|Single by Bomfunk MC's|
|from the album In Stereo|
|Released||October 1999 (Finland)
14 February 2000 (Worldwide)
|Format||CD Single, 12"|
|Genre||Nu breaks, hip hop, breakbeat, big beat|
|Writer(s)||Raymond Ebanks, Jaakko Salovaara|
|Bomfunk MC's singles chronology|
"Freestyler" is a single by Finnish breakbeat band Bomfunk MC's. It was released in October 1999 in Finland as the third single from their debut studio album In Stereo. It was released in February 2000 internationally and was a worldwide success, topping the charts in Sweden, Germany, Australia, Norway, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. It also peaked at number two in Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The music video was mainly filmed at the Hakaniemi metro station, an underground station on the Helsinki Metro line, in Finland and with platforms 21 metres below sea level. The principal "home boy" featured in the video is Marlo Snellman, a Finnish model and musician who later released his own single entitled "Dust" and today is working as producer for his own projects such as "Hipsters" and "Okta". The actor was only fifteen at the time of shooting and got the part through his mother, Finnish modelling magnate Laila Snellman. Marlo Snellman appears briefly in another Bomfunk MC music video, "B-Boys & Flygirls".
The video begins with Snellman catching a train while listening to "Freestyler" on his MP3 player. A character sits across him in the train, who is played by Raymond Ebanks (B.O. Dubb), the lead singer of the Bomfunk MC's, and who imbues Snellman with the power to control the flow of time for one or a group of individuals. Realising this ability, Snellman spends the duration of the video pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding dancers and people on his journey until coming across the members of Bomfunk MC's, where the remote control stops functioning and the whole video is sent into a rapid rewind back to the beginning. The music video may be inspired by[original research?] and seems to use similar themes as Ferry Corsten's 1999 "Out of the blue" music video. The music video is a play on themes of empowerment, with the power of the music being transferred to and in the end taken from Snellman, by Ebanks.
The music video was later parodied by the hip hop group Raptori for their song Hiphopmusiikkia. In 2011 the beginning scene was also remade in the music video for a DJ RZY release Tervetuloo Helsinkiin.
- CD maxi – Europe (2000)
- "Freestyler" (Radio Edit) – 2:52
- "Freestyler" (Alternative Radio Edit) – 4:07
- "Freestyler" (Happy Mickey Mouse Mix) – 4:48
- "Freestyler" (Missing Link Remix) – 5:40
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||1|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||1|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||4|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||1|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||47|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||31|
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|Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
July 9, 2000 – July 23, 2000
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|RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single (first run)
10 September 2000
by Robbie Williams
by Robbie Williams
|RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single (second run)
24 September 2000
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