Jacques a dit

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"Jacques a dit"
Single by Christophe Willem
from the album Inventaire
B-side Previous singles in an acoustic version
Released 5 October 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded France
Genre Pop
Length 3:49
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Zazie (lyrics)
Jean-Pierre Pilot,
Olivier Schultheis (music)
Producer(s) Jean-Pierre Pilot
Olivier Schultheis
Christophe Willem singles chronology
"Double Je"
(2007)
"Jacques a dit"
(2007)
"Quelle chance/September"
(2008)

"Jacques a dit" is the name of a 2007 song recorded by the French singer Christophe Willem. It was released on 5 October 2007 as the third single from his debut album, Inventaire. It achieved a great success, particularly in Belgium, where it topped the chart, but its sales were less spectacular then those of the previous single, "Double Je".

Background and writing[edit]

The title "Jacques a dit" refers to a children's game called Simon says in the English-speaking world. This song is "a moving nursery rhyme that appeals to the collective imagination and that reveals a new facet of the artist : "A hidden melancholy..."" According to Willem, "Jacques a dit" was the first song that Zazie has composed for him.[1]

While the musical arrangements were made by Jean-Pierre Pilot and Olivier Schultheis, the text was written by Zazie, who also covered the song on her 2007 tour. She also performed the song as a duet with Willem in several French TV shows. "Jacques a dit" features on Willem's album Inventaire as first track in the original version, and as 15th track in a remix version.[2] It was also included on the singer's live album, Inventaire, tout en acoustique, as third track.[3]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single debuted at a peak of number four, on 13 October 2007, and reached this position for three non consecutive weeks. It stayed for 13 weeks in the top ten, then almost did not stop to drop, totaling 19 weeks in the top 50 and 26 weeks in the top 100.[4] In 2007, it was the 22nd best-selling single in France.[5]
"Jacques a dit" appeared for 21 weeks on the French Digital Download, peaking at number seven for two not consecutive weeks[6] and being the 31st single the more downloaded.[7]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single charted for 26 weeks on the Ultratop 40, from 13 October 2007. It entered the chart at number 32 and climbed quickly and finally topped the chart for one week, on 1 December. It remained for 14 weeks in the top ten.[8] It ranked 24th on the End of the Year Chart.[9]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Jacques a dit" — 3:49
  2. "Élu produit de l'année" (live acoustic) — 4:16
  3. "Double Je" (live acoustic) — 4:47
  4. "Sunny" (live acoustic) — 4:52
  • Digital download
  1. "Jacques a dit" — 3:49
  2. "Jacques a dit" (remix) — 3:56
  3. "Jacques a dit" (acoustic) — 4:05

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital download
France 90,600[13] (80,400 in 2007)[14] 19,730[15]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Garçon" by Koxie
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
December 1, 2007 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Garçon" by Koxie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolland, Christophe (20 October 2007). "Christophe Willem: "Jacques a dit" en octobre & Inventaire live en novembre" (in French). Musique. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Inventaire, track listing and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Inventaire, tout en acoustique, track listing and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b ""Jacques a dit", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "2007 French Singles Chart" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "French Digital Download, from 07.10.14 to 07.10.20" (in French). Ifop. Retrieved 15 May 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "2007 French Digital Chart" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b ""Jacques a dit", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "2007 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  10. ^ ""Jacques a dit", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "2007 French Airplay and Video Charts" (in French). Yacast. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 26 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Best-selling singles of 2008 in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "Best-selling singles of 2007 in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  15. ^ "Best digital downloads of 2007 in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 

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