” Sadeness (Part I) ” is by Enigma, the German new age musical project. Written by Michael Cretu ( Curly M.C. ), Frank Peterson ( F. Gregorian) and David Fairstein.
Released in November 1990 as the first single of four from the group’s multi-Platinum album, MCMXC a.D ( roman numerals for 1990 ).
The title ” Sadeness ” comes from the Marquis de Sade, the French novelist who is most famous for his erotic fiction. The Marquis often included sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence in his works; his depravity gave us the words sadism and sadist as a result.
There are two correct spellings for the title of the song. In Germany, the song was called ” Sadeness Part I ” due to the Marquis de Sade. However, it was figured that this would be lost in the UK and the title was changed to ” Sadness Part I ” for the release in that country.
The lyrics to the song are written in both French and Latin with the whispering French lyrics by Sandra, the then wife of Michael, who was already an established solo artist when the project was formed.
The project used Gregorian vocal chanting on the song, taken from Germany’s Capella Antiqua München album ” Paschale Mysterium ” first released by Sony in 1976 and again in 1998.
Enigma heavily sampled their track ” Procedamus in pace! (Antiphon) ” for ” Sadeness (Part I) “, however Enigma didn’t seek permission first and after a lawsuit in 1994 agreed to compensate the original owners of the work.
Although the song’s make up is in both French and Latin it became a huge commercial success for Enigma. ” Sadeness (Part I) ” went on to be number one in over twenty countries and reached the top of the Eurochart where it stayed for nine weeks.
In the United States, the song was also a success and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. In the country sales are over 500,000 copies with the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) certifying it Gold.
In the United Kingdom ” Sadeness (Part I) ” entered the UK Singles Chart and climbed to Number One where it stayed for one week. The song was to spend seven weeks inside the Top Ten and a total of twelve weeks on the chart. British Phonographic Industry ( BPI )certified the single silver with sales of 200,000.
Worldwide the single has gone on to sell five million copies.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 5
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 6, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Japan (Oricon) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Enigmaspace.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Enigma
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Enigma(musical project)
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