Temptation (Arash song)

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"Temptation"
Single by Arash featuring Rebecca
from the album Arash
ReleasedJune 15, 2005
Recorded2004
GenrePop
LabelWarner Music
Songwriter(s)eti zak< Robert Uhlmann
Alex Arash Labaf
Johan Bejerholm
Max Tavahen
Charles Burbank
Ronny Gold
Samy Goz
Pedro Maza Luaces
Producer(s)Robert Uhlmann
Alex Arash Labaf
Johan Bejerholm
Arash featuring Rebecca singles chronology
"Tike Tike Kardi"
(2005)
"Temptation"
(2005)
"Music Is My Language"
(2005)
Music video
"Temptation" on YouTube

"Temptation" is a 2005 major hit single by Iranian-Swedish singer Arash featuring Rebecca Zadig and taken from Arash' debut album Arash. The music for "Temptation" is from "Baila Maria", a Spanish tune recorded by Ishtar Alabina featuring Los Niños de Sara in 1996. "Temptation" in its own right has been subject of many covers and in a number of languages.

Rebecca Zadig version[edit]

"Temptation" was first recorded by Rebecca Zadig with additional lyrics and rendition vocals featuring Alex, the mononym of Alex Arash Labaf who started his career performing under his mononym Alex. The first version, had English as main vocals by Zadig featuring Alex that interpreted some additional Persian language lyrics. The song was launched with a separate music video that was directed and shot by Alec Cartio.[1]

Arash version[edit]

"Temptation" was rereleased as a song mainly in Persian language and this time credited Arash as the main vocalist and Rebecca Zadig was reduced to a featuring role with some refrain she sang in English. This release became the definitive version and was Arash's third successful consecutive single after "Boro Boro" (that had reached number 1 in Sweden) and "Tike Tike Kardi" (that had peaked at number 2 in Sweden).

The song credited to Arash made it to number 2 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart, also charting in Germany, Switzerland and Finland. A music video was released with Arash as lead singer.[2]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005–2006) Peak
position
CIS (TopHit)[3] 79
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 15
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 29
Greece (IFPI)[6] 25
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[7] 4
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[8] 26
Hungary (Single Top 40)[9] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 42

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[12] 66

Accolades[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2006
Golden Gramophone Award[13] Golden Gramophone Won
MUZ-TV Awards[13] Best Duo Nominated

Other versions[edit]

Russian version "Vostochniye skazki" with Blestyaschie[edit]

"Vostochniye skazki
(Восточные сказки)"
Single by Blestyaschie and Arash
from the album Vostochniye skazki
Released2005
Recorded2005
GenrePop
LabelPartija
Songwriter(s)Robert Uhlmann
Alex Arash Labaf
Johan Bejerholm
Max Tavahen
Charles Burbank
Ronny Gold
Samy Goz
Pedro Maza Luaces
Blestyaschie and Arash singles chronology
"/" "Vostochniye skazki
(Восточные сказки)
"
Music video
"Vostochny Skazki" on YouTube

In 2005, a Russian language version of the song was made by Arash with the Russian girl group Blestyaschie (Russian: Блестящие). The song titled "Vostochniye skazki" (Russian: Восточные сказки, meaning Eastern fairytales) was credited to Blestyaschie featuring Arash. It appeared on Blestyaschie album also titled Vostochniye skazki and released on Partija Russian record label. A separate music video was shot for the single[14] destined for the Russian market.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]
Chart (2005–2006) Peak
position
CIS (TopHit)[15] 4
Year-end charts[edit]
Chart (2005) Position
CIS (Tophit)[16] 98

"Versoeking" by Hi-5[edit]

"Versoeking"
Single by Hi-5
from the album Versoeking
Released2006
Recorded2007
GenrePop, dance
LabelSelect Music
Songwriter(s)Robert Uhlmann
Alex Arash Labaf
Johan Bejerholm
Max Tavahen
Charles Burbank
Ronny Gold
Samy Goz
Pedro Maza Luaces
Hi-5 singles chronology
"/" "Versoeking"
Music video
"Versoeking" on YouTube

In 2006, the South African cover boy band Hi-5 covered the song in Afrikaans under the title "Versoeking" (meaning temptation in Afrikaans). It was a main single and the title track of the album also titled Versoeking which is the band's follow-up to the Soebat EP (2003) and self-titled Hi-5 (2004).

"Verleid Mij" by Wing-Men[edit]

In 2015, the Dutch group Wing-Men covered the song in Dutch under the title "Verleid Mij". It is the debut single from the group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Music video for "Temptation" with Rebecca as main vocals
  2. ^ Music video of Arash featuring Rebecca in the official single version of "Temptation"
  3. ^ Arash feat. Rebecca — Temptation. TopHit. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Arash feat. Rebecca: Temptation" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat.
  5. ^ "Arash feat. Rebecca – Temptation" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  6. ^ IFPI archive
  7. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Arash feat. Rebecca – Temptation". Singles Top 100.
  11. ^ "Arash feat. Rebecca – Temptation". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Rádiós Top 100 - hallgatottsági adatok alapján - 2005". Mahasz. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Arash - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  14. ^ Music video of Blestyaschie and Arash in a Russian version of "Temptation"
  15. ^ Blestayshchie & Arash — Vostochnaya Skazka. TopHit. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Лучшие песни и музыка за 2005 год" (in Russian). Tophit. Archived from the original on 6 October 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.