Mr. Saxobeat

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"Mr. Saxobeat"
Single by Alexandra Stan
from the album Saxobeats
Released January 28, 2011
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010; Maan Studio, Constanta, Romania
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:16
Label Maan Music, Columbia
Writer(s) Andrei Nemirschi, Marcel Prodan[1]
Producer(s) Marcel Prodan, Andrei Nemirschi
Alexandra Stan singles chronology
"Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)"
(2009)
"Mr. Saxobeat"
(2011)
"Get Back (ASAP)"
(2011)
Alternative cover
UK edition artwork
Music sample

"Mr. Saxobeat" is a song by Romanian recording artist Alexandra Stan from her debut studio album, Saxobeats (2011). "Mr. Saxobeat" is an up-tempo Eurodance song with house elements. The song contains a love message, where Stan speaks of a man she is attracted to and the way he makes her move. It was written by Andrei Nemirschi and Marcel Prodan a Romanian producing-duo and produced by the latter one at the Maan Studios in Romania. It was firstly released under Maan Music Label and then internationally under Columbia Records.

It shortly became a global hit. At first it conquered Romania where it spent eight straight weeks at number-one. It has then expanded to Spain, France, Belgium and shortly after all through Europe (becoming a top five all over the countries, excluding France and Ireland and it was even a number-one hit in at least ten charts). It has then entered the top thirty of the Canadian Hot 100 and ultimately on the Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, it entered the top five in New Zealand and the top twenty in Australia.

An accompanying music video was shot in MediaPro Studios, Buftea in order to promote the song. It shows Stan being arrested, thrown in jail, and seducing a guard to escape. The song was also the first million-selling single in Romania.[2]

Background[edit]

Alexandra Stan released her debut single "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)". After the release of the song and its music video, Stan met with general negative reviews and feedback from music critics and audience. Stan and her personnel decided to make a new song to become at least a moderate hit. By midsummer 2010, Stan recorded three songs during a recording session at the Maan Studios in Bucharest, Romania. One of the songs to be recorded was "Mr. Saxobeat". It debuted in late-summer and it has then became a huge hit in Romania by the end of the year. After the inland success, Stan decided to sign a record contract with various international record labels, including Columbia Records. "Mr. Saxobeat" was strongly promoted in Belgium, France and Spain. After the extraordinary success of the song in mainland Europe, Stan released the song in the United Kingdom too. It was then released in North America, Latin America and finally in Australasia.

Composition[edit]

"Mr. Saxobeat" is an up-tempo Eurodance song with strong elements of house and hi-NRG and some trance beats. The song also features a saxophone riff throughout. It was produced by Romanian record producers Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi. It was recorded during summer 2010 at the Maan Studio, panned by the duo. It lasts for three minutes and sixteen seconds in the album version, while radio edits have various lengths. The song is set to the key of B minor, with a chord progression of Bm–Em–F#m, and Stan's voice spans three octaves.

Lyrically, the song is about Stan trying to attract a man whom she is in love with. She speaks of him making her dance and "move like a freak". It is structured in a 4 bar verse repeated four times throughout, along with an epilogue. Stan cited, in an interview in Austria that the title "Mr. Saxobeat" makes double-entendre reference to not only saxophone but also sex, as in sex-o-beat. She stated: "I consider saxophone a very hot and sexy instrument which is also very used in my region". Also she says that this "Mr. Saxobeat" is only her vision on the perfect man, whom she declares to have never met.

Chart performance[edit]

Europe[edit]

The song was a massive success in Stan's home country, Romania. There, "Mr. Saxobeat" reached the top ten of the official Airplay chart (Romanian Top 100) on November 14, 2010. In less than a month, on December 12, it hit the top spot of the chart, where it settled for eight weeks. It has became the longest running number-one in Romania in the 2010s. In Spain it debuted at number 47 in the singles chart, and then peaked at number 3 on May 22. After eleven weeks within the top 10, the song achieved the PROMUSICAE Gold certification for sales of more than 20,000 units. In France, the song debuted and peaked at number 6 on the Digital Chart, before dropping off the next week. With the appearance of a new chart, the French Top Singles & Titres Chart, the song debuted at number 10 in its first week and defended its position another two weeks, before peaking at number 6. In the Sales-Only Chart, "Saxobeat" peaked inside the top five, in the last position. In the French Airplay Top 250 it peaked at number 1 and stuck to the top spot for another two weeks.

The song also peaked on the Czech Airplay Chart at number 2, in the Slovak Airplay Chart at number 1 for over five weeks, in the Greek IFPI Chart at number 6 and in the Finnish Singles Chart at number 20 in its opening week in the top. Then it has reached the second position as well as in the rest of the Nordic countries: Norway and Sweden. In Belgium, the song ran up for a week (peaking at number 2) in the Ultratop 50 and reached the top five in the Ultratop 50. In the Netherlands, it has entered the Dutch Top 40, spending numerous weeks at number 2. It peaked at number 1 in the Swiss Singles Chart, in Germany, Austria, Italy and Denmark. It has also been released in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, where "Mr. Saxobeat" became Stan's first British hit single, climbing up the UK Singles Chart during April 2011 and debuting at number 81 before peaking at number 3 in June 2011.[3] It peaked at number 6 on the Irish Singles Chart in Ireland.

