Finally (CeCe Peniston song)

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"Finally"
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally
B-side Remix
"We Got a Love Thang"
Released September 21, 1991
Format CD single
CD maxi
7" single
12" maxi
Recorded 1991
Genre House, dance-pop
Length 4:10
Label A&M
Writer(s) CeCe Peniston
Felipe Delgado
E.L. Linnear
Producer(s) Felipe Delgado
Certification

Gold (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)

Music video
"Finally" on YouTube
CeCe Peniston singles chronology
"Finally"
(1991)
"I Like It"
(1991)

"Finally" is a 1991 song by the musician CeCe Peniston. A dance mix of this song was made, and this remixed version was used in many dance music compilations. "Finally" became Peniston's first (and biggest) hit song, peaking at number five on the US Hot 100 in January 1992 and becoming her only U.S. top-ten hit to date. Prior to that, it was also successful on the US Dance chart, where it spent two weeks at number one in late 1991. In addition, the song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in a remixed version.

The song is based on the piano riff from the house music classic "Someday" by CeCe Rogers from 1987. (the Ce Ce connection being purely coincidental) which was also the basis for rave music classic "Sweet Harmony" by Liquid in 1991.

The song features in the 1998 film Bimboland produced by Ariel Zeitoun. The 7-inch Choice Mix was used in the 1993 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and featured on its soundtrack album. The song is also featured in the stage musical based on the film.

For her ninth tour Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour that resumed on November 11, 2006 at Sydney Entertainment Centre (ended on January 23, 2007), Kylie Minogue used elements of Peniston's song when performing her 2000 comeback single "Spinning Around", co-written by Paula Abdul. In November 2009, pop musician Lady Gaga used excerpts of "Finally" for the opening of The Monster Ball Tour in her song "Dance in the Dark". In July 2014, British singer Matt Fishel released a cover version of "Finally", which is included on his EP Cover Boy.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Lost in Music"
by Stereo MC's
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play
number-one single

October 26, 1991 – November 2, 1991
Succeeded by
"The Pressure Part 1"
by Sounds of Blackness
Preceded by
"Running Back to You"
by Vanessa L. Williams
Canadian RPM 10 Dance/Urban
number-one single

November 16, 1991 – November 23, 1991
Succeeded by
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
by P.M. Dawn

Music awards and nominations[edit]

ASCAP Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 "Finally" Song of the Year[18] Won
Pop Songwriter of the Year[18] Won
Most Performed Song of the Year[18] Won

Billboard Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 "Finally" Best Director (Claude Borenzweig) – Dance[19] Won
Best New Artist – Dance[19] Won
Best Female Artist – Dance[19] Nominated

BMI Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 "Finally" Urban Award of Achievement[18] Won

VH1 Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2000 "Finally" 100 Greatest Dance Songs[20] Nominated

Winter Music Conference Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 "Finally" Best New Dance Artist[18] Won
Best Dance Artist – Solo[18] Won
Best 12" Dance Record[18] Won

Finally 1997[edit]

"Finally '97"
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally 1997
B-side Remix
"We Got a Love Thang"
"Hit by Love"
Released September 1997
Format CD single
CD maxi
12" Maxi
Recorded 1991
Genre House
Dance-Pop
Length 3:26
Label A&M
AM:PM
Writer(s) CeCe Peniston
Felipe Delgado
E.L. Linnear
Producer(s)

Felipe Delgado
Rodney K. Jackson
David Morales
Manny Lehman
Mark Mazzetti

Music video
"Finally '97" on YouTube
CeCe Peniston singles chronology
"Before I Lay"
(1996)
"Finally '97"
(1997)
"Somebody Else's Guy"
(1998)

In 1997, "Finally" was remixed by Eric Kupper to enhance the overseas issue of singer's 92's album Finally, which was re-released in Europe and Japan along with her greatest collection The Best Of CeCe Peniston .

The new remixed version of the song entitled "Classic Funk Mix" (aka "Finally '97") successfully re-entered the British charts, peaking on September 13 at number twenty six in UK Singles Chart,[3] and brought Peniston record of having three chart entries with the one and the same title (in March 92, in September 97).

