Don't Stop the Music

Album: Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
Charted: 4 3
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  • At around 2:35 this samples the chant "mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-koo-sa" from Michael Jackson's 1982 track, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." Jackson originally borrowed the line from Cameroon Saxophonist Manu Dibango's 1972 song "Soul Makossa (Funky Soul Makossa)" without permission and was forced to compensate Dibango in an out-of-court settlement over its use. 26 years later Dibango launched another compensation claim against Rihanna, as the Barbadian singer's use of the line came with permission from Jackson, but not the Cameroonian.
  • This won the International Song Of The Year at the 2008 French NRJ Music Awards.
  • This outperformed "Umbrella" in the French singles chart reaching #1, while "Umbrella peaked at #6. It also reached #1 in Australia where it became the first single to top the charts solely on download sales.
  • This was written and produced by Stargate, the Norwegian production duo made up of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen. The pair previously helmed the #1 hits "So Sick" by Ne-Yo and "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce. When they first heard Rihanna's "Pon De Replay," they were determined to work with the singer.
  • Hermansen credits "Don't Stop The Music" as being one of the first songs to introduce dance music to the American mainstream. He told Entertainment Weekly: "It was a seminal record in the sense that, prior to that song and Justin Timberlake's 'SexyBack,' dance music was basically non-existent in American pop. People would always say, 'That four-to-the-floor kick-drum pattern doesn’t work in America, it's not going to work on radio.' And up until that point, they would've been right. But for this particular song, which started with the 'mama-say mama-sah' sample that Michael Jackson used on 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin',' it was the right thing to do. That was our first time making a dance beat, but we tried to keep the melody soulful and the bassline funky and not too cold and techno-y."
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Comments: 10

  • Ce from Miami, FlThis song is awsome! it is a damn shame it is not played anymore
  • Gabriela Hinojosa from Tamaulipas, Mexicoi lOve the sOng!!!! and it's cool that you can also hear the "Woo Hoo" screaming of Michael Jackson in the background of the chorus when they also sing "Ma Ma Se, Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma Coo Sa"
  • Jessie from Boston, Mawhen im down i just listen to this song on my ipod and it gets me up and moving to the irresistable beat
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandYou can see what I think is meant to be Michael Jackson, in the video. (You only see him from behind though.)
  • Sum Sum from New Delhi, -Love this song..love her black dress too. Is Rihanna having affair with JayZ?
  • Joe from Grove City, OhI really don't like Umbrella or Hate That I love You, and yet Rihanna's third album is far better than her second--much more versatile, containing quality songs from start to finish. This song, and Break Dishes and Shut Up and Drive, are the best three, but there's lots more there too.
  • Midnight from Los Angeles, CaShe is at a club dancing and turns out that DJ is playing Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  • Karen from Atlantic Beach, FlThe song is all about me, baby!!!
  • Melody from Mesa, AzThis song is about a girl that is stressed from her everyday life and wants to go out to have fun and dance with a guy in order to "shake her stress away". She obviously doesn't want to leave the club and asks the DJ to not "stop the music". catchy!
  • Holly from Richmond, Moi loveeeee this song!!!!
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