Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Keny Arkana - Victoria

Keny Arkana is a French rap artist. She is active in the alter-globalization movement with "La Rage Du Peuple," a collective (cf. English "clan" or "crew") formed in 2004 in the Noailles quarter of Marseilles.

Born in Marseilles in 1983 of Argentine heritage, Arkana began rapping in 1996. She formed the collectives Mars Patrie and later Etat-Major, gaining performance experience in the Marseilles underground scene, culminating in the 2003 release of Etat Major's first mixtape.

After several solo appearances on various projects, Arkana released her first EP "Le Missile est Lancé". Her first album "Entre ciment et Belle Étoile" was released in October 2006. Her first single, "La Rage," released in 2006, pointedly references the 2005 civil unrest in France.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pascal Obispo - Chanteur ideal

Pascal Obispo (born 8 January 1965 in Bergerac, Dordogne, France) is a French Occitan singer/songwriter.

Pascal Obispo started singing in 1980. He got his first record deal in 1990, Le Long du Fleuve. When his second album came out(Plus Que Tout au Monde) his songs became a huge success and are still very popular today. Some of his most famous songs are Plus que tout au monde, Laurelenn, Tombé pour elle, Lucie, Personne and Fan. He is also well known for his various escapades, his unconservative behavior, his haircut, etc. His name is an anagram of the painter Pablo Picasso.

Obispo used his popularity to help with humanitarian work and particularly with work to stop the AIDS epidemic. He has worked with many other well-known artists such as Florent Pagny, Johnny Hallyday, Patricia Kaas. (*)

Thierry Amiel - De la haut

Thierry Amiel (b. October 18, 1982) is a French singer and songwriter from Marseille, France. He rose to fame after coming in second place to Jonatan Cerrada on the first edition of the French 'Pop Idol', A La Recherche De La Nouvelle Star.

Thierry grew up in Auriol, a town in Bouches-du-Rhône. Keen on music from a young age, in 2001 he quit his studies in Psychology and tried unsuccessfully for both Rêve d'un soir and Popstars 2. His break came in 2003 when he competed in A La Recherche De La Nouvelle Star, losing narrowly in the final round. Shortly afterwards, his first album Paradoxes, along with his first single, Les Mots Bleus, were released, Paradoxes coming 3rd in the top 50 albums of its opening week. After three years, Thierry released his second album on the 20 November 2006, titled eponymously Thierry Amiel. The album gained 16th place in the top selling albums of France, with the single Cœur Sacré peaking at 6th place in top singles.(*)

Vanessa Paradis - Divine Idylle

Vanessa's fifth studio album "Divine Idylle" is to be released in 2007. The lead single of the same name hit French radio in June 2007. Vanessa terms this CD a return to her strong pop roots.

Mathieu Chedid -M- & Sean Lennon - L'Eclipse

Video for L'Eclipse by Mathieu Chedid (aka -M-) and Sean Lennon

Gregory Marchal - De temps en temps

Emmanuel Moire - Mon Essentiel

Emmanuel Moire is a French singer born in Mans on June 16th 1979. Between 2004 and 2007, he has embodied Louis XIV as a member of the cast of the musical Le Roi Soleil.

Emmanuel Moire released his first solo album, titled "Là Où Je Pars", on November 13th 2006 along with his first single "Le Sourire". (*)

Christope - Double Je

Christophe Willem, born on August 3, 1983 in Enghien-les-Bains, France, is a French singer and the winner of the fourth edition of Nouvelle Star. (*)

Olvia Ruiz & Adamo - Ce george

Sofiane - Rêver

Monday, July 16, 2007

Zazie - Je suis un homme

Calogero - Pomme C

Calogero (born Calogero Maurici on July 30, 1971 in Échirolles, near Grenoble) is a French singer.

By the age of six Calogero had already taken an interest in music. He quickly learned to play several instruments, including the flute, piano and bass, and in 1986 became the lead singer and song-writer for a band called Les Charts, that he started together with his brother, Gioacchino, and a childhood friend, Francis Maggiulli. Between 1989 and 1997, Les Charts released 5 albums : L'océan sans fond (1989), Notre monde à nous (1991), Hannibal, (1994), Acte 1 (1995), and Changer (1997).

As the band began to lose its momentum, Calogero decided to launch himself as a solo artist and gathered important connections by writing songs and collaborating with already popular artists, such as Zazie and Pascal Obispo. The latter helped produce Calogero's first solo album Au milieu des Autres (2000). His second album, CALOGERO (2002) was a huge success with the hit singles "En apesanteur", "Aussi libre que moi", "Tien an men" and "Prendre racine". Finally, in 2004, Calogero released 3, featuring "Face à la mer" a duet with French rapper Passi and several other top singles such as "Yalla" and "Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer".

Calogero's moving lyrics and frail, tender voice have made him one of France's top pop/rock singers.

Calogero has released his fourth studio album "Pomme C" on 12 March 2007. (*)

Rose - Ciao bella

Rose, de son vrai nom Keren Meloul, est une chanteuse française, née le 24 mai 1978 à Nice. Elle est également auteur et compositeur.

Son pseudonyme vient du film The Rose de Mark Rydell, inspiré de la vie de Janis Joplin.

Après des études de droit, elle a été professeur d'école pendant deux ans avant de se lancer dans la musique.

On a pu la voir d'abord en première partie d' Alain Souchon en Mars 2006 à l'Olympia et en Juin 2006 au Zénith, ainsi que de Skye au Café de la Danse, Patxi à l'Européen, Jehro au Bataclan. Elle fait aussi les premières parties d'Axelle Red à la Cigale, Olivia Ruiz et de The Servant lors de leurs tournées fin 2006/début 2007.

Cette fan de Janis Joplin et qui ne le cache pas, est un vrai mélange entre celle-ci et Bob Dylan


Marilou - Danser sur la lune

Marilou Bourdon dit Marilou est une chanteuse québécoise, née le 20 septembre 1990, à Longueuil.