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Let's Dance is a single by television presenter and singer Hlengiwe "Helen" Duplooy. It is the second single from her debut studio album 2 Dance 2, and was released on 10th June, 2003. The song features vocals from Jetanie rapper MC Granny, although her verse is removed from the album version of the song.

Let's Dance peaked at number two on the Karuboia charts, making it Helen's highest-charting single. Outside of Kuboia, the song also charted moderately around the world.

Background and composition

Let's Dance was recorded from March to April 2003. It was written by featured artist MC Granny alongside Ericka Streets, Chloe Wallace and Chayn Hostins - Helen did not write the song at all. She stated "I was given the lyrics and instrumental from Kubin and he asked me if I liked the song. I said I did, and he told me that I should record it. I was like... okay."

Helen stated that, although she had fun recording the song, she felt that it was released earlier than it should have "just so it could be a summer banger".

The song has a tempo of 125 beats per minute, and is in the key of A minor.

Music video

The music video for the song premiered on 13th June, 2003. It depicts Helen getting prepared to perform at a talent show with the hope of impressing her love interest. Following the performance, the two dance with each other in an isolated dance hall.

Critical reception

Pop magazine Rolling Stone called the video "dumb".

Track listing

European cassette

  1. "Let's Dance"
  2. "Shining Star"

European CD single

  1. "Let's Dance"
  2. "Good Girl"
  3. "Shining Star"
  4. "Let's Dance" (instrumental)

Kuboian cassette single

  1. "Let's Dance"
  2. "Let's Dance" (instrumental)

Kuboian CD single

  1. "Let's Dance"
  2. "Let's Dance" (no rap edit)
  3. "Let's Dance" (acapella)
  4. "Let's Dance" (instrumental)

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Jetania (OJC) 6
Kuboia (Karuboia) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 22
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 29
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 55
UK Singles (Official Chart Company) 73

Year-end charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Jetania (OJC) 37
Kuboia (Karuboia) 14

Decade-end charts

Chart (2000-09) Peak
position
Kuboia (Karuboia) 74

All-time charts

Chart Peak
position
Kuboia (Karuboia) 99

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Jetania (JTSR) Gold N/A
Kuboia (KSR) Platinum N/A
Spain (PROMUSICAE) Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 600,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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