Story of Song
Derulo doesn’t want to save the world with this song; he just wants people to have fun, dance and party like they don’t wanna go home. Derulo talked to MTV News about the story and meaning of the song: “I wanted to write a song [so] that people could escape their problems, their pain, their turmoil, and by doing a feel good song, I’m doing just that. You don’t have to write a song about saving the world to do just that. We created this new age party smasher.”
He then talked about the music video, saying: “I’m very hands on with everything that I do, and I wrote ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home,’ and I wanted to write a video right after I finished doing the song ’cause I actually saw it in my mind, what this video is about. Basically, it’s not about going to the club, it’s about never leaving the club. This one was very vivid for me. I wrote a treatment and Rich Lee took my treatment and expanded upon it. I’m through the roof. You’ll see a lot: more dancing, a lot more sex appeal. We’re taking it there.”
Derulo also sampled a bass line from singer Robyn’s “Show Me Love”: “I’m in love with that bass line, it’s just really hypnotic and I just wanted to play around with it in the studio. I heard it a bunch of times in the club and I fell in love with it, like most people do. It was just one of those things that happened to be magical. When I’m in the studio, I don’t try to like pre plan things; I just try to go with the flow.”
Released May 10, 2011
Jason Desrouleaux – Chaz Mishan – David Delazyn – William Attaway – Irving Burgie – Allen George – Fred McFarlane
Beluga Heights – Warner Bros
UK – 1
GERMANY – 11
In the UK, this song topped the Official Charts Company, selling over 400.000 copies. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified Gold. In the US, it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, at number 4 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and reached number 10 on the Pop Songs Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Gold for sales over half a million copies. ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ topped the Scottish Charts and reached the top 10 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Spain. It peaked at number 17 in New Zealand.
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified 5 times Platinum for sales over 350.000 copies. In Austria, Germany and Switzerland, it was certified Gold, and in Canada it was certified Platinum.
Artist’s age on release date
Jason Joel Desrouleaux, aka Jason Derulo, was 22 years old when this song was released.
Alyssa Shouse – Miri Lee (piano cover) – Jeff Hendrick featuring Brendan & Madaline – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.