Casanova (LeVert song)

"Casanova" is a 1987 single by LeVert, written and produced by Reggie Calloway. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #9 on the UK Singles Chart, LeVert's only Top Ten (and Top-40) on either chart. It was number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart for two weeks, becoming the group's second number-one.[2] It has become a standard number for New Orleans brass bands following its popularization by the Rebirth Brass Band.[3] The song is featured in 1987's The Pick-Up Artist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, and appears on the soundtrack album of the Whoopi Goldberg movie Fatal Beauty, released the same year.

Single by LeVert
from the album The Big Throwdown
ReleasedJune 20, 1987 (1987-06-20)
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
GenreNew jack swing[1]
Songwriter(s)Reggie Calloway
Producer(s)Reggie Calloway
LeVert singles chronology
"My Forever Love"


Peak positions

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[4] 16
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart)[5] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 27
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts

Charts Rank
Canada[12] 71
U.S. Billboard [13] 71

Ultimate Kaos version

Single by Ultimate Kaos
from the album The Kaos Theory
Released24 February 1997
FormatCD single, 12"
LabelPolydor, Mercury
Songwriter(s)Reggie Calloway
Producer(s)Mike Stock & Matt Aitken
Ultimate Kaos singles chronology
"Right Here"
"Anything You Want (I've Got It)"

In 1997, British boy band Ultimate Kaos recorded a version and released it as the lead single from the second album The Kaos Theory. It was re-released in summer 1998.

Track listing

CD maxi[14]
  1. "Casanova" (7" Mix)
  2. "Casanova" (7" Club Mix)
  3. "Casanova" (C&J R&B Mix)
  4. "Who's Got the Flavour"


Chart (1997-98) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles [15] 18
Austrian Singles 20
Belgian Singles 6
French Singles 4
German Singles 37
Dutch Top 40 2
Swedish Singles 19
Swiss Singles 39
UK 24
Chart (1998) Rank
ARIA End of Year Singles Chart [16] 65


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 346.
  3. Cohn, Rosalie. "The New Generation of Brass Bands: Live For Today". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  4. "Top Singles – Volume 50, No. 22, September 25, 1989". RPM. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  5. "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
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  7. " – Levert – Casanova" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. "Levert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. "Levert Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  11. "Levert Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. "Top Singles – Volume 47, No. 12, December 26, 1987". RPM. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. Retrieved 2014-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
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