It's My Life (Dr. Alban song)

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"It's My Life"
It's my life.jpg
Single by Dr. Alban
from the album One Love
B-side "Remix"
Released
  • 25 February, 1992 (Europe)
  • April 1992 (US)
Format
Recorded 1992
Genre Eurodance, Rap, Pop music, Dancehall, Reggae
Length 4:00
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Denniz PoP
Dr. Alban singles chronology
"(We Are on Family) U & Mi"
(1991)
"It's My Life"
(1992)
"One Love"
(1992)

"(We Are on Family) U & Mi"
(1991)
"It's My Life"
(1992)
"One Love"
(1992)
Music video
"It's My Life" on YouTube

"It's My Life" is a song by the Nigerian-Swedish artist Dr. Alban. It was released in April 1992 as the first single from his second studio album One Love.

Release[edit]

The song was a hit in most of the European countries where it was released, peaking at number one in Sweden, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium and number two in the UK. In France, the song was marketed twice: first in 1992, then in 1993 because the song was used in a TV advert for Tampax tampons (as it was in the UK and other countries in Europe in 1992), thus giving to the single a second career.[1] According to Infodisc website, about 91,000 copies of the single were sold in France.[2] The song had enough Airplay on US-College Radio stations to reach the Billboard Modern rock tracks in 1992. "It's My Life" was re-released in 1994 in Australia, following the success of "Sing Hallelujah".

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine wrote about the song: "European rapper/toaster has previously been heralded for his sturdy dancehall releases. This time, however, he aims for mainstream approval with a gem of a jam that carefully skirts the line dividing hi-NRG and rave sectors. Anthemic chants are placed within a percolating vat of keyboard and percussion effects that will kick during peak-hour sets."[3]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "It's My Life" (radio edit) — 4:00
  2. "It's My Life" (club edit) — 4:07
  • CD maxi
  1. "It's My Life" (radio edit) — 4:00
  2. "It's My Life" (extended) — 7:43
  3. "It's My Life" (extended radio) — 7:03

Personnel[edit]

Composers

  • John Amatiello - Composer
  • Chuck Anthony - Composer, Vocals (Background)
  • Dr. Alban - Composer
  • Jörgen Elofsson - Composer
  • Peo Haggstrom - Composer
  • Kristian Lundin - Composer
  • Sonny Okosun - Composer
  • Todd Terry - Composer
  • Errol Thompson - Composer
  • Jorge Vasconcelo - Composer

Vocals

  • Dr. Alban (primary artist)
  • Chuck Anthony (Background vocals)
  • Atari
  • Kofi Benitez & The Girls (Background vocals)
  • Anneli Berg (Background vocals)
  • Marilyn Bergman (Background vocals))
  • Giovanna Bragazza (Background vocals)
  • Gladys Delpilar (Background vocals)
  • Toro Paola Choir (Background vocals)
  • Poe & The Afrikan Conga Association (Background vocals)
  • Rico (Background vocals)
  • Bjorn Strom (Background vocals)

Technical

  • Douglas Carr - Engineer, Producer
  • Björn Engelmann - Mastering
  • Anders Hansson - Arranger
  • Rene "JM Fax" Hedemyr - Producer
  • Denniz Pop - Producer
  • Gundars Rullis - Engineer

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

It's My Life
Chart (1992–93) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 97
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Canada Dance (RPM)[7] 2
Denmark (IFPI)[8] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 5
France (SNEP)[11] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 1
Greece (Virgin)[13] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 2
Italy (FIMI)[15] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 49
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 6
Portugal (AFP)[20] 9
Spain (AFYVE)[21] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[24] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 88
US Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play[25] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[25] 4
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[25] 28
Zimbabwe (ZIMA)[26] 10
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)[27] 43
Chart (2016) Peak
position
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[28] 56

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[29] 1
Dutch Top 40[30] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[31] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[32] 1

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[33] Platinum 15 November 1993 30,000
France[2] Silver 1993 125,000
Germany[34] Platinum 1992 500,000

Other uses[edit]

The song was used in a TV advert for Tampax tampons (as it was in the UK and other countries in Europe in 1992), thus giving to the single a second career.[35]

The song was featured in the 1993 Bollywood film Baazigar and 1994 Bollywood film Suhaag.

It was covered by Grup Vitamin, famous Turkish parody group, as "İsmail" at Yandık Desene album in 1992 and Endoplazmik Retikulum one in 2015.

It's My Life (Don't Worry)[edit]

"It's My Life (Don't Worry)"
Its-My-Life-Dont-Worry-Chawki.jpg
Single by Chawki featuring Dr. Alban
Released 13 November 2014[36]
Recorded 2014
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:29
Label RedOne Records
Songwriter(s) Dr Alban
Denniz PoP
Travon Potts
RedOne and Rush
Producer(s) RedOne
Chawki singles chronology
"Time of Our Lives"
(2014)
"It's My Life (Don't Worry)"
(2014)

"Time of Our Lives"
(2014)
"It's My Life (Don't Worry)"
(2014)
Dr. Alban singles chronology
"Colour the World"
(1999) Colour the World1999
"It's My Life (Don't Worry"
(2014) It's My Life (Don't Worry2014
Music video
"It's My Life (Don't Worry)" on YouTube

In 2014, a remake of the song was released by Moroccan singer Chawki featuring vocals by Dr. Alban. The song with amended lyrics also known as "It's My Life (Don't Worry)" was produced by RedOne and released on RedOne Records. A music video was also shot for the release. The single charted in the French SNEP official Singles Chart.

Chawki also released a bilingual English/French version of the song titled "It's My Life (C'est Ma Vie)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[37] 187

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 252 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b French certifications, database Infodisc.fr Archived 2012-07-13 at WebCite (Retrieved April 11, 2010)
  3. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Dr. Alban – It's My Life" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dr. Alban – It's My Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  8. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dr. Alban – It's My Life" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Dr. Alban Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  14. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2011-10-12 at WebCite (Retrieved August 12, 2008)
  15. ^ Italian peak
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dr. Alban" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dr. Alban – It's My Life" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Dr. Alban – It's My Life". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dr. Alban – It's My Life". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  21. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dr. Alban – It's My Life". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dr. Alban – It's My Life". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "It's My Life", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 12, 2008)
  25. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 12, 2008)
  26. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  27. ^ "australian-charts.com > Dr. Alban - It's My Life (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  28. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  29. ^ 1992 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  30. ^ "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  31. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  32. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  33. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived 2013-07-01 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dr. Alban; 'It's My Life')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  35. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 252 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  36. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-my-life-dont-worry-feat./id941244148
  37. ^ "Lescharts.com – Chawki Feat. Dr. Alban – It's My Life (Don't Worry)" (in French). Les classement single.