Drake’s production team contacted UK singer Kyla to use her song from 2008 “Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz remix)”, in a new afrobeat and dancehall remix to be song by Drake and Wizkid. Since Drake was a big fan of Kyla’s song, he convinced his producer Nineteen85 to use her song as a bridge within their new song. South African DJ Maphorisa slowed down “Do You Mind’s tempo before adding Wizkid’s background vocals. The Production of the new song was completed in 1 week and then released in early April 2016 because he didn’t want the song to be leaked like his previous one “Controlla” in March of the same year. Kyla was asked about the collaboration with Drake by Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 1Xtra, she said: “I got a call a while back, and I was getting loads of emails. To be honest, I was really bad and kept putting them aside like ‘I’ll call later’. You know how it is, sometimes we’ve had things come in and they fall through at the last minute. When we phoned, the company said ‘A huge international star wants to sample your tune and they wanna have a meeting with you’. I was like ‘Yeah ok, who?’ and when they said Drake I was like ‘Yeah right!’ We signed papers and I still didn’t believe it. I had a feeling someone was gonna say to me ‘April Fools.'” In an interview with Billboard Magazine, co-producer Nineteen85 told the story of the beat, he said: “We were in London a couple of years ago for Wireless Festival, and we kept playing ‘Do You Mind?’ by Kyla, which I sampled on ‘One Dance.’ I wanted to figure out how to create that I-don’t-care-who’s-looking vibe, the vibe of those parties. ‘One Dance’ makes you feel not embarrassed to dance, no matter who you’re in front of. There’s a void when it comes to that type of feel-good record nowadays the songs that the Michael Jacksons of the world used to make. Drake always knows how to make people feel.”
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Songwriter/s: Aubrey Graham – Paul Jefferies – Noah Shebib – Ayodeji Balogun
Label: OVO – Sound – Cash Money – Young Money
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Mainstream Top 40 and the US Rhythmic charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum for sales over 2 million copies. In the UK, it also topped the Official Charts Company and was certified Triple Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). ‘Dance’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The song received many certifications such as Diamond in Canada and France, 7 times Platinum in Sweden, 6 times Platinum of Australia, 5 times Platinum in Italy, Quadruple Platinum in Spain, Triple Platinum in Belgium, Double Platinum in Denmark and New Zealand. In Germany in was certified Triple Gold.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Aubrey Drake Graham was 30 years old, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid was 26 years and Kyla Reid Smith was 33 years old when this song was released.
Cover Versions: Alex Aiono – Conor Maynard – Chrissy – Paris Inc – Macy Kate – William Singe – Bars and Melody – Sara Farell – Rajiv Dhall – Kiana Lede – Travis Garland – RollUpHills – Luciana Zogbi – Devvon Terell – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.