Ch-Check It Out

"Ch-Check It Out" is a song by alternative hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, released as the first single off their sixth studio album To the 5 Boroughs. The song heavily samples "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Peggy Lee.[2] It was also nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards.[2]

"Ch-Check It Out"
Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out CD cover.jpg
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album To the 5 Boroughs
ReleasedMarch 2004
Recorded2004
StudioOscilloscope Laboratories[1]
GenreAlternative hip hop
Length
  • 3:12 (album version)
  • 3:10 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Alive"
(1999)
"Ch-Check It Out"
(2004)
"Triple Trouble"
(2004)
Audio sample
Music video
"Ch-Check It Out" on YouTube

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it the first song by a hip hop group to achieve such a feat. It also peaked at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100, number eight on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the Canadian Singles Chart. In Australia, the song peaked at number 46 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was ranked number 28 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.[3]

Live performancesEdit

The Beastie Boys performed the song live on The Late Show with David Letterman. This performance was unusual, as it featured the Beastie Boys performing the song while on their way to the studio. They began by emerging from a subway stop and walking through New York City until arriving at the Letterman studio and finishing the track inside.[4] This performance is often regarded as one of the best musical moments on the program, with Paste ranking it number 11 on their list of "David Letterman's 25 Greatest Music Moments".[5]

Track listingsEdit

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 46
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 75
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 16
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[12] 1
Canada Rock Top 30 (Radio & Records)[13] 27
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 16
France (SNEP)[15] 82
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 65
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 29
Italy (FIMI)[18] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 31
Norway (VG-lista)[21] 17
Scotland (OCC)[22] 10
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 38
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 36
UK Singles (OCC)[26] 8
UK R&B (OCC)[27] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[28] 68
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[29] 1
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[30] 6

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[31] 180

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ch-Check It Out (UK CD single liner notes). Beastie Boys. Capitol Records. 2004. CDCL 857.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b Taysom, Joe (May 4, 2020). "Revisiting When the Beastie Boys Stormed Letterman with the Greatest 'Late Show' Performance of All Time". Far Out. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Triple J Hottest 100 2004". ABC. 26 January 2005. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Scott (May 4, 2018). "Remembering Adam 'MCA' Yauch: The Beastie Boys Perform 'Ch-Check It Out' on 'The Late Show'". JamBase. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Staff (August 9, 2017). "David Letterman's 25 Greatest Music Moments". Paste. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Ch-Check It Out (UK & European 12-inch single sleeve). Beastie Boys. Parlophone. 2004. 12CL 857.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ Ch-Check It Out (UK enhanced CD single liner notes). Beastie Boys. Parlophone. 2004. CDCLS 857.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Ch-Check It Out (Japanese maxi-single liner notes). Beastie Boys. Capitol Records. 2004. TOCP-61085.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Beastie Boys Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "R&R Canada Rock Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1562. July 2, 2004. p. 63. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Tracklisten. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ch-Check It Out". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Top Digital Download. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". VG-lista. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out" Canciones Top 50.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Beastie Boys Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "Beastie Boys Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  30. ^ "Beastie Boys Chart History (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  31. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  32. ^ "American single certifications – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 1, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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