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“Dragostea din tei”
“Dragostea din tei” cover
Single by O-Zone
from the album DiscO-Zone
B-side Remix
Released 19 April 2004
Format CD single
CD maxi
12" maxi
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:34
Label Jive Records
Producer Dan Bălan
O-Zone singles chronology
"Numai tu"
"Dragostea din tei"
"Despre tine"

"Dragostea din tei" (pronounced /ˈdra.gos.te̯a din tei̯/), also known as "The Maya Hee," is the most successful single by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone. It shot to the #1 spot on the Eurochart Hot 100, where it remained for 12 weeks between June and early September 2004.[1] It reached number 3 in the United Kingdom and 72 on the U.S. Pop 100, and it was number one for 15 weeks in France. A popular cover of the song was made by Haiducii, which also charted in many countries, especially Italy and Sweden where it topped the singles charts. The original song was made famous in the United States by the viral video of Gary Brolsma dancing to the song, calling it "Numa Numa". In 2008, the song's hook was sampled by T.I. / Rihanna in their hit "Live Your Life", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 2 in the UK.


[edit] O-Zone version

[edit] Title translation

"Dragostea din tei" is written in Romanian. There are several proposed translations of the title, such as Love from the lime trees (also called "linden trees") and Love out of the linden trees. The intended translation is possibly shown in the subtitles of the music video by O-Zone, which translates it as Love of the linden tree. Linden trees have strong lyrical associations in Romanian poetry, tied to the work of the poet Mihai Eminescu. Therefore the expression may be interpreted as romantic, "linden-type" love. A strong link may be to Eminescu's actual linden tree from Iaşi, Copou park. Another interpretation of the title is a simple paraphrase of a popular Romanian children's book, "Pupăza din tei" by Ion Creangă, translated to English as "The Hoopoe in the linden tree".[2]

Another very likely translation takes into account the neighborhood "Tei" in Bucharest, the capital of Romania (in Romanian, "Cartierul Tei"). Since it's a place very popular with college students (several dorms in the area) and youth in general, the connection is there ("Love in Tei" as in "Love among young people"). In spring especially, many young pairs can be seen in the parks and streets in Tei.

Another probable translation is ”the first love”. That is because the words ”din tei” might be a in fact a deformation of the word ”dintâi” (it means ”the first one”, in Romanian).

A still image from O-Zone's music video.

[edit] Background and writing

The song was written and composed by Dan Bălan, and the original version was sung by Bălan, Arsenie Todiraş, and Radu Sârbu. The single was first released in 2003 in Moldova, where the group lived and produced at that time, and in the spring of 2004 in most other European countries. In as late as 2006, the song was still in the lower reaches of some Eastern European singles charts. It was written and produced by Bălan (who wrote most of the group's songs), and was one of 2004's most successful summer hits, as well as one of the best selling singles of the year across Europe.

O-Zone's version was the most popular across Europe, with the exception of Italy, where it was only known by discogoers, and Sweden. A cover version of the song performed by the Romanian singer Haiducii, who released the song in Europe around the same time, was more popular in Italy and Sweden (it reached #1 in the singles charts). "Dragostea din tei" has also inspired a number of parody videos distributed over the Internet, most notably Gary Brolsma's popular "Numa Numa Dance" video in 2004. The "Numa Numa Dance", which first appeared on the flash site Newgrounds.com, has become so famous that it has sparked numerous parodies of the video itself in the United States over the years since 2004.[3]

In addition to filming the music video in a recording studio, the group also shot footage on an actual plane's wing.

[edit] English language version

The American release of DiscO-Zone [7] features an English version of the song performed by Dan Bălan and Lucas Prata. This version focuses on the "It's me, Picasso" lyric from the original to provide a theme of an artist who has lost his muse. Bălan and Prata performed the English recording of "Dragostea din tei" entitled Ma Ya Hi on The Today Show on 22 February 2005. Unlike the original recording, however, this version was not as successful, charting at 72 on the Billboard Charts.

