Dance wiv Me
|"Dance wiv Me"|
|Single by Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome|
|from the album Tongue n' Cheek and Ready for the Weekend|
|Released||22 June 2008|
|Length||3:25 (radio mix)
4:25 (extended mix)
|Dizzee Rascal singles chronology|
"Dance wiv Me" is a single by British rapper Dizzee Rascal, from his fourth studio album Tongue n' Cheek. It was released on 22 June 2008 and features guest vocals from Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and English R&B singer Chrome. The extended mix of the song also appears on Harris's second album, Ready for the Weekend.
"Dance wiv Me" mixes Rascal's usual grime style with dance music from Harris and R&B from Chrome. Rascal and Harris recorded their respective verse and main hook parts separately, sending their parts back and forth over the phone, while Chrome recorded the pre hook/bridge vocals in the studio with Rascal. The song was produced by Harris and he also sings the chorus. However, Harris rarely sings on releases any more and is usually seen as a DJ. The song debuted in the UK at #1 and stayed there for four weeks - making it Rascal's first ever number one. It became the 12th-biggest selling single in the UK in 2008. Rascal, Chrome and Harris performed an impromptu acoustic version of "Dance wiv Me" for the BBC as part of the Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage. The song was played in an episode the HBO series Entourage.
Writing and recording
In an interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1, Rascal explained that the collaboration with Harris came after they had met during Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2007. Rascal told Harris that his single "Acceptable in the 80s" had got him excited about music again and that he would love to make a track with him.
"Dizzee texted me, saying he'd done this a cappella over someone else's music, but his verse was too good for their music, so could he do it with me instead? So I spent a long time on it, to make sure it lived up to his expectations. I sent him the track, and he called me at 2 in the morning to say it was amazing, so I knew it was good." – Calvin Harris on the press release for Ready for the Weekend.
The song's lyrics were written and recorded by Rascal with extra vocals recorded by Chrome. Harris produced the music separately from Rascal and Chrome and later sent the track to Rascal's studio for completion.
"Me and Calvin met and we exchanged numbers. We never actually met once to actually make the tune, we did it back and forth over the phone. It was good, we were just like over the phone, 'What about changing that hook a bit?' Chrome was the only one that came in the studio but it was good working with him because we've done a few things in the past." – Dizzee Rascal in an interview with BBC Newsnight.
Release and reception
"Dance wiv Me" represented a change for Rascal from his grime roots to a more pop-oriented sound. It was first released as a download single in the UK on 30 June 2008 and in physical format one week later. The song was Dizzee Rascal's first single on his own Dirtee Stank Recordings record label, released after he had split from his former label, XL Recordings, who did not want to release the track themselves.
On its first week of release, "Dance wiv Me" reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart and remained top of the chart for four consecutive weeks. The song was the UK's 12th highest-selling single of 2008.
"Experimenting with dance music is a good way for British rappers to get on the radio and into the charts. Some people might see this as me selling out but no way. Every track I write I try to make different from the last and as my profile has risen with all the festivals and live shows I've done, I've wanted to experiment more." – Dizzee Rascal in the Daily Star
The music video for "Dance wiv Me" depicts Dizzee Rascal and Chrome in a night club with Calvin Harris as the bar man. The video also features Big Brother 2013 contestant Gina Rio.
Versions and remixes
- Agent X Remix
- The Aston Shuffle Remix
- Extended Mix
- Dirty Vegas Remix
- DJ Frizzo Remix
- DJ Teddy-O and Benny Blanco Remix
- DJ Rap Remix
- Funkpuss Edit
- Jason Nevins Extended Mix
- Jason Nevins Remix
- Live At Glastonbury
- Live At iTunes Festival
- Niteryders Remix
- Phatclick Swayze and Alec Cresp Remix
- Radio Edit
- Shazam Remix
- Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harrris - Dance wiv Me. iTunes.
- Dance Wiv Me Songfacts. www.songfacts.com.
- Paine, Andre (22 May 2009). Dizzee Rascal Driving U.K. 'Bonkers'. Billboard. Accessed 27 June 2009.
- Whiley, Jo. "Live Lounge - Keane". BBC Radio 1.
- Harriet Hernando. (30 December 2012.) "Meet Gina Rio, Britain's most spoiled girl with £10,000 allowance", The Sun.
- "Australian-charts.com – Dizzee Rascal – Dance wiv Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Ultratop.be – Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris and Chrome – Dance wiv Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Musicline.de – Dizzee Rascal Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Chart Track: Week 31, 2008". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 2008-07-12" UK Singles Chart.
- Radio 1 Chart RnB Singles. BBC Radio 1.
- Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29 December 2009
- ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Singles. ARIA. Accessed 28 June 2009.
- Dance wiv Me - UK Charts Plus. BPI.
- Dance wiv Me BPI Sales. BPI.
- "Dance wiv Me" music video on YouTube
- Acoustic performance from BBC Glastonbury 2008 site
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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