Ching-a-Ling

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"Ching-a-Ling"
Single by Missy Elliott
from the album Block Party and Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack
Released January 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:43
Label Goldmind/Atlantic
Writer(s) Campbell, S./Elliott, M./Lamb, C./Leather, M.
Producer(s) The Arkitects, Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Do It"
(2007)
"Ching-a-Ling"
(2008)
"Shake Your Pom Pom"
(2008)

"Ching-a-Ling" is a song by Missy Elliott, and is the lead single for the Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack. It was also supposed to appear on Elliott's seventh studio album, Block Party. The song premiered on both Elliott's MySpace and official website on January 10, 2008. Within a week, it had debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was made available for download on iTunes as of January 22, 2008. In the song, sound elements of the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong are heard throughout the song. The song was number 69 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[1]

Music video[edit]

It was directed by Dave Meyers and has a combination of "Ching-a-Ling" and "Shake Your Pom Pom". It is credited as the first ever 3D music video. However, the real first 3D music video, "Nastradamus" by Nas, was made almost 10 years earlier. The video guest-stars the famous Japanese hip hop dance group U-Min known for their slow motion dancing and popping.[2] The music video was shot in Los Angeles, California in January 2008. It was styled by stylist Misa Hylton. The video premiered on MTV's TRL and BET's 106 & Park on February 4, 2008. It was released on the UK iTunes before showing on any UK music channel. This song was never prominently featured in the critically acclaimed television show "The Wire".

The "Ching-a-Ling" portion of the music video is set primarily with a white backdrop featuring Elliott and various background dancers, such as U-Min. Other shots are interspersed throughout the video which relate to the lyrics, such as Elliott swinging on a rope swing in an Autumn setting, and playing a DDR-esque game which uses the letters of Ching-A-Ling instead of arrows.

The "Shake Your Pom Pom" portion of the music video is set in what appears to be a house party, with Elliott and others dancing before ending with Elliott and others blowing noisemakers at the camera.

Remixes[edit]

The official remix features Busta Rhymes & Ciara. Other additional remixes featuring Kid Capri, Precious Latoye and Buckshot were released via mixtapes and radio airplay.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 58
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 89
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 97
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 24
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 180
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 60
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 28
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[10] 57
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2009-01-12
  2. ^ Missy Elliott & Dave Meyers Create History. Accessed February 3, 2008.
  3. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Missy Elliott. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Missy Elliott > Ching-a-ling – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Missy Elliott – Ching-A-Ling" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Missy Elliott – Ching-A-Ling". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Zywietz, Tobias (February 6, 1997). "Chart Log UK: E-40 - E-Z Rollers". Zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Missy Elliott. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  9. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Missy Elliott. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Missy Elliott > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Missy Elliott. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Ching-a-Ling Nomads, a motorcycle club Chuck Zito belonged to in New York, before joining the Hells Angels