The Americas[edit]

Outside Europe, "Mr. Saxobeat" charted on the Canadian Hot 100 debuting at number seventy-two. The next week, the song dropped to ninety-five, but then climbed fifty-four positions to number forty-one, becoming that week's greatest gainer, before moving to thirty-seven the following week. It defended the position for the next week. Eventually, "Mr. Saxobeat" peaked at number twenty-five, its lowest peak position worldwide. Nevertheless, the song spent twenty weeks within the Hot 100 and became the biggest-selling single of 2011 not to enter the top twenty. It was eventually certified Platinum by Music Canada.

In the United States, the song was digitally released in April 2011, having sold over 200,000 units by June 2011. On July 21, the song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-two and continued rising every single week until peaking at number twenty-one, just under the top twenty. It has mas managed to chart on the Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs), where it debuted at number eighty-two and found a peak inside the top twenty, at number-nineteen. It managed to register 62 million impressions during a singular week. Inside the Pop Songs Top 40, it peaked at number nineteen as well. It became the third Romanian song to enter the top ten of the Dance/Mix Show Airplay (after Inna's "Hot" and Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina's "Stereo Love"), peaking at number-one, such as the other two acts, for seven weeks in two runs, becoming the longest run atop that chart in 2011, and also the lengthiest number-one and since 2009, to date. It reached number-eleven on both Latin Pop Airplay and Hot Latin Tracks. It debuted at number thirty-nine inside the Hot Dance Club Songs and moved a few positions towards the top thirty in the following weeks, before dropping downwards. As of September 2013 the song was sold in over 1,679,800 copies in the United States alone and it was certified Platinum by the RIAA. On the Brasil Hot 100 Airplay chart, it peaked at number eight.

Australia[edit]

In Australia, Alexandra's song first charted inside the Dance Chart, where it managed to enter the top ten, peaking at number 6. A week after entering the Dance Chart, it charted in the Singles Chart as well, debuting at 32. It then fell off the chart to re-enter the following week straight at a new peak

of number 32. After bounding back and forth on the chart, it managed to peak at number 19, thus giving Stan a top-twenty hit in Australia. Then it was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The song debuted at number 36 in New Zealand on August 1, 2011 and continued rising upon the charts until peaking within the top ten, at number 4. Stan became the first Eastern European act to have a top-five single in New Zealand ever. "Mr. Saxobeat" was finally certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.

In Asia the song was a number 1 on the Israeli Airplay Chart, and a top ten in the Lebanese Singles Chart and on the Indian Digital Chart. In early 2012, the song also entered the Japan Hot 100 straight at number 9.

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Mr. Saxobeat" was filmed in the MediaPro Studios during October 2010. The official making-of the video premiered in early November on 1Music Channel. The music video for the song was released on November 15, 2010.[4] It features Stan being arrested, interviewed by the police, put in jail and then escaping from prison.

Synopsis[edit]

Stan (middle) in the music video for "Mr. Saxobeat"

The video begins with scenes of police officers bringing a handcuffed Stan into a room of a police station to interrogate her along with two of her friends. When the police realize that Stan and her friends won't talk, they place them in a jail cell. Stan coaxes and successfully seduces the guard ("hey sexy boy play with me ...") while her friends steal his police equipment (pistol, handcuffs, baton etc.), before locking him inside the cell while she and her friends escape. The group enters a dressing room where they find police outfits and disguise themselves as officers. Then they locate the chief's office and hold the police chief and other workers at gun point while duct taping their mouths and hands to the chief's desk. Stan and her friends exit the office and walk inconspicuously through the front lobby and out of the building.

In popular culture[edit]

Television[edit]

The song was featured on the sixth episode of the first season of the American sitcom Suburgatory titled "Charity Case",[5] and can also be heard in the background of the last episode of the final season of CSI: Miami, titled "Habeas Corpse".

The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis used the song in one of their television programmes.

The song was also featured heavily in episode four of Channel 4 comedy show Cardinal Burns, when characters Jonesy and Metcalfe visit London.

Video games[edit]

It is available on the Kinect Xbox 360 games Dance Central 3 and Just Dance 4.

Covers[edit]

Omega "El Fuerte" released a cover version in 2011.[6] Selena Gomez & The Scene was covered the song on We Own the Night Tour in Latin America. Russian singer Lena Katina recorded a jazz fusion version of the song.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Sweden January 28, 2011 Digital download ARS Records
Italy[87] EGO Italy
France February 14, 2011 CD single ARS Records
United States[88] February 15, 2011 Digital download Ultra Records
Denmark[89] February 18, 2011 Digital download Sony Music
United Kingdom[9] April 21, 2011 Digital download 3 Beat, AATW
Germany May 6, 2011[11][12] CD single, digital download Sony Music
July 8, 2011[13] CD maxi single
Italy[10] June 28, 2011 CD single Ego Music
Australia[90] July 1, 2011 Digital download Central Station Records

See also[edit]

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