What a Feeling (Alex Gaudino song)

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"What a Feeling"
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Single by Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland
from the album Doctor Love
Released 22 March 2011 (2011-03-22)
Recorded Magnificent Studio, Italy
Length 2:58
  • Alex Gaudino
  • Jason Rooney
Alex Gaudino singles chronology
"I'm in Love (I Wanna Do It)"
"What a Feeling"
"I Don't Wanna Dance"

"I'm in Love (I Wanna Do It)"
"What a Feeling"
"I Don't Wanna Dance"
Kelly Rowland singles chronology
(2011) Motivation2011
"What a Feeling"
(2011) What a Feeling2011
(2011)[1] Favor2011

"What a Feeling" is a song by Italian DJ Alex Gaudino, taken from his second studio album Doctor Love (2013). The song features leading vocals from American singer Kelly Rowland. It was written by Gaudino, Giuseppe D'Albenzio, Emmanuel Mijares, Jenson Vaughan, Rowland and Joseph "Lonny" Bereal. "What a Feeling" was released from 22 March 2011 by Magnificent Records and Ultra Music (Universal Music).

Packaged with several remixes, upon release the single received positive reviews from critics. In Europe it peaked at top-forty in most countries, though notable it reached top-ten in the United Kingdom.


"What a Feeling" is an up-tempo song. It features vocals from Kelly Rowland. It was written by Gaudino, Giuseppe D'Albenzio, Jenson Vaughan, Emmanuel Mijares, Rowland and Joseph "Lonny" Bereal.[2] In an interview with the News of the World's Dan Wootton, Gaudino spoke of how amazing it was to work with Rowland on the song. "Kelly's an amazing artist, so down to earth, nice and fierce. Talking to her you feel on the same level whoever you are."[3] Rowland replied, during an interview on the video shoot, to questions about what it was like working with Gaudino. She said "I'm so excited to be collaborating together for the first time. He is the nicest person and so talented."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The Daily Star's Kim Dawson called "What a Feeling" the biggest anthem from Rowland since her feature on the 2009 hit "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta.[5] Dawson added that "Already massive on dancefloors from Ibiza to Skegness, it's surely destined to become her third UK number one."[5]

Loretta Charlton from Black Entertainment Television (BET) agreed, saying that "What a Feeling" "is a vibrant track that will draw many summer party people to the dance floor."[6] Digital Spy's Robert Copsey praised Rowland's vocals on the song, calling them "emotionally-charged."[7] Copsey also compared the song's marriage of its "pulsating synths and a vibrant piano hook" to the radio-friendly appeal of David Guetta and Rowland's 2009 hit collaboration, "When Love Takes Over." Copsey concluded his review by saying, "the result is yet another summery club cut built for club 18–30 dancefloors."[7]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Frank Gatson, Jr., the music video for the song was unveiled on 9 May 2011.[4] It shows Rowland performing the track surrounded by dancers while Gaudino mixes the track in the audience.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

On 11 June 2011 the single debuted at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. The single became Rowland's seventh best selling solo single in the UK with 95,000 copies being sold as of November 2011.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording information[11]
  • "What a Feeling" was recorded at Magnificent Studios.


Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States 22 March 2011[13] Digital download Ultra
Italy[36] 5 April 2011
  • Magnificent
  • Ultra
United States 26 April 2011[37] Digital download — remixes Ultra
Germany[12][38] 13 May 2011
Ministry of Sound
Belgium[10] 16 May 2011 CD single
  • 541
  • N.E.W.S.
United Kingdom[14] 29 May 2011 Digital download Ministry of Sound


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