Saturday Night (Whigfield song)

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"Saturday Night"
1994 European CD single
Single by Whigfield
from the album Whigfield
Released 29 November 1993
(See release history)
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, cassette single
Recorded Labelle Studio
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:40
Label Prodisc (Spain)
Systematic (UK)
ZYX Music (Germany)
Curb (U.S.)
Writer(s) Larry Pignagnoli, Davide Riva
Producer(s) Larry Pignagnoli
Whigfield singles chronology
"Saturday Night"
(1993)
"Another Day"
(1994)
Alternate cover
1994 German CD single

"Saturday Night" is a song performed by Danish Eurodance artist Whigfield. It was first released in November 1996 in Spain through Prodisc.[1] It was later re-released in 1994 in Europe and experienced worldwide success. The song was written by Italian producers Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, and it was produced by Pignagnoli.

"Saturday Night" went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart - dethroning Wet Wet Wet's 15-week chart-topper "Love Is All Around", despite that single increasing its sales from 65,000 the previous week to 104,000. In the United Kingdom, it has sold a total of 1.14 million copies, placing it at #74 in the United Kingdom all-time best-selling list published in November 2012.

Background[edit]

Italian producer Larry Pignagnoli had already had success with Spagna in the late 1980s and early 1990s before he produced "Saturday Night" with Danish former model Sannie Carlson aka Whigfield. The track was first released in Italy in January 1994[2] and then became a huge hit with United Kingdom holidaymakers on the Continent at the end of the year, leading to a huge demand for the track back in the United Kingdom. The single wasn't released in North America until February 1995.

Chart performances[edit]

It was released in the United Kingdom on September 5, 1994, and went straight to number one - dethroning Wet Wet Wet's 15 week chart-topper "Love Is All Around", despite that single increasing its sales from 65,000 the previous week to 104,000, when Saturday Night entered at number 1 with sales of 150,000. Whigfield was the first act to début at number one in the United Kingdom charts with their début single.[3]

It stayed at number one for a total of four weeks selling 680,000 in the process, and has sold a total of 1,140,000 copies, placing it at number 74 in the United Kingdom all—time best-selling list published in November 2012.[4] "Saturday Night" is also the 15th biggest—selling single by a female artist in the United Kingdom.[5]

Controversy[edit]

Two claims of plagiarism were made. It was alleged that the track ripped off both "Rub A Dub Dub" by the Equals and "Fog on the Tyne" by Lindisfarne. Both claims were dismissed.[3]

Usage in popular culture[edit]

A version of the track was used in the popular game "The Amazing Adventures Of Harry Haddock" for the Amiga A500, available on issue 142 of the magazine Amiga Action.[6]

Track listings[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Spain 29 November 1993 (1993-11-29)
Germany 24 January 1994 (1994-01-24)
Rest of Europe 21 May 1994 (1994-05-21)
United Kingdom 5 September 1994 (1994-09-05)
United States February 1995 (1995-02)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
UK Singles Chart number-one single
September 17, 1994 - October 8, 1994
Succeeded by
"Sure" by Take That
Preceded by
"Guaglione" by Perez Prado
Irish (IRMA) number-one single
September 23, 1994 - October 14, 1994
Succeeded by
"Love Me for a Reason" by Boyzone
Preceded by
"Eins, Zwei, Polizei" by Mo-Do
German number-one single
October 21, 1994 - October 28, 1994
Succeeded by
"Cotton-Eyed Joe" by Rednex
Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
October 22, 1994 - October 29, 1994
Succeeded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
"Let the Dream Come True" by DJ Bobo
Swiss number-one single
November 6, 1994
Succeeded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
"Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche
Canadian RPM Dance/Urban number-one single
November 14, 1994 - November 21, 1994
Succeeded by
"18 Strings" by Tinman

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Whigfield Biography". OLDIES.com. 1970-04-11. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ a b 1000 UK Number One Singles by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh, page 400
  4. ^ a b Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of All Time By Female Artists". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ http://amr.abime.net/issue_142_coverdisks
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ Canada Dance peak position
  10. ^ Canada peak position
  11. ^ Billboard October 29, 1994. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Whigfield Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  15. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Whigfield search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night". VG-lista.
  18. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World, January 15, 1994
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night". Singles Top 60.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Whigfield – Saturday Night". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Whigfield: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  22. ^ Billboard AllMusic. (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
  23. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  24. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1994
  25. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  26. ^ "Single top 100 over 1994" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  27. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved September 10, 2008)
  28. ^ UK Top 40 Singles of 1994 Wikipedia.org (Retrieved July 12, 2010)
  29. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
  30. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  31. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Whigfield; 'Saturday+Night')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  33. ^ Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no (Retrieved January 17, 2009)
  34. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 17, 2009)