Tuesday, August 28, 2007

French Charts Update

Things never move too quickly in the French singles chart, so I thought I'd have a few weeks break from doing the update and what happened? It's all change.

A new song by Jean-Jacques Goldman is always a big event in France. "Quatre Mots Sur Un Piano" is billed as a duet with Patrick Fiori, however there is also an uncredited female voice on the track - Christine Ricol. It's a slow meandering ballad which may take a while to grow as I'm not really a ballad fan, but it's also the kind of song that Goldman does so well.

At no.2 in the classement is "Garcon" by a new name to the French music scene, Koxie, which is a kind of rap song with summer novelty appeal.

A real big surprise at no. 6 is none other than the Ukrainian legend that is Verka Serduchka, with the mighty "Dancing Lasha Tumbai"!!!

"On A Change" by Les Deesses is a nice slice of zouk-like soul which is always around in France at this time of year. This summer's big zouk anthem would appear to be "C'est Dans La Joie" by Mokobe.

"Tango Princesse" is a nice change in musical style for Julie Zenatti who I'm not really a fan of, but this is worth a listen and the video's a bit of a circus extravaganza.

"Butterfly" by Superbus was one of my favourite French tracks around the end of 2006, "Lola" is their latest song. Their lead singer Jennifer Ayache sounds a bit like Gwen Stefani, although she has her own striking and individual style. Can't get that "boom boom boom boom boom boom....." hookline out of my head.

Interestingly there are very few British/American acts in the French singles chart at the moment: only Mika, Rihanna and Nelly Furtado figure in the top 20.

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