Angelique Meunier is an Australian DJ, singer and dancer, who records under the name of Havana Brown. She started as a DJ performing at small venues around Melbourne and worked with promoters around her home country. In 2008, a boss of Island Records Australia approached Brown, asking her if she was interested in doing a compilation album. She signed with the label and released her first Crave album featuring remixes of songs from other artists in November of that year. This was Brown's first single as a recording artist.
This was written and produced by Australian singer-songwriter Cassie Davis and American rapper, producer and musician Snob Scrilla. The duo formed the production group More Mega in 2011.
The song reached #5 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and earned Brown two ARIA Music Award nominations for Breakthrough Artist Single and Highest Selling Single.
Brown recorded a new version produced by frequent Lady Gaga collaborator RedOne for the American market, and featuring guest vocals by American rapper Pitbull. This new version topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and gave the Australian DJ her first entry on the Hot 100.
So why Havana Brown? Meunier explained the feline story behind her stage name to AOL Music: "Havana Brown is a breed of cat," she said. "I definitely wanted a stage name, because I feel like I'm a different person on stage. I feel like cats are strong, independent, they know how to get what they want. I love their attitude. I was looking through breeds of cats and Havana Brown is the first one I saw, and I said, 'That's it.' It's a rare breed, and at the time when I started DJing, it was very rare to see a female DJ. It was perfect - brown skin, green eyes. And cats always land on their feet.
Brown discussed the song ahead of its release in the UK. She said: "I wanted to combine the club and commercial worlds in one song. I wanted to make something that I could play in my DJ sets and on my radio show... RedOne was perfect. We were trying to mix two types of music together."