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1 fille & 4 types
Studio album by Celine Dion
Released October 13, 2003 (2003-10-13)
Recorded May 2–11, 2003
Genre Country pop, folk
Length 47:49
Label Columbia, Epic
Producer Erick Benzi
Celine Dion chronology
One Heart
(2003)
1 fille & 4 types
(2003)
A New Day... Live in Las Vegas
(2004)
Singles from 1 fille & 4 types
  1. "Tout l'or des hommes"
    Released: October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)
  2. "Et je t'aime encore"
    Released: February 23, 2004 (2004-02-23)
  3. "Contre nature"
    Released: March 18, 2004 (2004-03-18)

1 fille & 4 types (meaning 1 Girl & 4 Guys) is the French-language album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released by Columbia Records on October 13, 2003. It is her first new French studio album since 1998's S'il suffisait d'aimer. 1 fille & 4 types features thirteen songs written and arranged by Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso and Gildas Arzel, and produced by Benzi. The first single from the album, "Tout l'or des hommes" reached top ten in all Francophone countries, including number one in Quebec and number three in France. It was followed by "Et je t'aime encore" and "Contre nature."

1 fille & 4 types received favorable reviews from music critics, some of whom noticed that it is a record that many Dion fans were hoping would arrive one day. On the commercial level, the album also became a success. It topped the charts in Canada, France, Belgium Wallonia and Greece, and also reached top ten in Switzerland, Poland, Finland and Belgium Flandres. 1 fille & 4 types was certified 2× Platinum in France, Platinum in Belgium and Switzerland, and Gold in Finland.

Background[edit]

Dion started working on her upcoming French-language album on October 8, 2002 in Paris when she met with four well-known French songwriters and producers: Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso and Gildas Arzel. After four days of rehearsals, Dion met with them again in Las Vegas in May 2003, during her break from performing in A New Day.... The songs were recorded between May 2–11, 2003.[1] On August 11, 2003, Dion's official website announced that the release of the new French album titled 1 fille & 4 types (meaning 1 Girl & 4 Guys) was set for October 13, 2003 in Europe and October 14, 2003 in Canada.[2] Dion worked on this project with "4 Guys" only: Goldman, Benzi, Veneruso and Arzel.[2] Goldman, who wrote and produced the best-selling French-language albums of all time: D'eux and S'il suffisait d'aimer, guided 1 fille & 4 types as the artistic director.[3] The first single, "Tout l'or des hommes" was sent to radio on August 27, 2003.[2][3][4] It was written by Jacques Veneruso who wrote Dion's 2001 number-one hit, "Sous le vent."[3] The music video for the song was serviced to video outlets in September 2003 and the CD single was scheduled for release on October 6, 2003 in France, Switzerland and Belgium, on October 7, 2003 in Canada and a few weeks later in Germany.[3][5] The behind the scenes from "Tout l'or des homes" video and making of the album was posted in the video section on celinedion.com on September 28, 2003.[6] 1 fille & 4 types was also scheduled for release in the United States on November 11, 2003, in Japan on December 17, 2003, in Sweden on February 9, 2004 and in Spain on April 19, 2004.[7][8][9][10]

Content[edit]

On September 14, 2003, the track listing for the album containing twelve songs was posted on celinedion.com.[11] On September 23, 2003, it was revealed that 1 fille & 4 types will be released in three different versions.[12] While the standard edition will be available from all retailers, a Deluxe Edition with special photos and a DVD will be sold in Europe and exclusively in Archambault stores in Canada.[12] Finally, the Limited Edition with a special 45-page booklet will be available in France's Carrefour stores.[12] After the album was released it turned out that it contains a hidden track, "Valse adieu." The songs were written and arranged by Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso and Gildas Arzel, and produced by Benzi. Jean-Jacques Goldman's brother, J Kapler co-wrote "Et je t'aime encore" and wrote "Valse adieu." Goldman, Benzi, Veneruso and Arzel also played instruments and sang lead and background vocals on the album. The album contains three covers: "Retiens-moi" recorded by Nanette Workman for her 1996 album Une à une, "Tu nages" recorded by Anggun for her 2000 album Désirs contraires, and "Rien n'est vraiment fini" recorded by Leyla Doriane for her 2000 album Libre.[13][14][15] "Et je t'aime encore" is a French-language version of the song "Je t'aime encore" from One Heart which was released in March 2003.[16]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album, Dion taped a television special at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 1, 2003.[17] The footage from this show was used to create two television specials, one for Canada and the second for France.[17] During the first television special for Canada titled 1 fille & 4 types à Las Vegas, Dion was interviewed by Julie Snyder and short clips of performances form The Colosseum at Caesars Palace were shown, including: "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)" (duet with Henri Salvador), "Je lui dirai," "Apprends-moi," "Mon homme," "Quand on n'a que l'amour" (duet with the winner of Star Académie), "Sous le vent" (duet with Garou), "Contre nature," "Toi et moi" (duet with Charles Aznavour), "Tout l'or des hommes," "Et je t'aime encore," "Ne bouge pas" and "Le vol d'un ange."[18] The show was broadcast on October 19, 2003 on TVA and attracted 1,536,500 viewers becoming the most watched program in Quebec that day.[19]

