Düm Tek Tek

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"Düm Tek Tek"
Single by Hadise
from the album Fast Life
Released January 1, 2009
April 9, 2009 (Turkish EP)
May 25, 2009 (Netherlands)
Format Radio single,
CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Dance-pop, pop folk
Length 3:02
17:00 (Turkish EP)
Label EMI Belgium
Pasaj Müzik (Turkish EP)
EMI/Virgin (Netherlands)
Writer(s) Hadise & Stefan Fernande
Producer(s) Sinan Akçıl
Hadise singles chronology
"Aşkkolik"
(2008)
"Düm Tek Tek"
(2009)
"Fast Life"
(2009)
Alternative cover
Turkish EP Cover
Alternative cover
Japanese Single Cover
Turkey "Düm Tek Tek"
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entry
Country Turkey
Artist(s) Hadise
Language English
Composer(s) Sinan Akçıl
Lyricist(s) Sinan Akçıl, Hadise, Stefan Fernande
Finals performance
Semi-final result 2nd
Semi-final points 172
Final result 4th
Final points 177
Appearance chronology
◄ "Deli" (2008)   
"We Could Be The Same" (2010) ►

"Düm Tek Tek" is a song by Belgium born Turkish singer Hadise that was performed as the Turkish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia.

The song was performed 9th at the first semi-final of the contest on 12 May, following Switzerland's Lovebugs with "The Highest Heights" and preceding Israel's Noa and Mira Awad with "There Must Be Another Way" and finished 2nd with 172 points. It was performed 18th at the final of the contest on 16 May, following Germany's Alex Swings Oscar Sings! with "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" and preceding Albania's Kejsi Tola with "Carry Me in Your Dreams" and finished 4th with 177 points.

Release[edit]

Düm Tek Tek was revealed during TRT's special New Year's Eve show in Turkey. The show was broadcast both online through TRT International and on television.

Reception[edit]

In Belgium, "Düm Tek Tek" entered the Ultratop 50 (Flanders) at 36, where it stayed there for a week before dropping out of the charts.[1] It soon became number one, defeating "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.[2] It also entered the Ultratop 50 (Wallonia) at 27, marking Hadise first appearance on any Wallonia chart.

Eurovision Song Contest 2009[edit]

"Düm Tek Tek" was chosen by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT). Hadise had prepared three songs as candidates for the contest, which she submitted to TRT for consideration.[3]

Hadise started off her promo tour in Malta, appearing on 5 popular television shows including the National Final of Malta in which their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, What If We by Chiara, was chosen. Her second destination was National Final of Greece in which their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, This Is Our Night by Sakis Rouvas, was chosen. Then she started her Balkan tour in Komotini, Greece. Her second stop was Skopje, Macedonia. She also visited Albania, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova.

In a reaction to the first semi-final, Hadise said it is a miracle that she made it to the final as she was sick. In reaction to her birth country Belgium not making it to the final, she said that she represents both countries (Turkey and Belgium) and that she always felt that way.[4]

The song finished the contest placing 4th with 177 points overall.[5]

Style and lyrical content[edit]

The lyrics of "Düm Tek Tek" were written by Hadise, Sinan Akçıl and Stefaan Fernande, while the music was composed by Sinan Akçıl.[6] The song resembles the previous winning Turkish song "Everyway That I Can", in the sense that both are up-tempo songs with a Turkish flavor[3] (though the lyrics suggest it is a love song). The song itself is performed in English, with the hook being in Turkish. "Düm Tek Tek" is a phrase formed by the Turkish music instrument darbuka, so it can't readily be translated into other languages, though it has been said that "boom bang bang" is one English equivalent.[7] It has been described as a "rhythmic pattern of Turkish music which is similar to vals in western music".[6] In the song "Düm Tek Tek" symbolizes heartbeats according to the song's lyrics:

Can you feel the rhythm in my heart?

The beat's going Düm Tek Tek!

Music video[edit]

Hadise in "Düm Tek Tek" video.

