Stereo Love

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"Stereo Love"
Single by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina
from the album The Stereo Love Show
Released October 19, 2009
(see Release history)
Format CD single, CD maxi,
digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre House
Length 4:07 (Album Version)
3:03 (Radio Edit)
Label Play on, Sony-BMG
Ultra (U.S.)
Writer(s) Ilie Alexandru, Eldar Mansurov[1][2]
Producer(s) Ilie Eduard Marian, Victoria Korneva
Edward Maya & Victoria Korneva singles chronology
"Stereo Love"
(2009)
"This Is My Life"
(2010)
Music video
"Stereo Love" on YouTube

"Stereo Love" is a 2009 song recorded by the Romanian musician Edward Maya with the Russian-Romanian musician Vika Jigulina, released as their debut single in late 2009 from his album The Stereo Love Show. The refrain is from "Bayatılar", composed by Azerbaijani musician Eldar Mansurov. It became a worldwide hit in nightclubs and rose to the top of French, Dutch, Turkish, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Irish singles charts.

The song and the music video were both included on the compilation NRJ Music Awards 2010.[3] The music video was filmed in Greece, as Edward Maya stated in an interview that Greece "was a place that I fell in love with".[4] In 2011, the song was awarded as top dance song at the Billboard Music Awards.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Stereo Love" is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 125 beats per minute. It is set in the key of C# minor with a simple chord progression of C#m-A-E-B.

Copyright controversy[edit]

In the autumn of 2009 in Greece, Azerbaijani composer Eldar Mansurov contacted the Romanian Office for Copyright claiming the refrain of "Stereo Love" was a copy of a tune from his popular 1989 composition "Bayatılar". In the video clip, the composer of "Stereo Love" was indicated as "anonymous". Both the Office and Edward Maya later confirmed that Mansurov's work was in fact used in the making of "Stereo Love". Maya commented by saying he was "fascinated" by the accordion version of "Bayatılar" he had come across on the Internet earlier in 2009 and claimed he had tried to contact the author but failed due to his busy schedule. On 19 January 2010, Edward Maya arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he signed an agreement with Eldar Mansurov affirming their co-authorship of "Stereo Love".[1][2]

Lyrically the song speaks of a passionate love between two people that is now dying, and their struggle to rekindle that flame.

The keyboard riff of this song was also a theme to "Zalim", a ubiquitous song written by the Turkish singer songwriter Sezen Aksu, first recorded and released in 1995 by her former bassist and backing vocalist Levent Yüksel which was a smash hit that year, and then in 1996 by Sezen Aksu herself.

Chart performance[edit]

On the issue date October 17, 2009, the song debuted at No. 12 on the French Digital Singles Chart.[6] It became No. 1 on November 22, 2009, with more than 6,142 copies sold.[7] It reached its highest weekly sales on January 3, 2010 with 9,763 sales.[8] The song remained at No. 1 for a total of eight consecutive weeks. On the issue date November 22, 2009, "Stereo Love" debuted at No. 2 on the French Physical Singles Chart and became No. 1 on December 27, 2009. In Belgium, the single entered the Ultratop 40 at No. 40 on November 28, 2009 and reached a peak of No. 2 eleven weeks later. In the Netherlands, it was ranked for two weeks atop, eleven weeks in the top 10 and 17 weeks in the top 40. In Switzerland, the single debuted at No. 3 and peaked at No. 2. In the UK, the song entered the UK chart at No. 4. In Ireland, the first week of release, the unofficial DJ Team version proved to be more popular (No. 8 in the IRMA singles chart) than Edward Maya's (No. 17); however, on May 21 the former dropped three places to No. 11 while the latter jumped eleven positions to No. 6 just before reaching a week later the top of the chart where it has been for four consecutive weeks.

