Bénabar

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Bénabar
Bénabar 2012.jpg
Bénabar in March 2012
Background information
Birth name Bruno Nicolini
Born (1969-06-16) 16 June 1969 (age 45)
Origin Thiais, France
Genres Chanson
Occupations Singer, Song writer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Website benabar.com

Bruno Nicolini (born 16 June 1969), better known by his stage name Bénabar, is a French songwriter and singer, who could be compared to Vincent Delerm and other singers from his generation. As many of them he was influenced by Georges Brassens, Renaud, Jacques Higelin and also Tom Waits. His songs describe day-to-day life events with humour and a tender cynicism. His songs draw influence from French Chanson and a heavy influence is placed on the piano or the accordion and on typical French fanfare (brass band) for the most upbeat of them. This genre of music is very typically French and differs from most in that emphasis is placed on appreciation of the lyrics and that it is linked to a specific culture of modern "guinche" (slang for "guinguette") appreciated a lot by Bobos among others.

Biography[edit]

Bénabar performing in Paris on Bastille Day 2011.

Bénabar began his career in the cinema, working as an assistant on Le Brasier (1991) before directing three short subjects: Nada Lezard (1991), José Jeannette (1992) and Sursum corda (1994). He then turned to music, working for some time with his friend Patchol who gave him his nickname (Bénabar being the "verlan" of Barnabé, the name he was using on stage). With "Les associés" he sang for several years in small places in France, Belgium, and Switzerland before the release of Bénabar (2001), which raised his profile sufficiently to make him the opening act for Henri Salvador. He was nominated as a Revelation for the "Victoires de la musique 2003" but did not win it. In 2004, after the successful release of Les risques du métier, he won the award for "album "chanson/variété" of the year". His next album Reprise des négociations sold better than the previous ones: according to Le Figaro, Bénabar reached number 4 for CD sales in France, with 2.18 million euros sales in 2006. In 2007 he won the awards for "Male group or artist of the year" and "original song of the year" (for Le dîner).

Personal life[edit]

He has two brothers named Patrick and Sébastien. He has a son born in 2004 and named Manolo and a daughter born in 2009.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album FR
[1]
BE
(Wa)

[2]
CH
[3]
Sales
[4]
1997 La p'tite monnaie
Bénabar et associés
194 - -
2001 Bénabar 20 - - France: Platinum (510,100)
2003 Les risques du métier 6 31 40 France: Platinum (569,300)
2005 Reprise des négociations 1 5 25 France: Diamond (1.045.400)
2008 Infréquentable 1 1 6 France: Platinum (200,000)
2011 Les bénéfices du doute 4 5 23 France: Platinum (200,000)
2012 Bien l'bonsoir m'sieurs-dames 26 23 -

Live albums[edit]

Year Album FR
BE
(Wa)

CH
Sales
2004 Live au Grand Rex 10 28 41 France: Gold (173.100)

Compilations[edit]

Year Album FR
BE
(Wa)

CH
Sales
2004 Couche-tard et lève-tôt (Quebec release) - - -
2007 Best of - 5 53 France: Gold (75,000)

Singles[edit]

Year Single FR BE
(Wa)

Ultratop
BE
(Wa)

Ultratip
CH Album
2003 "L'itineraire" - - - - Les risques du métier
"Dis-lui, oui" - - - -
"Je suis de celles" - - - -
2005 "Le diner" - - - - Reprise des négociations
"Maritie & Gilbert Carpentier" - - - -
"Quatre murs et un toit" - - - -
2008 "L'effet papillion" 169 4 - 65 Infréquentable
2009 "À la campagne" - - 12 A -
"Une petite cantate"
(with Keim, Jenifer and Raphaël)
- 29 - - 2009: Les Enfoirés font leur cinéma (Various Artists)
"Pas du tout" - - 22 A - Infréquentable
"Infréquentable" - - 24 A -
2011 "Politiquement correct" 75 28 - - Les bénéfices du doute
2012 "Les râteaux" - - 12 A - Bien l'bonsoir m'sieurs-dames
"L'agneau" - - 9 A -
2014 "Paris by Night" 142 - - -

A Chart peak for Ultratip.

Other singles
Year Single FR Album
2013 "Un arc en ciel" (Téléthon 2013)
(Bénabar, Bruel, Cali & Marina)
1
Preceded by
Raphaël
Victoires de la Musique
Male group or artist of the year

2007
Succeeded by
Abd Al Malik

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "SNEP Sales". Disque en France. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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