Credits and personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD Maxi, Europe, 582 383-2[1]
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  2. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  3. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
CD Maxi, UK, 582 343-2[1]
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  3. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  5. "Finally" (Sharp's System Vocal) – 8:16
  6. "Finally" (Sharp's Funky Mirror Ball Dub) – 6:00
CD Maxi, UK, 582 345-2[1]
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Choice' Mix) – 4:09
  3. "We Got a Love Thang" (Silky 7") – 4:28
  4. "Hit by Love" (LP Version) – 4:34
12" Maxi, Italy, ZAC 243[1]
  1. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  2. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  3. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  4. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
12" Maxi, UK, Promo, Double, 582 343-1[1]
  1. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  2. "Finally" (Sharp's System Vocal) – 8:16
  3. "Finally" (Acappella)
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  5. "Finally" (Sharp's Funky Mirror Ball Dub) – 6:00
  6. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  7. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:05
12" Maxi, UK, Promo, Double, AMPMDJ 097[1]
  1. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  2. "Finally" (Sharp's System Vocal) – 8:16
  3. "Finally" (Acappella)
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  5. "Finally" (Sharp's Funky Mirror Ball Dub) – 6:00
  6. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  7. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:05

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Top 75 Singles[3] 26

Finally 2008[edit]

"Finally 2008"
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Mastermix: Pro Dance 08
B-side Remix
Released 2008
Format digital single
Recorded 2008
Genre House
Dance-Pop
Length 7:05
Label Bimbo Rock
Writer(s) CeCe Peniston
Felipe Delgado
E.L. Linnear
Producer(s) Felipe Delgado
Rodney K. Jackson
David Morales
CeCe Peniston singles chronology
"Still I"
(2007)
"Finally '08"
(2008)
"Above Horizons"
(2009)

In the summer of 2008, the song was remixed by Kam Denny, an Australian DJ/producer, and Paul Zala, also electro/house DJ based in Melbourne. Entitled as "Kam Denny & Paul Zala Remix", respectively "Vandalism Remix", the single was released on Bimbo Rock record label.

The new adaptation gained underground house music popularity, hit the ARIA club charts lasting consecutive weeks at number one with their adaptation of the Peniston's "Finally" and spent several days at number one as the most downloaded track on Beatport.[21]

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • CeCe Peniston – lead vocals, writer
  • Felipe Delgado – producer, co-writer
  • R.K. Jackson – co-producer
  • E.L. Linnear – co-writer
  • Kam Denny – remix
  • Paul Zala – remix

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Global Dance Tracks[22] 33

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Top 50 Club Tracks[23] 17

Finally 2011[edit]

"Finally 2011"
Single by CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders
B-side Remix
Released 2011, October 3
Format digital single
Recorded 2011
Genre House
Dance-Pop
Length 3:16
Label Perfecto Records
Writer(s) CeCe Peniston
Felipe Delgado
E.L. Linnear
Producer(s)

Paul Oakenfold

Music video
"Finally (Oakenfold Mix)" on YouTube
CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders singles chronology
"Keep On Flossing"
(2011)
"Finally '11"
(2011)
"Celebrate"
(2012)

At the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of "Finally," Peniston made a remix of the song with Paul Oakenfold, featuring Joyriders, and supported also by music video.[24] The song will be attached to her new studio album CeCe.[25]

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • CeCe Peniston – lead vocals, writer
  • Felipe Delgado – producer, co-writer
  • R.K. Jackson – co-producer
  • E.L. Linnear – co-writer
  • Paul Oakenfold – remix

Track listings[edit]

Digital Single, Maxi[1]
  1. "Finally" (Roman Hunter Remix) – 7:03
  2. "Finally" (Digitalchord Remix) – 7:00
  3. "Finally" (Zen Freeman & Remy Le Duc Remix) – 6:03
  4. "Finally" (Tiger Stripes Remix) – 7:22
  5. "Finally" (DJ Cii Remix) – 2:31

Matt Fishel cover[edit]

Cover art for Matt Fishel's Cover Boy EP.

In 2014, "Finally" was covered by British singer Matt Fishel and was released as the lead single from his EP of cover versions, titled Cover Boy. Fishel's version of the song is guitar-led and has a distinctly rockier edge than Peniston's original, containing elements of Punk rock, Pop punk, Alternative rock and Pop rock. Fishel's version also maintains the original’s lyrics and use of male pronouns, meaning his version is sung from a gay male perspective.[26] It appears as the third track on Fishel's Cover Boy EP, released internationally by Young Lust Records on 14 July 2014.[27][28]

The official music video for Fishel's version of the song was released on 13 July 2014 on Fishel's YouTube channel[29] and is the result of a collaborative video project in which Fishel asked his fans to submit their photographs for inclusion in a video celebrating international Pride.[26] The video displays the song's lyrics on the screen alongside a fast-paced photo montage of all the submitted fan photos, which include many LGBT couples hugging, kissing, getting married and celebrating Gay pride, as well as heterosexual couples and individual 'selfies', submitted by Fishel's fans from over twenty countries around the world[29] "in celebration of gay pride everywhere".[30]

