Eiffel 65

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Eiffel 65
Eiffel 65 live in Belgium 2.jpg
Eiffel 65 performing at Ethias Arena, Hasselt (April 2013)
Background information
Origin Turin, Italy
Genres Eurodance, Italo dance
Years active 1998–2005, 2010–present
Labels BlissCorporation, Universal, Republic, Popular, Universal International
Associated acts Bloom 06, Bliss Team
Website eiffel65.com
Members Jeffrey Jey
Maurizio Lobina
Gabry Ponte

Eiffel 65 is an Italian three-piece Italo dance/Eurodance group consisting of Jeffrey Jey, Gabry Ponte and Maurizio Lobina. They are known chiefly for their high-charting singles, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" and "Move Your Body", and their 1999 studio album Europop. Their next two albums, Contact! (2001) and their 2003 self-titled album, did not have much international success, but still managed to chart in Italy.

Biography[edit]

Formation[edit]

Randone, Ponte and Lobina met each other at Bliss Corporation, which was founded in 1992 by Massimo Gabutti. A computer chose the name Eiffel randomly from a group of words the three liked. The number 65 was added mistakenly to an early pressing of their first single, Blue (Da Ba Dee).[1] Jeffrey Jey explained:

We have this little program on the computer that helps us choose the name, and that's how 'Eiffel' came out, but the '65' issue is really strange, because no one actually chose the 65 number. We went to the producer, 'What happened?' So he started looking for an answer, and what happened was, he was writing a phone number on a piece of paper, and two digits of the phone number ended up on the label copy. That's the piece of paper the graphic artist gets to make the sleeve and all the information on the record. He thought we put that on afterward, and he just fused it together with the name. So it became a lucky charm for us."[2]

1998–2005[edit]

Eiffel 65 is best known for using pitch correction and Auto-Tune, and for their international chart-topping hits "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" and "Move Your Body", which appeared on their album Europop, released in late 1999.

Eiffel 65 achieved considerable success in Italy, the rest of Europe, United States, and Canada. Europop peaked in the top five on the Billboard 200, was at the top of the MuchMusic countdown, and sold over two million units. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts.[3]

Eiffel 65 also made thirty remixes of tracks by other artists like "The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang, Nek's hit single "La vita è" and S Club 7's "Reach" between 1999 and 2002 and in early 2005 a remix of Yo Yo Mundi's "L'ultimo testimone".

Bloom 06[edit]

In early March 2005 the group's DJ, Gabry Ponte, broke up the group to be able to focus on his solo career. On 16 May 2005, the remaining two members, Maurizio Lobina and Jeffrey Jey, left Bliss Corporation to continue on their own with their own production company. Since the name "Eiffel 65" was a property of Bliss Corporation, the duo decided to continue under a new name, as announced in June 2006, Bloom 06.

Eiffel 65's long anticipated fourth album, under the working title Crash Test, had already finished production by the time of Maury's and Jeffrey's departure from Bliss Corporation. It was renamed, Crash Test 01, and was released by the new band, Bloom 06, on 13 October 2006. The album contains lyrics in both English and Italian.

Reformation[edit]

Bliss Corporation had confirmed that a new Eiffel 65 line-up would make their debut in summer of 2007 but then the debut was postponed. In 2009 Bliss Corporation began to promote work from older bands by subtitling music videos and releasing "unseen" video footage from Eiffel 65. In June 2010, it was announced on the Bloom 06 website that Eiffel 65 would reunite once more for production of new recordings as well as touring.[4] In an April 2012 interview, Jeffrey Jey commented on the progress of the new album:

...the progress is slow because we work in three different places...and of all the demos probably two, maybe three of these songs are what we call “the candidates” for our new single. We’re not able to get a unanimous decision on one song, so that is what’s making the release continuously slide...It’s really hard to say when we will release a new [song]...Hopefully within the next two or three months we will be fixing the songs that we think are the good candidates and putting them online.[5]

In the meantime they are touring Europe with their New Planet Tour, a multimedia show with wide screens. In the summer of 2012, it was announced on their official site that a Mini Tour in Australia would commence. The band has continued to tour in 2013 and 2014.[6][7]

Zorotl[edit]

