On the album, this message was placed before the lyrics of the song: "And so Norman decides to stop living out his fantasy of being a rock star and accept reality. This is the end for Norman but not for us because there will always be someone ready to take his place -- after all, everybody's a star!"
In the song, the singer (Norman) says that "stars fade away. They vanish in the haze and they're never seen again, but they can't stop the music playing on."
"You Can't Stop the Music" was first released in May 1975 on the album Soap Opera, where it was the twelfth and final track on said LP. However, during that same month, the song was released as the album's third and final UK single, backed with "Have Another Drink" (also from Soap Opera.) However, the song didn't chart in Britain. The single was also released in June 1975 in Australia and in the Netherlands, but it still did not chart in either country.