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
ReleasedAugust 2, 2000
FormatCD single
Recorded1999
StudioBig Bobby Studio[citation needed]
Genre
Length3:46
Songwriter(s)Willie Perry Jr.
Producer(s)Willie Perry & The Platinum Band, Frederick Johnson[1]

"Cha Cha Slide" is a song by American artist DJ Casper, also known as Mr. C The Slide Man. The song was released as a single in August 2000 and spent five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 83. It continued to hit charts throughout the world for four years, topping the UK singles chart in 2004. The song was also part of an eleven track album, Cha Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album, released in September 2000.[2]

Originally aimed at aerobics sessions and night clubs alike, the song is 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.

History[edit]

Casper Slide Pts 1 & 2[edit]

DJ Casper 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. The song was heavily inspired by the Chicago stepping movement.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Cha Cha Slide[edit]

DJ Casper enlisted the help of M.O.B. Music Publishing 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. DJ Casper and Men On Business licensed the Slide Album to Universal Records and it was released on 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.[citation needed] "We also promoted the song at various black functions, such as homecoming events at black colleges."[citation needed] 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.

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]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(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 Beaudy4:45
4."Casper Slide Part 2"With Live Platinum Band6:27
5."Step To This"Colta / Ken Uchida5:29
6."Unworthy"Colta4:47
7."Unworthy"Colta4:25
8."Bus Stop/Electric Slide" (original)Charles Green Hudson Beaudy7:55
9."DJ Eric-B Slide"DJ Eric-B9:45
10."Step To This"Colta / Ken Uchida5:29
11."R-U-Here"Colta 

Charts and certifications[edit]

Crazy Frog version[edit]

"Cha Cha Slide"
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Everybody Dance Now
ReleasedAugust 25, 2009
FormatCD single, digital download
RecordedJune 23, 2009
GenreDance
Length3:03
LabelMOB Music Publishing
Songwriter(s)William Perry Jr.[1]
Producer(s)M. Thompson[1]
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"Daddy DJ"
(2009)
"Cha Cha Slide"
(2009)

On August 25, 2009, Crazy Frog released "Cha Cha Slide" for the 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)[20] 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. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". Top Digital Download.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 18, 2004" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  17. ^ "The Cha Cha Slide - Casper". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  18. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 July 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Cha Cha Slide in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Crazy Frog – Cha Cha Slide" (in French). Les classement single.

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