Howard Stump of music blog Soundtrack To My Day said Fishel's version "feels so new, so fresh. I just love it!"[31] Alex Hawley from Outrising.com called Fishel's version "awesome", describing the accompanying music video as "the perfect tribute to Pride and Unity".[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae For reviewing track lists, covers and/or additional notes regarding the all releases of the single "Finally" issued to date, follow the discogs link.
  2. ^ a b For peak positions of "Finally" single in Canadian RPM 100 chart, use the first link. For its peak position in RPM 10 Dance/Urban chart, use the second link. Note: Up to 1994 RPM published only Top 10 positions for dance/urban category, since 1995 Top 30 list is effective.
  3. ^ a b c d For peak positions of "Finally" single in UK, choose the singles link, or a chartstats link depending on a release and/or peak date to view full runs of the single(s) in England.
  4. ^ a b c For peak positions of "Finally" in USA, use the general links, and/or, in order to view there not-listed top positions, respectively additional information such as peak date(s) and/or weeks spent on chart(s), you will have to subscribe to billboard.biz website to vie also the specific billboard.biz links.
  5. ^ a b c d For peak position of "Finally" in ARIA chart, see the australiancharts link. For its top position in Australian Kent Music Report, follow the austchartbook link, respectively the hitsofalldecades link for KMR's year-end chart. For ARIA year-end chart, see the
  6. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Austria (in German)". PhonoNet Austria GesmbH. Musikmarkt. austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-03-19. "#9" 
  7. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Belgium (in Dutch)". Radio 2. Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep. 1992-02-15. top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 2011-03-20. "#16" 
  8. ^ a b For peak positions of "Finally" single in the Netherlands, follow the Dutch Top 40, or the Single Top 100 link, depending on a preferred chart list. Both are considered as the official charts in the country, however 'Nederlands Top 40' does not provide an albums chart. Note: When using the Dutch Top 40 link, click at the song's title to view its highest position placed in section called 'positieverloop'.
  9. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – France". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hunge Medien. lescharts.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. "#39" 
  10. ^ For peak positions of "Finally" single in Germany, use either the musicline.de, or the charts.de link.
  11. ^ For the peak position of "Finally" in Ireland, search either by the song's title, or the artist's name using the following link.
  12. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – New Zealand". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-03-20. "#8" 
  13. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Switzerland (in German)". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-03-20. "#12" 
  14. ^ For the top position of "Finally" in U.S. Cashbox chart, follow the either the cashboxmagazine link, or see the pdf document at hitsofalldecades link in addition.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g For peak year-end chart positions of "Finally", use a link depending on a chart territory. To check also the U.S. end-of-year positions, only billboard.biz subscribers will access the specific billboard.biz links.
  16. ^ "American Top 40 Turns 40 – Remembering 1992". American Top 40. KIIS-FM. at40.com. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  17. ^ a b For music recording sales certifications of "Finally" along with its sales quota, search by the song title or the artist's name using the BPI link for UK, while the RIAA link for USA.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g "CeCe Peniston – Awards". First Class Entertainment. gotofirstclass.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  19. ^ a b c "Peniston Leads Nominees For Billboard Music Video Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 1992-10-17. p. 79. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  20. ^ "Gaynor 'Survives' To Become VH1's Greatest Dance Song". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.biz. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  21. ^ "Paul Zala – Biography". Blake. hqcomplex.com.au. grooveisinthepark.com.au. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  22. ^ For the peak position of "Finally" in the International Global Dance Tracks chart compiled by U.S. Billboard, you will need to subscribe to billboard.biz website to review the link.
  23. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally 2008" – Australia – ARIA Top 50 Club Tracks". Australian Recording Industry Association. ARIA. aria.com.au. Retrieved 2011-03-20. "#17" 
  24. ^ "CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders – "Finally (Oakenfold Mix)". Karma Foundation. Perfecto Records. youtube.com. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  25. ^ "We Got a Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name Thang: An Interview with CeCe Peniston". Boy Culture. TypePad. 2011-06-13. boyculture.typepad.com. Retrieved 2011-07-29. "It's the twentieth anniversary of "Finally," which is nice. I'm about to do a remix of it with Paul Oakenfold." 
  26. ^ a b c Hawkey, Alex. "Finally! This Gay Singer’s New Music Video Is The Perfect Tribute To Pride And Unity", Outrising.com, USA, 18 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  27. ^ "iTunes-Music-Matt Fishel-Cover-Boy", Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  28. ^ "This week's new releases 14-07-2014", Official Charts Company, UK, 14 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  29. ^ a b "Matt Fishel - Finally (Official Music Video)" on YouTube, YouTube. 13 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  30. ^ Shaw, Andrew "MATT FISHEL CELEBRATES GAY PRIDE WITH COVER OF ‘FINALLY’", GNN Gay News Network, Australia, 15 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.
  31. ^ Stump, Howard. "Matt Fishel * Cover Boy", Soundtrack To My Day, USA, 16 July 2014. Retrieved on 28 July 2014.

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