Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)
|"Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) / Dímelo"|
|Single by Enrique Iglesias|
|from the album Insomniac|
|Released||May 15, 2007 (United States)
June 11, 2007 (UK)
|Format||CD single, maxi single, digital download|
|Enrique Iglesias singles chronology|
"Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)" is a pop song from singer Enrique Iglesias. It is the first single from his album Insomniac and takes the latter part of its English name from the sample of a ping pong ball bouncing that is employed as a percussion track throughout the song. The song's Spanish version is entitled "Dímelo" and was released to Latin radio, becoming Iglesia's 17th number one song on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs. In 2007 the song sold 3.1 million copies worldwide.
Lyrics and music
Iglesias himself generally refers to the song as simply "Do You Know?", as it was his record label's insistence to add on "The Ping Pong Song" in parentheses to make it more distinctive and marketable.
The instrumental backing tracks are based on sampled loops from the well-known production company Bunker 8 Digital Labs. These samples include all of the original tracks in "Otiga Verde" from the sample library. The opening piano, guitar chord riffs, and lead sound synthesizer which is heard throughout the song are directly lifted from the individual sample loops.
Iglesias premiered the song on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on KIIS-FM on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The song was officially shipped to radio stations and, a week later, reached number 102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
Iglesias performed the song on Dancing with the Stars on May 15, 2007, on the day that the song was made available in the U.S. iTunes Store as a digital single, where it eventually reached number 13.
The song reached number three on the UK iTunes Store, making its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 28 and climbing to number nine in its second week, and was released as a physical CD single format on Monday, June 11. The song has reached number three on the official charts.
The Spanish version of the song, entitled "Dímelo" (which, notably, uses completely different lyrics to the original English version), made a 48-point jump from number 49 to number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart and held top spot for six weeks before being knocked off by Marco Antonio Solís's single "Ojalá", but it reclaimed the number one spot three weeks later and held it for another four. It was then knocked off once more before regaining it for a week, accumulating a total of eleven weeks atop the chart. Holding off strong competition from Daddy Yankee and Chayanne, the song is Iglesias's seventeenth number one on the chart, the best-performing single on Hot Latin Songs that year and Iglesias' best-performing single on the chart since "Enamorado Por Primera Vez" in 1997. It also broke the four-year-long tie with Luis Miguel for most number-ones on the chart with 17.
The single was released to radio in his home country, Spain, peaked at number six on the official download Spanish chart and reached number one in the airplay chart. The single was not released physically there due to the diminishing single sales market and the growing importance of digital downloads there.
Some American radio stations have taken to playing a different version of the song which contains a more rhythmic beat.
The song's music video is directed by Jesse Terrero and is ostensibly a parody of the thought process that many directors have when making Iglesias music videos. The video cuts back and forth between scenes in which the ideas for the videos are being proposed to Iglesias and the videos themselves.
The video starts with Iglesias and his manager, played by Mike Boogie, meeting up with one of the hottest directors in the business. When they arrive, the director, played by Jon Abrahams, is surrounded by scantily clad women, some of whom are occupying themselves by playing ping pong. The director suggests that the video to Iglesias's newest single start out with Iglesias dressed in a white suit next to a hotel swimming pool, surrounded by women, when one in particular, played by Mexican model Pamela Burgos, catches his eye. Iglesias watches her and is seen interacting with her in a bed before the scene shifts to Burgos arguing with her lover outside the hotel and then walking into the road, only to be run over by a car.
When Iglesias shows little interest at the clichéd idea the director pitches him a second: he is in the woods with his high-school sweetheart, played by Argentine model Yesica Toscanini. The two interact before she playfully runs away. As he catches up with her at the edge of a cliff, she mimes the words "I love you", at which Iglesias is visibly pleased. He becomes distressed, though, as she goes closer to the edge. Finally, she dives off backwards.
Iglesias groans at the director's idea, mutters to his manager, "Este cabrón está loco" (meaning "This fucker is crazy" in English), and leaves. After the manager follows him, the director opines to his women that the pair obviously liked his idea.
There are two versions of the video, the censored version (with the word "cabrón" beeped out) which is mostly shown on television, and the original (with "cabrón" intact) which is available on YouTube. Some countries cut out a few of the Iglesias-and-director scenes. The Spanish version of the video, titled "Dímelo", is exactly the same as the English one except Iglesias mouths the words to the song in Spanish.
On the video-sharing website YouTube, Universal Music's upload of the video is the 94th-most-viewed video of all time in the music category. The song peaked for several days at number two on MTV's TRL.
There are 2 unreleased remix videos using the Ralphi Rosario & Craig J's Vocal Mix and the DJ Dan & Dave Audè Club Mix
- UK CD single
- "Do You Know?" - 3:49
- "Do You Know?" (DJ Dan & Dave Audé Club Remix) - 7:16
- German CD single / UK digital download
- "Do You Know?" - 3:49
- "Dimelo" - 3:40
- "Do You Know?" (Ralphi Rosario & Craig CJs Vocal Mix) - 9:30
- "Do You Know?" (Music Video)