Mr. Wendal

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"Mr. Wendal"
Single by Arrested Development
from the album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...
Released 1992
Format 7-inch single, 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Recorded 1991
Genre Alternative hip hop, R&B
Label EMI/Chrysalis Records
Certification Gold
Arrested Development singles chronology
"Revolution"
(1992)
"Mr. Wendal"
(1992)
"Ease My Mind"
(1994)

"Mr. Wendal" is a song recorded by American rap group Arrested Development in 1992, from their most commercially successful album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of....

In the United States, the song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 500,000 copies and earning a gold certification.[1][2] Additionally, it peaked within the top ten on the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

During a performance[which?] of the song in 1993, members of the homeless community were invited on stage during the performance, furthering the message of the song.[citation needed]

Content[edit]

The song was written about the plight of the homeless and encourages people not to ignore them just because of their status or how they look, instead to learn from their non-materialistic lifestyles.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Keith Ward.[citation needed]

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 7
Canada Dance (RPM)[4] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 34
France (SNEP)[6] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 42
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[11] 4
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 1
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 27
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles 4
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 6
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 5
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard (BPI Communications) 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "American certifications – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / Revolution". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  5. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / Revolution" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / Revolution". GfK Entertainment.
  8. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / Revolution" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal / Revolution". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "The Real Thing", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)

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