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Good news: Barcella’s new record is out and he’s giving away his new track Ma Douce. The bad news is: you need to have an account in the French iTunes Store to be able to get it for free. In case you do, just click here to download it. In case you don’t, I recommend you pay, because the song is great.

I just payed a visit to David Delabrosse’s BandCamp page and found an amazing song. I’m in love already. And it comes with lyrics! I just love when artists write down the lyrics.<p><p><p><p><a href=”http://daviddelabrosse.bandcamp.com/track/un-monde-naissant”>Un monde naissant by David Delabrosse</a></p></p></p></p>Sur ton front je discerne un ange deux anges Trois mésanges qui mangent des graines A l’ombre d’un vieux chêne quelle jolie scène! D’aussi loin que je me souvienne Jamais encore je n’avais vu si jolie scène Qui me ramène Aux portes de l’enfance qui se ferment Au fur et à mesure À ton évidence quand je n’ai plus de rêves Quand…

And when you least expected (or maybe not), the winter is almost over, and the season of happiness and sunshine doesn’t seem so distant after all.Well, what best to celebrate the spring and the summer then with good music? To help raising up the expectations for the arrival of the sunshine and the more-human-friendly temperatures, all the great festivals already announced their line-up in France. They all look great.The list below is organized chronologically, for those who are gonna be lucky enough to be in the birth country of Serge Gainsbourg by the time of this festivals.Le Printemps de BourgesI had…

The cute duo Brigitte were invited by Lancôme to record an English version of their hit Oh la la, and the song was used in a very cool ad by Lancôme. Here it is: Last year, the duo of indie-hippie-fashionistas had released a music video to promote the original French version of this song and, in my opinion, the clip might as well have been used to promote any well known fashion brand.

I decided to prepare a little surprise for the readers of this blog: a quiz to test your knowledge on French chanson! So I chose some of my favorite pieces from my favorite French songs ever to make this quiz. Of course, the selected songs are based on my own taste and, if you fail, it means nothing, really. But I thought it would be fun anyway. Don’t worry about writing down your name, the website will no store it or use it for anything other then this test, and if it makes you feel better, you can even use…

As you probably already know, the candidate of the extreme right French party Marine le Pen can change a lot of people’s lives, if she’s elected. In fact, everything around her is a source of so much controversy that even the funny French singer Philippe Katerine has already released a song about her. The tune is called Marine le Pen and tells the story of a man who’s waling on the streets and, when se sees a sexy blond woman, he starts to stalk her. When the man realizes the sexy blond is Marine le Pen he gets all scared an paranoid and…

So I finally got myself a domain .com to make this website a little bit more professional.For those of you who already follow Under Paris Skies, fear not! The content will remain exactly the same, the only thing that changed was the domain’s name and that’s just because I thought it sounded a little better (plus, the other domains I tried were already taken).Doesn’t it look good when you access a .com website instead of a poor address on Blogger? Very fancy. Changes are good sometimes.

Keren Ann01.02 New York / Lincoln Center13.01 Paris / TrianonClaire Denamur24.01 Grenoble17.02 Strasbourg18.02 Mulhouse21.02 Canteleu07.03 Cherbourg11.03 Petite Forêt / Espace culturel Barbara13.03 Saint-Martin de Crau / Festival Voix de Femmes23.03 Fumel / Centre Culturel30.03 Tourouvre / Festival de la Chanson06.04 Calais / Centre Culturel Gérard Philippe13.04 Béthune / Théâtre de Poche20.04 Chalette / Centre CulturelMaya Barsony13.03 Paris / Sentier des Halles (apparently, it’s gonna be really good, this one)

The first confirmed names for this year’s edition of Le Printemps de Bourges are already being published in the festival’s website. The concerts will take place, as usual, in the pretty French city of Bourges from April 24 to 29. The pretty ville is located around 200 kilometers away from Paris and some of this blog’s favorites are confirmed in the line-up. Bénabar, Brigitte and Arthur H are some of the names. Check out the line up here. And for those of you who are admirers of the gorgeous illustrations on the header of this blog, I think you will be happy to…

French artist Jocelyne Grivaud made a series of pictures of Barbie dolls placing them as the main characters of immortal paintings, photographs, movies and others. The result is surprisingly fun with Barbie posing as Mona Lisa, Statue of Liberty and even Coco Chanel.The images below show some examples of the collection, to see the entire gallery, click here.Via Likecool.

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