Somebody
by Natalie La Rose (featuring Jeremih)

Album: Yet To Be Titled (2015)
Charted: 2 10

Songfacts®:

  • Born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland, Natalie La Rose moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer and dancer at the age of 20. In 2013 she inked a deal with Flo Rida's International Music Group (I.M.G.) label, two years after she'd told the rapper at an ESPY Awards after-party that she was going to work with him one day.
  • This is La Rose's debut single. The song is a reworking of Whitney Houston's 1987 chart topper "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" with updated lyrics that celebrate a club-inspired romance. "It's a fun and funky song," remarked La Rose. "It's feel-good, and it reminds me of summertime. I love to be around people, have a great time, and dance. That's what it stands for."
  • The song features Jeremih who croons the hook. La Rose explained: "While we were recording Jeremih happened to be in Miami for a Big Dreams for Kids Back to School Event and Flo invited him to the studio to sing on it. He nailed it on the first take!"
  • Jeremih recorded his vocals around the time he was in the Hot 100 with his own retooling of a classic late 20th century tune. The R&B vocalist's "Don't Tell 'Em" was a reworking of Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer."
  • Asked by Billboard magazine what attracted her to Whitney Houston's hit tune, La Rose replied: "I'm a huge fan of '80s music and grew up listening to that. I heard this beat and told Flo Rida we should write to it. He came up with 'I wanna dance with somebody,' and we switched up the lyrics a little to make it more nowadays. But eventually we found out the beat wasn't available, so we had to create a new one."

    "It took nine different versions - we were so married to the other beat, so it was hard to get used to. Flo Rida has a great ear. I wouldn't say I take my sound from him, but definitely the work ethic."
  • The background vocals that go "shots, shots, shots, shots..." is copped from the song "Shots" by LMFAO featuring Lil Jon.

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