The original Romanian song and music video are also available on the iTunes Store in North America. The music video is somewhat edited, with visuals of the CGI plane replacing drawings depicting one member as Batman (likely fearing repercussions under stronger United States and European Union copyright laws) and a drawing at the end of their plane crashing (likely because of lingering feelings of September 11th).

T.I. recently took the opening lyrics and incorporated them into his song "Live Your Life" which was sung with Rihanna.

Basshunter & Alina have made a bass version of the version replacing "Your Duke" and "Its me, Picasso" with "Your babe" and "It's me, Alina" respectively.

[edit] Other languages

The original 'ma-ia-hii' was kept.
  • Argentinian Spanish Language: Argentinian's band Los Sultanes wrote Pluma Pluma Gay ("Feather feather gay", where the meaning of "feather" comes from the one that the argentinian vedettes uses on their shows) a song about homosexuality and party.
The song is about overcoming her fears and becoming a stronger person. The start of the chorus, 看见蟑螂我不怕不怕啦, translates to "I'm not afraid when I see a cockroach". This track was released as a single, which includes the original track and 8 different remixes. The song became a hit in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan as well as mainland China, launching Jocie Kok into stardom with her other single titled "Lao Shu Ai Da Mi" (老鼠爱大米, "Mice Love Rice").[citation needed]
The original song was fused with popular Japanese Eurobeat song Banzai and part of the 2002 ad Coca-Cola commercial-related hit by DJ Bobo titled "Chiwawa".[citation needed] It should be noted that although this is a Japanese release, the "Dragostea din tei" section of the medley is sung in Romanian.[citation needed]
  • Korean language: Hyun Young has recorded the Korean version of this song, titled "누나의 꿈" (Sister's Dream); the "Numa Numa" lyrics are changed to "Nuna Nuna" (the Korean word for older sister). It is about how she is a professor at a university that falls in love with one of her students.
In the melody of "Dragostea din tei", the penniless singer humorously pleads to his debtor to leave him alone.[citation needed]

[edit] Track listings

CD single
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original Romanian version) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross radio RMX) — 4:15
CD maxi
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original Romanian version) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross radio RMX) — 4:15
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross extended RMX) — 6:22
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (original Italian version) — 3:35
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (Unu' in the dub mix) — 3:39

[edit] Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[10] Platinum September 13, 2004 30,000
Belgium[11] Gold 2004 20,000
Denmark[12] Gold September 22, 2004 4,000
France[13] Diamond September 15, 2004 750,000
Germany[14] 2 x Platinum 2005 600,000
Netherlands[15] Platinum 2004 60,000
Sweden[16] Gold September 2, 2004 10,000
Swiss[17] Platinum 2004 40,000

[edit] Charts

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay[18] 14
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[19] 72
Austrian Singles Chart[20] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Ultratop 50 Singles Chart[20] 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart[20] 1
Danish Singles Chart[20] 1
Dutch Top 40[20] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart[20] 2
French SNEP Singles Chart[20] 1
German Singles Chart[21] 1
Irish Singles Chart[21] 1
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[20] 17
Japanese Single Chart[citation needed] 1
Mexican Dance Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart[20] 1
Portuguese Singles Chart 1
Romanian Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[20] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[20] 1
UK Singles Chart[21] 3
End of year chart (2004) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[22] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[23] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[24] 1
French Club Chart[25] 17
French Singles Chart[26] 1
Irish Singles Chart[27] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[28] 1
Preceded by
"Rise & Fall" by Craig David featuring Sting
Romanian Singles Chart number-one single
September 1, 2003 - September 22, 2003 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Know What You Want" by Busta Rhymes featuring Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featiuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
French SNEP number-one single
April 18, 2004 - July 27, 2004 (15 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Femme Like U" by K-Maro
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
May 15, 2004 - July 24, 2004 (11 weeks)
Preceded by
"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" by Eamon
German number-one single
June 4, 2004 - September 3, 2004 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Obsesión" by Aventura
Swiss number-one single
June 20, 2004 - September 19, 2004 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Femme Like U" by K-Maro
Austrian number-one single
June 20, 2004 - September 12, 2004 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Obsesión" by Aventura
Preceded by
"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" by Eamon
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
June 26, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (12 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Obsesión" by Aventura
Preceded by
"Standing Tall" by Kjartan Salvesen
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
27/2004 - 35/2004 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Despre Tine" by O-Zone
Preceded by
"Holiday in Spain" by Counting Crows and Bløf
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
July 10, 2004 - September 18, 2004 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wat Zou je Doen" by Marco Borsato and Ali B
Preceded by
"Dry Your Eyes" by The Streets
Irish IRMA number-one single
August 12, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield
Preceded by
"Team Easy on" by Drengene Fra Angora
Danish number-one single
August 27, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"City of Dreams" by The Loft

