Around the World (La La La La La)

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"Around the World (La La La La La)"
ATC Around the World Cover.jpg
Single by ATC
from the album Planet Pop
B-side "World in Motion"
Released May 9, 2000
Format CD single, 12" vinyl
Genre Trance, Eurodance
Length 3:36
Label Kingsize
Writer(s) Alexey Potehin, Sergei Zhukov, Alex Christensen, Peter Könemann
Producer(s) Alex Christensen
ATC singles chronology
"Around the World (La La La La La)"
(2000)
"My Heart Beats Like a Drum (Dam Dam Dam)"
(2000)
For the original Russian song by Ruki Vverkh!, and other adaptations and samplings, see Pesenka
"Pesenka
(Песенка)"
Song by Ruki Vverh! from the album Sdelai pogromtsche!
Released Summer 1998
Recorded Summer 1998
Genre Pop
Writer(s) Sergey Zhukov and Aleksey Potehin

"Around the World (La La La La La)" is the debut single by German Eurodance group ATC (also known as A Touch of Class). The song is a cover of the Russian hit "Pesenka" (in Russian: Песенка 'A song') (sometimes commonly known as "Pesenka (La La La)" by Ruki Vverh! (in Russian: Руки Вверх!) and uses the melody of Pesenka with additional English lyrics. The original Russian hit was written by Ruki Vverh! band members Sergey Zhukov and Aleksey Potehin and appeared in the Russian band's 1998 album Sdelai pogromche! (in Russian: Сделай погромче!).

"Around the World (La La La La La)" was first released as ATC's debut single from their debut album Planet Pop on May 9, 2000 in Europe, and on May 17, 2002 in the United Kingdom. It was produced and recorded by German producer Alex Christensen with its melody almost entirely based on "Pesenka". The single reached number one on the German Singles chart in 2000.[1] It also reached number one in Austria and Switzerland, the Top 20 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Scotland. It reached #24 in the Irish Singles Chart.

The song was also a surprise one-hit wonder in the United States, peaking as high as number #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the chart for several months. As a result, it was featured among the 2001 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 6, which further exposed ATC to a North American audience for one time. However, because of scant promotion for the album and a lack of touring in the USA and Canada, North America had quickly forgotten and lost interest in the act; by the end of 2001, the fan-base and growing interest in the group had drastically fallen into obscurity in North America among mainstream patrons. Contrary to the song title and prevalent only in 14 countries of Europe, Australia, Canada and USA (17 out of 196 countries of the world), the song never entered the South American, continental African and/or continental Asian, markets or charts due to ATC's limited popularity to the general public.

By mid-2003, the song had declined and lost in global popularity due to ATC's disbandment, rendering it completely independent from the public forever. The song would later be used for covers, remixes and other versions after its release. In end of 2008, it was first sampled by Norwalk rapper Chris Webby in his song "La La La", with its melody almost entirely based on the ATC version, in its low-pitch and slow-tempo variant.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Radio Edit) – 3:35
  2. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Club Mix) – 5:37
CD maxi-single
  1. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Radio Version) – 3:35
  2. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Alternative Radio Version) – 3:31
  3. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Acoustic Mix) – 3:20
  4. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Rüegsegger#Wittwer Club Mix) – 5:37
  5. "World in Motion" (3:31)
12" vinyl
  1. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Album Version) – 3:35
  2. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Rüegsegger#Wittwer Club Mix) – 5:37
  3. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (RNT Mix) – 3:08
  4. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Extended Club Mix) – 4:58
  5. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Triage Club Mix) – 5:10
  6. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Acoustic Mix) – 3:20
CD maxi-single (Remixes)
  1. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Rüegsegger#Wittwer Club Mix – Short Version) – 3:44
  2. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (RNT Mix) – 3:08
  3. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Extended Club Mix) – 4:58
  4. "Around the World (La La La La La)" (Triage Club Mix) – 5:10

Videoclip[edit]

A part of song's videoclip was recorded in pedestrian tunnel near Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin in Berlin, Germany. The music video was filmed in February 2000.

Content[edit]

In the entire video, there's a yellow Melkus RS 1000, which has a blue license plate (numberplate), which contains the text „ATC“. That car has a Gull-wing door. Sometimes, it's drifting or dashing through a Carrera. Sometimes it is also driving through this tunnel.

In between times, you can sometimes see dancing people and various scenes, where the car is involved in. E.g. there is a scene, where girls are outside the car and the boys drive it.

They are dancing in a room, which has a small window (without glass) to view through, and a pool with some water. They are dancing on a small stage, but they are always outside of the water and don't enter the pool.

In popular culture[edit]

Main article: Pesenka § Samplings

The song has a variety of other versions including "Magic Melody" by German pop group beFour in 2007, "Around the World" by Beat Ink in 2008, La La La by Chris Webby in 2009, "Sing La La La" by Colombian/Italian singer Carolina Márquez featuring Flo Rida and Dale Saunders in 2013 and more. There are also many covers, remixes, samplings and other versions of the song. The Beat Ink version is the largest and most culturally diverse remix version and sampling of ATC's Around the World, with over 70 versions from various artists from parts of the world. The ATC version was also used in a television commercial for General Electric in the United States in February 2002 during the 2002 Winter Olympics.[2]


In Brazil the song became known through a meme called Cutie Keyboard 2009, and was forever marked as synonymous with S Y N C H R O N Y and Q U A L I T Y.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Großer Bruder" by Zlatko and Jürgen
German Singles Chart number-one single
July 21, 2000 – August 25, 2000
Succeeded by
"Lucky" by Britney Spears
Preceded by
"Freestyler" by Bomfunk MCs
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
July 30, 2000 – August 27, 2000
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
August 13, 2000 – August 20, 2000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oracleband.net
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  8. ^ Billboard September 2, 2000. Billboard. 
  9. ^ "ATC: Around The World (La La La La La)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – ATC Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  15. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. 
  16. ^ Romanian peak
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-08-17". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – ATC – Around The World (La La La La La)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-08-17" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ 2000 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  22. ^ 2000 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived September 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  23. ^ 2000 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived April 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  24. ^ 2000 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived March 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  25. ^ "Die ultimative Chart Show | Hits des neuen Jahrtausends | Download". RTL.de. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  26. ^ 2000 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived October 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  27. ^ "Single top 100 over 2001" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Die ultimative Chart Show | Hits des neuen Jahrtausends | Download". RTL.de. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  29. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived 2010-02-01 at WebCite (Retrieved July 26, 2008)
  30. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 26, 2008)
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Around The World (La La La La La)')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  32. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved July 26, 2008)

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