Zorotl is a character created by the Bliss Corporation and featured in the videos for "Move Your Body", "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", and "Lucky (In My Life)". In 2000 the Bliss Corporation made a video for the unreleased Eiffel 65 song "I Wanna Be". An alpha version of the video appeared as enhanced content for Eiffel's single "Too Much of Heaven"; the song is credited to Zorotl even though it was recorded by members of Eiffel 65, so Zorotl is considered a virtual group.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
ITA
[8]
AUS
[9]
AUT
[10]
FIN
[11]
FRA
[12]
GER
[13]
NZ
[14]
SWI
[15]
UK
[16]
US
[17]
Europop 13 18 16 5 6 37 4 19 12 4
Contact!
  • Released: 24 July 2001
  • Label: Popular
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
17
Eiffel 65
  • Released: 8 April 2003
  • Label: Universal International
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[24]
AUS
[9]
AUT
[10]
FRA
[12]
GER
[25]
NZ
[14]
SWE
[26]
SWI
[15]
UK
[16]
US
[27]
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" 1999 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 Europop
"Move Your Body" 5 4 1 1 4 6 8 2 3
"Too Much of Heaven" 2 50 30 20 35 49 52 22
"My Console" 2000
"One Goal" 2001 37 Contact!
"Back in Time" 12
"Lucky (In My Life)" 13 23 68 57 56 74
"80's Stars" 2002 9
"Losing You"
"Cosa resterà (In a Song)" 12 Eiffel 65
"Quelli che non hanno età" 2003 5
"Viaggia Insieme a Me" 13
"Una notte e forse mai più" 10
"Tu Credi" 2004 62
"Voglia di Dance All Night" 26
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Episode I[edit]

Episode I
EP by Eiffel 65
Released 1999
Genre Electronic
Length 54:26
Label Skooby Records
Producer Massimo Gabutti & Luciano Zucchet
Eiffel 65 chronology
Episode I (EP)
(1999)
Episode II (EP)
(2000)

Episode I is an EP by Eiffel 65 which features remixes from their 1999 album Europop.

Track listings[edit]

  • A1 Move Your Body (DJ Gabry Ponte Original Club) (5:54)
  • A2 Move Your Body (Roby Molinaro Forge Edit) (7:03)
  • B1 Move Your Body (DJ Gabry Ponte Speed Cut) (5:31)
  • B2 Move Your Body (Casino Machine Paris Dub) (7:05)
  • B3 Move Your Body (DJ Gregory Kolla & Alex X Funk Claywork Mix) (6:20)
  • C1 My Console (DJ Gabry Ponte Console Mix) (6:48)
  • C2 Europop (Album Kraft Mix) (5:28)
  • D1 Europop (Roby Molinaro Parade Mix) (5:10)
  • D2 Europop (No Fear Trance Mix) (6:27)

Episode II[edit]

Episode II
EP by Eiffel 65
Released 2000
Genre Electronic
Length 46:54
Label Skooby Records
Producer Massimo Gabutti & Luciano Zucchet
Eiffel 65 chronology
Episode I (EP)
(1999)
Episode II (EP)
(2000)

Episode II is an EP by Eiffel 65 like Episode I this EP features remixes of their recent album this album features remixes and alternative versions of songs from their 2001 album Contact!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sibilla, Gianni (January 22, 2000). Eiffel 65 Spin 'Blue' Into Gold. VH1. Accessed from April 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Johnson, Tina (February 11, 2000). Eiffel 65 On Accidental Origins Of Its Name. MTV. Accessed from May 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Eiffel 65
  4. ^ "bloom06.com". bloom06.com. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  5. ^ "IlTedesco, Eiffel65’s forum Mod, made an interview with Jeffrey Jey". Bliss Corporation. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Eiffel 65 - New Planet Tour". Official Eiffel 65 Website. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eiffel 65 - New Planet Tour Schedule". Facebook. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
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  18. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
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  24. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Italy:
    • All except "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", "80's Stars", "Tu Credi" and "Voglia di Dance All Night": "Discography Eiffel 65". italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
    • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", "80's Stars", "Tu Credi" and "Voglia di Dance All Night": "Indice per Interprete: E" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
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  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
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  35. ^ "Top 50 Singles: Chart #1199 (Sunday 5 March 2000)". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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