7 Seconds (song)

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"7 Seconds"
Single by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry
from the album The Guide (Wommat) (Youssou N'Dour) and Man (Neneh Cherry)
B-side "Mame Bamba"
Released 7 June 1994
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, CD maxi
Recorded Power Play Studios, New York[1]
Genre World music, trip hop, afrobeat
Length 5:07
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Neneh Cherry, Youssou N'Dour, Cameron McVey, Jonathan Sharp
Producer(s) Booga Bear, Jonny Dollar
Certification Gold: Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland
Youssou N'Dour chronology
"Shaking the Tree"
(1989)
"7 Seconds"
(1994)
"So Many Men"
(2002)
Neneh Cherry chronology
"Buddy X"
(1993)
"7 Seconds"
(1994)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)

"7 Seconds" is a song composed by Youssou N'Dour, Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey and Jonathan Sharp, released in 1994 as a single performed by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry. It reached the top three in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Russia and Poland, and climbed to the top position in France, Switzerland, Finland and Italy; 7 Seconds stayed at No. 1 for 16 consecutive weeks on the French Singles Chart,[2] which was the record for the most weeks at the top at the time. The single also remained at the top position on the Italian Singles Chart for nine consecutive weeks in the autumn of that year.[3]

The song also appeared on N'Dour's album The Guide (Wommat), released shortly after the single. In 1996, it was included on Neneh Cherry's album Man. The song was featured in the 1998 movie Northern Skirts and 2005 Uwe Boll-directed movie Alone in the Dark. "7 Seconds" was also performed at Live 8 by Dido and Youssou N'Dour in 2005, at Hyde Park in London, UK[4]

Lyrics and music[edit]

The song is trilingual: N'Dour sings in Wolof, a West African language, and French (plus singing chorus in English), Cherry sings in English.[5]

The song

"7 Seconds" tells about first seven seconds in the life of a newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world.

—Neneh Cherry, "Neneh Cherry Online – Biography". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

Music video[edit]

The black and white music video is directed by Stéphane Sednaoui.[6] It features people of different races walking by while the two are singing. When they sing the chorus, different kinds of people's faces appear.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD maxi
  1. "7 Seconds" – 4:10
  2. "Mame Bamba" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:57
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:24
  4. "7 Seconds" (Dub Mix) – 6:07
  • CD maxi (7 June 1994)
  1. "7 Seconds" – 4:10
  2. "Life (Adouna)" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:57
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:24
  4. "7 Seconds" – 6:07
  • CD maxi (7 June 1994)
  1. "7 Seconds" (radio edit) – 4:06
  2. "Life (Adouna)" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:02
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:23
  4. "7 Seconds" (dub mix) – 6:07
  • UK CD single (660508-2)
  1. "7 Seconds" (radio edit)
  2. "7 Seconds" (LP version)
  3. "7 Seconds" (new old mix)
  4. "7 Seconds" (dub mix)
  5. "7 Seconds" (hip hop mix)

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Freude herrscht (ohne Wenn und Aber)" by DJ Igo
Swiss number-one single
17 July 1994 (1994-07-17) – 24 July 1994 (1994-07-24) (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Swear" by All-4-One
Preceded by
"Wizards of the Sonic" by WestBam
Finnish number-one single
31/1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wizards of the Sonic" by WestBam
Preceded by
"The Rhythm Is Magic" by Marie-Claire D'Ubaldo
Italian number-one single
3 September 1994 (1994-09-03) – 29 October 1994 (1994-10-29) (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Saturday Night" by Whigfield
Preceded by
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
French SNEP single of the year
1994
Succeeded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "lescharts.com – Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry – 7 Seconds" (in French). Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1994" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dido at Live 8". Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Neneh Cherry Online – Bio". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "mvdbase.com – Youssou N'Dour – "7 seconds [version 1]"". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "australian-charts.com – Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry – 7 Seconds". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
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  10. ^ "RPM Magazine – Top 100 Canadian Singles, October 17, 1994". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Eurochart peak
  12. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  13. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
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  18. ^ Spanish peak
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