Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux

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"Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux"
Single by Lââm
from the album Persévérance
B-side "Laissez-moi aller au bout de mes rêves"
Released September 1998
Format CD single
Genre Pop, soul
Length 4:20
Label EMI
Writer(s) Michel Berger
Producer(s) SDO
Lââm singles chronology
"Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux"
(1998)
"Assez!"
(1999)

"Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux" (English: Sing for those who are far from home) is a 1985 song recorded by French singer-songwriter Michel Berger on his album Différences. It was released as a single one year later.

In 1998, the song was covered by French singer Lââm and was released in September 1998 as her debut single and the lead single from her album Persévérance. The song was in fact released two years before, in 1996, but passed unnoticed at the time. Lââm promoted the song singing it live in many French TV shows. In Tapis rouge, she cried a lot after her performance.[1] The single became a number-one hit for five weeks in Belgium (Wallonia) and peaked at #2 for ten weeks in France, being unable to dislodge the hit "Belle" by Garou, Patrick Fiori and Daniel Lavoie. However, it managed to stayed on the chart (top 100) for 42 weeks, becoming to date Lââm's most successful single and the 105th best-selling singles of all time in France.[2]

Other notable cover versions include Montserrat Caballé and Johnny Hallyday in 1997 on the album Friends for Life,[3] and Lââm accompanied by 500 Choristes in a live version in 2006 on the album 500 Choristes Vol. 2.[4]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux" (radio edit) – 4:20
  2. "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux" (R&B mix) – 4:21
  3. "Laissez-moi aller au bout de mes rêves" – 4:33

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[5] Diamond January 20, 1990 750,000 963,000[6]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Şımarık" by Tarkan
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
November 28, 1998 - December 26, 1998 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Cher

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 442,443 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  3. ^ Friends for Life, track listings and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  4. ^ 500 Choristes Vol. 2, track listings and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  5. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  6. ^ French certifications See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "LAAM" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  7. ^ "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  8. ^ "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  9. ^ 1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  10. ^ 1998 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  11. ^ 1999 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 4, 2009)
  12. ^ 1999 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 4, 2009)