Happiness (Alexis Jordan song)

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"Happiness"
A three dimension womans on the floor and the stars are here
Single by Alexis Jordan
from the album Alexis Jordan
Released September 7, 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 4:02
Label StarRoc, Roc Nation
Writer(s) Joel Zimmerman, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Autumn Rowe, Petr Brdičko
Producer(s) Stargate, Joel Zimmerman
Alexis Jordan singles chronology
"Happiness"
(2010)
"Good Girl"
(2011)

"Happiness" is the debut single by American recording artist Alexis Jordan. It is the lead single from her self-titled debut studio album, released in the United States on September 7, 2010. The upbeat house rhythm behind the track was heavily sampled from electronic artist Deadmau5's "Brazil (2nd Edit)" (released two years prior to "Happiness"). The lyrics were written by Autumn Rowe, Petr Brdičko, and the track was re-edited for the lyrics by StarGate. The song is about finding love in yourself before finding it in someone else.[citation needed]

"Happiness" was generally well received by many critics, with some complimenting Jordan's vocal abilities. In the United States, the song topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, giving Jordan her first number one on the chart. It has also charted in the top five in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. An accompanying music video, directed by Aggressive sees Jordan being torn apart from her love interest. It was noted for its similarities to Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head".

Background[edit]

After being eliminated from the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006, Jordan began posting videos of herself singing cover songs on YouTube, of which she later became a viral sensation for.[1] After receiving a phone call from Stargate, Jordan flew over to New York to record a few songs with them. It was then announced in the press in March 2010 that she had signed to StarRoc/Roc Nation after Jay-Z had noticed her in the studio with Stargate.[1]

Composition[edit]

A sample of the song, described as an "irresistible pop anthem".

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"Happiness" is an upbeat dance-pop song, influenced by house music.[1][2] The song has a "simple, pleasant melody" and has been described as an "upbeat track tinged with full good electronica".[3][4] The music used was Deadmau5's "Brazil (2nd Edit)".[3] Which was re-edit for the vocals by Stargate. In explaining the song, Jordan revealed it is about "finding love in yourself before you find it in someone else, because a lot of people lose themselves when they fall in love, and they forget who they are, and that's what you've gotta do. You've gotta find someone who loves you for you".[5] Songwriter Autumn Rowe has said in an interview that "Happiness" has an African influence.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraser McAlpine of BBC Music awarded the song four stars and said "If Madonna had put this out, it would be hailed as one of the best songs of her long and varied career. And she possibly would struggle to get the crystal purity of those top notes, which means Alexis is officially better than Madonna".[7] Bill Lamb of About.com praised the song for its "danceable beat" and "simple, pleasant melody" but also called the song an "insubstantial fluff" and that its "sound lacks any particular distinction".[3] Kevin O'Donnell of NPR Music called the song an "irresistible pop anthem" and said "this is disco music for a Disney audience — and, amazingly enough, it works".[8]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy awarded the song five stars, describing the song as a "tale of romantic regret, realisation and ultimately exultation".[9] Andrew Butler of Pink Paper magazine was impressed with the song, stating "It really does make you feel happy, through a mixture of its fabulously put together lyrics, infectious humming and danceable tunes".[10] Emma Johnson of Liverpool Echo called the song "one of the most infectious tracks of the year",[11] while AOL Radio named it the sixth top dance song of 2010.[12]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Happiness" debuted on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart at number 40.[13] It climbed the chart in subsequent weeks and peaked at the top position for the week, July 17, 2010.[14] The song held the position for one week before losing it to Wynter Gordon's "Dirty Talk".[15] Also in the US, the song reached number one on the Hot Dance Airplay chart.[16] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted, and peaked, at #3 for the week ending November 13, 2010.[17][18] It made its Irish debut at number 31 and spent 20 weeks inside the top 50.[19] and peaked at number thirty-one.[20] On the European Hot 100 Singles chart, "Happiness" reached number 13.[21] In Australia, the song debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 25 on December 19, 2010,[22] before peaking at number three in its sixth week on the chart. It has since been certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of 210,000 units. In April 2011, the song reached number one for ten weeks in the Dutch Top 40 and at this moment the biggest hit of the year in the Dutch Top 40 staying there for 30 weeks.[23]

Music video[edit]

Two frames showing Jordan in the backseat of her orange car (upper) and at a swimming pool with four back-up dancers (lower)

The music video for "Happiness" was directed by Aggressive[24] and premiered online on May 20, 2010.[25] While being interviewed, Jordan described the video as "fun, colorful, and young. The video makes you want to dance. I wanted to do something unique. I want to be an artist that leaves a mark on the industry".[26]

The video is set in a colorful city and has a futuristic theme to it. The storyline of the video begins with Jordan dropping off her boyfriend at a bus stop, as they appear to be breaking up.[27] She is seen sitting in the backseat of her orange AMC Pacer, and starts to sing the song's first verse, just as the wind begins to pick up, sliding her car and the bus stop, where her boyfriend is at, in opposite directions.[27] Throughout the video, the city moves in motion. It is intercut with other scenes, including Jordan dancing with four other back-up dancers at a swimming pool, a man reading a newspaper while holding a Dalmatian dog by its leash, and also a woman with a few shopping bags. During the car scenes, Jordan sees flashbacks of her boyfriend in the car's rear-view mirror. She later realises that he makes her happy and moves to the driver's seat, to stop the car. Jordan then reverses the car, sending her back to the bus stop.[27]

Some critics compared the video to Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" clip, due to both videos having a futuristic theme, with similar car scenes.[28] MTV's Chris Ryan said "the video has a real "Can't Get You Out of My Head"/altered reality vibe to it, with everyday scenes played out with a dreamlike quality".[29]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States September 7, 2010[32] Remix EP StarRoc, Roc Nation
Ireland[30][31] October 29, 2010 Main version, extended play Sony Music
United Kingdom[55][56]
Australia[33] December 10, 2010 Extended play
New Zealand[57]
Taiwan December 12, 2010 Digital download
Japan January 2, 2011 Digital download
Germany March 18, 2011[34] CD single
July 15, 2011[34] CD single (Dave Audé Mix)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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