Cha Cha Slide

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"Cha Cha Slide"
Cha-Cha-Slide3.jpg
Single by DJ Casper
from the album Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album
Released August 2, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre
Length 3:46
Songwriter(s) Callum Wood
Producer(s) Willie Perry & The Platinum Band/Frederick Johnson[1]

"Cha Cha Slide" is a song by American artist DJ Casper, often played at dance clubs, school PE/dances/proms, parties, ice and roller skating rinks, bar mitzvahs and weddings in the United States and the United Kingdom, where the song reached number one in March 2004.[2]

Origin and history[edit]

Willie Perry, Jr. wrote the lyrics for the original around January 1998 and recorded his performance of the original version of the "Casper Slide Part 1" in January 1998. It was titled the Casper Slide as opposed to its later title of Cha Cha Slide. The song was heavily inspired by the Chicago stepping movement. Around June 12, 1999, Perry recorded a second version of the song, entitled "Casper Slide Part 2," at the home studio of Fred Johnson with the help of Hollywood Scott, band leader for the Platinum Band. Perry recorded and released the song at his own expense and manufactured copies and distributed them with the help of Gardner Douglas ("Cisco"), owner of the Cisco's Music World record stores in Chicago, Illinois. The song was played at various night clubs and was used by Perry's nephew, a fitness trainer at Bally Total Fitness Health Club in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, as the music for a step aerobics class.

The Cha Cha Slide in North America[edit]

Willie Perry enlisted the help of M.O.B. Music Publishing (Men On Business) to produce, edit, and engineer the new version of the song "Cha Cha Slide". Men On Business also produced several other accompanying songs to produce the entire Slide Album. Willie Perry and Men On Business licensed the Slide Album to Universal Records and it was released September 19, 2000. Once it was Universal's project, "we made some instructional 'Cha-Cha Slide' dance videos and distributed them to clubs," said Senior VP of Urban Promotion Michael Horton. "We also promoted the song at various black functions, such as homecoming events at black colleges." The song then made its way to R&B/hip hop station WGCI-FM in DJ Casper's hometown of Chicago. In 2001, the following year, the dance caught on around Canada and the US, where urban contemporary radio stations (and later mobile DJs) played the song continuously, particularly in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Arkansas, Memphis, and Detroit. It is also very big in move-a-thons across North America.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cha-Cha Slide" (radio edit)   3:46
2. "Cha-Cha Slide" (club edit)   7:44
3. "Bus Stop/Electric Slide" Charles Green Hudson Beaudy 4:45
4. "Casper Slide Part 2" With Live Platinum Band 6:27
5. "Step To This" Colta / Ken Uchida 5:29
6. "Unworthy" Colta 4:47
7. "Unworthy" Colta 4:25
8. "Bus Stop/Electric Slide" (original) Charles Green Hudson Beaudy 7:55
9. "DJ Eric-B Slide" DJ Eric-B 9:45
10. "Step To This" Colta / Ken Uchida 5:29
11. "R-U-Here" Colta  

UK debut[edit]

In 2004, the "Cha Cha Slide" was released in the United Kingdom and went on to top the UK Singles Chart.[2][3] Its success in the UK was helped by Scott Mills of BBC Radio 1 who promoted the song on his weekday afternoon radio show.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

In 2005, the "Cha Cha Slide" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]

Charts (2001–04) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 20
France (SNEP)[7] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 83
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 3
Italy (FIMI)[10] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 86
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 83
US Billboard Hot R&B[15] 24

Gold certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales/shipments Ref.
United States Gold 500,000 [4]

Crazy Frog version[edit]

"Cha Cha Slide"
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Everybody Dance Now
Released August 25, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded June 23, 2009
Genre Dance
Length 3:03
Label MOB Music Publishing
Songwriter(s) William Perry Jr.[1]
Producer(s) M. Thompson[1]
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"Daddy DJ"
(2009)
"Cha Cha Slide"
(2009)
"Daddy DJ"
(2009)
"Cha Cha Slide"
(2009)

On August 25, 2009 Crazy Frog released "Cha Cha Slide" for his album Everybody Dance Now.

Charts[edit]

The song entered the French Singles Chart at number 19, and peaked to number 18.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[16] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "US Copyright Office". Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 696. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "DJ Casper tops UK singles chart". BBC News. March 14, 2004. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – DJ Casper Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". Top Digital Download.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 2004-03-07" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  15. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Crazy Frog – Cha Cha Slide" (in French). Les classement single.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Toxic" by Britney Spears
UK Singles Chart #1 Single
March 14, 2004 - March 20, 2004
Succeeded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil' Jon