Solo (Iyaz song)

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"Solo"
Single by Iyaz
from the album Replay
Released 8 February 2010 (2010-02-08) (U.S.)
24 May 2010 (2010-05-24) (UK)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Reggae fusion, R&B
Length 3:14 (Album Version)
3:37 (Single Version)
Label T.I.M.E., Beluga Heights, Warner Bros., Asylum
Writer(s) Keidran Jones, Jonathan Rotem, Dan August Rigo, Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) J. R. Rotem
Iyaz singles chronology
"Replay"
(2009)
"Solo"
(2010)
"Pyramid"
(2010)
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"Solo" is a song performed by British Virgin Islands recording artist Iyaz. It is the second single released from his album titled "Replay", released on 8 June 2010. The single "Solo" was produced by J. R. Rotem and written by August Rigo. It was released for digital download on 9 February 2010[1] and available for mainstream radio on 8 February 2010.[2] and was released in the UK on 23 May 2010.[3] The song uses the melody from Janet Jackson's 1993 single "Again" as its chorus.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Leah Greenblatt of Music Mix EW.com gave a review, noting that the song contains samples of Janet Jackson's song "Again".[4]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

Following up his No.1 debut 'Replay', newcomer Keidran 'Iyaz' Jones launches a second assault on the charts with 'Solo'. However, this time his problems go deeper than a dodgy iPod – the Caribbean crooner's been ditched by his missus for reasons completely unknown to him. This, we presume, is almost as annoying as trying to work out where the niggling sample on the chorus comes from.

Of course, we didn't use Google to discover that it's actually the melody from Janet Jackson's 'Again' to which Iyaz laments: "I don't want to walk this earth if I gotta do it solo." J R Rotem is once again on production duties, and his trademark triple siren effect is sure to keep you awake on what is otherwise a thoroughly inoffensive – if perfectly pleasant – slice of summer reggae-pop. The hook may not be as infectious as 'Replay', but at the end of the day, who are we to turn down a bit of Janet?3/5 stars.[5]

Music video[edit]

On MySpace, the music video released on 7 April 2010.[6] The new song "Solo" already has millions of hits on YouTube.[7]

The official music video for "Solo" was shot in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and cuts the latter parts of the primary verses.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian digital download
  1. "Solo" – 3:14
UK digital EP [8]
  1. "Solo" (Album Version) – 3:14
  2. "Solo" (Instrumental Version) – 3:14
  3. "Solo" (A Cappella Version) – 3:14
  4. "Solo" (Cahill Radio Mix) – 3:34
  5. "Solo" (Dave Audé Radio Mix) – 3:59

Other versions[edit]

  • "Solo" (Single version) – 3:25
  • "Solo" (Cahill Mixshow) – 5:08
  • "Solo" (Dave Aude Club Mix) – 9:05

Chart performance[edit]

On 18 February 2010, "Solo" debuted at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. After its debut it fell to #72, but it has since rebounded to #32 and has recently re-entered the chart at #92. This is Iyaz's second Top 40 hit, following the success of previous single "Replay". On 30 May 2010, "Solo" entered both the UK Singles Chart and the UK R&B Chart at number 3, marking Iyaz's second consecutive top three single on both charts. In it second week on the chart, "Solo" fell to number 10, marking its second week within the Top 10. On 13 June 2010, the single fell 10 places to number 20. The single also debuted on the Irish Singles Chart on 28 May 2010 at number 26, before falling to number 38 on its second week in the chart. On 11 June 2010, the single climbed 6 places to number 32.

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 48
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 28
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 4
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 61
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 54
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 26
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 3
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 32

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
United States RIAA Gold[21] 500,000+

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iyaz - Solo [Official Lyric Video". YouTube. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Music Singles Review - Page 1". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b Leah Greenblatt. "Iyaz' 'Solo': total Janet Jackson rip-off, or loving tribute?". EWMusic Mix. http://music-mix.ew.com/. 
  5. ^ Robert Copsey. "Iyaz: 'Solo'". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk. 
  6. ^ http://iyazmusic.com/profiles/blogs/new-track-solo-official-lyrics
  7. ^ "BVIDailyNews.com". BVIPlatinum.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  8. ^ Solo: Iyaz: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Iyaz – Solo". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Iyaz – Solo" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Iyaz – Solo" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201029 into search.
  13. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Iyaz.
  14. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Iyaz > Solo – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 21, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 23, 2010" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Iyaz – Solo". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-06-05" UK Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-06-05" UK R&B Chart.
  20. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Iyaz.
  21. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - January 07, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 

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