Hot Summer (song)
|Single by Monrose|
|from the album Strictly Physical|
|Released||29 June 2007 (Germany)
18 July 2007 (Finland)
30 July 2007 (Netherlands)
July 2008 (Turkey)
|Format||CD single, ring tone,
|Recorded||2007, Weryton Studios
|Length||3:28 (Radio Edit)
3:45 (Video Version)
|Writer(s)||Remee, T. Troelsen|
|Producer||Remee, Thomas Troelsen|
|Certification||Gold (AUT, GER)|
|Monrose singles chronology|
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, and moreover, garnered the group success in Finland, the Netherlands and Slovenia, where it served as the band's musical debut.
- 1 Writing and recording
- 2 Music video
- 3 Chart performance
- 4 Formats and tracklistings
- 5 Credits and personnel
- 6 Charts
- 7 Year-end charts
- 8 Certifications
- 9 f(x) version
- 10 Other versions
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Writing and recording
"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. 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. The band has described the up-tempo track as a perfect "good mood song": "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. 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."
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.
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 to 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."
"Hot Summer" was released on 29 June 2007, 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." It climbed to number one the next week, becoming the band's second number-one hit within a period of seven months, 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, it was eventually certified gold by the BVMI.
In Austria, "Hot Summer" instantly debuted at on top of the charts, leading to a Gold certification by the IFPI Austria, and in Switzerland, the charts were topped in its fifth week of release. "Hot Summer" also entered the top 30 of the airplay chart in Slovenia.
Formats and tracklistings
These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Hot Summer."
Credits and personnel
|Ö3 Austria Top 40||1|
|Czech IFPI Airplay Chart||32|
|Dutch Mega Single Top 100||68|
|European Hot 100 Singles||6|
|Finnish Singles Chart||19|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|German Dance Chart||8|
|Slovenian Airplay Chart||3|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
In 2011, South Korean girl group f(x) recorded the song in Korean and Japanese.
In 2012, the group released a Japanese version. So far, it is the group's only Japanese release.
The group performed the song live on KBS' Music Bank on June 17, 2011. They also performed on MBC's Music Core, SBS's Inkigayo and M-Countdown. Hot Summer managed to win an award on SBS's Inkigayo on June 26, 2011. The song was also performed as part of SMTown '10 and SMTown '12.
The video was shot at two different locations, in Namyangju and Incheon in early June 2011. It was directed by Won Ki Hong. A teaser was released on June 13, 2011 and with the full version was released on June 17, 2011.
The video begins with the group walking in the middle of the street, donning brightly-colored outfits with a pink and black striped tank and several sports cars in the background. They are joined by a group of backup dancers. The video cuts to a white, red-floored room, with the group wearing red outfits. At the end of the video, fire hydrants go explode and the video ends with the group posing in the street.
A teaser video for the video was released on August 1, 2012, via Avex's official YouTube channel. The full video subsequently appeared online a few days later on August 5, 2012.
The video is set in a desert, with pink and white star shaped props and pink cotton candy as clouds in the background. The video begins with the group wearing all white, walking slowly towards the camera. The video then cuts to another set with close-up shots of the group revealing electric blue outfits, topped with elaborate accessories. A street scene is also featured, where the group wears red outfits in front of the star-shaped prop while throwing paint over the buildings and at the camera. The video ends with the desert as the camera pans back.
The Korean version was a commercial success, peaking at number two on the Gaon single chart, recording over 375,000 downloads during its release week. It debuted at number five, then moved up to its peak and fell to number four. Hot Summer also ranked highly among Gaon's other charts, peaking at number two on the BGM chart. and number one on the streaming chart. The song was the 16th most successful digital song of 2011 in South Korea, selling 2,909,384 copies by the end of the year.
In 2008, Rhys Bobridge, runner-up on the inaugural season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008, recorded the song with altered lyrics. The song was featured on various Channel Ten promotional advertisements, and advertised upcoming shows on the network over the summer period in Australia. It was also being used as NSW Central Coast radio station 101.3 Sea FM as the backing to their promotional pieces for summer. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai covered the song as "Hot Winter" on her album Butterfly (2009).
In 2007, the single's B-side was covered in Korean as "Daydream" by supergroup AnyBand, consisting of BoA, Xiah Junsu, Tablo and Jin Bora. The song was also covered by Korean singer BoA's self-titled English debut album BoA (2009).