Speak Up

Published in Billboard Magazine


Europe’s hottest summer hit, “We No Speak Americano,” comes all the way from Sydney.

An Australian top five hit in June, the club anthem has been climbing charts across Europe in recent weeks. Its creators are Aussie dance duo Yolanda Be Cool (Sylvester Martinez and Johnson Peterson) and producer DCUP (Duncan MacLennan), who based the track on a sampled vocal from Italian artist Renato Carosone’s 1956 recording “Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano.”

The act nearly missed out when Canadian DJ Marco Calliari’s sound-alike version on his Tycoon Records label hit the U.K. market just before the Australian original. That was down to a delay in negotiations with EMI, which owns the Carosone recording, says Jamie Raeburn, joint owner of Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s Australian label Sweat It Out. The original was rush-released internationally July 5, which Raeburn suggests “probably helped us, because it didn’t have a chance to get downloaded illegally.”

Sweat It Out licensed the Universal-published track to various international partners. In Britain, it topped the Official Charts Co.’s July 31 singles listing on All Around the World/Universal; Calliari’s version hit No. 26 on the July 10 chart.

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s version is already available through New York-based indie label Ultra in the United States, where Raeburn says it will receive a promotional push during September.

Yolanda Be Cool plays European shows through Sept. 18, booked by Xon Service Productions.