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On its original release, her debut album The Fame, and its first single, 'Just Dance', did little to change her profile in her native country, although the single did make it to the top in Canada. All this changed when 'Just Dance' finally arrived at the top of the Billboard singles charts in January , 22 weeks after its release. The song is also the first major hit for featured singer Colby O'Donis and producer RedOne, and the single and album arrived on mix engineer Robert Orton's desk only a few weeks after he left Trevor Horn's employment to begin a freelance career in March see box on the last page of this article.
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She co-wrote the song with Akon and its producer RedOne. It also features vocals from Colby O'Donis and was released on April 8, as the lead single from Gaga's debut studio album, The Fame. The song was written by Gaga in 10 minutes as "a happy record". The song received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its club, anthem-like nature and the synth-pop associated with it. In the United States, "Just Dance" was a sleeper hit , spending almost five months on the Billboard Hot before finally reaching the chart's summit in January The single is among the best-selling singles of all time , having sold over 10 million copies. The music video of the song portrayed Lady Gaga appearing in a party where she plays the song, prompting party-goers to start dancing in enjoyment. Gaga compared her experience of shooting the video with being on a Martin Scorsese movie set.