King of My Castle

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"King of My Castle"
Single by Wamdue Project
from the album Program Yourself
Released 24 May 1997 (1997-05-24)
Format
Genre
Length 3:40 (Original Radio Edit)
Label Strictly Rhythm
Writer(s) Chris Brann
Producer(s) Chris Brann
Wamdue Project singles chronology
"The Deep EP"
(1998)
"King of My Castle"
(1999)
"Program Yourself"
(1999)

"King of My Castle" is a song by American electronic music producer Chris Brann under his Wamdue Project alias, with vocals by Gaelle Adisson. It was originally released in 1997 as a downtempo song, but became a worldwide club hit in 1999 when it was remixed by house producer Roy Malone and featured on the 1998 album Program Yourself. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Internationally, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland and the top twenty of the charts in Canada and Switzerland.

The song's title and lyrics reference Sigmund Freud's theory of the unconscious which holds that the human ego is not free and is instead controlled by its own unconscious Id (see Id, ego and super-ego); in Freud's own words, "das Ich ist nicht Herr im eigenen Hause" ("the ego is not king of its own castle"). Hence, one of the song's two music videos consists of footage from the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell, where people with cyborg implants have their actions controlled against their will by a hacker criminal known in the film as "puppetmaster".

"King of My Castle" was re-released in 2009 but was available on YouTube from November 2008 and includes new remixes by Rowald Steyn, Mischa Daniels and Armin van Buuren.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Radio Edit) – 3:40
  2. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle Radio Edit) – 3:11
Maxi CD
  1. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Radio Edit) – 3:40
  2. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle Radio Edit) – 3:11
  3. "King Of My Castle" (Original Radio Edit) – 3:40
  4. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Mix) – 4:56
  5. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle) – 7:58
  6. "King Of My Castle" (Beef Injection Mix) – 7:31
  7. "King Of My Castle" (Charles Shilling Toboggan Mix) – 6:34

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 26
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 3
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[5] 17
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[7] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 15
France (SNEP)[9] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 5
Italy (FIMI)[12] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 21
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[21] 1

2009 version[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[23] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 37

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Norway Gold[26]
United Kingdom Silver[27]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"She's the One" / "It's Only Us" by Robbie Williams
UK Singles Chart number-one single
November 21, 1999 – November 27, 1999
Succeeded by
"The Millennium Prayer" by Cliff Richard
Preceded by
"Think It Over" by Jennifer Holliday
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
April 15, 2000 – April 22, 2000
Succeeded by
"Missing You" by Kim English

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ Canadian peak
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". Tracklisten.
  7. ^ Eurochart peak
  8. ^ "Wamdue Project: King Of My Castle" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – WAMDUE PROJECT Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: W". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Wamdue Project search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-11-21". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Wamdue Project: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Wamdue Project – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Wamdue Project.
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle 2009" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle 2009" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Wamdue Project search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle 2009" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  26. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje – Trofeer" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 1999. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  27. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. 1999-12-17. Retrieved 2010-11-14.