Modern Times (song)

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"Modern Times"
Modern times.jpg
Single by J-five
from the album Sweet Little Nothing
B-side "Flags", "Turn It up"
Released February 2004
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:16
Label Warner M.
Writer(s) J-Five, Daniderff,
N. Godsend, D. Godsend,
Bertal, Mel Richd
Maubon
Producer(s) Mel Richd, D. Godsend,
N. Godsend
J-five singles chronology
"Modern Times"
(2004)
"Find a Way"
(2004)

"Modern Times" is the name of a 2004 song recorded by the californian singer J-five. Released in 2004 as the first single from his debut album Sweet Little Nothing on which it is the third track, "Modern Times" achieved a success in many European countries, topping the charts in France, traditionally a nation where Chaplin films are most popular.

Release[edit]

The song is a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, and particularly his film Modern Times. The chorus of the song is the original recording of Chaplin's gibberish singing from the end of the film (the first time Chaplin's voice had been heard in any of his films, using a deliberately vague mixture of languages).

A music video was produced to illustrate this track, using the appropriate scene from the Chaplin film with the exclusive participation of Dolores Chaplin.

The song is included on the following compilations, released in 2004 in France : Best Of 2004, R&B 2004, NRJ Hit Music Only and Fan2.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single entered the chart at #15 on February 29, 2004, and gained a few places every week until topping the chart for one week, on March 21. The weeks after, the single almost didn't stop to drop on the chart and totaled nine weeks in the top ten, 17 weeks in the top 50 and 25 weeks on the chart.[1] It was certified Silver disc by the SNEP[2] and was ranked #33 on the End of the Year Chart.[3]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Modern Times" featuring Charlie Chaplin — 3:16
  2. "Flags" — 3:22
  • CD maxi
  1. "Modern Times" featuring Charlie Chaplin — 3:16
  2. "Flags" — 3:22
  3. "Turn It up" — 2:06
  • CD maxi
  1. "Modern Times" (original version) featuring Charlie Chaplin — 3:23
  2. "Modern Times" (rove dogs remix) — 3:43
  3. "Flags" — 2:06
  4. "Modern Times" (video)

Personnel[edit]

  • Recorded by Len Corey
  • Produced by D&N Godsend and Mel Richd
  • Artwork by Objectif Lune
  • Photography by S. Girzard
"Modern Times"
  • Written by J-Five / Daniderff / D&N Godsend / Mel Richd/Bertal & Maubon
  • Engineered by Len Corey
  • Performed by J-Five and Charles Chaplin
  • Charles Chaplin appears courtesy of Roy Export Ltd.
"Flags"
  • Written by J-Five / D&N Godsend / Mel Richd
  • Engineered Len Corey
Rove dogs remix
  • Vocals and keyboards by Franck Lascombes
  • Engineered and mixed by Mr Clean

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Si demain... (Turn Around)"
by Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn
French SNEP number-one single
March 21, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Si demain... (Turn Around)"
by Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Modern Times", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  2. ^ a b French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  3. ^ a b 2004 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  4. ^ "Modern Times", in Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  5. ^ "Modern Times", in Dutch Singles Chart Dutchcharts.nl (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  6. ^ "Modern Times", in Greek Singles Chart Top40-charts.com (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  7. ^ "Modern Times", in Italian Singles Chart Italiancharts.com (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  8. ^ "Modern Times", in Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  9. ^ 2004 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  10. ^ 2004 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  11. ^ J-five singles certifications in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved May 14, 2008)