Benjamin Biolay

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Benjamin Biolay
Benjamin Biolay - Live.jpg
Benjamin Biolay, concert at the Casino de Paris, Paris (2011)
Background information
Born (1973-01-20) 20 January 1973 (age 41)
Origin Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, France
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, record producer
Labels Virgin Records
Naïve Records
Website www.benjaminbiolay.com

Benjamin Biolay (French pronunciation: ​[bɛ̃.ʒa.mɛ̃ bjo.lɛ]; born 20 January 1973) is a French singer-songwriter, musician, actor and record producer. He is the brother of singer Coralie Clément, whose two albums he wrote and produced, and the ex-husband of Chiara Mastroianni, the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni.

His low-key vocal style is somewhat similar to French pop star Étienne Daho. With the singer Keren Ann, whose first two albums he co-wrote and produced, he contributed several songs to Chambre avec Vue, the successful comeback album of singer Henri Salvador, and has since worked as a writer, arranger or producer for other icons of French music, including Juliette Gréco, Julien Clerc, Françoise Hardy and Vanessa Paradis.

He wrote or performed most of the songs on the 2004 soundtrack to Clara et Moi by Arnaud Viard, and released the album Home with his wife the same year. After two more rock oriented albums in 2005 and 2007 he was dropped by his record company and began working on his first independent release, La Superbe, released on Naïve records in 2009. This was followed by the soundtrack album Pourquoi tu pleures in 2011 and Vengeance in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2013, Biolay has been romantically involved with singer Vanessa Paradis. The couple recorded a duet, Profite ("Enjoy"), on his album Vengeance.[1] Biolay was introduced to Paradis by designer Karl Lagerfeld in 2012.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo studio albums
Year Album Peak positions
FR
[3]
BEL
(Vl)

[4]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
GER
[6]
SPN SUI
[7]
2001 Rose Kennedy 66
2003 Négatif 15 9
2005 À l'origine 17 27
2007 Trash Yéyé 11 23 72
2009 La Superbe 3 7 98 97 61
2011 Pourquoi tu pleures? 38 54
2012 Vengeance 2 95 6 42 22
Joint albums
Year Album Peak positions
FR
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[7]
2004 Home
(with Chiara Mastroianni)
26 98
Compilation albums
Year Album Peak positions
FR
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
2011 Best Of 178

EPs[edit]

Year EP title Peak positions
FR
[3]
2001 Benjamin Biolay Remix EP

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FR
[3]
2004 Clara et Moi 163

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FR
[3]
BEL
(Wa)
((Ultratop)

[5]
BEL
(Wa)
((Ultratip)

[5]
2008 "Qu'est ce que ça peut faire?" 14
2010 "La superbe" 38
"Si tu suis mon regard" 32
2011 "Ton héritage" 28
"Pas la forme" 25
2012 "Aime mon amour" 60 39
"Profite"
(feat. Vanessa Paradis)
93 24
"Ne regrette rien"
(feat. Orelsan)
157
2014 "Ton héritage" (rerelease) 80
"Pas besoin de permis"
(with Vanessa Paradis)
35
Featured in
Year Single Peak
positions
Album
FR
[3]
2003 "L'hymne à l'amour"
(Aznavour, Boulay, Eicher, Biolay, Macias,
Maurane, Foly, Fontaine, Mami, Leroy,
Pagny & Badi)
50

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 L'Art de la fugue Gérard

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Be My Baby: Vanessa Paradis shines as she performs for boyfriend French singer Benjamin Biolay," Daily Mail, July 1, 2014
  2. ^ "Vanessa Paradis photographed for the first time with French pop singer boyfriend Benjamin Biolay as they say goodbye at LAX," Daily Mail, April 18, 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Benjamin Biolay discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Benjamin Biolay discography". ultratop.be/nl/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Benjamin Biolay discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Benjamin Biolay discography" (in German). Media Control Charts. Charts.de. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Benjamin Biolay discography". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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