Mambo! (song)

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For other songs titled "Mambo", see Mambo (disambiguation).
"Mambo!"
Original Greek cover
Single by Helena Paparizou
from the album Protereotita: Euro Edition + Mambo!, Iparhi Logos, The Game of Love
B-side "You Set My Heart on Fire"
Released November 2005
(see release history)
Format Radio single
CD single
Digital download
12" vinyl (Italy only)
Recorded 2005
Genre Pop, Dance
Length 3:06
Label Sony BMG Greece/Columbia
(see release history)
Writer(s) Alex Papaconstantinou,
Marcus Englof,
Samuel Waermo
Producer(s) Alex Papaconstantinou,
Marcus Englof
Certification Platinum (Greece),
Gold (Sweden)
Helena Paparizou singles chronology
"A Brighter Day"
(2005)
"Mambo!"
(2005/2006)
"Heroes"
(2006)
Audio sample
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"Mambo!" was Helena Paparizou's fifth CD single and the first from her international album The Game of Love. There were two versions of the song; a Greek version and an English version. The Greek version was released in November 2005 in Greece and was a major hit going straight to number one for ten weeks including during Christmas. In total, the song charted for 23 weeks, leaving Helena with her most successful CD single to date. The single was released as a CD single and Sony BMG also re-released Helena's debut album Protereotita for a third time with her single under the name of Protereotita: Euro Edition + Mambo!.

In April 2006 it was announced that the English version of her song would be released across the globe in Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey and Spain by Paparizou's own record company Sony BMG. Other record companies released her song in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Moda Records remixed the song with "My Number One" in the US.[1][2]

Releases[edit]

"Mambo!" has been released in a number of countries throughout Europe including (in some of them the release was limited); Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. In some other countries, it hasn't been released physically but it has entered radio airplay charts: Estonia, France, Japan, Romania, Russia, Serbia and others.

Music videos[edit]

Paparizou and friends dancing around at a diner in the original music video.

The original video for "Mambo!" was released in Greece in February 2006. These video is filmed in Greeklish. In the video Paparizou is showing of her dancing skills throughout the video. The video has an office theme for most of the video and Paparizou enters the office and makes everyone in the building dance and have a good time. At the end of the video she and dancers dance together in a routine. The video of Paparizou has been well received in Greece and won 'most played video' in the 2006 MAD TV Music Awards. Throughout the video there are clips of coca cola.

In Sweden, the original video was used but in this video it was all English. In this video there are no Coca Cola adverts whereas in the Greeklish video filmed for Greece there are.

In May, due to Paparizou starting her international career, "Mambo!" got a new video filmed to be aimed at a more global audience. It took only a day to film on a small island in Greece. On the island there is a bar is in the center of the video with lots of people parting and dancing to "Mambo!" Towards the end of the video Paparizou is seen dancing in a night scene. In early June, this version of "Mambo!" premiered in France. It has been a hit in music channels in Poland, South Africa and Romania.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD

  1. "Mambo!" [Radio edit] – 3:06
  2. "Mambo!" [Alex K remix] – 6:05
  3. "Mambo!" [Flip & Fill remix] – 6:38
  4. "Mambo!" [Ruff & Jam club mix] – 7:42
  5. "Mambo!" [Dancing DJ's remix] – 6:08
  6. "Mambo!" [Fugitive club mix] – 6:35

Greek CD

  1. "Mambo!" [Greek version] – 3:05
  2. "Panta Se Perimena" (Idaniko Fili) – 3:50
  3. "I Agapi Sou Den Meni Pia Edo" (Aşkın Açamadığı Kapı)
  4. "Asteria" – 3:52
  5. "Mambo!" [English version] – 3:06

Dutch CD

  1. "Mambo!" [English version] – 3:06
  2. "You Set My Heart on Fire" – 3:13
  3. "Mambo!" [Greek version] – 3:05

Scandinavian CD

  1. "Mambo!" [English version] – 3:06
  2. "Mambo!" [Greek version] – 3:05

Austrian/Belgian/Swiss CD

  1. "Mambo!" [English version] – 3:06
  2. "You Set My Heart on Fire" – 3:13

Italian Vinyl
Side A:

  1. "Mambo!" [Ruff & Jam remix]
  2. "Mambo!" [Original version] – 3:05

Side B:

  1. "Mambo!" [Bikini extended mix]
  2. "Mambo!" [Ruff & Jam radio edit]

Remixes[edit]

Official remixes
  • Dancing DJs remix
  • The Fugitives club mix
  • Flip & Fill remix
  • Ruff & Jam remix
  • Alex K remix
Unofficial remixes
  • Extended version
  • Tech mix
  • Jay's Boost mix
  • Instrumental version

The compilation called Dance Mania, where the "Mambo" [Dancing Dj Mix] is included, was number one in the UK Charts.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Greece 24 November 2005 Sony BMG CD single, Digital download
Scandinavia 20 March 2006 Digital download
12 April 2006 Bonnier CD single
Switzerland Sony BMG
Belgium 15 May 2006 ARS/EMI CD single, digital download
Austria May 2006 Sony BMG CD single
France July 2006 Sonic Promotional single
Netherlands 14 September 2006 Digidance CD single, digital download
Ireland 6 November 2006 AATW
United Kingdom
Canada 15 August 2006 Moda Digital download
United States
Poland September 2006 Sony BMG CD single
Italy 2006 FMA/No Color 12" vinyl

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 18
Greece (IFPI Greece)[4] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 5
UK (The Official Charts Company)[6] 185

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Greece Platinum[1]
Sweden Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ""Mambo" all around the world". (Greek) MAD TV, August 16, 2006. Retrieved on April 23, 2008
  2. ^ Mambo! to be Released in USA, Paparizou-News
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Helena Paparizou – Mambo!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  4. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart". IFPI Greece. 2005-07-30. Archived from the original on 2005-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Helena Paparizou – Mambo!". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  6. ^ "UK Singles Chart- Mambo!". 
Preceded by
The Same Star by Ruslana
Eurovision Song Contest Interval Act
2006
Succeeded by
Medley by Apocalyptica