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|Birth name||Florent Pagny|
|Born||6 November 1961|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actor|
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.
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 performer
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.
|2000||Châtelet Les Halles||1||—||3||16||Double CD|
|2001||2||3||—||3||8||Covers overdubbed as duets|
|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|
|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|
- 1995 : Bienvenue chez moi
- 1999 : Les talents du siècle
- 2008 : Les 50 plus belles chansons
- 2008 : De part et d'autre – Triple Best of
|"Ça fait des nuits"||17||-||-|
|"Presse qui roule"||24||-||-|
|1991||"Prends ton temps"||42||-||-|
|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|
|"D'un amour l'autre"||83||-||-|
|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||-||-|
|2002||"L'air du temps"
(with Cécilia Cara)
|2003||"Ma liberté de penser"||1||1||8||Ailleurs land|
|2004||"Y'a pas un homme qui soit né pour ça"
(with Calogero und Pascal Obispo)
|"Io le canto per te"||28||12||-||Baryton|
|2006||"Là où je t'emmènerai"||4||7||39||Abracadabra|
|2009||"C'est comme ça"||-||11||-||C'est comme ça|
|"Amar y amar"||-||-||-|
|2013||"Les murs porteurs"||23||25||-||Vieillir avec toi|
|"Vieillir avec toi"||68||54*||-|
*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)
|Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year
- This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2008-11-30 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.