Dynamite (Taio Cruz song)

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"Dynamite"
Single by Taio Cruz
from the album Rokstarr and The Rokstarr Collection
Released 30 May 2010 (2010-05-30)
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009, A Side Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Dr. Luke's
(Los Angeles, California, U.S.)
Milano Studio
(London, England, UK)
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 3:22 (album version)
3:39 (radio edit)
Label Island
Writer(s) Taio Cruz, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Bonnie McKee
Producer(s) Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco
Taio Cruz singles chronology
"Dirty Picture"
(2010)
"Dynamite"
(2010)
"Second Chance"
(2010)

"Dynamite" is a song by English recording artist Taio Cruz. It was written by Cruz, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Benny Blanco, and Dr. Luke, and produced by Dr. Luke and Blanco for the international version of his second studio album, Rokstarr (2010). It was released internationally as the fourth single from Rokstarr. In the UK, the song was released as the first single from Cruz's compilation album, The Rokstarr Collection (2010). On 30 May 2010, it was released to US and Canadian radio stations as his second single and across Europe as his fourth single. The official remix features new label mate, Jennifer Lopez.

"Dynamite" became Cruz's second number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Canadian Hot 100 as well topping charts in Belgium, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The song reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, and by January 2012 it had sold over 5.7 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, becoming the second best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era there, behind Adele's "Rolling in the Deep".[1]

It was featured in the 2011 live action/CGI film Hop. It is also featured on Just Dance 3. This was played at the end of Mcctc's Trash Bash 2011. In December 2011, Cimorelli covered this song for their second EP, The CimFam EP.

Sampling[edit]

The song has been sampled in One Direction's Stole My Heart.

Background and release[edit]

The song was released in the UK on 23 August 2010.[2] According to Cruz, "The song 'Dynamite' itself is about when you go to the club and when you go to a party and when you're just going out... you got to feel like, 'I'm just gonna explode.'"[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has met with mixed to positive reviews from contemporary music critics. While reviewing "Rokstarr", Jon Caramanica from The New York Times gave a mixed review, saying that the song has "vapid lyrics to navigate (“Hit the floor cause that’s my plans plans plans plans/I’m wearing all my favorite brands brands brands brands,”), but they don’t disrupt the mood, which is emphatic and rarely sensual".[4] Nick Levine from Digital Spy rated the song 4 out of 5 stars, giving it a positive review and named it "a suitably Eurohousey club pumper it's essentially a cheap, tasty and entirely satisfying banger".[5] The New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones named the song as his second favorite of 2010.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Dynamite" debuted at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 13 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 83,000 copies in its opening week.[7] The single rose to number 14 on the week ending 10 July 2010 and on the week ending 21 August 2010, the single climbed to a peak of #2,[8] giving Cruz his second top three single in the US. The song kept this position for three consecutive weeks, blocked from the top position by Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna. It also became Cruz's second consecutive number one single on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart in its 21 August 2010 issue.[citation needed] "Dynamite" charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 47 weeks, making it the longest run for a single since Train's "Hey Soul Sister" which stayed on that chart for 54 weeks.[9][10] As of May 2012, it has sold over 6,000,000 digital copies in the US alone. This marks the first song by a British act to reach this plateau, the twelfth song to reach this pleateau and the second song to reach six million downloads without reach the number one (the first is Jason Mraz's hit I'm Yours, that reach number six in September 2008).[11]

The single debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number eight on the week ending 17 June 2010, marking Cruz's second top ten hit in the country. The following week the single fell to number seven, where it remained for four consecutive weeks. On the week ending 18 September 2010, the song peaked at number one, becoming Cruz's second Canadian number one single, following "Break Your Heart"'s two-week run at the top spot in May 2010.The song became the best selling single in Canada during 2010 with sales of 319,000 copies.[12]

On the chart dated 16 August 2010, "Dynamite" topped the New Zealand Singles Chart,[13] and was certified gold, selling 7,500 copies.[14] The song top the Irish Singles Chart in its first week, becoming Cruz's first number one, following previous number two hit "Break Your Heart".[15] In Cruz's native United Kingdom, "Dynamite" charted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 29 August 2010. This became Taio's second number 1 single in his homeland. It knocked "Green Light" by Roll Deep off the summit, and in turn was knocked off by "Please Don't Let Me Go" by Olly Murs a week later.

