Saturday Night (Jessica Mauboy song)

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"Saturday Night"
A Rainbow background with a black woman.  Performer is 'JESSICA MAUBOY Feat. LUDACRIS' and the single is 'Saturday Night'
Single by Jessica Mauboy featuring Ludacris
from the album Get 'Em Girls
Released 27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance-pop[1][2]
Length 3:25
Label Sony
Jessica Mauboy singles chronology
"Get 'Em Girls"
"Saturday Night"
"What Happened to Us"

"Get 'Em Girls"
"Saturday Night"
"What Happened to Us"
Ludacris singles chronology
"I Like"
"Saturday Night"
"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)"
Audio sample
Music video
"Saturday Night" on YouTube

"Saturday Night" is a song by Australian recording artist Jessica Mauboy, featuring American rapper Ludacris. It was released as the second single from Mauboy's second studio album, Get 'Em Girls, on 27 October 2010. The song was written by Angie Iron, Ludacris and Brian Kennedy, and was produced by Kennedy, Israel Cruz and Khaled Rohaim.

Musically, "Saturday Night" is a dance-pop song that includes elements of electropop and techno in its instrumentation; it utilizes a synthesizer beat and heavy drums. Both Jessica Mauboy and Ludacris's vocals are Auto-Tuned.

"Saturday Night" peaked at number seven on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of 140,000 copies, making it Mauboy's highest-charting single since 2008's "Burn" and highest-selling single since her debut, "Running Back." An accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams, and features tinted lighting and fast-paced graphics throughout; the video went on to achieve over 1 million views on YouTube/Vevo.[3][4] "Saturday Night" was nominated for 'Highest Selling Single' at the 2011 ARIA Music Awards. Mauboy also recorded a simlish version of the song titled, "Surbiduh Nye", for the video game, The Sims 3: Late Night.

Background and composition[edit]

Ludacris (pictured) co-wrote "Saturday Night" and contributed a featured rap verse.

"Saturday Night" was written by Angie Iron, Brian Kennedy and Ludacris, with Kennedy also producing the track alongside Israel Cruz and Khaled Rohaim.[5] The rap verse on the song was written by Ludacris. When Mauboy heard the original verse, she was not happy with it and had Ludacris re-write it again.[6]

"Saturday Night" is written using E minor, D, and C chords in its intro.[7][8] It is a dance-pop tune which features instrumentation from both keyboard and drums, and uses a synthesized backing. Both Jessica Mauboy and Ludacris use auto-tune. Lyrically, the song is about Mauboy and her girlfriends getting ready to go to a party, and taking to the streets in their Aston Martin DB9. Ludacris's rap verse is somewhat more sexualized.

Mauboy also recorded a simlish version of the song re-titled, "Surbiduh Nye". The song was recorded to help promote the video game, The Sims 3: Late Night.[9] "Saturday Night" was released digitally on 27 October 2010,[10] and was sent to Australian contemporary hit radio on 1 November.[2]


Critical response[edit]

Majhid Heath of ABC Online Indigenous wrote that the song is a "fun dance number that'll help start off the Saturday nights of teenagers across the country."[1] The song was nominated for 'Single of 2010' at the 2010 IT List Awards[11] and 'Highest Selling Single' at the 2011 ARIA Music Awards.[12]

On July 5, 2016, the staff at 105.7 FM ("PopCrush 105.7") listed "Saturday Night" as one of the 'Best Weekend Songs', commenting that the track is "[t]he essential girls night out anthem. LAYDIESSSS!"[13]

Chart performance[edit]

"Saturday Night" debuted at number 13 on the ARIA Singles Chart on 22 November 2010.[14] It peaked at number seven on 27 December, where it remained for two consecutive weeks.[14] "Saturday Night" was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for selling 140,000 copies.[15]

Music video[edit]

Background & Release[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams[16] and was filmed in Los Angeles along with the video for "Get 'Em Girls". It premiered on YouTube on 11 November 2010.[17] A second version of the video without a guest appearance from Ludacris, was released on 2 December 2010.[18]

Synopsis & Reception[edit]

