Casanova (LeVert song)

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"Casanova"
LevertCasanova.jpg
Single by LeVert
from the album The Big Throwdown
Released June 20, 1987 (1987-06-20)
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 6:19
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Reggie Calloway
Producer(s) Reggie Calloway
LeVert singles chronology
"Fascination"
(1987)
"Casanova"
(1987)
"My Forever Love"
(1987)

"Casanova" is a 1987 single by LeVert, written and produced by Reggie Calloway. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #9 on the UK Singles Chart, LeVert's only Top Ten on either chart. It was Number One on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart for two weeks, becoming the group's second Number One.[2] It has become a standard number for New Orleans brass bands following its popularization by the Rebirth Brass Band.[3] The song is featured in 1987's The Pick-Up Artist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, and appears on the soundtrack album of the Whoopi Goldberg movie Fatal Beauty, released the same year.

"Casanova" has been covered by Ultimate KAOS, whose version peaked at #24 in 1997 in the UK.

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[4] 16
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart)[5] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 27
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts Rank
Canada[12] 71
U.S. Billboard [13] 71

Ultimate Kaos Version[edit]

"Casanova"
Single by Ultimate Kaos
from the album The Kaos Theory
Released 24 February 1997
Format CD single
Genre Hip Hop, Pop
Length 3:53
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Reggie Calloway
Producer(s) Mike Stock & Matt Aitken
Ultimate Kaos singles chronology
"Right Here"
(1995)
"Casanova"
(1997)
"Anything You Want (I've Got It)"
(1999)

In 1997, British boyband Ultimate Kaos recorded a version and released it as the lead single from the second album "The Kaos Theory". It was re-released in summer 1998.

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi[14]
  1. "Casanova" (7" Mix)
  2. "Casanova" (7" Club Mix)
  3. "Casanova" (C&J - R&B Mix)
  4. "Who's Got The Flavour"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997-98) Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Singles [15] 18
Austrian Singles 20
Belgian Singles 6
French Singles 4
German Singles 37
Dutch Top 40 2
Swedish Singles 19
Swiss Singles 39
UK 24
Chart (1998) Rank
ARIA End of Year Singles Chart [16] 65

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Mark (December 3, 2006). "Gerald Levert and the Black Pop Nobody Knows, but Should". PopMatters. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 346. 
  3. ^ Cohn, Rosalie. "The New Generation of Brass Bands: Live For Today". Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 50, No. 22, September 25, 1989". RPM. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Levert – Casanova". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Levert – Casanova" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "19, 1987/ Archive Chart: September 19, 1987" UK Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Levert – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Levert.
  10. ^ "Levert – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Levert.
  11. ^ "Levert – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Levert.
  12. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 47, No. 12, December 26, 1987". RPM. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1987.htm
  14. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Ultimate-Kaos-Casanova/release/968967
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
Preceded by
"Jam Tonight" by Freddie Jackson
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
August 22, 1987 – August 29, 1987
Succeeded by
"Love is a House" by The Force M.D.s