[edit] Haiducii version

“Dragostea din tei”
“Dragostea din tei” cover
Single by Haiducii
B-side Remixes + "Spring"
Released 9 February 2004
Format CD single
CD maxi
Genre Electronic
Length 3:33
Label Digidance, Muve
Writer(s) Dan Bălan

A cover version by Haiducii, with a strong dance impact, was charted at the same time as the original version by O-Zone. Although it had a great success in many countries, including Sweden, Austria and Italy, where it topped the chart, it was less successful than O-Zone's version. Haiducii was later sued by O-Zone for copyright infringement, since she had neither obtained permission from O-Zone to record the single nor given due credit to Dan Bălan for being the original writer of the song.

[edit] Track listings

CD single
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original mix) — 3:35
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs. Gabry Ponte radio version) — 3:42
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 the radio RMX) — 4:15
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs. Gabry Ponte extended version) — 6:30
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 The Club RMX) — 6:22
CD maxi
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original mix) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs Gabry Ponte radio version) — 3:43
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 Radio Mix) — 4:16
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiduccii vs Gabry Ponte extended version) — 6:32
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 club mix) — 6:20
  6. "Dragostea din tei" (Potatoheadz club mix) — 6:58
  7. "Spring" — 7:16

[edit] Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[10] Platinum July 20, 2004 30,000
Belgium[29] Gold June 26, 2004 25,000
France[30] Silver December 8, 2004 125,000
Sweden[16] Gold August 11, 2004 10,000
Swiss[17] Gold 2004 20,000

[edit] Charts

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 60
Austrian Singles Chart[31] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[31] 5
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[31] 2
Danish Singles Chart[31] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[31] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[31] 2
German Singles Chart[32] 2
Italian Singles Chart[31] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[31] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[31] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[31] 2
End of year chart (2004) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[22] 3
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[23] 14
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[24] 22
French Singles Chart[26] 39
Swiss Singles Chart[28] 9
Preceded by
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Amazing" by George Michael
Italian (FIMI) number-one single
January 29, 2004 - February 26, 2004 (5 weeks)
March 11, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Amazing" by George Michael
"Left Outside Alone" by Anastacia
Preceded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
Austrian number-one single
May 9, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Vorbei" by Christina Stürmer
Preceded by
"Ingen vill veta var du köpt din tröja"
by Raymond & Maria
Swedish number-one single
August 20, 2004 - September 17, 2004 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Elegi" by Lars Winnerbäck

