Alane (song)

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"Alane"
French CD single
Single by Wes
from the album Welenga
B-side Remix
Released May 1997
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre World music
Length 3:40
Label Sony Music
Saint George / Epic
Writer(s) Michel Sanchez
Wes Madiko
Producer(s) Michel Sanchez
Wes singles chronology
"Alane"
(1997)
"Awa Awa"
(1997)
Alternative cover
Remixes

"Alane" is a song recorded by Cameroonian artist Wes. It was released in May 1997 as the debut single from his album Welenga. It became a hit, topping the charts in France, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands. It is sung in the Duala language of Cameroon.[1]

In France, the song was sponsored by TF1,[2] Fun Radio, RTL and the Malongo Coffees, while the choreography was created by French-born singer Mia Frye. The single remained in the top 50 for 25 weeks, ten of them at the top, and is to date the 18th best-selling single of all time in France.[3]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
  2. "Alane" (club remix – short version) – 3:37
CD maxi
  1. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
  2. "Alane" (club mix – full version) – 8:06
  3. "Alane" (drop mix – full version) – 8:07
  4. "Alane" (club remix – short version) – 3:38
  5. "Alane" (a capella) – 3:36
12" maxi
  1. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix) – 10:43
  2. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac mix) – 6:51
  3. "Alane" (Todd Terry's club remix) – 8:04
  4. "Alane" (Tony Moran's club mix) – 4:40
  5. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
12" single
  1. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix) – 10:43
  2. "Alane" (Trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac dub) – 6:51

Credits[edit]

  • Written by Wes
  • Composed, arranged and produced by Michel Sanchez
  • Artwork by Design, Bronx (Paris)
  • Photography (photo remix) by Laurent Edeline
  • Photography (photo) by Yan Leuvrey
  • Trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix: programmed by Torsten Gascoigne, produced by Trouser Enthusiasts
  • Trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac mix: remixed and produced by Trouser Enthusiasts
  • Todd Terry's club remix: remixed by Todd Terry
  • Tony Moran's club mix: remixed by Tony Moran

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"María" by Ricky Martin
French SNEP number-one single
June 14, 1997 – August 16, 1997 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"María" by Ricky Martin
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
July 19, 1997 – September 6, 1997 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
September 6, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Preceded by
"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 1, 1997 – December 20, 1997 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tell Him" by Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion
Preceded by
"My Heart Will Go on" by Céline Dion
Austrian number-one single
March 22, 1998 – May 10, 1998 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ein Schwein namens Männer" by Die Ärzte

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cameroun: L’artiste Wes Madiko est à Douala", Journal du Cameroun, 31 March 2010
  2. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 386 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Alane", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  5. ^ "Wes singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  7. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1997" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  9. ^ 1997 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  10. ^ 1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  11. ^ 1997 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  12. ^ 1998 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  13. ^ "Single top 100 over 1998" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ 1998 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  15. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  16. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  17. ^ French certifications, database Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Alane')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  19. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)