The second television special for France, Céline! was hosted by Flavie Flament and included the full performances of the following songs: "Tout l'or des homes" (with "4 Guys": Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso and Gildas Arzel), "On ne change pas," "Toi et moi" (with Charles Aznavour), "Et je t'aime encore," "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" (duet with Florent Pagny), "Le vol d'un ange," "Apprends-moi" (with "4 Guys"), "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)" (with Henri Salvador), "Sous le vent" (with Garou), "S'il suffisait d'aimer" (with Patrick Fiori, Florent Pagny and Roch Voisine) and "Valse adieu" (with "4 Guys"). The show also included solo performances by the special guests: Roch Voisine, Garou, Florent Pagny, Patrick Fiori, Michael Jones, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Charles Aznavour, Gérard Darmon, Martin Fontaine, Henry Salvador and Ricky Martin.[20][21] The television special was broadcast on November 18, 2003 on TF1 and became the most watched program of the French prime-time by attracting 6,131,800 viewers and getting the 31,1% share of the audience.[20][21]

On October 15, 2003, Dion returned to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform her show, A New Day.... Therefore, she could not promote the album the way she used to do with her previous releases.[22]

Singles[edit]

The first single, "Tout l'or des hommes" was released on October 6, 2003.[23] The second single, "Et je t'aime encore" was sent to radio on December 11, 2003 and the limited edition CD single was released on February 23, 2004.[24][25] The music video for "Et je t'aime encore" premiered on March 8, 2004.[26] The cover art for the next promotional only single, "Contre nature" was released to TeamCeline members on March 6, 2004.[27] "Contre nature" was sent to radio in France on March 18, 2004 and in Canada on April 12, 2004.[28][29] The music video, directed by Didier Kerbrat in Las Vegas, premiered on April 30, 2004.[29][30][31] "Je lui dirai" was later included on Dion's next album, Miracle and released as a promotional single in October 2004.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[32]
Entertainment.Ie C[33]

The album met with mixed reviews from music critics.[34] Rob Theakston from Allmusic wrote that 1 fille & 4 types "is a record that many Dion fans were hoping would arrive one day Her voice values dynamics over acrobatics and the band is stripped down to its bare essentials, taking Dion into relatively unfamiliar territories such as country-pop and folk, and she proves herself more than up to the task of delivering top-notch performances every time. This stripped-down, back-to-basics attitude is only further reinforced within the album's packaging: Dion in several fashionably rugged poses that could have come straight from an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog complete with photos of a rugged life 'on the road,' including a shot of her with the band all lying on a bed together with her hair up in a towel and the air conditioner apparently not working during the summertime. It's completely premeditated and no diva in her right mind would stand for such living conditions, but this only reinforces how far away Dion wants to distance herself from her image this time around. The pop songs are equally as infectious as they are hummable."[32] EW editor David Browne wrote "The presentation cries out empress of overkill goes alt-rock, but the truth is much less engaging" and said that album "does stand as a marked departure from her usual fare. Forsaking orchestras and pop gloss, she and her guys offer up reverby twang in Tout l'Or des Hommes (All the Men's Gold), a slide-guitar romp in Ne Bouge Pas (Don't Change), and enough mopey, semi-unplugged arrangements to make you think they just discovered Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love. For her part, Dion sounds more restrained than on her English-language extravaganzas. The album falls victim to the same bathetic love songs that cripple every Dion project, and the quasi-adventurous production gives way to drippy folk-pop balladry." [33]

