Respect_(Alliance_Ethnik_song)

Respect (Alliance Ethnik song)

"Respect" is a 1995 song recorded by French hip hop act Alliance Ethnik. It was band's first single from his album Respect, and was released on January 1995. It achieved a huge success in several countries, including France and Belgium (Wallonia) where it was a top three hit. The song was Alliance Ethnik's biggest hit to date and can be deemed as its signature song.

Structure

After an 30-second introduction using the sound of a radio, the song contains several samples from hip hop songs such as "It's Good to Be the King Rap Pt 1" by Mel Brooks, "Back Together Again" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway and a small interpolation of "Life's A Bitch" of American rapper Nas. The verses, performed by K-mel, are in French-language, while other verses and the refrains are sung by Vinia Mojica in English-language. The male singer has a delivery "which makes use of words and onomatopoeia with mischievouness and joviality". This single is "festive and optimistic", and uses the repertoire of the 1980s rap. The music video was shot in black and white.

Chart performances

The single had a great success on the French SNEP Singles Chart (top 50), where it was ranked for 33 weeks. It debuted at #13 on January 28, 1995, then entered in the top ten and remained in it for 22 weeks, including a peak at #2 for four consecutive weeks, while the first position was held by The Cranberries' hit "Zombie". The song finally achieved Gold status and is currently the 953rd best-selling single of all time in France.

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single was number-one for a sole week, but remained in the top ten for over 17 weeks and 24 weeks in the top 40.

In Belgium (Flanders), Sweden and Austria, "Respect" achieved a moderate success, being only a top 25 hit. In Germany, it was a relative failure, staying in the low charts positions.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:21
  2. "Respect" (instrumental) — 4:21 CD maxi
  3. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:18
  4. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  5. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  6. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50 12" maxi
  7. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:18
  8. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  9. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  10. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50 12" maxi - Promo
  11. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  12. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  13. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50

Credits

  • Produced and mixed by Bob Power
  • Vocals by Vinia Mojica
  • Remixes by Prince Paul

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France Gold December 21, 1995 250,000 357,000

Charts

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 25
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 25
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 72
Swedish Singles Chart 30
End of year chart (1995) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 5

References

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