Florent Pagny

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Florent Pagny
Florent Pagny au Théâtre Marigny.jpg
Background information
Birth name Florent Pagny
Born (1961-11-06) 6 November 1961 (age 53)
Origin Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1987–present
Website Official site

Florent Pagny (born 6 November 1961 in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire) is a French musician. He has also acted in many French films. He records work in French, Italian, Spanish and English, and his greatest hits include "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer", "Ma Liberté de penser" (all three were #1 in France) and "Caruso" (#2 in France).

As of 2013, he has sold more than 5 million copies of singles, 10 million copies of albums, becoming the 17th best selling artist in France from 1955 to 2013.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Pagny began his artistic career as an actor in popular films and television dramas. He appeared in La Balance, L'As des as, A Captain's Honor or Fort Saganne.

In 1987, he wrote his first song : "N'importe quoi." Pagny's first album, Merci, was released in 1990. The album's songs, mainly written by himself, began to attract controversy[vague], with the press eventually boycotting some of them. This led to a decline in sales, culminating in personal problems. His follow-up album, Réaliste, was also not as successful.

Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote three songs for Pagny under the pseudonym Sam Brewski, and presented to him a new staff. The album Rester vrai marked the beginning of his career as a performer only. Bienvenue chez moi, a semi-compilation released in 1995, was a smash success. Pagny also covered "Caruso", the hit originally performed by Lucio Dalla.

Pagny as a performer[edit]

Pagny decided to go live in Patagonia in order to escape the French tax authorities and start a new life with his wife, Azucena, and their children. Recently, Pagny said he had enrolled his children in Miami because he didn't want them to speak Arabic while returning from school. His next album, Savoir aimer, was released in 1997. It was composed by a number of writers, including Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso, Zazie and, Pascal Obispo, who also produced the album. "Savoir aimer" turned out to be an immediate success.

In 1999, Pagny released an album of cover versions of his old song, Recréation. From "Môme Julie" to "Antisocial", he mixed musical styles and dabbled with techno arrangements.

Pagny then alternated studios and cover albums (at least in part) and regularly changed his look. In 2000, he released the album Châtelet Les Halles, whose title song was produced by Calogero. He followed that with 2, an album composed of duets released in 2001. In 2003, he returned with Ailleurs land, whose first single, "Ma Liberté de penser", was composed by Pascal Obispo and Lionel Florence and deals with Pagny's problems with the French treasury. Finally, in 2004, Pagny released Baryton, an album composed of opera songs.

In 2007, Pagny released an album of covers of songs originally composed and performed by Jacques Brel entitled Pagny chante Brel.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak
position
Certification Notes
FR
[1]
BEL
(Vl)

[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1990 Merci 10
1992 Réaliste
1994 Rester vrai 19
1997 Savoir aimer 1 1 23
1999 RéCréation 1 4 94
2000 Châtelet Les Halles 1 3 16 Double CD
2001 2 3 3 8 Covers overdubbed as duets
2003 Ailleurs land 1 1 2
2004 Baryton 1 1 19
2006 Abracadabra 2 2 13
2007 Pagny chante Brel 3 1 28 11 covers of Belgian singer Jacques Brel
2009 C'est comme ça 2 1 16 Album in Spanish
2010 Tout et son contraire 1 1 31
2010 Baryton. Gracias a la vida 2 176 5 40 Album in Spanish
2013 Vieillir avec toi 1 91 1 9

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak
position
Certification
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1998 En concert 2 3
2004 Été 2003 à l'Olympia 11 4 37
2005 Baryton – L'intégrale du spectacle 24 12 95
2012 Ma liberté de chanter - Live Acoustic 6 4 42
2014 Vieillir ensemble - Le live 33 13  –

Compilations[edit]

  • 1995: Bienvenue chez moi
  • 1999: Les talents du siècle
  • 2008: Les 50 plus belles chansons
  • 2008: De part et d'autre – Triple Best of
  • 2014: Integrale

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak
position
Album
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1988 "N'importe quoi" 1 - -
"Laissez-nous respirer" 8 - -
1989 "Comme d'habitude" 6 - -
1990 "J'te jure" 16 - - Merci
"Ça fait des nuits" 17 - -
"Presse qui roule" 24 - -
1991 "Prends ton temps" 42 - -
1992 "Tue-moi" 24 38 - Réaliste
1993 "Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait?" 46 - -
1994 "Est-ce que tu me suis?" 45 - - Rester vrai
"Si tu veux m'essayer" 7 - -
1996 "Caruso" 2 3 - Bienvenue chez moi
"Oh Happy Day" 8 - -
1997 "Savoir aimer" 1 1 - Savoir aimer
1998 "Chanter" 16 15 -
"D'un amour l'autre" 83 - -
"Dors" 29 28 -
1999 "Jolie môme" 13 11 - RéCréation
2000 "Les parfums de sa vie (je l'ai tant aimée)" 38 30 -
"Et un jour, une femme" 3 1 - Châtelet Les Halles
2001 "Châtelet Les Halles" 45 - -
"Terre" 37 - -
2002 "L'air du temps"
(with Cécilia Cara)
20 19 - 2
2003 "Ma liberté de penser" 1 1 8 Ailleurs land
"Je trace" 26 34 65
2004 "Y'a pas un homme qui soit né pour ça"
(with Calogero und Pascal Obispo)
20 - 45 /
"Io le canto per te" 28 12 - Baryton
2006 "Là où je t'emmènerai" 4 7 39 Abracadabra
"Le mur" - 58* -
2007 "À tout peser à bien choisir" - 56* -
"Un ami"
(with Marc Lavoine)
- 25 - Marc Lavoine album
Les duos de Marc
2008 "La chanson de Jacky" - 56* - Pagny chante Brel
"De part et d'autre" - 13 - De part et d'autre – Triple Best of
2009 "C'est comme ça" - 11 - C'est comme ça
"Amar y amar" - 62* -
2010 "Que nadie sepa mi sufrir" - 67* -
"Si tu n'aimes pas Florent Pagny" - 46 - Tout et son contraire
"Te jeter des fleurs" - 19 -
2011 "8ème merveille" - 53* -
"Je laisse le temps faire"
(with Pascal Obispo)
- 68* -
"Tout et son contraire" - 62* -
2012 "A la huella a la huella" - 66** - Baryton. Gracias a la vida
2013 "Les murs porteurs" 23 25 - Vieillir avec toi
"Vieillir avec toi" 68 52* -
"Souviens-toi" 147 - -
2014 "Le soldat" 61 50 -

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Added fifty positions to the actual Ultratip position)

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Charles Aznavour
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

1998
Succeeded by
Alain Bashung

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c lescharts.com
  2. ^ a b c d "ultratop.be". ultratop.be. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c hitparade.ch

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2008-11-30 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.