During the month of March, a music video for "Düm Tek Tek" was shot. Snippets of the "Düm Tek Tek" video were shown during news broadcasts on VRT and Vtm, in Belgium, showing Hadise dancing within flame-like figures.[8] The version of the song featured in the music video differs to the original as it has a new, more lively beat. The music video was edited in several ways, resulting in three different versions of the video being presented to TRT; one of the three was later leaked on the internet. The selected music video for "Düm Tek Tek" was set to premiere during the TRT news on March 15 however, the video release was postponed as it was said TRT was unable to decide; it was later revealed that TRT decided to send the video which was shot for TRT's New Year's Eve show.[9]

Controversy[edit]

The music video for Dum Tek Tek, was leaked on the internet, the video was labelled as being too erotic, and was thought to be the reason why TRT didn't release the video, however Hadise's manager Süheyl Atay denied these claims and was quoted as saying:

"TRT has no attitudes or enforcements restricting the productivity of the artist like it has never had up to now. The claims appearing on the Turkish press since 22nd March 2009 do not reflect the reality." Atay said that the montage process of the clip is still going on and the clip asserted to be the official one is only one of the 3 clip samples being delivered to TRT. "As can be understood from the quality of the images, the clip is not the final official version of the video clip. The process is going on, and the real clip will be made public by TRT as soon as possible." said Süheyl Atak.[10]

Track listings[edit]

  • Belgian - Single
  1. "Düm Tek Tek" - 3:02
  • Turkish - EP
  1. "Düm Tek Tek" - 3:03
  2. "Deli Oğlan" - 3:11
  3. "Stir Me Up" - 3:28
  4. "Aşkkolik" - 4:05
  5. "A Good Kiss" - 3:11
  1. "Düm Tek Tek" - 3:02
  2. "My Body (Radio Edit)" - 3:07
  3. "Düm Tek Tek (Club Mix)" - 4:02
  4. "My Body (Lotion Remix)" - 5:03

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Turkey January 1, 2009 Pasaj Müzik Radio single
April 9, 2009[12] Pasaj Müzik EP
Belgium March 9, 2009 EMI Belgium Radio single
March 30, 2009[13] EMI Belgium CD single
Netherlands May 25, 2009[14] EMI CD single
Japan August 5, 2009[15] EMI Japan CD single

Chart performance[edit]

"Düm Tek Tek" topped the Belgium Flanders Chart and stayed at the top for 3 weeks, and spent 12 weeks on the chart. Also in Wallonia the song reached #24 and stayed on the charts

for 5 weeks. In Greece Billboard Chart, the song spent 8 weeks on the chart with a peak position of #2. The song is also successful in Scandinavia. It charted in Swedish Singles Chart and reached #12, in Finnish Official Download Chart it peaked #29. The song also reached #70 in the German Singles Chart #73 in the Swiss Singles Chart and #99 in the Dutch Singles Chart. In Russia, the song started rotation on May 28, and peaked #400 on its first day, consequently it succeeded number #251. The song also entered the UK Singles Chart on May 30, with a peak position of #127. Due to the popularity of the song in the European countries' charts, the song succeeded to chart in Eurochart Hot 100 Singles and peaked there #64. "Düm Tek Tek" has not charted in the Turkish Charts yet. The song is playing on both the radios which play Turkish music and foreign music. So the song's charted list is unknown.

After the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, "Düm Tek Tek" gained popularity on iTunes across Europe, in countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom, where the song entered the iTunes Top 100.

The ringtone of Düm Tek Tek already was a smash hit in Japan. On 5 August Hadise's Eurovision Song Contest entry will also be released on single in Japan. EMI Music Japan released a TV commercial and a Japanese Hadise website to promote the Belgian Turkish singer, this made Düm Tek Tek a hit in the Japanese charts. The ringtone charts in Japan already proved that the sound of Düm Tek Tek appealed to Japanese public. On 5 August the song that finished fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was released as a single in Japan.

In order to promote the Belgian Turkish singer and her hit song Düm Tek Tek EMI Music Japan released the video clip of Düm Tek Tek and a Hadise TV commercial in Japan.

A cover version in Afrikaans was released in South Africa by Andriette.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgian Flanders Chart[16] 1
Belgian Wallonia Chart[17] 24
Dutch Singles Chart[18] 99
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[19] 64
Finnish Singles Chart[20] 29
German Singles Chart[21] 70
Japan Hot 100[22] 21
Japan Top Airplay[23] 16
Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay[24] 27
Swedish Singles Chart[25] 12
Swiss Singles Chart[26] 73
Turkish Singles Chart[27] 1
UK Singles Chart[28] 127

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Deli
Turkish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest
2009
Succeeded by
We Could Be the Same