It’s not really news that Iggy Pop had already been flirting with the good old French chanson, but today I read some surprising piece of news: the Huffington Post announced that the former leader of the Stooges is releasing a new record with covers of French classics, singing songs by some of the greatest: like Henri Salvador, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg, Édith Piaf and Joe Dassin.If you want a taste of the record, you can click on the links below to listen to the first minute of each song.» Et si tu n’existais pas (Joe Dassin)» La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)…

Yay! Berry, one of my favorites from the nouvelle scène française, gave us a little present today. Her new record, to be released on April 23, is entirely online, available to listen in streaming. How awesome is that? I just love when artists (and the labels) make decisions like this. It kind of gives me a feeling that they understand a little something about the world today. If you’re ready to listen, simple choose one of the two options given below (connect with Facebook or give your email address) and you’re ready to go! If that doesn’t work, the original…

Everyone knows that the beautiful and talented singer Berry is releasing a new record. After putting on her website a video with scenes of the recordings of Si c’est la vie, the first single of her very awaited second record, she now gave us another taste of what’s yet to come. For those who will be lucky enough to be in Paris in June, Berry is scheduled to play in the 12th and 13th. The tickets are already available for sale and they cost 25 euros.

The first episode of the 5th season of Mad Men, that aired last Monday in the United States had an interesting surprise for lovers of French music. In one scene, Don Draper’s new wife performed a rendition of Zou Bisou Bisou in his birthday party. It was a uncomfortable to watch, but basically because, as far as I know, Don is not the kind of guy who appreciates those sorts of public displays of affection. Check it out: The original recording was sang by Gillian Hills and, for those who don’t remember, she’s the girl that have a steamy ménage…

Finally, the movie about the life of Claude François arrived in the big screens of Paris. But while I don’t have the chance of watching it, let’s listen one more time to his greatest hit. And here’s the trailer, for those who don’t know what I’m talking about.

The singer-songwriter Sacha Distel was born in 1933 with the luck of having a family member ready to show him the path to good music. Thanks to Uncle Ray Ventura, Distel was in touch, since his childhood, with a world of avant-garde musicians, lovers of the Swing and the Jazz. People like Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stan Getz and Henri Salvador were present in his life very early, and although he established a reputation as a French crooner, Sacha Distel was certainly a strong name in the hall of fame of French jazz musicians and his extensive discography clearly shows…

If I had to choose a royal family to represent the chanson française, the choice would be, without a doubt, Francoise Hardy’s family. Although in the 60s the couple considered France’s sweetheart was Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday (who at the time, was called by some the “French Elvis”), Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc have always preserved something of a more interesting, more reserved and even more intellectual charm, which makes me admire them until today. The couple is currently separated. Jacques Dutronc, a perfect bad boy, never lost his reputation of lady’s man and Hardy eventually have had enough…

I was inspired by an exibition about French chanson that opened in Paris last March, 8th, to make a list of songs about Paris. So I inflicted myself with the herculean task of fishing the top 100 in this HUGE list of 2750 songs about the City of Lights. Problem was: soon, I realized that, not only I would need more the one day work on this list, a post with 100 players would be so big that no internet connexion would be able to charge this blog. So I cut down the list to 50 (which is still, way too much), and…

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