Throughout the video, it shows tinted lighting and fast paced graphics. The video features close-up shots of Mauboy singing the song wearing a blue dress and large rounded earrings, with lots of makeup. There are also intercut snippets of a DB9 driving swiftly along a highway with a license plate reading "JP Logistics", an anonymous dancer on a bar seat with curly hair, and city scenes including neon signage. Mauboy herself can be seen wearing a fox fur and dancing at a club with some girlfriends, while holding a glass of champaign, and a bottle of alcohol is also pictured. Ludacris makes a cameo appearance, raising his sunglasses to reveal himself in the beginning and illuminating the neon lighting with his hands in his rap solo. The video ends with Mauboy and her girlfriends parking their DB9 and getting out, and she is wearing a sparkling dress and a cap.[3]

Editors from MusicFix were impressed with the video and wrote that, "Mauboy gets sexier in each subsequent music video".[19] A writer for The Fix wrote ahead of the video's release that it was going to be "one awesome video" and noted that Hype Williams is "responsible for Kanye West and Jamie Foxx's 'Gold Digger' and Beyonce's 'Diva'."[20]

Live performances[edit]

Mauboy performed "Saturday Night" on The X Factor (Australia) on 8 November 2010,[21][22] followed by a performance of the song at the 2010 Perth Telethon on 13 November 2010.[23] On 27 November 2010, she performed the song on Hey Hey It's Saturday.[24] On 4 December 2010, Mauboy participated in the YouTube Live Sessions program, where she performed several of the album's songs, including "Saturday Night".[25] On 7 December 2010, Mauboy performed the song on the Today Show, which was broadcast in Gold Coast, Queensland.[26] On 10 December 2010, she performed the song at Federation Square in Melbourne, ahead of Oprah Winfrey's visit to the place.[27][28] On 26 January 2011, Mauboy performed "Saturday Night" at the Australia Day Live Concert, held on the grounds of the Parliament House in Canberra.[29]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[10]
  1. "Saturday Night" (featuring Ludacris) – 3:25
  1. "Saturday Night" (No Rap Edit) – 3:12
  2. "Saturday Night" (featuring Ludacris) – 3:25
  3. "Saturday Night" (Christian Luke Radio Edit) – 3:48





Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia 27 October 2010 Digital download[10] Sony Music Australia
1 November 2010 Contemporary hit radio[2]
17 December 2010 Digital EP[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Heath, Majhid (10 November 2010). "Arts & Events – Music – Get 'Em Girls". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jessica Mauboy ft. Ludacris – Saturday Night – Issue 811". The Music Network. Peer Media Group. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b JessicaMauboyVEVO (2010-11-16), Jessica Mauboy - Saturday Night ft. Ludacris, retrieved 2016-12-31 
  4. ^ "Jessica Mauboy ft. Ludacris, Saturday Night (Official Video)". VEVO. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b Get 'Em Girls (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jessica Mauboy Biography". Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Saturday Night". Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Jessica Mauboy - Saturday Night Ukulele - AZ Chords". Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  9. ^ Moses, Asher (3 November 2010). "Jessica Mauboy "Simlish" Song". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Saturday Night (feat. Ludacris) – Single by Jessica Mauboy". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Maser, Robert (20 December 2010). "IT LIST Awards Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Countdown Begins....Nominations Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best Weekend Songs". PopCrush. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  14. ^ a b c "Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris – Saturday Night". ARIA Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Mark (2010). "Exclusive: Jessica Mauboy takes us behind the scenes of 'Saturday Night'". MusicFix. Ninemsn. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Jessica Mauboy – Saturday Night feat. Ludacris (Official Video). YouTube. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Jessica Mauboy: Saturday Night video". Auspop. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  19. ^ Mark (2010). "Video: Jessica Mauboy brings sexy back in 'Saturday Night'". MusicFix. Ninemsn. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Jessica Mauboy takes us behind the scenes of 'Saturday Night'". Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  21. ^ "The X Factor Australia – Ep 16A – Recaps". TV3. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. 
  22. ^ Knox, David (29 October 2011). "The X Factor: guests". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Telethon 2010". Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  24. ^ "This week on Hey Hey It's Saturday". 26 November 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  25. ^ Jessica Mauboy – YouTube Session 2010. YouTube. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  26. ^ "Jessica Mauboy performs live on TODAY". Today. Ninemsn. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  27. ^ "Video - Jessica Mauboy thrills Oprah fans". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  28. ^ Jess Mauboy singing Saturday Night at Federation Square. YouTube. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  29. ^ "Wiggles, Mauboy to kick off Aust Day celebrations". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  30. ^ a b "Saturday Night – EP – Jessica Mauboy". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  31. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  33. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Australian Artists Singles 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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