Hot Summer (song)

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"Hot Summer"
Single by Monrose
from the album Strictly Physical
B-side "Scream"
Released 29 June 2007 (Germany)
18 July 2007 (Finland)
30 July 2007 (Netherlands)
July 2008 (Turkey)
Format CD single, ring tone,
digital download
Recorded 2007, Weryton Studios
(Munich, Germany)
Genre Dance-pop, electropop
Length 3:28 (Radio Edit)
3:45 (Video Version)
Label Starwatch, Warner
Writer(s) Remee, T. Troelsen
Producer(s) Remee, Thomas Troelsen
Certification Gold (AUT, GER)
Monrose singles chronology
"Even Heaven Cries"
(2007)
"Hot Summer"
(2007)
"Strictly Physical"
(2007)
Music video
"Hot Summer" on YouTube

"Hot Summer" is a song by German pop group Monrose from their second studio album, Strictly Physical (2007). A dance pop song with heavy elements of Europop and house, it written and co-produced by Danish songwriters Remee and Thomas Troelsen.

Released as the band's third single and the album's leading single on 29 June 2007 (see 2007 in music) in German-speaking Europe, "Hot Summer" became the band's second non-consecutive number-one hit in a stretch of seven month, reaching the top of the charts in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It eventually emerged as one of the biggest-selling songs of the year on German online music stores,[1] and moreover, garnered the group success in Finland, the Netherlands and Slovenia, where it served as the band's musical debut.[2]

Writing and recording[edit]

"Hot Summer" was one of the first collaborations producers Remee and then-new partner Thomas Troelsen worked on in the Delta Lab White recording studios in Copenhagen, Denmark in fall 2006.[3] The song was selected out of a total of three hundred songs as the album's lead single unanimously, aiming to break away from the ballad stereotype associated with the group.[4] The band has described the up-tempo track as a perfect "good mood song":[4] "The song is cool and sexy and goes straight into your dancing legs, [it's] our contribution to great summer parties," Monrose member Senna Guemmour said in an interview with the band's official website. She also discussed the 1980s and house music elements incorporated into the recording.[4] Mandy Capristo called the song a "promise": "It instantly raises your spirits, no matter if you're sitting in your car, dancing on the floor or eating ice-cream - 'Hot Summer' is just brimful of life."[4]

Although a twenty-second clip of "Hot Summer" was previewed on the ProSieben network's daily gossip television magazine taff on 24 May 2007, the band officially premiered the song during the season finale of the second cycle of Germany's Next Topmodel. Officially released on 29 June 2007, both the CD and digital single contain remixes by Tai Jason, Beathoavens and Patrick Flo Macheck of production team Mozart & Friends.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Hot Summer" was directed by Bernard Wedig and shot on 18 June 2007 in Berlin, Germany. It premiered on 26 June 2007 on the band's official website, and received its first official airing on German music television network VIVA's show VIVA Live by 28 June 2007.

The video does not have a substantial plot, instead the band is primarily shown dancing in front of white, black, blue and red backgrounds, intercut by several sequences of three male dancers. The camera work is hectic. In the middle of the video the black bars that appear on a 4:3 television at the top and bottom of the screen are displayed as video footage. The group members are able to interact with these bars and climb outside the screen. The version used in the video is different from the album version (aka radio edit) featuring a longer intro and an extended bridge featuring additional lyrics. Media sources compared it with Dolce & Gabbana's 2006 television commercial "Dancefloor."

Chart performance[edit]

"Hot Summer" was released on 29 June 2007,[6] debuting on the German Media Control Singles Chart at number two due to strong first week sales of Mark Medlock's simultaneously released single "You Can Get It."[6] It climbed to number one the next week, becoming the band's second number-one hit within a period of seven months,[6] and also reached the top of the national download chart and number eight on the German Dance Chart. One of the biggest-selling songs of the year on German online music stores,[1] it was eventually certified gold by the BVMI.[7]

In Austria, "Hot Summer" instantly debuted at on top of the charts, leading to a Gold certification by the IFPI Austria,[8] and in Switzerland, the charts were topped in its fifth week of release.[9] "Hot Summer" also entered the top 30 of the airplay chart in Slovenia.[10]

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Hot Summer."

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Ö3 Austria Top 40[11] 1
Czech IFPI Airplay Chart[12] 32
Dutch Mega Single Top 100[9] 68
European Hot 100 Singles[13] 6
Finnish Singles Chart[2] 19
German Singles Chart[14] 1
German Dance Chart[15] 8
Slovenian Airplay Chart[10] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 1