White Knuckle Ride

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"White Knuckle Ride"
Single by Jamiroquai
from the album Rock Dust Light Star
Released 31 October 2010[1]
1 January 2011 (Physical)[2]
Format 12-inch vinyl, digital download
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Disco, house, funk
Length 3:35 (Album Version)
3:26 (Radio Edit)
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Matt Johnson, Jay Kay
Producer(s) Jay Kay
Jamiroquai singles chronology
"Runaway"
(2006)
"White Knuckle Ride"
(2010)
"Blue Skies"
(2010)

"White Knuckle Ride" is the first single from British alternative group Jamiroquai's studio album, Rock Dust Light Star.[3] The single was released via Digital Download on 31 October 2010, with a Limited Edition Vinyl release due to appear on 1 January 2011.[2] The song was written by band frontman Jay Kay and Matt Johnson. It is the band's first record to be released under Mercury Records.[3][4] The band's official website originally announced that the single would be released on 11 October.[3] The band describe "White Knuckle Ride" as "a hi-octane retrospective on Jay's career experiences - a cautionary tale equally applicable to anyone's life in these pressure cooker times."[4] It appears that the Jamiroquai logo typeface has been stretched vertically for this release. The video for the single was made available on the group's YouTube account on 25 September.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download[1] and CD Single[6]
  1. "White Knuckle Ride" - 3:35
Promotional CD Single #1[6]
  1. "White Knuckle Ride" (Radio Edit) - 3:26
  2. "White Knuckle Ride" (Seamus Haji Radio Edit) - 3:00
  3. "White Knuckle Ride" (Seamus Haji Remix) - 6:39
  4. "White Knuckle Ride" (Seamus Haji Instrumental) - 6:39
  5. "White Knuckle Ride" (Monarchy Remix) - 7:00
  6. "White Knuckle Ride" (Monarchy Dub) - 6:45
  7. "White Knuckle Ride" (Penguin Prison Remix) - 5:36
  8. "White Knuckle Ride" (Penguin Prison Instrumental) - 5:28
Promotional CD Single #2 and UK Limited Edition 12-inch vinyl[2][7]
  1. "White Knuckle Ride" (Alan Braxe Remix) - 6:16
  2. "White Knuckle Ride" (Monarchy Remix) - 7:00
  3. "White Knuckle Ride" (Monarchy Dub) - 6:45
  4. "White Knuckle Ride" (Penguin Prison Remix) - 5:36
  5. "White Knuckle Ride" (Penguin Prison Instrumental) - 5:28

Music video[edit]

The music video showed Jay Kay pursuing a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 along a winding desert road from a helicopter. After several unsuccessful attempts at losing its pursuer - including driving in wide circuits to raise a cloud of dust to blind Kay, and taking a detour down a tree-lined dirt road - the driver comes to a halt under a viaduct and escapes on foot. Kay arrives to find the car abandoned with no sign of the driver, whose face is never shown. The helicopter is a Robinson R44 Raven 2 owned by Jay Kay,[8] who is a qualified private helicopter pilot, however a stunt pilot was used for some scenes [9]

The video was filmed on the Tabernas Desert, in Almeria, Spain.

Live performances[edit]

  • The X Factor UK - 31 October 2010: Week 3 Results Show (Alongside Rihanna and Bon Jovi)
  • The X Factor Australia - 13 December 2010: The Final

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2010–12) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 37
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 34
France (SNEP) Download Chart[13] 24
Finland (Latauslista)[14] 16
Germany (Media Control Charts)[15] 49
Italy (FIMI)[16] 1
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[17] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 39
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[21] 7

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Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
Italian Singles Chart[22] 65
Japanese Top 100[23] 76

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Italy (FIMI)[24] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - White Knuckle Ride - Single by Jamiroquai". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Music CDs, DVDs, Games & More". hmv.com. 2005-12-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "The new single by Jamiroquai is 'White Knuckle Ride'". Jamiroquai.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Jamiroquai's New Album Is Called 'Rock Dust Light Star'". Jamiroquai.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Kanaal van Jamiroquaivideo". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Jamiroquai | Music | Singles | White Knuckle Ride". Funkin.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "CAA G-INFO Listing for G-JKAY". Caa.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Making of video". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – White Knuckle Ride" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Classement des ventes de titres téléchargés en France du 15 novembre au 21 novembre 2010" (in French). Chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  14. ^ "http://finnishcharts.com/ - White Knuckle Ride". 
  15. ^ "Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  16. ^ "Jamiroquai - White Knuckle Ride - Top Digital Download" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Jamiroquai Album & Song Chart History" Japan Hot 100 for Jamiroquai.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "November 2010/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304158/jamiroquai/chart?f=359
  22. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Ricerche e dati di mercato". Fimi.it. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  23. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年12月16日~2010年12月14日「着うたフル(R)」 2010年有料音楽配信「年間チャート」(通称:レコ協チャート)" [Record Association Analysis: 16 December 2009—14 December 2010 Full-length Cellphone Download 2010 paid digital sales "Yearly Chart" (Abbreviated: RIAJ Chart)]. RIAJ. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  24. ^ "Italian single certifications – Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 2 January 2012.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Jamiroquai in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca

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