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Corona is an Italian eurodance group, fronted by Olga Maria De Souza. Originally produced by Checco Bontempi (a.k.a. Lee Marrow) (1st-2nd album), it found success in 1993 with the worldwide hits ”The Rhythm of the Night” and “Baby Baby”. Later producers include Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero.

Debut single was "The Rhythm Of The Night", released in Italy in November 1993 on Roberto Zanetti’s DWA record label, and became an instant hit. It stayed at number 1 on the Italian music chart for eight consecutive weeks. However, the song was not released elsewhere until the following year. A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September 1994.

Like several early 1990s Eurodance/Hi-NRG songs that eventually became American hits, such as "Get Ready For This", "Twilight Zone" and "Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited and "Strike It Up", "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box, "The Rhythm of The Night" did not become popular in the United States until well after its success had peaked in Europe. However, by spring 1995, the song was all over American radio and clubs, eventually reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Corona followed up its hit with the 1995 singles "Baby Baby" and "Try Me Out", which saw similar success. The single "I Don't Wanna Be a Star" was a moderate hit. A fifth single, "Do You Want Me", became a regional hit in discotheques in the Eastern U.S. The album, The Rhythm Of The Night sold modestly, peaking at #2 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and #154 on the Billboard 200.


Towards the end of 2005, Corona re-emerged onto the European music scene with "Back In Time", peaking at #36 in the Italian sales chart.
In late 2006, Olga De Souza returned with a new single under the Corona moniker entitled "I'll Be Your Lady", which she sang and had co-written herself.
In 2007, Swedish dance group Sunblock did a cover version of "Baby Baby" featuring the original singer, Sandy. Recognition came late for Sandy Chambers whose name is credited on the 2007 Sunblock version of "Baby Baby" whereas she goes completely unmentioned on Corona's album Rhythm of the Night which includes the same song.

 

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