital download Universal Music
Mexico[50]
United States[51] Universal Republic
Australia[52] June 19, 2011 Universal Music
Austria[53]
Denmark[54]
France[55]
Germany[56]
Netherlands[57]
New Zealand[58]
Norway[59]
Sweden[60]
Spain[61]
United Kingdom[62] Polydor Records
Germany[26] July 22, 2011 CD single Universal Music

See also[edit]

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