Hello (Martin Solveig song)

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"Hello"
Hello album cover.jpg
Single by Martin Solveig and Dragonette
from the album Smash
Released6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
Format
GenreElectro-rock[1]
Length4:42
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Martin Solveig
Martin Solveig singles chronology
"Boys & Girls"
(2009)
"Hello"
(2010)
"Ready 2 Go"
(2011)
Dragonette singles chronology
"Fire in Your New Shoes"
(2010)
"Hello"
(2010)
"Animale"
(2010)
Music video
"Hello" short version on YouTube
"Hello" long version on YouTube

"Hello" is a song performed by French DJ and record producer Martin Solveig and Canadian synthpop band Dragonette, taken from the former's fifth studio album, Smash (2011). The song was released as the album's lead single on 6 September 2010 by Mercury Records.

It is Solveig's most successful single to date, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic and the Netherlands, while charting within the top 10 in ten other countries. It also reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the United States. Additionally, the song charted at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2011; becoming Solveig's and Dragonette's first appearance on the chart. It has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 1,000,000 units.

The song has been featured in 90210,[2] The Vampire Diaries,[3] Gossip Girl[4] and in Tim Hortons' 2013 ad for their 'Roll up the Rim to Win' promotion. It also used as the intro theme to the TV series Cheer! on CMT. The song appears in the video game Dance Central 3.

Music video[edit]

The music video is a tennis match scene played out on the grounds of the French Open tournament in Paris. There are two variants: a long version which is the first episode of a series of music videos called "Smash", and a short condensed version of that, which has the length of a more traditional music video.

Long version[edit]

The long version of the music video is divided into two chapters. The first chapter is an introductory dialogue and back story involving two of the main characters, a tennis player named Martin Solveig (played by the DJ as himself) and his tennis coach or manager called Lafaille (played by DJ Grégory Darsa).

Chapter 2 is the main part where the song plays through a tennis match. This is taking place (and is also actually recorded live) at the main stadium court of the Roland Garros complex, court Philippe Chatrier. In the tennis match, Martin Solveig faces fellow DJ Bob Sinclar as an opponent. Other characters include Martin's love interest called She (Flo Lafaye), and apparent Bob Sinclar supporter/girlfriend (Olivia Sanchez) cheering on from the players box. As the match progresses Solveig struggles to gain any points, and is unable to win a game. With the score at 6–0, 6–0, 5–0, Sinclar is about to serve for matchpoint when "She" (Solveig's love interest) enters the crowd, and Solveig decides he must win to impress her. He returns the serve but a lineswoman (Mathilde Johansson) calls the ball out, awarding the match to Sinclar. Novak Djokovic enters the arena and convinces the referee to overturn the call after he sees the mark on the clay court, proving that the ball was clearly in. Solveig then proceeds to make an astonishing comeback, rallying to match point. However, Gaël Monfils comes into the stadium and kisses Solveig's love interest. Solveig sees this and decides to (literally) throw in the towel. The video ends with "to be continued" displayed on the screen.

Short version[edit]

This is a re-cut of the second part of the long video, beginning as Martin Solveig and Bob Sinclar emerge on the courts from the main court's catacombs. There are several minor differences, as many of the characters introduced in part one of the long version were introduced differently (for example, having been introduced earlier in part one of the long version, the character of "She" does not have a freeze frame introduction title appear during the tennis match, but does in the short version as she had not been introduced yet), and the words "to be continued..." do not appear; the video fades to black earlier.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by The Baseballs on their second studio album, Strings 'n' Stripes. The Chipettes also covered this song as an exclusive iTunes bonus track on the 2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album. A live performance by the Argentine electropop band Miranda! was also recorded, and later included on their double live-album, Luna Magistral (2012). 2017 the beat was used in the song President by Ellie Goulding.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hello" (Club)
  2. "Hello" (Dada Life Remix)
  3. "Hello" (Bassjackers Remix)
  4. "Hello" (Michael Woods Remix)
  • French digital download[6]
  1. "Hello" – 4:42
  • French CD single[7]
  1. "Hello" (single edit) – 4:41
  2. "Hello" (club edit) – 5:33
  3. "Hello" (Sidney Samson Remix) – 5:18
  4. "Hello" (Bassjackers Remix) – 5:03
  5. "Hello" (Michael Woods Remix) – 7:18
  • German CD single[8]
  1. "Hello" (radio edit) – 3:11
  2. "Hello" (club edit) – 5:33
  • U.S. digital download[9]
  1. "Hello" – 4:41
  1. "Hello" (Sidney Samson Remix) – 5:18
  2. "Hello" (Bassjackers Remix) – 5:03
  3. "Hello" (Michael Woods Remix) – 7:16
  4. "Hello" (Michael Woods Dub) – 7:18
  5. "Hello" (Dada Life Remix) – 5:33
  1. "Hello" (UK radio edit) – 2:45
  2. "Hello" (single edit) – 4:41
  3. "Hello" (Michael Woods Remix) – 7:18
  4. "Hello" (Michael Woods Dub) – 7:18
  5. "Hello" (Sidney Samson Remix) – 5:18
  6. "Hello" (Bassjacker Remix) – 5:03
  7. "Hello" (Dada Life Remix) – 5:33
  • Summer 11 Remixes[12]
  1. "Hello" (Caveat Remix) – 6:53
  2. "Hello" (Dead Battery Remix) – 5:39
  3. "Hello" (Relanium Remix) – 6:38
  4. "Hello" (Ken Loi Remix) – 6:15
  5. "Hello" (Awiin Remix) – 5:47
  6. "Hello" (MINE Remix) – 6:35
  7. "Hello" (Singularity Remix) – 7:12
  8. "Hello" (Pace Remix) – 4:11
  9. "Hello" (Why Are We Whispering Remix) – 3:04
  10. "Hello" (Jeremy Ebell Remix) – 2:56

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Written by Martin Solveig and Martina Sorbara
  • Composed and produced by Martin Solveig
  • Published by Dragonette Inc. and Temps D'Avance
  • Lead vocals and backing vocals – Dragonette
  • Other instruments and programming – Martin Solveig
  • Guitar – Jean-Baptiste Gaudray
  • Mixed by Philippe Weiss at Red Room Studio, Suresnes
  • Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, New York City

Source:[13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[59] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[60] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[61] 2× Platinum 20,000^
Germany (BVMI)[62] Platinum 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[63] Platinum 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[64] Platinum 60,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[65] Gold 7,500*
Sweden (GLF)[66] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[67] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[69] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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