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Album: Night ShadesReleased: 2011Charted:
The first single from American pop band Cobra Starship's fourth album, Night Shades
, was released on May 10, 2011 and features Sabi. The singer/actress turned rapper first came to many people's attention after Britney Spears gave her a spot on her track (Drop Dead) Beautiful
The song finds Gabe Saporta singing of looking for his soul mate. "Obviously, some of my personal drama was about feeling alone, and feeling like I was searching the world for the right person," said the frontman to MTV News. "And one of the things we want for this song and this record — even though it has personal stuff in it — is to be something everyone can relate to, and I think that the concept of people trying to find the right person is something that's universal."
Saporta explained to MTV News the concept of the music video: "It's a song about a guy and a girl, and the concept is, at the beginning of the video, I find one of Sabi's photos, and she's feeling the same way that I'm feeling, which is incomplete without each other," he said. "We're sharing feelings, and that's what I realize, so I'm like, 'Wow, I want to find this girl.' So I look all over the world for her, and our world is the nightclub. The video is about the photo booth. It's just not any photo booth; it's a photo booth that tells you how you're really feeling. That's the main star of the video."
The video features cameos from Robin Williams, his daughter, Zelda and Just Jared blogger Jared Eng.
Cobra Starship achieved their first chart topper when this song debuted at #1 on the New Zealand singles chart.
This was Cobra's second song with a female guest to chart on the Hot 100. Their 2009 debut hit, "Good Girls Go Bad
," featured the vocals of Leighton Meester.
Speaking to Artist Direct
, band members Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton revealed the video involved a last minute swapping of treatments. The duo said, "Our video guy at Atlantic came up with the idea while drunk on his birthday." He called the band at a late, inebriated hour and told them he wanted to change things. The band said, "We had a whole different treatment and he called an audible at 2 AM. We had a whole different idea and a whole other treatment planned."