Ya Di Ya

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"Ya Di Ya"
Single by Gina Thompson featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album If You Only Knew
Released September 14, 1999[1]
Format CD single, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1998; Sigma Sound
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B, Hip hop soul
Length 3:53 (radio version)
Label Elektra/East West
Writer(s) Eric Roberson, Missy Elliott
Producer(s) Ken "K-Fam" Fambro, Donnie "D-Major" Boynton
Gina Thompson singles chronology
"It's All Yours"
(1998)
"Ya Di Ya"
(1999)
"Caught Up"
(1999)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"All n My Grill"
(1999)
"Ya Di Ya"
(1999)
"Hot Boyz"
(1999)

"Ya Di Ya" is a song by American R&B singer, Gina Thompson. It features guest vocals by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and was released as the lead single from Thompson's unreleased album, If You Only Knew (1999).

The song became a minor hit, where it peaked at #38 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and scored Thompson her second top 40 R&B hit and Elliott's fifteenth overall top 40 R&B hit.[2] Because of its strong radio airplay and charting outside the United States, a "Rufftime" remix was issued via international pressings of "Ya Di Ya".[3]

To date, "Ya Di Ya" is Thompson's only single as a leading artist to chart outside of the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song premiered in early July 1999 on The Box.[4] It begins with Gina Thompson, alongside background dancers dressed in white, dancing and lip-syncing to the song. Thompson is then seen arguing with the song's antagonist over the phone before throwing the phone in a fish-tank. Missy Elliott is later shown in a silver attire performing her part.

Track listings and formats[edit]

German 12" vinyl[5]
  1. "Ya Di Ya" (Album Version) — 4:20
  2. "Ya Di Ya" (Rufftime Remix) — 3:53
  3. "Ya Di Ya" (Album Instrumental) — 4:20
  4. "Ya Di Ya" (Rufftime Remix) — 3:53
  5. "Take My Number Down" (Album Version) — 3:57
German CD single[6]
  1. "Ya Di Ya" (Rufftime Remix) — 3:53
  2. "Ya Di Ya" (Original Radio Edit) — 3:50
  3. "Take My Number Down" (Album Version) — 3:57
US CD Maxi/12" vinyl[7]
  1. "Ya Di Ya" (LP Version) (featuring Missy Elliott) — 4:22
  2. "Ya Di Ya" (Radio Version) (featuring Missy Elliott) — 3:51
  3. "Ya Di Ya (Instrumental) — 4:22
  4. "Take My Number Down (LP Version) — 4:02
  5. "Take My Number Down (Instrumental) — 4:00
  6. "Ya Di Ya" (Acappella) (featuring Missy Elliott) — 4:19
US CD single[8]
  1. "Ya Di Ya" (Original Radio Edit) (featuring Missy Elliott) — 3:50
  2. "Take My Number Down" (Album Version) — 3:57

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1999) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 85
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[10] 24
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 38
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales[11] 26
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles Sales[12] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ya Di Ya [CD/Vinyl Single] - Gina Thompson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "If You Only Knew - Gina Thompson > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gina Thompson Feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* - Ya Di Ya (Vinyl)". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Music Video Programming: The Clip List." Billboard. July 24, 1999: 80. Print.
  5. ^ "Gina Thompson Feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* - Ya Di Ya (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gina Thompson featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* - Yadiya (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gina Thompson - Ya Di Ya / Take My Number Down (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gina Thompson Featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* - Yadiya (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "charts.de: Missy "Misdemeanor" (Single)". charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 – Issue Date: 1999-10-09". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Billboard: Hot 100 Singles Sales." Billboard. October 2, 1999: 116. Print.
  12. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B Singles Sales." Billboard. October 2, 1999: 36. Print.