Outside of Europe, "Stereo Love" enjoyed the most chart success in the U.S. and Canada. In Canada it debuted at No. 93 on the Canadian Hot 100 on the issue dated February 13, 2010. The version released in Canada was featuring Mia Martina, instead of Vika Jigulina. Three weeks later, "Stereo Love" reached the top 40 and later peaked inside the top 10. Eventually, it was certified Platinum. It has also debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at No. 93 on the week ending October 23, 2010 and has since risen to No. 16. In 2011, it peaked at No. 11 on the Pop Airplay Chart. It has also topped the Billboard Dance/Club Play at No. 1, Billboard Digital Songs at No. 16, Billboard Airplay at No. 17, peaked at No. 35 on both the Billboard Latin Songs and Billboard Adult Pop songs, peaked at No. 13 on American Top 40, and peaked on the Billboard Ringtone Chart at No. 40.[9] The song became very popular in cities like New York City where it reached number one in radio stations like Z100, WKTU and 92.3 Now and received major airplay in Chicago on stations such as 93.9 LITE FM, B96, 101.9 MIX, 103.5 KISS FM, 105.9, and Z107.1.

In the United States, the single entered the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart at No. 23 in the April 17, 2010 issue. During its second week it slipped to No. 25, but in its fourth week saw a major move in the May 8, 2010 issue, moving from No. 25 to No. 8, the biggest jump ever on the chart, and ultimately reaching the No. 1 position three times in its June 5, June 26, and September 18, 2010 issues. The single was released through Ultra Records, the same label that also scored another top 10 US Dance Airplay hit in 2010 with another song by a Romanian artist, "Hot" by Inna, which also went all the way to number one, thus giving Ultra Records the distinction of having artists from the same country reach No. 1 in the same year with debut singles on the same chart. It would become the number one Dance Airplay single of 2010 in Billboard's Year End issue.[10] As of September 2012, the song has sold 2,226,000 copies in the US.[11]

On the Italian FIMI chart the song peaked at No. 4 for two non-consecutive weeks in April 2010 and spent 17 weeks within the top 10. "Stereo Love" is the longest charting song in the history of European top Hot 100, accumulating 47 weeks.

The official "Stereo Love" music video received over 200 million YouTube views for just one video, with other copies and forms of the song and video receiving several million views.[12] The music video was also the most popular video uploaded on Spinnin' Records' YouTube channel until April 10th, 2014, when the views were surpassed by Martin Garrix's music video for his song "Animals."[13] The music video for "Stereo Love" was shot in the island of Mykonos, in Greece.

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital single (France)[14]
  1. "Stereo Love" – 4:07
  2. "Stereo Love" (Extended Version) – 5:21
  3. "Stereo Love" (Radio Edit) – 3:04
  4. "Stereo Love" (Acoustic Version) – 4:37
  5. "Stereo Love" (Molella Remix Radio Edit) – 2:52
  6. "Stereo Love" (Molella Remix) – 5:02
  7. "Stereo Love" (DaBo Remix) – 5:03
  8. "Stereo Love" (DaBo Remix Edit) – 3:02
  • Digital single: The Italian Remixes (Italy)[15]
  1. "Stereo Love" (Molella Remix Radio Edit) – 2:52
  2. "Stereo Love" (DaBo Remix Edit) – 3:02
  3. "Stereo Love" (Molella Remix) – 5:02
  4. "Stereo Love" (DaBo Remix) – 5:03
  5. "Stereo Love" (Acoustic Version) – 4:37
  6. "Stereo Love" – 4:07
  7. "Stereo Love" (Extended Version) – 5:21
  • CD single (France)[16]
  1. "Stereo Love" (Radio Edit) – 3:04
  2. "Stereo Love" (Molella Remix Radio Edit) – 2:52
  3. "Stereo Love" (DaBo Remix Edit) – 3:02
  4. "Stereo Love" (Music Video) – 4:07
  1. "Stereo Love" (Don Omar Remix) – 4:10
  2. "Stereo Love" (Lápiz Conciente Dominican Remix) – 4:16
  • Other Version
  1. "Stereo Love" (Digital Dog Club Mix) - 6:44
  2. "Stereo Love" (Digital Dog Radio Edit) - 3:39
  3. "Stereo Love" (Denvil Remix) - 3:50

