Alane (song)

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"Alane"
Alane (Wes Madiko single - cover art).jpg
French CD single
Single by Wes
from the album Welenga
B-side "Remix"
Released May 1997
Format
Recorded 1996
Genre World music
Length 3:40
Label
  • Sony Music
  • Saint George / Epic
Songwriter(s) Wes Madiko
Producer(s) Michel Sanchez
Wes singles chronology
"Alane"
(1997)
"Awa Awa"
(1997)

"Alane"
(1997)
"Awa Awa"
(1997)
Alternative cover
Remixes
Remixes

"Alane" is a song recorded by Cameroonian artist Wes. It was released in May 1997 as the debut single from his album Welenga. It became a hit, topping the charts in across Europe. It is sung in the Duala language of Cameroon[1] though the Tony Moran remix includes English lyrics ("Alane flows like a fountain, running gently to your heart. Alane dances inside me, like a flame in to your arms").

In France, the song was sponsored by TF1,[2] Fun Radio, RTL and the Malongo Coffees, while the choreography was created by American-French singer Mia Frye. The single spent ten weeks at number one remained in the top 50 for 25 weeks, ten of them at the top (and a further 9 weeks in the Top 10[3]), and is to date the 18th best-selling single of all time in France.[4]

The song also reached number one in Belgium (9 weeks at #1 and a further 8 weeks in the Top 10[5]), Austria (8 weeks at #1 and a further 9 weeks in the Top 10[6]) and The Netherlands (8 weeks at #1 and a further 8 weeks in the Top 10[7]) as well as reaching the Top 10 in Germany (where it spent 18 weeks in the Top 10[8]), Hungary, Ireland, Israel and Switzerland (10 weeks in the Top 10[9]) and #11 in the UK.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
  2. "Alane" (club remix – short version) – 3:37
CD maxi - Todd Terry Remixes
  1. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
  2. "Alane" (club mix – full version) – 8:06
  3. "Alane" (drop mix – full version) – 8:07
  4. "Alane" (club remix – short version) – 3:38
  5. "Alane" (a capella) – 3:36
CD maxi - Tony Moran Remixes
  1. "Alane" (Tony Moran Main Pass Mix) - 4:39
  2. "Alane" (Tony Moran Instrumental Mix) - 4:40
  3. "Alane" (Tony Moran A Capella) - 4:40
  4. "Alane" (Philcat Fishing Widow Mix) - 6:39
12" maxi
  1. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix) – 10:43
  2. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac mix) – 6:51
  3. "Alane" (Todd Terry's club remix) – 8:04
  4. "Alane" (Tony Moran's club mix) – 4:40
  5. "Alane" (radio mix) – 3:40
12" single
  1. "Alane" (trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix) – 10:43
  2. "Alane" (Trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac dub) – 6:51

Credits[edit]

  • Written by Wes
  • Composed, arranged and produced by Michel Sanchez
  • Artwork by Design, Bronx (Paris)
  • Photography (photo remix) by Laurent Edeline
  • Photography (photo) by Yan Leuvrey
  • Trouser enthusiasts orgasmic apparition mix: programmed by Torsten Gascoigne, produced by Trouser Enthusiasts
  • Trouser enthusiasts spectrophiliac mix: remixed and produced by Trouser Enthusiasts
  • Todd Terry's club remix: remixed by Todd Terry
  • Tony Moran's club mix: remixed by Tony Moran

Charts and sales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cameroun: L’artiste Wes Madiko est à Douala", Journal du Cameroun, 31 March 2010
  2. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 386 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ Lescharts.com [1] (Retrieved December 30, 2017)
  4. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr Archived March 26, 2012, at WebCite (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  5. ^ Ultratop [2] (Retrieved December 30, 2017)
  6. ^ Austrian Charts [3] (Retrieved December 30, 2017)
  7. ^ Dutchcharts.nl [http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Wes&titel=Alane&cat=s} (Retrieved December 30, 2017)
  8. ^ Musicline.de [4] (Retrieved December 30, 2017)
  9. ^ Hitparade.ch [5] (Retrieved December 30, 2107)
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  16. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (26.03.1998 - 02.04.1998)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved February 7, 2018. 
  18. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
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  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Wes" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
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  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Wes – Alane". VG-lista.
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  26. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  27. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40 08 February 1998 - 14 February 1998". officialcharts.com. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  28. ^ 1997 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  29. ^ 1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
  30. ^ 1997 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived June 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
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  32. ^ 1998 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived July 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
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  36. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived February 1, 2010, at WebCite (Retrieved September 25, 2008)
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  38. ^ French certifications, database Infodisc.fr Archived November 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  39. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Alane')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
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