Story of Song The stories behind the hits Novellic
Lyric Music


Jessie J

Album Who You Are

Story of Song

Jessie J was asked whether she’d played the game of dominoes recently. She replied: “I don’t know, but I do have some in my house someplace. But it’s [the song] about knocking someone down with love, not the actual game! Jessie explained that the primary influence for this song was Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. She told MTV News: “People have heard ‘Domino’ and said, ‘It’s nothing like you.’ But I’m like, ‘Well, the album’s really eclectic anyway, and I never go into the studio and say, ‘I wanna do another song that’s like Price Tag or another song like Do It Like a Dude. I listened to a lot of Whitney Houston and Prince, and we kinda just wanted to write a song that’s timeless, that’s fun and uplifting.”

Release date

Released August 29, 2011.


Claude Kelly – Henry Walter – Jessica Cornish – Lukasz Gottwald – Max Martin


Lava – Universal Republic

Chart Rankings

In the US, ‘Domino’ peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the US Dance Club Songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 2.7 million copies. In the UK, the song became Jessie J’s second number 1 hit on the Official Charts Company, and topped the UK Streaming Official Charts Company. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 749.000 copies. ‘Domino’ reached the top 10 charts in several countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain. Jessie J also topped the Irish Charts with this song. In Australia, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified it Quadruple Platinum; in Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland, it was certified Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

Jessie J was 23 years old when she released this song.

Cover Versions

Pamela Lajoie – Madilyn Bailey featuring Jake Coco – Alyssa Bernal – Lilygreen & Maguire – Tyler Ward & Megan Nicole – Sarah, Alexandra, Rita (The Voice Kids 2013 Germany) – Jason Chen – Sam Tsui – Jess Greenberg – Rebecca Shearing – RoRo – Ditta Kristy (The X Factor 2015 Indonesia) – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

Added by Slate

  • Share:
Comments are off this post