Corona (band)

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Corona
Corona's lead singer Olga de Souza performing in Brazil, 2013
Corona's lead singer Olga de Souza performing in Brazil, 2013
Background information
OriginItaly
GenresEurodance
Years active1993–present
LabelsDWA (Dance World Attack)
MembersOlga Maria de Souza
Past membersFrancesco Bontempi
Jenny B
Sandy Chambers
Francesco Conte
Paolo Dughero
Websitewww.coronadance.com

Corona is an Italian Eurodance project. Initially as a band originally formed by the Brazilian-born singer and model Olga Maria de Souza and the producer Francesco "Checco" Bontempi (a.k.a. Lee Marrow), it found commercial success with the worldwide hits "The Rhythm of the Night" (1993) and "Baby Baby" (1995). After the second album[1] Bontempi left the band and was replaced by Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero.[2]

History[edit]

Beginning of the band's career: 1993–1996[edit]

Corona's first single, "The Rhythm of the Night", was released in Italy in November 1993[3] on Roberto Zanetti's DWA record label and became an instant hit. It featured the voice of the Italian singer Giovanna Bersola, better known by her stage name Jenny B. It stayed at number 1 on the Italian music chart for eight consecutive weeks, but was not released elsewhere until the following year. A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September 1994.[4] Like several early 1990s Eurodance/Hi-NRG songs that eventually became American hits, "The Rhythm of the Night" did not become popular in the United States until well after its success had peaked in Europe. However, by spring 1995, the song was all over American radio and clubs, eventually reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was later released as a track in the 1995 studio album The Rhythm of the Night. Lead vocals for the remaining songs in the album were by the Welsh singer Sandy Chambers who also sang on the group's second album, Walking On Music.

Corona followed up with the 1995 singles "Baby Baby" and "Try Me Out", with similar success. The single "I Don't Wanna Be a Star" was a moderate hit. A fifth single, "Do You Want Me", became a regional hit in discotheques in the Eastern U.S. The Rhythm of the Night album sold modestly, peaking at #2 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and at #154 on the Billboard 200.

1996–2004[edit]

In 1996, after the demise of Discomagic Records, DWA Records reorganized its staff due to internal conflicts.[5] As a result, the production of Corona was moved from DWA Records to Bontempi's own label (World Of Music, which was also a sublabel of Discomagic).

The third album, And Me U, was released in 2001 by Brazil's Abril Music, under the name Corona X. This time the vocals were by new vocalists, the sisters Bernadette "Brandy" Jones and Bambi Jones' (who died of cancer in 2010). Again, de Souza was just the face but still not the voice, as many people thought. Although Bontempi co-wrote some of the material in the album, he did not participate in the production and left the band. In 2004, as a tribute to de Souza's native Brazil, Corona sang "A cor dos teus olhos" ("The Colour of Your Eyes") which was distributed by 5000. De Souza described the song like an imprint of her childhood memory. It was an immediate hit. The same year "Garota Brasileira", a song with spicy samba sounds, became a hit in Japan.[6]

2005–2009[edit]

Towards the end of 2005, Corona finally sang for the first time and re-emerged onto the European music scene with "Back in Time", peaking at #36 in the Italian charts. It was followed by "I’ll Be Your Lady" (2006), the first song co-authored by de Souza.

2010–2016[edit]

Corona's album Y Generation (2010), reached #1 on the Italian iTunes dance album chart. The first single was "Angel"”, followed by "Saturday" and "My Song". Corona's last single, "Super Model" reached #44 on the Italian Singles Chart and was later included in a re-edition of the album called Y Generation Remixed.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[7]
FIN
[8]
SCO
[9]
JPN
[10]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[13]
US
Heat

[14]
The Rhythm of the Night 10 30 21 1 35 18 154 2
Walking on Music
  • Released: June 1998
  • Label: RTI Music (Italy)
5 58
And Me U 10
Y Generation
  • Released: July 2010
  • Label: 1st Pop (Italy)
8 59
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[16]
AUS
[17]
AUT
[18]
FIN
[19]
FRA
[20]
GER
[21]
NED
[22]
SPA
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[25]
US
[26]
1993 "The Rhythm of the Night" 1 8 6 3 8 5 3 28 2 11 The Rhythm of the Night
1995 "Baby Baby" 1 7 13 6 16 41 26 2 10 5 57
"Try Me Out" 2 10 20 5 11 40 45 4 17 6
"I Don't Wanna Be a Star" 2 109 25 6 18 69 1 37 22
1996 "Megamix" 20 161 40 43 36 Non-album single
1997 "The Power of Love" 25 7 Walking on Music
1998 "Walking on Music" 4
"Magic Touch" 3
2000 "Good Love" And Me U
"Volcano"
2006 "Back in Time" 36 15 Non-album singles
"I'll Be Your Lady"
2008 "Baby I Don't Care"
2009 "La Playa Del Sol"
2010 "Angel" Y Generation
2011 "My Song (La Lai)"
2012 "Hurry Up" (featuring Mikey P.) Non-album singles
2013 "Queen of Town"
2014 "Stay with Me"
2015 "We Used to Love"
2016 "Super Model"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Corona Archived 5 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine on Discogs
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  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 121. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ DWA Records at archive.org
  6. ^ "Me - Corona - Olga Maria de Souza". Coronadance. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Australian Albums". Australian Charts. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Finnish Albums". Finnish Charts. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ Scottish Albums:
  10. ^ "Ranking > CD Album" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Swiss Albums". Hitparade. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  12. ^ "UK Albums". Official Charts. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200: Corona". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Heatseekers Album: Corona". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  15. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums 1995". Imgur. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Italian Singles". hitparadeitalia.it. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  17. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  18. ^ "Austrian Singles". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961" (in Finnish). Sisältää Hitin - Suomen listalevyt (Timo Pennanen). Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
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  21. ^ German Singles:
  22. ^ "Netherlands Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  24. ^ "Swedish Albums". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  25. ^ "UK Singles". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Billboard 100: Corona". Billboard Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  27. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1994". Imgur. ARIA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  28. ^ French certifications Archived 25 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 January 200)
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Corona)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  30. ^ "BPI Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
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  32. ^ "Award". Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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