[edit] Remixes, parodies and other cover versions

  • Dan Balan's latest song ever created with a reference on this song was "Sugar Tunes Numa Numa". In this song, he replaced all the techno music into a gothic doom rock like components.
  • The Spanish humorists "Los Morancos de Triana" parodied the song in one of their TV programs. The parody, formally known as "Pluma Gay" (Gay Mannerisms) but commonly known as "Marica tú"[8]("Faggot you", parodying the 'ma-ia-hii' refrain), features audaciously pro-gay lyrics. This version has become more popular than O-Zone's in Chile, Argentina, Perú (where its success virtually eclipsed that of the original song) and other Latin American countries.
  • Regional Mexicano artist Montez de Durango took out a version of the song titled "El Amor en un Arbol de Tilo". The lyrics meaning are very close to the original Moldovian song.
  • "Marica Tú" has earned a cultural significance similar to that of Macarena (by Spanish duo Los del Río), to the point of being frequently played at weddings and gay clubs.
  • A spoof of the song was released by the Romanian metal band "Trooper" under the name of "Zorzon", as a bonus track on one of their albums. The track is unique in Trooper's repertoire not only because of the clearly awkward melodic line for a metal song, but also because it features distinctly foul language and racist remarks towards the Moldovan singers.
  • Hyun Young, a Korean model/actress/singer, released a Korean version of the song, titled “누나의 꿈 (Nuna-ui Kkum; Sister's Dream)”, which ranked among the top on various Korean charts in March 2006, within weeks from release.[33]  The song preserves the “ma-ia-hii” and “nu mă, nu mă iei” choruses from the original; however, while the “ma-ia-hii” does not carry any meaning, but is merely used as a rhythmic interjection, the “nu mă iei” is approximated as "누나의" (nuna-ui, often pronounced nuna-e), which means "sister's". [9] "Nuna" is also an affectionate title a Korean man calls a woman who is older than he is. The lyrics of Sister's Dream are about a romance between a younger man and an older woman.
  • In Japanese, the song's refrain sounds similar to the phrase noma noma (飲ま飲ま "drink! drink!") giving it currency as a popular drinking/party/karaoke song in Japan. It has served as the basis of numerous parodies, most notably Maiyahi, made by substituting similar-sounding but ultimately nonsensical Japanese words for the original Romanian lyric. The resulting bizarre interpretations became well-known in Japan in the song's heyday. However, it was later revealed that avex cribbed from a 2channel character and registed the character the trademark. avex claimed the character is just a "INSPIRED" one. This remark made not only 2channel users but many internet users lose their temper because many internet users thought they themselves growed 2channel characters up on the internet so the characters would have public-rights, and they thought registing the trademark on the duplicated characters is a immoral behavior. Despite internet users did demonstration parades against the company's immorality, in some reasons it became just a small social problem in Japan.[34]
  • An Austrian version with German lyrics was released in 2004 by the artist "Antonia aus Tirol feat. Sandra S.". The music was mixed with tuba and accordion sounds, the lyrics were changed to a story about flirting in the office. A snippet in MP3 format can be heard on Antonia's official page [10] [www.antonia.at]. It was topping the Austrian charts quickly after the release. The Austrian version is called "Wenn der Hafer sticht."
  • A Eurobeat version of the song was remixed by Italian artist Sergio Dall'Ora in early 2005 for release to the Japanese market. Fusing the original song with the popular fast-tempo stylings of the Eurobeat format, the release was one of the few occasions a commercial Eurobeat song has been remixed from an already-existing European track.
  • In Brazil, the singer Latino created his own version of "Dragostea din tei". Called "Festa no Apê" (Party at the Pad), the song's lyrics are somewhat indecent, talking about a party (held by the singer himself) that became wild. The song resembles "Dragostea din tei" only in rhythm and melody.
  • A clip from the 2005 Walt Disney's animated movie Chicken Little has the title character dancing to a sped-up mix of the O-Zone version; in fact, it popularized the song in Mexico and in the Southeast Asia region (in Malaysia and Singapore, the trailer is aired on TV regularly and in fact, many Malaysians and Singaporeans attributed the song to Chicken Little thanks to the trailer).It can be found here [12][35]
  • Professor Lebedinsky (Профессор Лебединский), Russkij Razmer (Русский размер) and Dmitri Nagiev (Дмитрий Нагиев) released a Russian single "Ya yeyo hoy!" ("Я её хой!") mixing drunken slur, mocking gay-like intonations, out-of-context foreign language and utterly meaningless lyrics.
  • The Swedish comedian Svullo made his own version of Dragostea Din Tei, and in the song, he sings off-key.
  • The crew of the United States naval vessel USS Enterprise made a spoof of the original video that swept across the world as an internet viral video.
  • The song was also covered / parodied by Massimo Gargia under the title "Ma cé ki? Massimo", by the French host Cauet under the title "Argent Argent", and by Le 6/9 under the title "Le Poulailler". These versions were charted in 2004 in France, Belgium and Switzerland, at the same time as the original version (see Charts by other versions).
  • The Hungarian parody-musician group Irigy Hónaljmirigy made a parody song "Nummerakirály". They also feature in a movie clip[14].
  • Alina and Basshunter made a song called "When You Leave" which is an english cover of the song.
  • A video in Youtube features the a 90-second version of the original song, sung word for word with amazing accuracy by Hatsune Miku, the mascot character of Yamaha's Vocaloid singing program.[37].
  • Popular Portuguese Internet comedian Dr. Vitominas made a flash animation parodying the music video, retaining the original audio track with Portuguese subtitles with a supposed translation. The subtitles, freely translated, label the song as bad and the Portuguese as "Bimbos with no musical culture whatsoever", among other things, criticizing the fact that Dragostea din tei topped nr. 1 in the Portuguese singles chart. The animation itself depicts the group's members as homosexual (reinforced by the subtitles mentioned previously), including two of them engaging in frottage. The introduction to the "translation" also implies that the song is disgusting.[38]