Music video[edit]

The music video begins with a group of female mechanics working on cars at a garage. Cruz, wearing a red helmet, rides a silver motorbike towards the garage and stops by. As the music starts, he takes off his helmet and puts on his black sunglasses. He then kicks off a party, complete with a jacuzzi and fireworks. As the sun goes down and night falls, Cruz gives an impromptu concert of sorts with the mechanics as his audience. An enormous, fiery explosion then goes off behind Cruz, before subsiding into a shower of sparks.[16]

Cruz has said that this is the perfect backdrop for the subtext of his song[17] and that his inspiration came from "wanting to do things on a bike" since his previous videos included cars and boats.[18] "So you're gonna see me spin the tyres on this, which is pretty cool!" One of the vehicles brought for the video shoot was a "massive truck" which was used to film big screen project Universal Soldier. Speaking of the shoot he said "I've never done a video that has this many props in it. We've got the most amazing, wrecked cars."[3]

Live performances[edit]

Taio performed "Dynamite" for the first time on Live with Regis & Kelly on 9 June 2010.[19] Later, he also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, T4 on the Beach,[20] America's Got Talent, GMTV,[21] Dancing with the Stars, and on 31 December 2010, he performed the song on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. On 12 August 2012, Cruz performed "Dynamite" at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

Tracklisting[edit]

  • UK CD single[22] and Digital download[23]
  1. "Dynamite" (Original Mix)- 3:24
  2. "Dynamite" (Ralphi Rosario Club Remix) – 8:03
  3. "Dynamite" (Mixin Marc Club Remix) – 5:34
  4. "Dynamite" (StoneBridge Club Remix) – 7:20
  • German CD single[24]
  1. "Dynamite" - 3:24
  2. "Dynamite" (Mixin Marc Radio Mix) – 3:34

Personnel[edit]

Source:[25]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Radio adds[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States 1 June 2010[79] Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom 16 July 2010 Urban radio[80]
Australia[81] 26 July 2010 Contemporary hit radio

Purchaseable release[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Germany,[82] 30 July 2010 Digital download Universal Music
Italy[83]
Switzerland[84]
Netherlands[85] 6 August 2010
Germany[86] 20 August 2010 CD single
United Kingdom 23 August 2010[2] Digital download Island Records
24 August 2010[87] CD single

China Anne McClain version[edit]

"Dynamite"
Single by China Anne McClain
from the album A.N.T. Farm
Released 3 May 2011 (Radio Disney)[88]
26 July 2011 (2011-07-26) (U.S. and Canada digital download)[89][90]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 2:43
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Benjamin Levin, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Taio Cruz
China Anne McClain singles chronology
"Dynamite"
(2011)
"Calling All the Monsters"
(2011)

"Dynamite" was covered by singer and actress China Anne McClain for the Disney Channel live-action series A.N.T. Farm. It started playing on Radio Disney on 3 June 2011 and was released for digital download on iTunes and Amazon on 26 July 2011 by Walt Disney Records. It is the second track on the series soundtrack of the same name, from which it also served as the lead single. The video of the song was released the same day as a digital download and also received frequent airplay on Disney Channel at the time of its debut on the network. McClain performed it as her lead role, Chyna Parks, in the series' pilot episode TransplANTed. McClain also had a live performance of this song live on 22 August 2011.

Music video[edit]

The music video for McClain's version of the song was aired on Disney Channel and uploaded on China Anne McClain's official VEVO channel on 3 May 2011. It shows McClain performing the song in an audition. It starts out slow and normal, which doesn't draw the judges' attention. However, afterwards, she performs it with such passion and energy that it draws people into the auditorium, which was once empty aside from the panel of judges (composed of the other A.N.T. Farm cast members). The views of the music video on YouTube is over 25 million.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011-2012) Peak
position
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[91] 20

See also[edit]

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