‘Dance wiv me’ came about after Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris met during Radio 1’s Big Weekend. In an interview on BBC with Jo Whiley, Harris said: “Dizzee texted me, saying he’d done this a cappella over someone else’s music, but his verse was too good for their music, so could he do it with me instead? So I spent a long time on it, to make sure it lived up to his expectations. I sent him the track, and he called me at 2 in the morning to say it was amazing, so I knew it was good.” In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Dizzee said: “Me and Calvin met and we exchanged numbers. We never actually met once to actually make the tune, we did it back and forth over the phone. It was good, we were just like over the phone, ‘What about changing that hook a bit?’ Chrome was the only one that came in the studio but it was good working with him because we’ve done a few things in the past.”
Release Date: July 7, 2008
Songwriter/s: Calvin Harris – Dizzee Rascal – Nick Detnon – Tyrone Paul
Label: Dirtee Stank – Liberation – Fly Eye – Columbia
UK – 1
Germany – 48
Ireland – 5
In the UK ‘Dance wiv me’ was number 1 on the Official Charts Company and the UK R&B charts, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 627.000 copies. It reached number 40 on the charts in Belgium, number 13 in Australia and peaked at number 48 in Germany. It was certified Gold in Australia.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Dylan Kwabena Mills aka Dizzee Rascal and Adam Richard Wiles aka Calvin Harris were both 24 years old when this song was released. Tyrone Emmanuel Paul aka Chrome was active for 8 years.
Cover Versions: Agent X Remix – The Aston Shuffle Remix – Extended Remix – Dirty Vegas Remix – DJ Firzzo Remix – DJ Teddy-O and Benny Blanco Remix – DJ Rap Remix – Fukpuss Edit – Jason Nevins Extended Mix – Jason Nevins Remix – Live At Glastonbury – Live At iTunes Festival – Niteryders Remix – Phatclick Swayze and Alec Cresp Remix – Radio Edit – Shazam Remix.