Double je

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"Double je"
Single by Christophe Willem
from the album Inventaire
B-side "Des Nues"
Released 25 May 2007
Format CD single,
digital download
Recorded France
Genre Pop, dance
Length 3:16
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Zazie (lyrics)
Jean-Pierre Pilot,
Olivier Schultheis (music)
Producer(s) Jean-Pierre Pilot,
Olivier Schultheis,
Benoit Courti
Certification Gold Belgium, 2007
Platinum France, 2007
Christophe Willem singles chronology
"Élu produit de l'année"
(2007)
"Double je"
(2007)
"Jacques a dit"
(2007)

"Double je" is a 2007 song recorded by the French singer Christophe Willem with lyrics by Zazie. It was his third single and the second one from his debut album, Inventaire. Released on 25 May 2007, the single was a hit in France and Belgium, topping the singles charts for about two months and thus becoming the singer's best-selling single.

Background, lyrics, music and video[edit]

"Double je" was composed by the French artist Zazie. The song, with its "very funky melody and background vocals", was considered as being "much more effective" than the previous single, "Élu produit de l'année", released some weeks earlier digitally in France and as a single in Belgium (Wallonia).[1]

Willem chose the "self-mockery" to illustrate the song, which has also electronic sonorities. Produced by the director Sylvain Fusée who also wrote the screenplay with Willem,[2] the music video shows the singer participating in a group therapy, to express his dual personality.[3] It was nominated for the 2008 Victoires de la Musique in the category 'best videoclip of the year'.[4] It did not win, but the song was awarded 'original song of the year'.[5]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single entered at number-one on the French Singles Chart, on 2 June 2007, selling 38,002 units this week.[6] It remained for seven non consecutive weeks at the top, then dropped slowly almost every week. The single stayed for 18 weeks in the top ten, 24 weeks in the top 50 and 35 weeks in the top 100.[7] Certified Platinum disc by the SNEP,[8] the song was the best-selling single of the year,[9] with 309,481 sales.[10]
The single was also a success on the digital chart : entered at number 17 on 14 April 2007, it jumped to number one the next week,[11] and remained on the chart (top 40) for one year. It was ranked at number two on the End of the Year Chart[12] with about 62,690 digitally sales (2007 only).[13]

As of August 2014, it is the 42nd best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 400,000 units sold.[14]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single charted for 38 weeks on the Ultratop 40, from 12 May 2007. It debuted at number 27 and reached the top ten in the fifth week. It was number one four weeks later and remained there for three consecutive weeks, then dropped to number two for six weeks. It totaled 19 weeks in the top ten,[15] achieved Gold status[16] and became the fourth best-selling single of the year.[17]

In Switzerland, the song achieved a minor success: after a debut at number 69 on 20 May, it peaked at number 21 four weeks later, and stayed in the top 100 for 25 weeks.[18]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Double je" — 3:16
  2. "Des Nues" — 3:55
  3. "Double je" (club mix) — 4:31
  • Digital download
  1. "Double je" — 3:16
  2. "Double je" (club mix) — 4:31

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Belgium[16] Gold 11 August 2007 20,000
France[8] Platinum 25 October 2007 300,000

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
2 June 2007 - 9 June 2007 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"De temps en temps" by Grégory Lemarchal
Preceded by
"De temps en temps" by Grégory Lemarchal
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
23 June 2007 – 30 June 2007 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Relax, Take It Easy" by Mika
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
7 July 2007 – 21 July 2007 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Relax, Take It Easy" by Mika
French SNEP number-one single (third run)
21 July 2007 - 4 August 2007 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"4 Mots sur un piano" by Patrick Fiori, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Christine Ricol
Preceded by
"Pas le temps" by Faf Larage
French SNEP number-one of the year
2007
Succeeded by
"Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)" by Enrique Iglesias and Nâdiya
Awards
Preceded by
"Le Dîner" by Bénabar
Victoires de la Musique
Song of the year

2008
Succeeded by
"Comme un manouche sans guitare" by Thomas Dutronc

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cadet, Thierry (7 April 2007). "Déjà un nouveau single pour Christophe Willem ?" (in French). Chartsinfrance. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Christophe Willem surfe sur la vague du succès avec "Double je" & "Inventaire"" (in French). musiqueradio. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Le Double Je de Christophe Willem" (in French). musique.aol. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Bellver, Julien (31 January 2008). "Victoire de la musique 2008: tous les nommés!" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Lalande, Julien (9 March 2008). "Les Victoires de la Musique 2008: le palmarès" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  6. ^ Decant, Charles (5 June 2007). "Disques: Dion, Willem et Lemarchal en tête des ventes" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  7. ^ a b ""Double je", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Certifications Singles Platine - année 2007" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "2007 French Singles Chart" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  10. ^ Decant, Charles (12 March 2008). "Disques 2007: Mika a fait bouger la France" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "French Digital Chart, from April 15 to April 21, 2007" (in French). Ifop. Retrieved 25 April 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b "2007 French Digital Chart" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "2007 digital downloads in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 6 (50-41)". Chartsinfrance. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  15. ^ a b ""Double je", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  16. ^ a b "2007 certifications in Belgium" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  17. ^ a b "2007 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  18. ^ a b ""Double je", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  19. ^ a b "2007 French Airplay and Video Charts" (in French). Yacast. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  20. ^ "2007 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  21. ^ "2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 26 December 2008. 

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