From The Vault: Kat DeLuna – ‘Whine Up’

Published: Sunday 12th Jul 2020 by Joe

In 2007, we were presented with an artist that would make the whole world dance…if only for a summer.

Today’s pick comes courtesy of Kat DeLuna : it’s her stellar debut single ‘Whine Up’ featuring dancehall king, Elephant Man.

The first single from the Dominican diva’s debut ‘9 Lives,’ the track was what first single dreams are made of: catchy, instant and fun.

With RedOne on production duties, the song had all the ingredients to become a fixture of Summer 2007. It performed fairly well the world over, peaking at #29 in the US, and inside the Top 20 in both Canada and Australia at #15 and #18 respectively. In France and Belgium, it reached Top 10 glory.

Gil Green directed the track’s visual, which is set in New York. Like the song, it mixes elements of Latin and Caribbean cultures.

It opens with Kat showcasing her impressive operatic singing before being interrupted by the sound of the tune and dancing up a storm with her girlfriends. Later on, male dancers join them in a classic Boys vs Girls situation.

These days, sew artists are encouraged to build an organic following and connect with an audience before being (literally) afforded the “big” treatment. As such, it’s very interesting seeing how much seemed to be pumped into a promising newbie from the get-go just over a decade ago.

As far as Kat is concerned, we’ve always felt it was a touch unfortunate that her collectively impressive work with a then-rising RedOne went unnoticed in the wake of his blockbuster touchdowns with Lady Gaga. 

Anyhow, this song still bangs – even 13 years later.

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  1. marilyn monh-O-E July 12, 2020

    She even worked with RedOne before GAGa. Too bad she ain’t white and US people are being racist. Whine up could’ve been a smash global hit. Am I dreaming, run this show, party o’clock, drop it low are bops!!!!!!

    • D July 12, 2020

      ‘Push’ with Akon was also quite good (for its time) 😅😆

  2. Proudly mexican July 12, 2020

    After 13 Years, i still listen to her music, i think this song and the album are a classic, 9 LIves is super good from the begging to end.

    Kat deluna is one my favorite singers because she writes her song, she has the voice, she can dance, she is versatile, sings pop, ballad, dubstep, dance, latin sounds, and many other genres, but what I love the most is that she sings in spanish very well, me encanta!!

    And its very admirable that after all this time, she Has not given up and keeps giving us amazing music.

    • Proudly mexican July 12, 2020

      What about betting on love, paradise, drop it low, no me olvides, sobredosis, unstoppable, forever, in my head, rock the house, oh yeah (la la lal), party oclock, nueva actitud, only one AMAZING songs.

      She should try it in the latin market, i think if becky g could, kat could do it too

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