Cha Cha Slide

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"Cha Cha Slide"
Single by DJ Casper
from the album Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album
Released September 19, 2000
Format CD
Genre Dance, electronica
Length 3:46
Label MOB Music Publishing
Writer(s) William Perry Jr.[1]
Producer(s) M. Thompson[1]

"Cha Cha Slide" is a song created by Chicagan music artist DJ Casper (Willie Perry aka Mr. C the Slide Man), often played at dance clubs, school dances/proms, parties, ice and roller skating rinks, bar mitzvahs and weddings in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, where the song reached number one in March 2004.[2]

The Cha Cha Slide is a contemporary American folk line dance with called instructions.

Origin and history[edit]

Willie Perry Jr. wrote the lyrics for his wife and recorded his performance of, the original version of the "Cha Cha Slide" around April 1, 1998. The song was heavily inspired by the Chicago stepping movement. Around June 12, 1999, Perry recorded a second version of the song, entitled "Casper Slide Part 2," at the home studio of Fred Johnson with the help of Hollywood Scott, band leader for the Platinum Band. Perry recorded and released the song at his own expense and manufactured copies and distributed them with the help of Gardner Douglas ("Cisco"), owner of the Cisco's Music World record stores in Chicago, Illinois. The song was played at various night clubs and was used by Perry's nephew, a fitness trainer at Bally Total Fitness Health Club in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, as the music for a step aerobics class.

The Cha Cha Slide in the U.S.[edit]

Willie Perry enlisted the help of Jerome Haywood and M.O.B. Music Publishing (Men On Business) to produce, edit, and engineer the final version of the "Cha Cha Slide Part 2". Men On Business also produced several other accompanying songs to produce the entire Slide Album. Willie Perry and Men On Business licensed the Slide Album to Universal Records and it was released September 19, 2000. Once it was Universal's project, "we made some instructional 'Cha-Cha Slide' dance videos and distributed them to clubs," said Senior VP of Urban Promotion Michael Horton. "We also promoted the song at various black functions, such as homecoming events at black colleges." The song then made its made way to R&B/hip-hop station WGCI-FM in Mr. C's hometown of Chicago. In 2001, the following year, the dance caught on around Canada and the USA, where urban contemporary radio stations (and later mobile DJs) played the song continuously, particularly in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Arkansas, Memphis, and Detroit.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cha-Cha Slide" (radio edit)   3:46
2. "Cha-Cha Slide" (club edit)   7:44
3. "Bus Stop/Electric Slide"   Charles Green Hudson Beaudy 4:45
4. "Casper Cha-Cha Slide"   Live Platinum Band 6:27
5. "Step To This"   Colta 5:29
6. "Unworthy Of Yo Fat Ass"   Colta 4:47
7. "Unworthy"   Colta 4:25
8. "Bus Stop/Electric Slide" (original) Charles Green Hudson Beaudy 7:55
9. "DJ Eric-B Slide"   DJ Eric-B 9:45
10. "Step To This"   Colta 5:29
11. "R-U-Here"   Colta  

UK debut[edit]

In 2004, the "Cha Cha Slide" was released in the United Kingdom and went on to top the UK Singles Chart.[3][2] Its success in the UK was helped by Scott Mills of BBC Radio 1 who pioneered the song on his weekday afternoon radio show.

In other media[edit]

During the 2006 NLCS, both the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals used part of the song to excite their crowds. Since then, other Major League Baseball teams, such as the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and especially the New York Yankees, have also regularly used the song. In 2007, McDonald's used the song in a television commercial in which a young boy dressed in old school hip hop fashion listens to the song while enjoying a meal with his family. In 2009, the song served as the inspiration for Insane Clown Posse's "Chop Chop Slide," which appeared on the green cover variant and "Nuclear Edition of eat my butt" of the album Bang! Pow! Boom![4] Also in 2009, Crazy Frog released the "Cha Cha Slide" for his new album Everybody Dance Now. On June 1, 2011, the Cha Cha Slide launched a new website[5] and official Facebook fan page was launched,[6] and a Twitter account was started.[7]

Charts[edit]

In 2005, the "Cha Cha Slide" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[8]

Slide Album[edit]

Charts (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 83
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B[11] 24

Cha Cha Slide 3:46[edit]

Charts (2004) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 1

Gold certification[edit]

Artist Title Release Date Certification Date Label Award Description Format
Mr. C The Slide Man Cha-Cha Slide Sept 19, 2000 Nov 4, 2005 Universal Gold Album

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Crazy Frog version[edit]

"Cha Cha Slide"
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Everybody Dance Now
Released 25 August 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Dance
Length 3:03
Label MOB Music Publishing
Writer(s) William Perry Jr.[1]
Producer(s) M. Thompson[1]
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"Daddy DJ"
(2009)
"Cha Cha Slide"
(2009)

On August 25, 2009 Crazy Frog released "Cha Cha Slide" for his new album Everybody Dance Now.

Charts[edit]

The song entered the French Singles Chart at number 19, and peaked to number 18.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[13] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "US Copyright Office". Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 696. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "DJ Casper tops UK singles chart". BBC News. March 14, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Graham, Adam (May 11, 2009). "Insane Clown Posse takes on busiest year yet". The Detroit News. 
  5. ^ "Cha Cha Slide New Website". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Facebook". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  8. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  9. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  10. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  11. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  12. ^ "UK Singles Chart". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Crazy Frog – Cha Cha Slide" (in French). Les classement single.

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Preceded by
"Toxic" by Britney Spears
UK Singles Chart #1 Single
March 14, 2004 - March 20, 2004
Succeeded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil' Jon