Corona (band)

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

Corona (Italian for Crown) is an Italian Eurodance band. Initially formed by Brazilian-born singer and model Olga Maria de Souza and producer Francesco "Checco" Bontempi (a.k.a. Lee Marrow), it found commercial success with 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]


Beginning of the band 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 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. However, the song 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, such as "Get Ready For This", "Twilight Zone" and "Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited and "Strike It Up", "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box, "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. The song was later released as a track in the 1995 debut studio album "The Rhythm of the Night". Lead vocals for the remaining songs in the album were provided by Welsh singer Sandy Chambers who would also provide vocals 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 album, The Rhythm of the Night sold modestly, peaking at #2 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and #154 on the Billboard 200.


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 in Brazil's Abril Music, under the name Corona X. Olga De Souza took all vocal duties on herself for the very first time. 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 Olga Maria De Souza native Brazil, Corona sang “A cor dos teus olhos” (The Colour of Your Eyes) which was distributed by ‘5000’. Souza defined the song like an imprint of her childhood memory. It became an immediate hit. The same year “Garota Brasileira”, a song with spicy samba sounds became a hit with the Japanese public.[6]


Towards the end of 2005, Corona 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.


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.


In 2013, “The Rhythm of the Night” appeared on Grand Theft Auto V in the Non-Stop-Pop FM radio station.

In 2018 Just Dance 2019 would feature a cover of "The Rhythm of the Night" by Ultraclub 90 as part of its setlist.[7]

Various remixes of “The Rhythm of the Night” have been made, two of which were released on DWA Records: one by British producer duo Frisco (Frisco vs. Corona, 2008) and the other one by Italian producer Simone Bontempi, son of Corona's original producer Francesco Bontempi (Simon from Deep Divas vs. Corona, 2010).

Other notable cover versions of the song were recorded by Dutch pop group Hermes House Band in 2008, and the German dance group Cascada in 2012. Bastille also released a cover titled "Of the Night" on their 2013 album All This Bad Blood.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

The Rhythm of the Night 10 30 21 1 35 18 154 2
Walking on Music
  • Released: June 1998
  • Label: RTI Music (Italy)
5 58 196 4
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.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
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
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.


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