Can't Stop the Music (album)
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Can't Stop the Music Album
Can't Stop the Music
Studio album / soundtrack by
ReleasedMay 1980
GenreDisco, dance-pop
ProducerJacques Morali
Village People chronology
Live and Sleazy
Can't Stop the Music
Singles from Can't Stop the Music
  1. "Can't Stop the Music"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Magic Night"
    Released: 1980

Can't Stop the Music is the sixth studio album and first soundtrack by Village People, for their movie Can't Stop the Music, released in 1980. Though the movie was a commercial failure, the album was more well received, reaching #9 on the UK Albums Chart,[1] #47 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and #1 in Australia (on the Kent Music Report). The album was reissued on CD in 1999.

In addition to songs by Village People, the album also contains songs by David London and The Ritchie Family. The album also features a re-make of "Y.M.C.A.", which was actually the original 1978 recording with lead singer Victor Willis' voice removed and replaced by lead vocals from new singer Ray Simpson. Simpson's version was not released as a single and, hence, never charted. This is the first Village People album that was not certified Gold by the RIAA.

The album was the Village People's last official album for Casablanca. They would leave the label for RCA Records shortly after its release.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1/5 stars[2]

Track listing


Side one
1."Can't Stop the Music"Jacques Morali / Henri Belolo / Phil Hurtt / Peter WhiteheadVillage People3:35
2."Samantha"Morali / Belolo / HurttDavid London3:15
3."Give Me a Break"Morali / Belolo / The Ritchie FamilyThe Ritchie Family3:30
4."Liberation"Morali / Belolo / Hurtt / WhiteheadVillage People3:33
5."Magic Night"Morali / Belolo / Victor WillisVillage People3:22
Side two
1."The Sound of the City"Morali / Belolo / HurttDavid London4:31
2."Milkshake"Morali / Belolo / WillisVillage People2:54
3."Y.M.C.A."Morali / Belolo / WillisVillage People3:21
4."I Love You to Death"Morali / Belolo / Hurtt / WhiteheadVillage People3:03
5."Sophistication"Morali / Horace Ott / Belolo / HurttThe Ritchie Family3:52

Publishing controversy

On May 7, 2012, music publishers Can't Stop Productions and Scorpio Music failed in their attempts to prevent the rights for three songs written by Willis ("Y.M.C.A.", "Milkshake", and "Magic Night") from reverting to Willis as scheduled, starting in 2013. In a historic ruling, Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that Willis could in fact terminate his copyrights granted to the publishers because "a joint author who separately transfers his copyright interest may unilaterally terminate the grant."[4] In response to the ruling, Willis stated, "I am just looking forward to having control of the songs."[5]

As a result, Victor Willis, per the court order, recaptured 33% of the copyright for "Y.M.C.A.", "Milkshake", "Magic Night", and other Village People hits. A year later, Willis' copyright share increased to 50% on 13 Village People titles, as the jury found that producer Henri Belolo was not a joint author of the lyrics.[6][7]


Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 1
Belgian Albums (BEA)[9] 6
Danish Albums (IFPI)[10] 5
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 20
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[13] 36
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 17
Portuguese Albums (Musica & Som)[16] 8
Spanish Albums (AFE)[17] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 9
US Billboard 200[20] 47


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Village People UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  2. ^ AllMusic Can't Stop the Music - The Village People, Amy Hanson, October 21st, 2015
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  4. ^ Gardner, Eriq (May 8, 2012). "Village People Songwriter Victor Willis Wins Case Over Termination of 'Y.M.C.A.' Rights". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Johnson, Ted (May 5, 2012). "Can't stop the music rights reclamation". Variety. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012.
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  7. ^ Pettersson, Edvard (May 8, 2012). "Village People Motorcycle Cop Wins 'YMCA' Copyright Case". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Hits Of The World, Page 84 November 1 1980". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Hits Of The World, Page 62 October 18 1980". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ " - Soundtrack / Village People - Can't Stop The Music" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  13. ^ "Oricon Archive - Village People". Oricon. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ " - Soundtrack / Village People - Can't Stop The Music". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  15. ^ " - Soundtrack / Village People - Can't Stop The Music". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hits Of The World, Page 88 December 20 1980". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959-2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  18. ^ " - Soundtrack / Village People - Can't Stop The Music". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  19. ^ "Village People | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "The Village People - Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959-2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979-1990" (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392.

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