Je danse le Mia

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"Je danse le Mia"
Je danse le mia.jpg
Single by IAM
from the album Ombre est Lumière
B-side "Ombre est Lumière"
"Je fais 1 avec ma musique"
"L'Ultra Mia" (CD maxi)
Released February, 1994
Format CD single, CD maxi,
12" maxi, cassette
Recorded France
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:34
Label Delabel
Writer(s) IAM
Akhenaton
IAM singles chronology
"Donne-moi le micro"
(1993)
"Je danse le Mia"
(1994)
"Le Feu"
(1994)
Audio sample
IAM - "Je danse le mia" (Le Terrible Funk Remix Radio Edit)

"Je danse le Mia" is a 1994 popular song recorded by the French hip hop band IAM. It was released as the first single from their second album, Ombre est Lumière, in February 1994. The song became a major hit in France, reaching #1, and is often considered the signature song of the band.

Music, lyrics and music video[edit]

"Je danse le Mia" (a play on the name of the band, IAM) was written and the music composed by IAM, which was composed of rappers Akhenaton, Shurik'n, and DJ Kheops.

It used a sample from George Benson's song, "Give Me the Night" (which was also used in 2005 by Jean Dujardin with his song "Le Casse de Brice"). This song, which has a "joyful, nostalgic and funky melody", is not representative of the musical universe of the group, which is traditionally characterized by "pessimistic texts" and "most slightly acid musics".[1] Nevertheless, the real theme of the song is not dancing and nightclubs, but the collapse of time represented by nostalgia for the 'Eighties and dance[2]

The music video, produced by Michel Gondry, shows the singer in various situations, notably dancing in a nightclub. Throughout the video, after an image is shown, the camera then makes several successive zooms in.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, "Je danse le Mia" spent 32 weeks on the chart in 1994. It debuted at #44, but climbed quickly on the chart, reaching number-one only three weeks later. It stayed at the top for eight non-consecutive weeks, alternating with Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia". The single managed to remain in the top ten for 22 weeks.[3] Certified Gold disc by the SNEP,[4] it featured at #2 on the End of the Year Chart,[5] behind "7 Seconds", by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry. According to Infodisc website, this single is the 968th best-selling single of all time in France, with about 352,000 copies sold.[6]

Surprisingly, the single re-charted for one week in 2001, then for two weeks in 2004, but stayed at the bottom of the top 100.

The song was covered by Les Enfoirés on their album 2011: Dans l'œil des Enfoirés, and included in the medley "À la porte du Night Club". The song has been performed by Grégoire & Thomas Dutronc.[7]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Je danse le Mia" (le terrible funk remix radio edit)
  2. "Je danse le Mia" (original version)
CD maxi
  1. "Je danse le Mia" — 4:34
  2. "Ombre est Lumière" — 5:28
  3. "Je fais 1 avec ma musique" — 5:17
  4. "L'Ultra Mia" — 4:12
Cassette
  1. "Je danse le Mia" (le terrible funk remix radio edit)
  2. "Je danse le Mia" (original version)
12" maxi
  1. "Je danse le Mia" (le terrible funk remix radio edit)
  2. "Je danse le Mia" (instrumental)
  3. "Ombre est Lumière"
  4. "Je fais 1 avec ma musique"

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[4] Gold October 20, 1994 250,000

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Happy Nation" by Ace of Base
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
March 12, 1994 - April 9, 1994 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen
Preceded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
May 21, 1994 - May 28, 1994 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen
Preceded by
"Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen
French SNEP number-one single (third run)
June 11, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 288 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ http://volume.revues.org/1951 Rap songs analysis (French version)
  3. ^ a b c d "Je danse le Mia", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 30, 2008)
  4. ^ a b French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 30, 2008)
  5. ^ a b 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2011-08-20 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  6. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 30, 2008)
  7. ^ "2011: Dans l'œil des Enfoirés, track listing and charts" (in French). lescharts. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 

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