TITLE..: The Pussycat Dolls Feat A.R. Rahman-Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)
ARTIST..: The Pussycat Dolls Feat A.R. Rahman
SONG....: Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) - RemiX
SOURCE..: SDTV / CDDA
SIZE....: 24.1 MB
In translation, the title means "Freedom to Thee". It can also mean "Praise", "Hail" or "Hallelujah". When translated directly into hindi, "jai" means "prayer" or "pray." "Jai ho" is usually said collectively during and at the end of prayers. The lyrics are mostly in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi interspersed with some Spanish lyrics. Rahman, who performed "Jai Ho" live on The Oprah Winfrey Show on February 23, 2009 with the rest of the original performers, was asked by Winfrey what the song title means. A.R. Rahman then stated "Jai Ho" means "May Victory be Yours".
Pussycat Dolls version:
The song was recorded in 2009 by the Pussycat Dolls with English lyrics and featuring lead vocals from Nicole Scherzinger. Produced in collaboration with A. R. Rahman and Ron Fair, Scherzinger prefers to consider this version an interpretation of the original song rather than a remix. The music video, shot in a Vienna trainyard, alludes to the dance sequence in the film.
The song was released on February 23, 2009 on the U.S. iTunes Store and released internationally on February 24. The song debuted on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 at number 100. The next week the song rose on the Hot 100 from 100 to 15, with downloads for "Jai Ho" up nearly 500%, totaling about 103,000 for the soundtrack version and 27,000 for the Dolls' version, and also debuted on the Pop 100 chart at 20. Sales for both versions were figured into the song's chart placement. As of Monday 16 March, the song has entered top 40 on US radio. On the Canadian Hot 100, the song reached its peak of number eleven on 14 March, 2009. "Jai Ho!" entered the UK Singles Chart at #20 on March 22, the following week it rose 15 places to #5 giving the Pussycat Dolls there eighth top ten single in the country. The single debuted on the Australian ARIA Charts at number 10.The song has also made waves in India.
The song initially was released as a promotional single, but will now be released as the first worldwide single from Doll Domination: 2.0 Version, it will be the fifth overall single to be released from the Dolls since 2008
The music video premiered on March 13, 2009. The Pussycat Dolls recreated the last scene from Slumdog Millionaire in the video for “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” featuring A.R. Rahman. The clip was shot at a Tramway Museum in Vienna, Austria, and was directed by Thomas Kloss. The music video has been made available on various video sharing websites and premiered on Fuse TV's "No. 1 Countdown" on March 16, 2009. The video was added March 22, 2009 to the iTunes Store for download. Since its release, the music video has peaked at #5 on the top music videos chart and #3 on the pop chart. The video is receiving lots of airtime on UK music channels which has acted as promotion for the single (it has yet to be performed in the UK) pushing it up to #5 on UK Singles Chart.