|Can't Stop the Music|
|Studio album / soundtrack by|
|Village People chronology|
|Singles from Can't Stop the Music|
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, #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.
|1.||"Can't Stop the Music"||Jacques Morali / Henri Belolo / Phil Hurtt / Peter Whitehead||Village People||3:35|
|2.||"Samantha"||Morali / Belolo / Hurtt||David London||3:15|
|3.||"Give Me a Break"||Morali / Belolo / The Ritchie Family||The Ritchie Family||3:30|
|4.||"Liberation"||Morali / Belolo / Hurtt / Whitehead||Village People||3:33|
|5.||"Magic Night"||Morali / Belolo / Victor Willis||Village People||3:22|
|1.||"The Sound of the City"||Morali / Belolo / Hurtt||David London||4:31|
|2.||"Milkshake"||Morali / Belolo / Willis||Village People||2:54|
|3.||"Y.M.C.A."||Morali / Belolo / Willis||Village People||3:21|
|4.||"I Love You to Death"||Morali / Belolo / Hurtt / Whitehead||Village People||3:03|
|5.||"Sophistication"||Morali / Horace Ott / Belolo / Hurtt||The Ritchie Family||3:52|
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." In response to the ruling, Willis stated, "I am just looking forward to having control of the songs."
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.
|Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)||1|
|Belgian Albums (BEA)||6|
|Danish Albums (IFPI)||5|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||20|
|Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)||2|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||36|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||4|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||17|
|Portuguese Albums (Musica & Som)||8|
|Spanish Albums (AFE)||1|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||35|
|UK Albums (OCC)||9|
|US Billboard 200||47|
*sales figures based on certification alone