Perfect Gentleman (Wyclef Jean song)

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"Perfect Gentleman"
Single by Wyclef Jean
from the album The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
Released July 9, 2001
Format CD Single
Recorded 2000
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:09
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, Wyclef Jean & Hope Harris
Producer(s) Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean singles chronology
"911"
(2000)
"Perfect Gentleman"
(2001)
"Wish You Were Here"
(2001)

"Perfect Gentleman" is the third single released from American recording artist Wyclef Jean's second studio album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. It features a guest verse by rapper and co-writer Hope Harris.[1] In the United States, the song reached number one hundred and eight on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop, and failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, "Perfect Gentleman" peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, where the single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[2][3]

The song cites Chris Rock's spoken-word piece "No Sex (In the Champagne Room)".

Cover versions[edit]

"Perfect Gentleman" was covered by the reggae rock band Slightly Stoopid on their 2003 LP Everything You Need.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Washington D.C and features a scene outside The White House. The video shows Jean in a large ballroom, performing the song to the crowd. It later features Jean as a college dean, outlining his plans for being the Perfect Gentleman.

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2001 Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 8
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[8] 6
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 33
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 34
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 4
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 8
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[18] 21
2013 UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[19] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 70

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 75
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 26

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single (671052 2)
  1. "Perfect Gentleman" (LP version) – 4:09
  2. "Perfect Gentleman" (Vinyl remix) (feat. Xzibit and King Yellowman) – 4:38
  3. "Perfect Gentleman" (Kelly G House mix) – 8:25
  4. "Perfect Gentleman" (CD-ROM video) – 4:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope (5) Discography
  2. ^ http://www.polyhex.com/music/chartruns/chartruns.php
  3. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=29578
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". Tracklisten. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 43. August 4, 2001. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 34, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". VG-lista. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". Singles Top 60. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Wyclef Jean: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop: May 12, 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-05-11" UK Dance Chart. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  20. ^ "JAHRESHITPARADE 2001" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  21. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 2001". hitlistan.se. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Year-end 2001". UKChartsPlus. Retrieved May 24, 2014.