Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Benjamin Biolay released last Monday his first Best of and, because of that he was invited to a talk at the Fnac Ternes, in Paris. During the last summer, I was lucky enough to see John Lasseter in one of this events promoted by Fnac and because of that experience I knew that I should arrive really early to guarantee my seat in the front roll. So I left home 3 hours before the begining of the event and I arrived at Fnac aroud 4p.m. By the time I arrived, there was only one woman seating on the front roll…

Benjamin Biolay announced his first Best of, to be released on November 27.  The record marks the ten years of his career and I personally think it’s too early for a Best of (because, after all, they all sound a bit desperate, specially when released in Christmas time). The record has songs from Rose Kennedy to La Superbe and it even has an unreleased song, called L’eau claire des fontaines. Below, there’s the track list indicating from which CD the song comes from. Without any surprise, I noticed that the phase with Clara Mastroianni represents only 15% of the Best…

The newest Bénabar single is already available on Youtube. “Politiquement correct” is a track from the singer’s new record, “Les Bénéfices du Doute”, that will be released on December 5th. The single is already available for purchase on the French iTunes store for $1,29. A couple months ago, Bénabar had released on his official website a extract of this song, and I have to say: it didn’t get me too excited. But now that I’ve heard the whole song and saw the lyrics, I think I’m starting to take a like to it. In case anybody is wondering, “Mais moi,…

Remember I spoke about the song Politiquement Correct in this post? Well, yesterday Bénabar released the oficial video clip for that song. He’s also announced a contest for those who are going to be in Paris next Wednesday. If you sign up for his newsletter, you’ll have the chance of winning a pair of invitations for a private show of his unreleased new CD. Cool, right? If you are interested, click here and sign up for his newsletter! There’s also a making of this video clip, that you can watch by clicking here.

Gilbert Bécaud was and incredibly important figure in the history of French chanson. His nickname Monsieur 100 000 volts was due to his electric presence on stage – specially in his favorite venue: the Olympia, in Paris – the singer remained popular for 50 years and was responsible for great immortal songs that were know worldwide. Bécaud had some of his songs translated into English and was recorded by people from the first rank, like t Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, and James Brown. Not bad, right? His most famous…

The singer Zaz, that was a big hit in France in the past year and was invited to every important festival in France last summer has just announced a live record Sans tsu tsou, on the next 5th December. Apart from the CD, the singer is also releasing a live DVD. To promote the live record, she just released a single of the song Eblouie Par La Nuit (which is the last song from her debut album) and a video clip with the song, that was written by fellow singer Raphaël.

Singer/songwriter Alain Souchon announced that his new record, that it’s going to be dedicated to children, will be available on November 22. The great Le Figaro website published, on the last Friday, an article talking about Souchon’s new album and posted a video with one of it’s tracks. The CD will be called À cause d’elles and the track below has a choir of young boys. I liked it.

As I had already posted here, singer/songwriter  Alain Souchon, released a new record last Monday, dedicated to children. And while I was reading the news at Le Monde last weekend, I found an exclusive preview of this new album. Entitles À cause d’elles, the record is full of songs that Souchon used to sing as a kid and it also features a new song written by him and his son (it’s the same one on the previous post about this record).  Wanna have a preview? Click here.

Coeur de Pirate released last week her long waited second record. And I’m already in love with it. I believe It’s hard for a singer/songwriter who had a very successful first record to release a second one. But, in this case, this young talented québécoise did it again. The new work is called Blonde and I think I like it even better then her debut album. In case you are interested, the songs are on sale at the online store in the singer’s website. It can also be heard on Youtube, if you feel like having a taste of it.…

When I worked in a TV Show about Brazilian music I had the chance to meet a lot of cool legendary composers and one of them was Nonato Buzar. He’s one of those guys that loves to tell a good story and makes you feel completely engaged in anything he’s talking about. Unfortunately, he’s also one of those musician who were more successful abroad than in his own country. He told me that, in 1968, he wrote the song Nem vem que não tem with Carlos Imperial. At the end of the song, he decided he didn’t want to sign…

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