Charts[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Bodies" by Robbie Williams
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 21, 2009 – November 28, 2009
Succeeded by
"Just Say Yes" by Snow Patrol
Preceded by
"J'aimerais tellement" by Jena Lee
French Digital Singles Chart number-one single
November 22, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Succeeded by
"Tik Tok" by Kesha
French Physical Singles Chart number-one single
December 27, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Succeeded by
"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
Preceded by
"Jos sä tahdot niin" by Jippu & Samuli Edelmann
"Oi Beibi 16" by Raptori
Finnish Singles Chart number-one single
10/2010 – 11/2010
17/2010 – 21/2010
Succeeded by
"Best Time of Your Life" by The Giant Leap
Preceded by
"Fight For This Love" by Cheryl Cole
Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single
May 4, 2010 – June 1, 2010
Succeeded by
"Satellite" by Lena
Preceded by
"Manboy" by Eric Saade
"Hurricane" by Rebound!
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
April 16, 2010 – April 30, 2010
May 14, 2010 – May 28, 2010
Succeeded by
"Manboy" by Eric Saade
Preceded by
"Horehronie" by Kristina
Slovak airplay number one single
April 5, 2010 – May 2, 2010
Succeeded by
"Alors on danse" by Stromae
Preceded by
"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
"Alors on danse" by Stromae
Czech Airplay Chart number-one single
14/2010 – 22/2010
27/2010
Preceded by
"Ay Haiti" by Carlos Jean (featuring various artists)
Spanish Singles Charts number-one single
May 9, 2010 – May 23, 2010
Succeeded by
"Run Run" by Estopa (featuring Rosario)
Preceded by
"All Night Long" by Alexandra Burke (featuring Pitbull)
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
28 May 2010 – 24 June 2010
Succeeded by
"California Gurls" by Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg)
Preceded by
"Good Times" by Roll Deep
UK Dance Chart number-one single
May 30, 2010
Succeeded by
"Gettin' Over You" by David Guetta (featuring Fergie, Chris Willis and LMFAO)
Preceded by
"Naturally" by Selena Gomez & the Scene
"Gettin' Over You" by David Guetta (featuring Fergie, Chris Willis and LMFAO)
"We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single
June 5, 2010
June 26, 2010
September 18–25, 2010
Succeeded by
"Happiness" by Alexis Jordan
"Gettin' Over You" by David Guetta (featuring Fergie, Chris Willis and LMFAO)
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
France October 19, 2009[14] Digital download
November 16, 2009[16] CD single
Canada February 2, 2010 Digital download
United States
United Kingdom May 9, 2010
May 10, 2010 CD single
Australia June 6, 2010 Digital download

Mia Martina version[edit]

"Stereo Love"
Single by Edward Maya and Mia Martina
from the album Devotion
Released August 10, 2010 (United States) September 2010 (Canada)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre House
Label CP Records
Writer(s) Ilie Alexandru, Eldar Mansurov, Victoria Korneva, Don Omar
Mia Martina singles chronology
"Stereo Love"
(2010)
"Latin Moon"
(2011)
Music video
"Stereo Love" on YouTube

Ultra Records hired Canadian artist Mia Martina to record an official remix of Maya's "Stereo Love". The rights to an official remix were acquired by Ultra Records from Romanian label Cat Music.[71] As the writer and producer of the song Maya is paid royalties every time all of the remixes are played and sold of the song, including the official remix featuring Martina.

It was released to the United States on iTunes on August 10, 2010 and in the Canadian market in September 2010 from Martina's upcoming album Devotion. It is released on Ultra Records/EMI. The music video was directed by Marc André Debruyne.

Controversy[edit]

On January 7, 2011 Maya posted a statement expressing his disappointment with "the music industry" and the use of his name to promote Mia Martina's concerts, alleging that Martina's promoters were misleading audiences into believing that Maya would be present at Martina's concerts.[72]

Maya does not know Martina personally and states that he does not "approve of her", though the actual meaning of this is unclear. A letter, addressed to CP Records, allegedly written by Maya's legal team, has described their opposition to the marketing of Martina's tour. The letter suggests that Martina has been promoting her performances as "cover performances" of Maya. Maya's legal team apparently disagrees that her performances qualify as "covers".[72]

The original version by Maya and Vika Jigulina was already a Top 20 hit on Canadian Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 19 before it was outpeaked by the version promoted with Mia Martina, reaching No. 10.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2010-2011) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[73] 10

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