Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna song)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Don't Stop the Music" is a dance–pop song performed by Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna from her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. It was the third single from the album in most of Europe, the second single in Germany and Spain and the fourth single in the rest of the world. It was first sent to radio on December 27, 2006, in America and physically released on September 7, 2007, in Germany and elsewhere on later dates. It had many electronic dance music remixes by many European disc jockeys like The Wideboys, Bob Sinclar, and Jody Den Broeder. The song was written by Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Tawanna Dabney, and samples Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". The up-tempo song has prominent dance music characteristics with influences of techno and house and is lyrically about a having fun on the dancefloor.
One of Rihanna's most critically acclaimed and best selling singles, the song garnered high commercial outcomes for Rihanna in several countries, hitting the top five in eighteen countries. Thus including Australia, Belgium, France, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. The song reached its highest international peak in eleven countries at number one including Australia, Belgium, France, Finland and Germany.
The music video for "Don't Stop the Music" was premiered on BET's 106 & Park on July 20, 2007. The music video features Rihanna performing the song in the club behind a candy store. It was directed by Taj and Rihanna, her first music video that was co-directed, along with "Disturbia".
The song was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Dance Recording Category in 2008, but lost out to Justin Timberlake's "Love Stoned". It was reported on June 23, 2010, that the song had reached sales of over three million downloads, becoming Rihanna's third song as a lead artist to do so.