I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)

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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
Single by Pitbull
from the album Rebelution
Released February 24, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip house, latin pop, reggaeton
Length 3:57
Label The Orchard, Ultra, J, Polo Grounds, Mr. 305
Writer(s) Armando Peréz, Edward Bello, Daniel Seraphine, David Wolinsky, Nicola Fasano, Paul Gonella, Stefano Bosco
Producer(s) Lil Jon
Certification Gold (RIANZ)
3x Platinum (CRIA)
2x Platinum (RIAA)
Pitbull singles chronology
"Shooting Star"
(2009)
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
(2009)
"Blanco"
(2009)
Music video
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" on YouTube

Note: Video is not available worldwide due to licensing restrictions (geo-blocked) from viewing in certain countries)

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is a song by hip-hop artist Pitbull released as the second single from the album, Rebelution. The song samples "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)" by Bucketheads and "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. The core is from a song by Dominican rappers El Cata and Omega.[1] The title is a reference to Calle Ocho, a street in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. The song premiered on the Miami radio station WPOW. It has also been featured in Dance Central, the Xbox 360 Kinect-based dancing game, Dance Dance Revolution X2 for PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 PlayStation Move-based dancing game SingStar Dance, and in the pilot of Suburgatory.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was first released on March 9, 2009 by Ultra Records on YouTube and was directed by Marcus Thompson. It features Pitbull, Nayer and models Sagia Castañeda, Maria Milian, Angelica Casañas. It, has received over 220 million views[3] even though this particular upload is not available for worldwide viewership due to licensing restrictions in certain countries.

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" was the #1 most viewed music video on YouTube in 2009. The video received 82 million views, easily beating out the 2nd and 3rd most viewed videos both by Disney star Miley Cyrus, "The Climb" (64 million views) and "Party In The USA" (54 million views).[4]

The official music video version (without the credits of "Ultra Records" at the start) was released onto Pitbull's official VEVO channel on May 25, 2011. It has received over 942.422 views.[5]

Composition[edit]

A 30 second sample of "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" where the chorus is played.

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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is an uptempo syncopated hip hop groove with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook while combining eurodance synths with a tribal house-oriented beat. The song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute and is written in the key of D minor. Pitbull's vocal range spans from C4 to Bb4. The song is a vocal mix of "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano Vs Pat-Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. For the release by Pitbull, the sample of "Street Player" was replayed by Mark Summers at Scorccio Sample Replays.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews with Billboard.com editor Michael Menachem giving the single a favorable review:

"Pitbull delivers some Little Havana to the club scene with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." The clever meshing of reggaetón with Euro dance music signals what looks like a multiformat smash. At the core is an acoustic guitar and a sizzling rhythm, with hot horns in the form of a sample that just keeps on giving: Chicago's "Street Player," which appeared in the '90s techno hit "The Bomb" by the Bucketheads. Mainstream radio missed out on Pitbull's previous single "Krazy," featuring Lil Jon, but "Calle Ocho" is already on the top half of the Billboard Hot 100, and the temperature on the street and in the clubs is rising".[6]

Fraser McAlpine of the BBC also favored it. He said it was meant to be sexy given how Pitbull performed the verses, but is fun and 'more gigglesome than wrigglesome', and wondered if its effect would vary between listeners of different genders:

"I don't know if it has a different effect on The Ladies, but I'm basically fine with a pumped up dance version of a very familiar piece of music, with a funny man on the top shouting about how aroused he is and occasionally counting on his fingers."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is Pitbull's first single to be internationally successful. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S, which made it Pitbull's most successful single to date until "Give Me Everything" hit #1 and the song also became his second top 10 hit. It also reached #1 on French charts and #4 on Mainstream Top 40 radio. In the UK the single debuted at #53 then raising to #28 the following week, in the third week it reached 13 and in the fourth week it reached #9, giving Pitbull his first top 10 single in the UK. The following week it moved up again to #7, peaking at #4 a week later.

The song has also peaked at #7 in Australia making it his first song to hit the top 10 there, while in Spain the song reached #1 and has been certified 3 times Platinum with sales over 120,000 units.

In New Zealand, the song peaked at number three and was certified Platinum, selling over 15,000 copies.[8]

As of June 2011, "I Know You Want Me" has sold 3.2 million digital copies in the United States.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Album[edit]

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [Official Album Version][10] - 3:57

iTunes EP[edit]

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Radio Edit] - 3:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [Radio Edit] - 4:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Mix] - 3:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Extended Mix] - 4:26

Promo CD[edit]

  1. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Cold) - 3:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Fade) - 4:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Spanish Bridge Version) - 3:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (More English Extended Mix) - 3:49
  5. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Why Is Being Calle Ocho To Me? Remix) - 6:56
  6. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Mix) - 4:26
  7. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Instrumental Mix) - 6:04
  8. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (featuring Yomo) 4:14

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 2
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[16] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[17] 6
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[18] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 2
France (SNEP)[20] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[21] 8
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[22] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 5
Israel (Media Forest)[24] 1
Italy (FIMI)[25] 6
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[26] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[30] 5
Poland (Dance Top 50)[31] 16
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[32] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[33] 23
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 2
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[39] 6
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[40] 4
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[41] 2
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[42] 27
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[43] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[44] 4
US Tropical Airplay (Billboard)[45] 10
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[46] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[47] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 15,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[49] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[51] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[52] Platinum 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[53] Platinum 15,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[54] 3× Platinum 120,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[57] 3× Platinum 3,211,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone








Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Australia (ARIA)[58] 21
Canadian Hot 100[59] 7
France (SNEP)[60] 7
German Singles Chart[61] 37
Hungarian Airplay Chart[62] 28
Italy (FIMI)[63] 26
New Zealand Singles Chart[64] 20
Spanish Singles Chart[65] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[66] 11
UK Singles Chart[67] 59
US Billboard Hot 100[68] 17
Chart (2010) Position
Hungarian Airplay Chart[69] 55

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Beggin'" by Madcon
Dutch Top 40 number-one hits
July 4, 2009 - August 7, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas
Belgian (Flanders) singles chart number-one single
July 4, 2009 - July 11, 2009
Succeeded by
"Black out" by Milk Inc.
Preceded by
"Ça m'énerve" by Helmut Fritz
French Singles Chart number-one single
July 12, 2009 - September 6, 2009
Succeeded by
"Sextonik" by Mylène Farmer
Preceded by
"When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
August 1, 2009 - September 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Romanian Top 100 number-one single
September 20, 2009 - October 11, 2009
Succeeded by
"Amazing" by Inna

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