Commercial reception[edit]

Dion rocketed to the top of the Canadian chart for the second time in less than seven months.[35] Her French-language album 1 fille & 4 types accomplished the feat with first-week sales of 44,532 copies, including 42,500 units sold in Quebec alone.[35][36] It marked her sixth number-one album in the SoundScan era and her fourth to debut at the top position.[35] Dion's previous album One Heart entered the chart at number one in April 2003 selling 97,000 copies.[35] 1 fille & 4 types satyed at number one for the second week, selling 19,300 units.[37] In the third week, it fell to number seven with sales of 8,300 copies.[38] The album has sold over 100,000 units in Canada in 2003.[39]

In France, 1 fille & 4 types debuted at number one selling 123,600 copies and remained at the top for four non-consecutive weeks.[36][40] On December 18, 2003, 1 fille & 4 types was certified 2× Platinum for shipping 600,000 copies and it became the fifth best-selling album of 2003.[41][42]

1 fille & 4 types also reached number one in Belgium Wallonia for two consecutive weeks, and peaked at number one in Greece, number two in Switzerland, number seven in Poland, number nine in Belgium Flandres and Finland, and eventually reached number nine on the European Top 100 Albums. It was certified Platinum in Belgium and Switzerland, and Gold in Finland.[43][44][45]

Awards[edit]

In December 2003, 1 fille & 4 types was nominated for the NRJ Music Award in category Best French-Language Album of the Year.[46] In February 2004, Dion received four nominations for the Juno Awards of 2004, including Francophone Album of the Year for 1 fille & 4 types, Artist of the Year and Fan Choice Award.[47] In September 2004, she received three nominations for the Félix Awards, including Best-Selling Album of the Year for 1 fille & 4 types and Female Artist of the Year.[48]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tout l'or des hommes"   Jacques Veneruso Erick Benzi 2:59
2. "Apprends-moi"   Benzi Benzi 4:45
3. "Le vol d'un ange"   Veneruso Benzi 3:39
4. "Ne bouge pas"   Gildas Arzel Benzi 4:23
5. "Tu nages"   Benzi Benzi 3:10
6. "Et je t'aime encore"   Benzi 3:26
7. "Retiens-moi"   Benzi Benzi 4:03
8. "Je lui dirai"   Goldman Benzi 3:57
9. "Mon homme"   Benzi Benzi 3:20
10. "Rien n'est vraiment fini"   Veneruso Benzi 3:49
11. "Contre nature"   Veneruso Benzi 4:09
12. "Des milliers de baisers"   Goldman Benzi 3:43
13. "Valse adieu" (hidden track) Kapler Benzi 1:17

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[68] Platinum 50,000*
Canada 100,000[39]
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[69] Gold 16,918[69]
France (SNEP)[70] 2× Platinum 750,000[71]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[72] Platinum 40,000x
United States 26,000[73]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Gildas Arzel – arranger, guitars, harmonica, lead vocal, background vocals
  • Christophe Battaglia – arranger
  • Erick Benzi – producer, arranger, engineer, programming, synthesizers, lead vocal, background vocals
  • Yvan Cassar – strings director and arranger
  • Laurent Coppola – drums
  • Humberto Gatica – engineer, mix
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman – artistic director, arranger, guitars, lead vocal, background vocals
  • Patrick Hampartzoumian – arranger, programming, synthesizers
  • Yannick Hardouin – bass
  • Thomas Ivaldy – engineer's assistant
  • Steve Kadison – engineer's assistant
  • Dimitri Kurts – engineer's assistant
  • François Lalonde – engineer's assistant
  • Gildas Lointier – engineer
  • Vito Luprano – executive producer
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Nicolas Mingot – guitars
  • Simon Rhodes – engineer
  • Bruno Le Rouzic – flutes, uilleann pipes
  • Jacques Veneruso – arranger, guitars, lead vocal, background vocals

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe October 13, 2003 Columbia CD COL 513481 2
CD/DVD COL 513481 5
Canada October 14, 2003 CD CK 80984
CD/DVD 513481 5
United States November 11, 2003 Epic CD EK 90755
Australia November 14, 2003 513481 2
Japan[74] December 17, 2003 Sony EICP-321

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