Beyoncé penned this song with the hitmaking duo of Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. It finds the singer proclaiming her love for her man and saying that to show her gratitude she will dance for him. Said Beyoncé regarding the song's concept: "'Dance for You' is about giving yourself fully to one person, it's about being able to lose control with the person you're meant for. Both the melody and the lyrics make it one of my most intimate songs."
Beyoncé's former group, Destiny's Child, had a single with a similar theme - "Cater 2 U."
The song's black and white film noir-inspired video finds Beyoncé channeling movie star Marlene Dietrich. The visual was co-directed by the singer and Alan Ferguson, who was dating her sister Solange. Said Beyoncé in the behind-the-scenes film: "I wanted the video to have the same rawness that both the melody and the lyrics of the song have because 'Dance for You' is one of my most intimate songs. I wanted the video to have a classic feel; to be seductive but still keep the sense of mystery. When I write, when I perform, and when I make music videos, I don't hold anything back. 'Dance for You' is about that same passion; to be free and unrestrained."
George Harrison's 1971 song "Bangla Desh" was the first major charity single. It was part of a concert held to bring relief to the people of Bangladesh, who were fighting for independence and suffering from a famine.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.