Ella, elle l'a

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"Ella elle l'a"
Ella elle l'a.jpg
Single by France Gall
from the album Babacar
B-side"Dancing Brave"
Released24 August 1987
Recorded1987
StudioStudio Gang, Paris
GenrePop, synthpop
Length4:51
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)Michel Berger
Producer(s)Michel Berger
France Gall singles chronology
"Babacar"
(1987)
"Ella elle l'a"
(1987)
"Évidemment"
(1988)
Audio sample
Music video
"Ella, elle l'a" on YouTube

"Ella, elle l'a" (French for "Ella, She Has It") is a single released by French singer France Gall. It was released as a single from her album Babacar, on 24 August 1987, and became a hit across Europe, the Americas (especially in Quebec and the Southern Cone) and Asia (especially in Japan). It was covered live by French singer Alizée at a TV show in 2002 and by Belgian singer Kate Ryan in a dance version in 2008.

Background[edit]

Written by Michel Berger, the song is a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, but also a protest against racism and an anthem to personal empowerment. Musically, "it swings between sheared rhythms of the bass and flashed brass".[1] The song is also available on the CD maxi for "Évidemment", released on March 1988. In addition, a live version from her concert album Le Tour de France was released in November of that year.

Critical reception[edit]

"Ella elle l'a" won two Victoires de la Musique in 1987 and in 1988. A 1987 review in Pan-European magazine Music & Media elected "Ella elle l'a" single of the week and stated: "This moody and balanced, slowly roking track, written by Michel Berger, deserves to be her next success outside France".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Ella elle l'a" enjoyed great success in 1987 and 1988, reaching number-one in Austria and Germany in the latter year; in addition, it reached the top ten in Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Argentina. In France, it was certified as silver disc by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, reached number two and charted for a total of 19 weeks, nine of them in the top ten.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Ella, elle l'a" (4:49)
  2. "Dancing Brave" (3:06)
  • 12" maxi
  1. "Ella, elle l'a"
  2. "Papillon de nuit"
  3. "Dancing Brave"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Kate Ryan version[edit]

"Ella, elle l'a"
Ella, elle l'a.jpg
Single by Kate Ryan
from the album Free
B-side
  • "Ella, elle l'a" (extended version)
  • "L.I.L.Y."
Released25 April 2008
25 May 2009 (UK)
GenreEurodance
Length3:05
LabelARS/Universal
Songwriter(s)Michel Berger
Producer(s)2N
Kate Ryan singles chronology
"L.I.L.Y. (Like I Love You)"
(2008)
"Ella, elle l'a"
(2008)
"I Surrender"
(2008)

Kate Ryan's version of "Ella, elle l'a" is the third single of her album Free. It was released on 6 May 2008 in Belgium and on 9 May 2008 in the rest of Europe as a CD single. It had already topped number one on the Spanish Download Chart, and number seven on the Belgian Singles Chart. It also reached the top ten in Germany. It had entered the Swedish Singles Chart at number twelve, peaking at number two. In the Netherlands, Ella Elle L'a also peaked at number two.

English version

"Ella, elle l'a" was sung live by Ryan during her 2008 UK tour and it was released on 25 May 2009 as first single from the UK version of Free.[19]

Track listing[edit]

German CD single

  1. "Ella, elle l'a" (radio version) - 3:06
  2. "Ella, elle l'a" (extended version) - 6:07
  3. "L.I.L.Y." (radio edit) - 3:15

Belgian CD single

  1. "Ella, elle l'a" (radio version) - 3:06
  2. "Ella, elle l'a" (extended version) - 6:07

European 12" single

  1. "Ella, elle l'a" (extended version) - 6:07
  2. "Ella, elle l'a" (Bodybangers remix) - 6:05
  3. "Ella, elle l'a" (club remix) - 4:50

Official versions[edit]

  • Extended version - 6:08
  • Bodybangers remix - 6:05
  • Club remix - 4:50
  • Club remix short - 3:12
  • Fugitive's Elle La Tout Remix

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[22] 34
Bulgaria (ARC Top 40)[23] 17
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[24] 63
CIS (Tophit)[25] 20
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[26] 28
Denmark (Tracklisten)[27] 29
Europe (European Hot 100)[28] 27
Germany (Official German Charts)[29] 10
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[30] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[31] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[32] 9
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[33] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 50
End of year chart (2008) Position
Belgium [37] 38
CIS (Tophit)[38] 76
Hungary [39] 45
Netherlands [40] 20
Spain [41] 2
Sweden [42] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Sweden (GLF)[43] Platinum 20,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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