Coup de Boule

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"Coup de boule"
Single by La Plage
Released July 2006
Format CD single
CD maxi
Digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop
Length 2:43
Label Up Music
Writer(s) Sébastien Lipszyc
Emmanuel Lipszyc
F. Lascombes

"Coup de Boule" (French for "headbutt") is a French song written and performed by brothers Sébastien and Emmanuel Lipszyc, who run a firm called La Plage that produces television jingles, and Franck Lascombes. The soca-style song is about the France national football team's appearance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, especially Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi. After its release, the song spread throughout the world via the Internet and topped the French and Belgian (Wallonia) charts.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

The song was written and recorded in half an hour on July 10, 2006,[2] the day after the World Cup Final, and parodies "Zidane y va marquer" by Cauet.[3] The Lipszyc brothers and Lascombes distributed the song as a joke to about 50 friends over the Internet, and within hours it was playlisted by Skyrock, one of France's largest independent radio stations.[1] By July 12, Warner Music won the bidding war to license the song.[2] It was released as a one-song CD on July 20 and reached number one on the French charts on August 2, supplanting "Zidane y va marquer".[3] As of July 2014, it is the 73rd best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 334,000 units sold.[4]

There is also a Spanish version of the song. The CD single was released on July 28, 2006, while the international CD maxi was launched on September 15, 2006.

In France, the song was covered by Zouk de Foot who peaked at #82 on August 12, 2006.[5]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Coup de boule" — 2:43
  2. "Coup de boule" (instrumental) — 2:43
International - CD maxi
  1. "Coup de boule" — 2:43
  2. "Ballo della Capocciata" — 2:43
  3. "Zutsuki de Zidana" — 2:43
  4. "Cudebul" — 2:43
  5. "Coup de boule" (video)

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium[6] Gold September 2, 2006 20,000
France Should be Platinum 333,518[7]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Zidane y va marquer" by Cauet
French (SNEP) number one single
July 29, 2006 - August 12, 2006 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Façon Sex" by Tribal King
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
Belgian (Wallonia) number one single
August 12, 2006 - September 30, 2006 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)"
by Bob Sinclar and Cutee-B featuring Dollarman, Big Ali and Makedah

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AFP (2006-08-02). "Zidane's head-butt song tops French charts". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b Bremner, Charles (2006-08-01). "Zidane's head-butt sparks a chart hit". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  3. ^ a b Pichevin, Aymeric (2006-08-20). "French novelty song a head-butting hit". ninemsn (Reuters). Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 3 (80-71)". Chartsinfrance. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Coup de boule" by Zouk de Foot, in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  6. ^ Belgian certification Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 22, 2008)
  7. ^ Fanofmusic.fr (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  8. ^ a b c d "Coup de boule", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 9, 2008)
  9. ^ 2006 Belgian Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved February 9, 2008)
  10. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved February 9, 2008)

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