Corona (band)

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Corona
Origin Italy
Genres Eurodance
Years active 1993 – present
Labels DWA (Dance World Attack)
Website [1]
Members Olga Maria De Souza
Paolo Dughero
Francesco Conte
Past members Francesco Bontempi
Giovanna Bersola
Sandra Chambers

Corona is an Italian eurodance group, fronted by Olga Maria De Souza. Originally produced by Checco Bontempi (a.k.a. Lee Marrow) (1st-2nd album), it found success in 1993 with the worldwide hitsThe Rhythm of the Night” and “Baby Baby”. Later producers include Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero.[1]

History[edit]

"The Rhythm of The Night"[edit]

Debut single was "The Rhythm of the Night", released in Italy in November 1993[2] on Roberto Zanetti’s DWA record label, and became an instant hit. 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.[3]

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.

Corona followed up its hit with the 1995 singles "Baby Baby" and "Try Me Out", which saw 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.

1998 to 2004[edit]

In 1996 DWA Records reorganized its staff due to internal conflicts and released very few records.[4] As a consequence of this, the production of the Corona project was moved from DWA Records to Francesco Bontempi’s own label (World Of Music, like DWA associated with Discomagic Records). The second album, Walking On Music, was released in 1998 and once again Sandra Chambers was the actual singer. The album did not produce any major hits in Europe or North America. However, the album did yield two minor Stateside dancehall hits with "Walking On Music" and "The Power Of Love". After this album Sandra Chambers left the project.

The third Corona album was released in 2001 on Abril Music in Brazil. Francesco Bontempi co-wrote some of the songs on the album, but he did not participate in the album's production. The album was called And Me U and released under the name Corona X. 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 defines the song like an imprint of her childhood memory. The song became an immediate hit. The same year “Garota Brasileira”, a song with spicy samba sounds became a hit with the Japanese public.[5]

2005 to 2007[edit]

Towards the end of 2005, Corona re-emerged onto the European music scene with "Back in Time", peaking at #36 in the Italian sales chart. It was followed by “I’ll Be Your Lady” in late 2006, co-written and sung by Olga Maria De Souza.

2010 to present[edit]

Corona returned in 2010, with the album Y Generation, reaching #1 on the Italian iTunes dance album chart. The first single release was “Angel”. The music video of “Angel” was recorded in Italy, with “Saturday” becoming the second single release from the album, followed by “My Song” in 2011. Her last single was released in February 2012, and reached #44 on the Italian Singles Chart. It was added to the re-release of Y Generation, which was released in November 2012 as Y Generation: Remixed.

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

Covers and remixes[edit]

Various remixes of “The Rhythm of the Night” have been made, two of which were released on DWA Records: one made 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).

There have also been covers of the song, including one by Dutch pop group Hermes House Band in 2008, and one by German dance group Cascada in 2012.

Participants[edit]

Many people participated in “The Rhythm of the Night” , Francesco Bontempi (songwriting, arrangement, producing, mixing), Francesco Alberti (engineering), Graziano Fanelli (engineering), Jenny B (vocals), Olga Maria De Souza (playback frontwoman, vocalist since 2000), songwriters - Antonia Bottari, Ivana Spagna, G. Spagna, Annerley Gordon, Fred Di Bonaventura, Gaffurini, V. Marcolin, M. Marcolin, M. Anthony, Michael Gaffey, Pete Glenister, F. Martinelli, A. Puntillo, Marco Baroni, A. Bellucci, L. Ratti, S. Tonelli, N. Heathen, I.G. Off, A. Martin, E. Bertolini, Claudio Silvestri, M. Cimoli, A. Puthli and D. Zimmermann.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
JAP[6] ITA[7] SWI[8] UK[9] US[10] US
Heat
[10]
The Rhythm of the Night
  • Release date: April 4, 1995
  • Label: Various, including ZYX Records (Germany), Warner Music (USA) and Spotlight Records (Brazil)
  • Formats: CD
1 1 3 18 154 2
Walking on Music
  • Release date: June 26, 1998
  • Label: Various, including ZYX Records (Germany), Warner Music (USA) and RTI Music (Italy)
  • Formats: CD
5 1 58 77 196 4
And Me U
  • Release date: July 16, 2001
  • Label: Abril Music (Brazil), Universal Records (Italy)
  • Formats: CD
10 88
Y Generation
  • Release date: July 9, 2010
  • Label: 1st Pop (Italy), Universal Records (Europe & Japan)
  • Formats: CD
8 9 59

Other[edit]

  • 1999: The Star[1]
  • 2012: Y Generation: Remixed[1]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[11]
AUT
[11]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
ITA
[7]
NED
[11]
NOR
[11]
NZ
[11]
SPA
[14]
SWE
[11]
SWI
[11]
UK
[3]
US
[15]
1993 "The Rhythm of the Night" 8 6 3 8 3 1 5 7 3 28 4 2 11 The Rhythm of the Night
1995 "Baby Baby" 7 13 16 41 8 1 26 9 22 2 10 11 5 57
"Try Me Out" 10 20 11 40 7 2 45 17 43 4 17 23 6
"I Don't Wanna Be A Star" 25 18 69 2 1 37 22
1997 "Megamix" 40 20 43 36 Single only
"The Power Of Love" 7 7 22 Walking On Music
1998 "Walking On Music" 8
"Magic Touch" 3
2000 "Good Love" And Me U
2001 "Volcano"[1]
2004 "Back In Time" 77 85 36 33 49 55 Singles only
2005 "I'll Be Your Lady" 37[19]
2006 "Baby I Don't Care"[1] 10[19] 46
2007 "La Playa Del Sol" 28 35
2010 "Angel" 15 Y Generation
"Saturday" 58[19]
2011 "My Song" 34[19]
2012 "Hurry Up"
(featuring Mikey P.)
44[20] Y Generation: Remixed
2013 "Queen of Town" 61 TBA
2014 "Stay With Me"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Corona on Discogs.com
  2. ^ "Corona, biography discography, recent releases, news, featuring of eurodance group". 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 121. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ DWA Records at archive.org
  5. ^ "Me - Corona - Olga Maria de Souza". Coronadance.it. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Ranking - CD Album" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  7. ^ a b Italian peaks per artist "C"
  8. ^ "Discographie Brandy". hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History - Corona". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  10. ^ a b "Corona Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Corona chart peaks in various countries
  12. ^ German peak positions
  13. ^ Irish peak positions
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  15. ^ "Corona - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  16. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Corona)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
  19. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung (2008-02-28). "Italian charts portal". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  20. ^ "Hurry Up - Corona feat. Mikey P.- Javi Mula Rework - Official Video You Tube". YouTube. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 

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