Diam's

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Diam's
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Diam's (left) preparing for a bungee jump.
Background information
Birth name Mélanie Georgiades
Also known as Diam's, Diamant
Born (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 33)
Origin Nicosia, Cyprus
Genres French Hip-Hop, R&B, hip hop soul
Years active 1998–present
Labels Hostile, EMI
Associated acts Sinik
Website www.diams-lesite.com

Diam's (French: [djams]; born Mélanie Georgiades on 25 July 1980) is a French-language rap artist of French and Greek Cypriot origin.

Early career[edit]

In 1998, when she was just 19, Diam's signed a development deal with BMG Music Publishing France. With the publisher's help, Diam's worked on her craft and signed with Universal Records in 1999. She appeared in a song on DJ Mehdi's 2002 album "(The Story Of) Espion".

2003's Brut de Femme was her breakthrough, reaching gold and spawning the top 10 single "DJ." In concert at the 2004 Dour Festival in Belgium, people threw objects at Diam's when she began singing. In 2005, she cemented her importance as a songwriter with "Ma Philosophie"—a huge number one hit for Pop Idol star Amel Bent.

In 2005, she collaborated with Indonesian singer Anggun for her song "Juste Être Une Femme" (Just to be a Woman), which is featured on the French version of her current studio album Luminescence..

Dans ma bulle 2006[edit]

Dans ma bulle (Inside my Bubble) was released in February 2006, debuting at number one on the French album chart selling 50,000 copies in its first week. Diam's first single from Dans Ma Bulle, La Boulette (The Moron) gained immense popularity and airtime. It stayed at number one on the French music charts for 6 consecutive weeks. Her second single Jeune Demoiselle debuted at #4. Ma France à moi and Confessions nocturnes with Vitaa also proved to popular. Dans Ma Bulle went on to be the biggest-selling French album in France in 2006 and reached diamond status (1,000,000 copies sold). Diam's won the award for Best French Act at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.

However, according to friends, Diam's could not handle the fame resulting from her latest album and checked into a psychiatric hospital for depression. She was then diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

2009 to present[edit]

In October 2009, while working on her third studio album "SOS", following her conversion to Islam, she adopted a black covering and hijab, explaining to the French Press, “Medicine was not able to heal my soul, so I turned toward religion.”[this quote needs a citation] When a photo of her coming out of a Mosque wearing a veil was taken and used for an article "France and her Muslims" and a fictional interview created from the lyrics of a song emerged in the media, she declined all interviews and stayed out of the public eye.

In 2013, she released her autobiography along with an interview for the French documentary series "Sept à Huit", saying that she is leaving the music business as it was too emotionally draining for her mental health and that the fame was making her miserable. She stated that she is now happily married and plans to continue her humanitarian work in Africa.

Personal life[edit]

Diam's is known for her political activism in both her lyrics and her public persona; she is a fierce opponent not only of extreme-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter Marine Le Pen, but also of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy. In this respect she has been compared to the French rapper Keny Arkana, an anti-globalisation activist.

She is also known for her close relationship to French rapper Sinik; they have referred to one another as "brother and sister" and have collaborated extensively. She also has collaborated and appeared with Admiral T, the reggae-dance hall singer.

Her family moved to Essonne in 1984.

She embraced Islam[1] in late 2010 after studying and reading Islam. When asked by her host about her views on Islam and the extreme fringe of fundamentalists she answered: “I think we should differentiate between the ignorant and the knowledgeable, and the ignorant should not speak about what he doesn’t know, Islam does not allow murdering innocent victims the way we see it nowadays. We can't stereotype a whole religion because of actions of a few individuals.”[this quote needs a citation]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
FR FR (DD)1 BEL (WA) SWI
1999 Premier mandat
-
-
-
-
2003 Brut de femme[2]
7
-
45
-
2004 Ma vie / Mon live (Live album)[3]
53
-
-
-
2006 Dans ma bulle[4]
1
-
3
19
2009 S.O.S.[5][6]
1
1
6
18

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
FR FR (DD)1 BEL (WA) SWI
2003 "DJ" (music video directed by J.G Biggs)[7]
2
-
1
16
2003 "Incassables"[8]
31
-
8
29
2004 "Évasion" (Diam's feat. China)[9]
29
-
31
45
2006 "La boulette (Génération nan nan)"[10][11]
1
2
1
12
2006 "Jeune Demoiselle"[12][13]
4
3
3
20
2007 "Ma France à moi"[14]
11
-
12
-
2009 "I am somebody"
-
-
-
-
2009 "Enfants du désert"[15][16]
-
6
21
80
2010 "Coeur de bombe"[17]
-
43
-
-
2010 "Peter Pan"
-
-
-
-
As featured artist
2003 "Un peu de respect" (Lady Laistee feat. Diam's)[18]
90
-
-
-
2003 "Promise" (music video directed by J.G Biggs) (Kamnouze vs. Diam's feat. Jango Jack)[19]
50
-
-
-
2004 "Relève la tête" (Kery James feat. Diam's, Passi, Matt & Kool Shen)[20]
39
-
-
-
2006 "Les mains en l'air" (Admiral T feat. Diam's)[21]
29
-
-
76
2006 "Non c'sera non (omri omri)" (Cheb Mami feat. Diam's & Leslie)[22]
30
-
-
-

1 Digital Downloads

Recognitions[edit]

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2004 Victoires de la Musique Rap/hip-hop album of the year (Brut de Femme) Won
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 Best French Act Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Album of the Year (Dans Ma Bulle) Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Song of the Year (La Boulette) Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Music Video of the Year (Jeune Demoiselle) Nominated
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Song (La Boulette) Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Rap Artist Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Album (Dans Ma Bulle) Won
2010 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Album of the Year (S.O.S.) Nominated
2010 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Nominated

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French rapper stuns fans, makes first TV appearance wearing hijab". Ramdane Belamri. AL ARABIYA. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Diam's : Brut de femme". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Diam's : Ma vie — Mon live". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Diam's : Dans ma bulle". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Diam's : S.O.S.". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "French Digital Albums Chart - 21 November 2009". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Diam's : DJ". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Diam's : Incassables". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Diam's : Évasion". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Diam's : La boulette". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 11 March 2006". Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Diam's : Jeune demoiselle". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 5 May 2006". Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Diam's : Ma France à moi". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 21 November 2009". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Diam's : Enfants du désert". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  17. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 30/01/2010". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Lady Laistee feat. Diam's : Un peu de respect". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Kamnouze vs. Diam's feat. Jango Jack : Promise". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Kery James present Lino, AP, Diam's, Passi, Matt & Kool Shen : Relève la tête". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "Admiral T feat. Diam's : Les mains en l'air". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "Cheb Mami feat. Diam's & Leslie : Non c'sera non (omri omri)". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.