Right Now (Na Na Na)

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"Right Now (Na Na Na)"
Single by Akon
from the album Freedom
Released September 23, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Dance-pop, R&B, electropop
Length 4:04
Label Konvict Muzik/Universal Motown
Writer(s) A. Thiam, G. Tuinfort
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA)
Gold (RIANZ, ARIA)
Akon singles chronology
"Wake It Up"
(2008)
"Right Now (Na Na Na)"
(2008)
"I'm So Paid"
(2008)

"Right Now (Na Na Na)" is the lead single from Akon's third studio album, Freedom. The song contains elements from "Remember" by The Underdog Project and "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw. The song was added to the U.S. Mainstream Top 40 radio on September 23, 2008, and also became available for digital download on iTunes that day.[1] The song incorporates an electronic Euro-club feel.[2]

Official versions[edit]

Several remixes of the track exist. The official remix of the track features additional vocals by Kat DeLuna. Further remixes include "Mañana (Na Na Na)", featuring vocals from Jayko, and an International Remix, featuring Canadian singer Danny Fernandes. A Tagalog parody version, entitled "Banana (Ba Na Na)", was recorded by Filipino rapper Blank Tape. Another Malaysian parody was also performed by Kelantanese singers Man Khan and Rosalinda, entitled "Dok Mano" released at the near end of 2012.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the track was directed by Anthony Mandler and released on November 6, 2008. It premiered in Germany on the TV show Viva Live. In the video, Akon plays an agent that is on a mission, he has to find a girl (the same from his video "Don't Matter") that has secret information. He remembers the good times that he spent with his new girlfriend, played by Jamican model Cindy Wright, but he sleeps with the girl from "Don't Matter", gets the information and ends the video alone. The actual track begins one minute after the video begins.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 17
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 38
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 3
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[7] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 7
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 14
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 15
France (SNEP)[12] 8
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[13] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 18
Israel (Media Forest)[15] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 5
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[18] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 9
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[23] 73
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[24] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2009) Position
Australian Singles Chart 82[25]
Hungarian Singles Chart[26] 27
Swiss Singles Chart[27] 77
UK Singles Chart[28] 117
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 56[29]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Australia Gold[30]
United States 2x Platinum[31]
New Zealand Gold[32]

Asking Alexandria version[edit]

"Right Now (Na Na Na)"
Single by Asking Alexandria
from the album Punk Goes Pop 3
Released September 29, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Electronicore, Eurodance
Length 4:20
Label Sumerian Records, distributed through Fearless Records
Asking Alexandria singles chronology
"Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)"
(2009)
"Right Now (Na Na Na)"
(2010)
"A Prophecy"
(2010)

British metalcore band Asking Alexandria covered the track for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 3, which was released on November 2, 2010. It was available for digital download on September 29, 2010.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 40/mainstream Future Releases". Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Akon: Free at last". Bluesandsoul.com. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200903 into search.
  8. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Akon.
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)". Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Akon.
  11. ^ "Akon: Right Now (Na Na Na)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 48, 2008". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na) Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200912 into search.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)". Singles Top 60.
  20. ^ "Akon: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Akon.
  22. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Akon.
  23. ^ "Akon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Akon.
  24. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2009-02-21. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. 
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2009". ARIA. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  27. ^ "2009 Year End Swiss Singles Chart". Swiss Music Charts. 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  28. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  29. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  31. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 22, 2011". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  32. ^ New Zealand Certifications
  33. ^ "Punk Goes... | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 

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