Corona (band)

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Origin Italy
Genres Eurodance
Years active 1993–present
Labels DWA (Dance World Attack)
Members Olga Maria de Souza
Past members Jenny B
Sandy Chambers

Corona is an Italian Eurodance music project fronted by Brazillian-born singer and model Olga Maria de Souza. The project found commercial success with worldwide hits "The Rhythm of the Night" (1993) and "Baby Baby" (1995). The project's first two albums were written and produced by Francesco "Checco" Bontempi (a.k.a. Lee Marrow),[1] with later producers including Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero.[2]


Beginning of the band career: 1993 - 1996

Their first single, "The Rhythm of the Night", was released in Italy in November 1993[3] on Roberto Zanetti’s DWA record label, and became an instant hit. It featured the voice of Italian singer "Giovanna Bersola", better known by her stage name Jenny B. It stayed at number 1 on the Italian music chart for eight consecutive weeks. However, the song was not released elsewhere until the following year. A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September 1994.[4] The song was later released as a track in the 1995 debut studio album "The Rhythm of the Night". The vocals for the album were provided by Welsh singer Sandy Chambers who would also provide vocals on the groups second album Walking On Music.

Like several early 1990s Eurodance/Hi-NRG songs that eventually became American hits, such as "Get Ready For This", "Twilight Zone" and "Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited and "Strike It Up", "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box, "The Rhythm of The Night" did not become popular in the United States until well after its success had peaked in Europe. However, by spring 1995, the song was all over American radio and clubs, eventually reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Corona followed up its hit with the 1995 singles "Baby Baby" and "Try Me Out", with vocal duties going to Sandy Chambers, which saw similar success. The single "I Don't Wanna Be a Star" was a moderate hit. A fifth single, "Do You Want Me", became a regional hit in discotheques in the Eastern U.S. The album, The Rhythm of the Night sold modestly, peaking at #2 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and #154 on the Billboard 200.


In 1996, after the demise of Discomagic Records, DWA Records reorganized its staff due to internal conflicts. Since then, it occasionally released records.[5] As a result, the production of the Corona was moved from DWA Records to Bontempi’s own label (World Of Music, which was also a sublabel of Discomagic).

The third album, And Me U, was released in 2001 in Brazil's Abril Music, under the name Corona X and with vocals provided for the first time by Olga De Souza. Bontempi co-wrote some of the songs on the album, but he did not participate in the album's production. In 2004, as a tribute to Olga Maria De Souza native Brazil, Corona sang “A cor dos teus olhos” (The Colour of Your Eyes) which was distributed by ‘5000’. Souza defines the song like an imprint of her childhood memory. The song became an immediate hit. The same year “Garota Brasileira”, a song with spicy samba sounds became a hit with the Japanese public.[6]


Towards the end of 2005, Corona re-emerged onto the European music scene with "Back in Time", peaking at #36 in the Italian sales chart. It was followed by “I’ll Be Your Lady” in late 2006, co-written and sung by Corona a.k.a. Olga Maria de Souza.


Corona returned in 2010, with the album Y Generation, reaching #1 on the Italian iTunes dance album chart. The first single release was “Angel”. The music video of “Angel” was recorded in Italy, with “Saturday” becoming the second single release from the album, followed by “My Song” in 2011. Her last single was released in February 2012, and reached #44 on the Italian Singles Chart. It was added to the re-release of Y Generation, which was released in November 2012 as Y Generation: Remixed.

In 2013, “The Rhythm of the Night” was featured on Grand Theft Auto V in the Non-Stop-Pop FM radio station.

In 2018 Ubisoft revealed during Gamescom that Just Dance 2019 will feature "The Rhythm of the Night" covered by Ultraclub 90 as part of its setlist.[7]

Covers and remixes

Various remixes of “The Rhythm of the Night” have been made, two of which were released on DWA Records: one made by British producer duo Frisco (Frisco vs. Corona, 2008) and the other one by Italian producer Simone Bontempi, son of Corona’s original producer Francesco Bontempi (Simon from Deep Divas vs. Corona, 2010).

There have also been covers of the song, including one by Dutch pop group Hermes House Band in 2008, and one by German dance group Cascada in 2012. Bastille also released a cover titled "Of the Night" on their 2013 album All This Bad Blood.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications

The Rhythm of the Night 10 30 21 1 35 18 1 154 2
  • EUR: 1,000,000
Walking on Music
  • Released: June 1998
  • Label: RTI Music (Italy)
5 58 1 196 4
And Me U 10 88
Y Generation
  • Released: July 2010
  • Label: 1st Pop (Italy)
8 59 9
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1993 "The Rhythm of the Night" 1 8 6 3 8 5 3 28 2 11 The Rhythm of the Night
1995 "Baby Baby" 1 7 13 6 16 41 26 2 10 5 57
"Try Me Out" 2 10 20 5 11 40 45 4 17 6
"I Don't Wanna Be a Star" 2 109 25 6 18 69 1 37 22
1996 "Megamix" 20 161 40 43 36 Non-album single
1997 "The Power of Love" 25 7 Walking on Music
1998 "Walking on Music" 8
"Magic Touch" 3
2000 "Good Love" And Me U
"Volcano" 27
2006 "Back in Time" 36 15 49 Non-album singles
"I'll Be Your Lady" 37
2008 "Baby I Don't Care" 46
2009 "La Playa Del Sol" 28 35
2010 "Angel" 15 Y Generation
2011 "My Song (La Lai)" 34
2012 "Hurry Up" (featuring Mikey P.) 44 Non-album singles
2013 "Queen of Town" 61
2014 "Stay with Me"
2015 "We Used to Love"
2016 "Super Model"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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External links

  • Corona official web site
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