|Single by Akon|
|from the album Konvicted|
|Released||January 19, 2007|
|Format||CD, digital download|
|Songwriter(s)||Aliaune Thiam, Bob Marley, Anthony Lawson, R. Kelly|
|Akon singles chronology|
"Don't Matter" is a reggae fusion–R&B song by American singer Akon from his second studio album, Konvicted (2006). The song was released as the album's third single in January 2007. In April of that year, it became Akon's first solo U.S. number-one single and second number-one overall. The chorus interpolates the 1979 song "Zimbabwe" by Bob Marley and the Wailers. “Don’t Matter” was #31 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. This song was also #81 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.
- 1 Chart performance
- 2 Music video
- 3 Track listing
- 4 Release history
- 5 Charts
- 6 Covers and sampling
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
"Don't Matter" was released in the United States in mid-January 2007. The song made its debut at number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one after ten weeks on the chart, in large part due to its substantial airplay, the song topping the Hot 100 Airplay chart for two weeks. In the United Kingdom, it debuted on the singles chart at number forty-five, based solely upon downloads, and late peaking at number three following a physical release. Following the song's debut inside the top ten on the singles chart in Canada, it peaked at number one for a period of three weeks. As of January 2008, the song has been certified 3 times platinum for 3,000,000 digital sales. Bizzy Bone made a remix with this song, so did Candace Jones, Jadiel and Nivea. As of 2011, the song has sold 5,600,000 copies both in the United States and internationally.
The video was directed by Gil Green and starts with Akon picking up his date which happens to be his cousin (Klari Aniz) at a location. As he leaves with this date, an old man (presumably a relative of the date) is shown both reading a magazine about Akon partying at local clubs and staring at the two with an angry look. The video continues with Akon singing "Don't Matter" throughout the course of his date. It is set in a Caribbean beach style community at social places such as the beach, village market, and a dance. Notably, in the video's final scene, the music becomes much more lively, with a Caribbean style rhythm playing under the song's chorus. It has a cameo appearance by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.
- UK CD single / European CD single #1
- "Don't Matter" - 4:09
- "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28
- European CD single #2
- "Don't Matter" (Konvict Remix) - 5:46
- "Don't Matter" (Calypso Remix) - 5:38
- "Don't Matter" (Original Radio Edit) - 4:09
- "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15
- Australian CD single
- "Don't Matter" (Radio Edit) - 3:02
- "Shake Down" (Remix) (Feat. Red Cafe) - 4:28
- "Easy Road" - 3:59
- "Don't Matter" (Video) - 4:15
|United States||January 19, 2007|
|Australia||June 30, 2007|
|United Kingdom||October 15, 2007|
Covers and sampling
Fall Out Boy performed a cover of "Don't Matter" for their live album, **** Live in Phoenix. They also performed the song at their June 12, 2007 concert, the night after their bassist Pete Wentz got in a fight with a fan. Canadian singer Lights often covered the song for her live shows. Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte did a cover of "Don't Matter" live in Festival de Verão Salvador with Akon in January 2010.
Brazilian band Bonde do Maluco also did a cover version of "Don't Matter" which has the chorus used by Claudia Leitte on her live version with Akon.
Lauv covered the song on his 2017 release Spotify Singles.
- List of Canadian number-one singles of 2001–07
- List of number-one singles of 2007 (Ireland)
- List of number-one singles from the 2000s (New Zealand)
- List of Romanian Top 100 number ones of the 2000s
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2007 (U.S.)
- ^ Love, Tony. "CEO" . www.tonylove.com/albums.htm. Lawsongs BMI. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
- ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List" Archived December 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-12-27
- ^ "Akon - Don't Matter Remixes (CD) at Discogs" . Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- ^ "Australian-charts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" . ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- ^ "Austriancharts.at – Akon – Don't Matter" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- ^ "Top 5 Brasil Música - Semanal: 03/09/2007 à 07/09/2007" (in Portuguese). Crowley Broadcast Analysis. Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" . Billboard.
- ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200735 into search.
- ^ "Hitlisten.NU – Akon – Don't Matter " (in Danish). Tracklisten.
- ^ "Akon – Chart Search" Billboard European Hot 100 Singles for Akon. (subscription required)
- ^ "Lescharts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" (in French). Les classement single.
- ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Akon – Don't Matter" . GfK Entertainment Charts.
- ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
- ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
- ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Matter" . Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
- ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 29, 2007 " (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
- ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Akon – Don't Matter" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
- ^ "Charts.nz – Akon – Don't Matter" . Top 40 Singles.
- ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" . VG-lista.
- ^ "Romanian Top 100 – Top 10" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200728 into search.
- ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" Canciones Top 50.
- ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" . Singles Top 100.
- ^ "Swisscharts.com – Akon – Don't Matter" . Swiss Singles Chart.
- ^ "Akon: Artist Chart History" . Official Charts Company.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot 100)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Latin Airplay)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Pop Songs)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" . Billboard.
- ^ "Akon Chart History (Rhythmic)" . Billboard.
- ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles Chart 2007" . Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
- ^ "Rádiós Top 100 - hallgatottsági adatok alapján - 2007" . Mahasz. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 2007" . Dutch Top 40. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- ^ "Romanian Top 100 - Top of the Year 2007" . Archived from the original on January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2007 – hitparade.ch" . Hung Medien. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2007" . Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Year-End 2007" . Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2007" . Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2007" . Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
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