No Regrets (Dappy song)

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"No Regrets (Dappy song)"
Single by Dappy
from the album Bad Intentions
Released 18 September 2011
(See release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre British hip hop, R&B
Length 3:49
Label All Around the World
Takeover Entertainment
Writer(s) Costadinos Contostavlos,
Ayak Thiik, Thomas Barnes, Benjamin Kohn, Peter Kelleher
Producer(s) TMS
Dappy chronology
"Spaceship"
(2011)
"No Regrets"
(2011)
"Rockstar"
(2012)
Music video
"No Regrets" on YouTube

"No Regrets" is the debut solo single by British hip hop artist Dappy, taken as the lead single from his debut studio album, Bad Intentions. The song was produced by TMS and was written by Dappy, Ayak Thiik, and TMS.[1] It was released in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2011.

The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song includes many pop culture references to films such as The King's Speech, Back to the Future and The Italian Job. The track was originally recorded by N-Dubz, as part of their planned debut album in the United States with Def Jam. After parting ways with the label, Dappy decided to rerecord the song as a solo artist. The N-Dubz version was later featured on the group's compilation album, Greatest Hits. The music video has received more than 20 million views on YouTube.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Los Angeles by director Benny Boom. It was first released onto YouTube on 5 August 2011, at a total length of four minutes and fourteen seconds. The video is split into four scenes. It sees Dappy name checking celebs, fictional film characters and even royalty in a number of topical references, he then proceeds with rhymes that come thick and fast backed with an athemic chorus laced with the kind of meaning that a lot of people will be able to relate to. The first scene finds Dappy in a L.A. neighbourhood, showing two friends who have gotten into gang trouble and a troubled woman dealing with a breakdown of a marriage while also aspiring to be a Nurse Practitioner. The second scene finds Dappy in a boxing gym, where it shows a boxer training and preparing for a boxing world championship fight, before fellow N-Dubz bandmate Fazer makes a cameo appearance playing on the piano. The fourth and final scene builds up to Dappy concluding the video with a track key change alongside gospel choir backing singers on top of an L.A. skyscraper.[2]

Screenshots from "No Regrets"
Dappy in the L.A. neighbourhood scene in the music video for "No Regrets".
Dappy in the scene alongside gospel choir backing singers on top of an L.A. skyscraper in the music video for "No Regrets".

Critical reception[edit]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

"This is my king's speech, I'm nowhere near the end," Dappy announces on the opening line, proceeding to name-check no less than eight celeb mates over electro-hip-hop beats and a stirring piano riff. The result is the Big Mac of songs; you know it's no good for you, but it's thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless, and combined with an impressive vocal showing, a gospel choir and that key change that could put an X Factor winner's single to shame, Dapz's dream of a number one hit seems closer than ever before. 4/5 stars.[3]

Tracklisting[edit]

Digital download[4]
No. Title Length
1. "No Regrets"   3:49
2. "No Regrets" (True Tiger Remix) 3:59
3. "No Regrets" (Craze & Hoax Remix) 4:16
4. "No Regrets" (Nathan Retro Remix) 6:45
5. "No Regrets" (Acoustic Version) 6:11
Total length:
24:42

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 8
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[6] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 1

Certifications[edit]

Country/provider Certification Sales
United Kingdom (BPI) Gold 400,000

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[8] 18 September 2011 Digital download All Around the World &
Takeover Entertainment Ltd
United Kingdom[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Regrets Sheet Music". Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Dappy - No Regrets on YouTube.
  3. ^ Lewis Corner. "Dappy: 'No Regrets' - Single review". Digital Spy. www.digitalspy.co.uk/. 
  4. ^ a b "No Regrets". iTunes Store United Kingdom. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 38, 2011". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-01" UK R&B Chart.
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-01" UK Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "No Regrets". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 

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