[edit] Charts by other versions

"Ma cé ki? Massimo" by Massimo Gargia
Chart (2004)[39] Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 13
French Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 38
"Le Poulailler" by Le 6/9
Chart (2004)[40] Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 8
French Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 30
"Argent Argent" by Cauet featuring Mopral
Chart (2004)[41] Peak
French Singles Chart 14

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ Blunt Maintains Pole-Position On Euro Chart | Mediterranean > France from AllBusiness.com
  2. ^ "The Hoopoe in the linden tree"
  3. ^ Newgrounds search for 'numa numa'
  4. ^ Warner Music Singapore - Warner Music Official Web Site
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  10. ^ a b Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  11. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  12. ^ Danish certifications ifpi.dk (Retrieved September 20, 2008)
  13. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  14. ^ German certifications musikindustrie.de (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  15. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved December 9, 2008)
  16. ^ a b Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved September 20, 2008)
  17. ^ a b Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  18. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot Dance Airplay (Retrieved March 30, 2009)
  19. ^ Top Music Charts - Pop 100 (Retrieved 30 March 2009)
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone, in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  21. ^ a b c "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone, in various singles charts Acharts.us (Retrieved August 1, 2008)
  22. ^ a b 2004 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  23. ^ a b 2004 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  24. ^ a b 2004 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  25. ^ 2004 French Airplay, Club and TV Charts Yacast.fr (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  26. ^ a b 2004 French Singles Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  27. ^ 2004 Irish Singles Chart Irma.ie (Retrieved December 11, 2008)
  28. ^ a b 2004 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  29. ^ Belgian (Wallonia) certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  30. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dragostea din tei" by Haiducii, in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  32. ^ "Dragostea din tei" by Haiducii, in various singles charts Acharts.us (Retrieved August 1, 2008)
  33. ^ Daum 미디어다음 - 뉴스
  34. ^ "「のまネコ問題」ってなによ" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2005-11-01. http://nba.nikkeibp.co.jp/nomaneko/index.html. Retrieved on 2008-11-08. 
  35. ^ http://www.disney.it/Film/movies/chickenlittle/chickenlittle.mov
  36. ^ Youtube.com
  37. ^ [5] Hatsune Miku sings Dragostea Din Tei
  38. ^ [6]
  39. ^ "Ma cé ki? Massimo", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 18, 2008)
  40. ^ "Le Pouilailler", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 18, 2008)
  41. ^ "Argent Argent", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 18, 2008)
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