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
Format7" single
12" maxi
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

"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)

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 that year.

The song had great success between 1987 and 1988, reaching number one in Austria and Germany in the latter year; plus reaching the Top 10 in Sweden, Spain and Argentina. In France, the single was certified as silver disc by the SNEP, reaching #2. It was on the chart Top 50 during nineteen weeks, from October 24th 1987; and nine weeks on the Top 10.[2] In addition, it won two Victoires de la Musique in both years. 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.

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"

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[3] Silver 1988 200,000
Germany[4] Gold 1988 250,000

Charts[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)
FormatCD single
12" single
GenreEurodance
Length3:05
LabelARS/Universal
Songwriter(s)Michel Berger
Producer(s)Niclas Kings, Niklas Bergwall (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.[8]

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
Austrian Singles Chart[9][10] 23
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[9][10] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[9] 34
Canadian Hot 100[10] 63
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 28
Danish Singles Chart[9] 29
Dutch Top 40[10] 2
European Hot 100[12] 27
German Singles Chart[10] 10
Hungarian Airplay Chart[13] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[9][10] 9
Poland (Airplay Chart)[14] 2
Spanish Singles Chart[9] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[9][10] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[9][10] 50
End of year chart (2008) Position
Belgium [15] 38
Hungary [16] 45
Netherlands [17] 20
Spain [18] 2
Europe[citation needed] 36
Sweden [19] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] 5× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[21] 1× Platinum 20,000^

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 117 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X).
  2. ^ France Gall's certifications in France Chartsinfrance.net[permanent dead link] (retrieved 11 March 2008).
  3. ^ French certifications Chartsinfrance.net[permanent dead link] (retrieved 29 July 2008).
  4. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Ella elle l'a')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Ella, elle l'a", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (retrieved 11 March 2008).
  6. ^ 1988 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved 29 July 2008).
  7. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived August 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved 29 July 2008).
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2010-12-03. UK release date.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Kate Ryan - "Ella, elle l'a" in various singles charts, austriancharts.at
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'A". Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200837 into search. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  12. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  13. ^ "Hungarian Airplay Chart". Mahasz.hu. Archived from the original on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
  14. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-07-15.
  15. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN 2008" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2014-01-25.
  16. ^ "MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 2008" (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-11.
  17. ^ "TOP 100 2008" (PDF) (in Dutch).
  18. ^ "Top 50 CANCIONES ANUAL 2008" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-21.
  19. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 2008" (in Swedish). Swedish Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  20. ^ "Spanish single certifications – Kate Ryan – Ella Elle L'a" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 13 September 2012. Select single under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification week in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  21. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2008" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  22. ^ Star Academy chante Michel Berger, track listing Lescharts.com (retrieved 7 May 2008).