Original Don

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"Original Don"
OriginalDon.jpg
Single by Major Lazer featuring the Partysquad
Released4 November 2011
Recorded2011
Genre
Length4:13
LabelDowntown
Songwriter(s)
  • Jasper Helderman
  • Jerry Leembruggen
  • David James Andrew Taylor
  • Ruben Fernhout
  • Thomas Wesley Pentz
  • Rodney Basil Price
Major Lazer singles chronology
"Jump Up"
(2009)
"Original Don"
(2011)
"Get Free"
(2012)

"Original Don" is a song by musical project Major Lazer and the Partysquad from their 2011 extended play of the same name. It was released as a digital download on 4 November 2011. The song charted in the Netherlands.

Background[edit]

An undished version of "Original Don" had surfaced on the Internet months before its official release.[1] The song's initial cover artwork was inspired by the fictional character Don Draper.[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Original Don" was first released onto YouTube on 8 December 2011 at a total length of two minutes and forty-two seconds.[2] It features an American family, dancing around carrying various blade weapons. Diplo makes a cameo in the video.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Original Don"4:13
2."Original Don" (Crookers Remix)4:30
3."Original Don" (Diet Original Don)4:52
4."Original Don" (The Partysquad and Punish Smash Em Remix)3:38

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 98

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 4 November 2011[4] Digital download Downtown

In popular culture[edit]

A portion from the middle of the song was prominently featured in a television advertisement for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which aired in the summer of 2013 through the winter of 2013–14.[5]

The version featuring the Partysquad appeared on Dancing with the Stars during James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd's freestyle dance number.[6]

Florida Gators gymnast, Bridget Sloan, used the song as her floor music for the 2015 season.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rao, Mallika (12 October 2011). "Major Lazer Posts Don Draper-Inspired Artwork For 'Original Don' (VIDEO)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Major Lazer ft. The Partysquad - Original Don (Official Video)". YouTube. December 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Major Lazer & The Partysquad – Original Don" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ iTunes - Music - Original Don (feat. The Partysquad) - EP by Major Lazer
  5. ^ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas "Misfit Right In" 30-second TV Commercial - YouTube, accessed February 12th, 2014. YouTube
  6. ^ http://www.songspub.com/News/1191/Dancing%20with%20the%20Stars%20%28TV%29%20Original%20Don%20%28Major%20Lazer%20Feat.%20The%20Partysquad%29
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvEnaD7F8cI

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