“Fantasy” is a song written and composed by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio. It first became an international hit in 1977 by the American group Earth, Wind & Fire. A cover version in 1990 by the Eurodance band Black Box was also a successful international hit. "Fantasy" has been covered or sampled by many artists over the years.
"Fantasy" was first recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire for their studio album All 'N All, and was released as a single in 1978. The song took a period of three months to be written and composed, and it was only finally finished after Maurice White saw the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and gained inspiration from the film. "Fantasy" reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Billboard R&B singles chart in the United States, and number 14 on the UK singles chart. "Fantasy" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song. After its release in Japan as a digital single to cellphones in 2009, it was certified gold for 100,000 downloads in May 2011.
Black Box recorded a cover of "Fantasy" for the group's debut studio album Dreamland in 1990. Their version featured Martha Wash on lead vocals, but their music producers initially failed to credit her. The song contains samples of Grace Jones' version of "La Vie En Rose". Black Box's version of the song charted at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, number 16 in Germany, and number 3 in Australia.
It appears as the fifth track on the album "Fantasy" by the Harold Mabern Trio.
A Malay version of this song (titled Khayalan) has been performed by Singaporean act Black Dog Bone in the 1970s. This rendition has since been covered by Malaysian hip-hop group Ruffedge in collaboration with V.E in 2003 under the former group's album Extreme Pleasure Extra - a re-release of their début 2000 album Extreme Pleasure with a few songs added into it, including this song.
In late 2007, Latin hip hop trio The D.E.Y. sampled "Fantasy" on their single "Give You the World," released in late December 2007. Just Blaze sampled "Fantasy" for Jay-Z's "As One" which appeared on his Blueprint 2 album. Also in 2007, with the release of American Gangster, a song by Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne sampled the beginning of "Fantasy" throughout the song.
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