Don't Stop Movin' (S Club 7 song)

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"Don't Stop Movin'"
Single by S Club 7
from the album Sunshine
B-side "Right Guy" (original version)
Released 23 April 2001
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded London, England (2000)
Genre Disco-pop, funk
Length 3:53
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O'Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens, Sheppard Solomon, Simon Ellis, Tina Barrett
Producer(s) Simon Ellis
S Club 7 singles chronology
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
(2000)
"Don't Stop Movin'"
(2001)
"Have You Ever"
(2001)
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"Don't Stop Movin'" is a song by S Club 7, released as a single on 23 April 2001. The song was written by the group along with their regular songwriter Simon Ellis and Sheppard Solomon, who had worked on hits in the 1990s by Eternal and Michelle Gayle. The song features Bradley McIntosh and Jo O'Meara on lead vocals and is notable for being made in a disco style, and it features real violins and string instruments.[1] It was released on 23 April 2001 as the third single from S Club 7's second studio album, Sunshine (2001).

The song hit number one in the UK Singles Chart twice in the duration of a month (Geri Halliwell's "It's Raining Men" spent two weeks atop the number one position in between),[2] becoming the year's seventh biggest-selling single. It also was awarded the BRIT Award for Best British Single in 2002 and ITV's Record of the Year accolade.[3] The song made it to number 3 in Q's "Guilty Pleasures" list in August 2006.[4] It has sold 740,000 copies in the United Kingdom, as stated by the Official Charts Company.

Controversy[edit]

The originality of the song has been challenged. The authors acknowledge that the verse samples Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", a fact that the group claim to have widely spoken about during promotion of the single.[5] In an interview, S Club 7 allegedly mentioned the song's producers asking Jackson's management for permission to sample "Billie Jean" through fax and having been granted permission. However, in another action, the publishers also reached an undisclosed settlement with Worcestershire Songwriter Clive Edwards. Edwards had challenged original authorship of the chorus, which is the most distinctive part of the song.

Music video[edit]

The video was filmed at The Palace Nightclub Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Halfway through the shoot, a camera knocked a giant antique chandelier which fell down from the ceiling, narrowly missing Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh and the crowd of dancers.

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

On Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, as part of Ant vs. Dec: The Teams, their challenge was to record a charity single. Ant's team sang this song as their single. They lost the challenge,[21] however they still managed to chart at number 79 on the UK Singles Chart.

Starsailor covered this song on Radio 1's Live Lounge.

The song was also recorded by The Beautiful South for their cover album Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs at a slower tempo in contrast to the original.

Boy band 911 sang the song on the ITV television programme Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single Review: S Club 7 “Don’t Stop Movin’”". The Bland Is Out There. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 659–60. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Don't Stop Movin' by S Club 7 Songfacts". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment - ELO top 'guilty secret' song list". BBC News. BBC. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin' sample of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean". WhoSampled. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin' - Mixes". discogs.com. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". Tracklisten.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Officialcharts.de – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". GfK Entertainment.
  14. ^ "Italiancharts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "S Club 7: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  19. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29 December 2009
  20. '^ "British single certifications – S Club 7 – Don't Stop Movin'". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Don't Stop Movin in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "TV Shows". itv.com. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
Preceded by
"Survivor" by Destiny's Child
UK Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
29 April 2001 – 5 May 2001
Succeeded by
"It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
Preceded by
"It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
UK Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
20 May 2001 – 26 May 2001
Succeeded by
"Do You Really Like It?" by DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies