Je l'aime à mourir

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"Je l'aime à mourir"
Single by Francis Cabrel
from the album Les Chemins de traverse
Released 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop
Label CBS
Writer(s) Francis Cabrel
Francis Cabrel singles chronology
"Je l'aime à mourir"
Music video
"Je l'aime à mourir" on YouTube

"Je l'aime à mourir" (English: I love her to death) is a French-language song written by Francis Cabrel. It is taken from his second album Les Chemins de traverse released in 1979 that sold over 600,000 copies in France. The single "Je l'aime à mourir" became a hit single for Francis Cabrel in France, Quebec (Canada), Europe and internationally. This song was written for Mexican legendary movie star María Félix.

Track listing[edit]

The original single contained "Les chemins de traverse" on the B-side

  1. "Je l'aime à mourir (2:42)
  2. "Les chemins de traverse" (3:00)

The song also appears on a number of Cabrel's compilations like Cabrel 77–87 (1987), Cabrel public (1984) and others.

Sales[edit]

In France the single sold 500,000 copies, making it to the top of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews,[1] staying at number one for five consecutive weeks (charts of 7, 14, 21 and 28 September and 6 October 1979). The single became the most sold Cabrel single ever.

Spanish version: "La Quiero A Morir"[edit]

"La Quiero A Morir"
Single by Francis Cabrel
Released 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop
Label CBS
Writer(s) Francis Cabrel (music)
Luis Gómez Escolar (lyrics in Spanish)
Francis Cabrel singles chronology
"La Quiero A Morir"
Music video
"La Quiero A Morir" on YouTube

Based on the popularity of the song, Cabrel commissioned Luis Gómez Escolar to translate the song. Cabrel recorded the Spanish-language version of the song called "La Quiero A Morir"[2] that was released in 1980[3] with the B-side containing a Spanish translation of the French B-side release "Les chemins de traverse" as "Los Caminos Que Cruzan":

  1. "La Quiero A Morir (Je l'aime à mourir)" (2:42)
  2. "Los Caminos Que Cruzan (Les chemins de traverse)" (3:00)

The song also appeared in Cabrel's 1990 Spanish-language album Algo más de amor.

Versions[edit]

  • In 1979, Cabrel made a rerecording of the song under the Spanish title "La quiero a morir" in his all-Spanish-language album Algo más de amor.
  • In 1981, the Czech songwriter and guitar player Lenka Filipová recorded it as Zamilovaná in the same name LP along with another Francis Cabrel's song (Přestaň si hrát na trápení: Une star à sa façon). It became a hit in Czechoslovakia.
  • In 1986, Sergio Vargas recorded the Spanish version in merengue for his debut studio album La Quiero a Morir.[4] His version peaked at #22 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[5] It was the first of three Cabrel's songs recorded by Vargas. Later he recorded "Si algún día la ves / Si tu la croises un jour" y "Todo aquello que escribí / "L'encre de tes yeux".
  • Les Enfoirés included a multilingual version in the 17th album Les Secrets des Enfoirés recorded during seven concerts they performed at the Zénith in Strasbourg (23–28 January 2008), reaching platinum status. "Je l'aime à mourir" was performed as a medley with the following: Kad Merad (endormie version), Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michael Jones (jazz), Gérard Jugnot (Japanese version), Mimie Mathy (hard rock version), Patrick Fiori (opera version), Jean-Baptiste Maunier (rap version) and finally Francis Cabrel, Kad Merad, Pascal Obispo and Public (original version).
  • Quentin Mosimann included it in his album Duel
  • The Haitian-Canadian singer Marc-Antoine covered the song in French.
  • In 1997, American band Dark Latin Groove (DLG) performed "La quiero a morir" in salsa for their second studio album Swing On which was produced by Sergio George with the lead vocals done by Huey Dunbar.[6] Their version peaked at number six at the Hot Latin Tracks and became their third number-one single on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.[7] A music video for their cover was filmed.[8] In 2008, the group re-recorded the song on their fourth studio album Renancer with the lead vocals done by Miss Yaya.[9]
  • In 1998, Puerto Rican-American singer Gisselle performed the song as "Lo Quiero a Morir" on the collaboration album Juntos (1998) with Sergio Vargas.[10] Gisselle's cover peaked at #16 on the Tropical Songs chart.[11]
  • The granadino band El Puchero del Hortelano covered the song in their fourth album Harumaki.
  • Other Spanish versions include: Manzanita in Flamenco, Sergio Dalma, Camilo Sesto, Muchachito bombo infierno and Raphael
  • In 2012, Shakira covered this song in Paris, Bercy.
  • Jarabe De Palo covered the song with Alejandro Sanz on their 2011 album ¿Y Ahora Qué Hacemos?

Alliage version[edit]

"Je l'aime à mourir"
Single by Alliage
from the album Musics
Released 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Label Polygram
Writer(s) Francis Cabrel
Alliage singles chronology
"Cruel Summer"
(1998)
"Je l'aime à mourir"
(1998)
"My Heart Goes Boom"
(1998)
Music video
"Je l'aime à mourir" on YouTube

The French boy band Alliage recorded a cover of the song on their second album Musics. It proved popular on French radio reaching #1 in airplay charts in France. "Je l'aime à mourir" was the third and last single from the album after "Je sais" and "Cruel Summer" a bilingual take on the Ace of Base classic done by Alliage and Ace of Base.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Je l'aime à mourir" (Radio Version) (2:50)
  2. "Je l'aime à mourir" (Unplugged Version) (2:50)

Charts[edit]

The Alliage version of "Je l'aime à mourir" had relative chart success peaking at #30 in France and #39 in Belgium's francophone chart.

Chart (1998) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[12] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 39

Shakira version[edit]

"Je l'aime a mourir"
Single by Shakira
from the album Live from Paris
Released November 29, 2011
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre Pop, French pop
Length 3:42 (studio version)
3:50 (live version)
3:45 (DVD live version)[13][14]
Label Live Nation
Writer(s) Francis Cabrel
Producer(s) Shakira
Shakira singles chronology
"Antes de las Seis"
(2011)
"Je L'aime a Mourir"
(2011)
"Addicted to You"

(2012)

Music video
"Je l'aime à mourir (Live)" (Official) on YouTube
Shakira: Live from Paris track listing

"Je l'aime à mourir" is a bilingual Spanish and French cover version of the song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. She performed the song during her concerts in French-speaking countries on the second European leg of her The Sun Comes Out World Tour, dating 2011. Two of these concerts, in Paris-Bercy, were filmed for the tour's official DVD and Blu-ray. Shortly before the DVD/Blu-ray's release, a studio-recorded version of the song leaked, and was later officially released as the second single from Shakira: Live from Paris. It was very well received by critics and by all her fans. The song has over 5,000,000 views on different channels on YouTube as of June 2012. In early December, the song promoted a Google Plus campaign for Shakira.

Chart performance[edit]

Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards 2012, where she made a performance similar to what she had done during the Latin Grammy in 2011.

The promotional single entered the Sloven Airplay Chart where it peaked at number-five in its fifth week aboard. More notably it debuted at number fifty-six on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the week-ending December 17, 2011. Thus it became one of Shakira's highest debut on the survey. It has also entered the French Airplay Top 200 where it received moderate airplay from Classic pop radio stations. In France, the song debuted at number one on the singles chart, selling 11,958 downloads, the song was number 1 in France for seven weeks.[15]

Music video[edit]

An official video was released on December 22, 2011 on YouTube and VEVO, the cut is part of the DVD of the live album Live from Paris, this video was only available for France and Switzerland, in early 2012 the video was available worldwide.

Live performances[edit]

Shakira sang the song for the first time during the dates of the tour "The Sun Comes Out World Tour" in France and Switzerland (June 5 to June 8, 2011 and June 11 to June 14, 2011). She also performed the song during the NRJ Music Award in France.[16] This performance was similar to what she had done during the Latin Grammy in 2011; Shakira performed the song while playing an acoustic guitar version, mixing the original French lyrics with Spanish lyrics.

Formats and track listings[edit]

iTunes digital download[17]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Je l'aime à mourir" (Studio Version) Francis Cabrel Shakira 3:41
French CD-Single[18]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Je l'aime à mourir" (Studio Version) Francis Cabrel Shakira 3:41
2. "Je l'aime à mourir" (Live Version) Francis Cabrel Shakira 3:50

Charts and sales[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[19] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 34
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[21] 96
France (SNEP)[15] 1
Slovakia (IFPI)[22] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 18

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
France[23] 92
Chart (2012) Position
Belgium (Flanders)[24] 75
Belgium (Wallonia)[25] 9
France[23] 8

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
Belgium Ultratop Gold[26]
France SNEP Gold[27]
Switzerland IFPI Gold[28]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide November 29, 2011[29] Digital download Sony Music Entertainment
France January 23, 2012[18] CD single

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 70
  2. ^ SpanioshCharts.com: "La Quiero A Morir" page
  3. ^ Discogs.com: Francis Cabrel – La Quiero A Morir
  4. ^ "La Quiero a Morir - Sergio Vargas: Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "La Quiero a Morir - Sergio Vargas: Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Swing On - Dark Latin Groove: Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Swing On - Dark Latin Groove: Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Swing On - Dark Latin Groove: Awards. YouTube. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Steiner, James. "Renacer - DLG (Dark Latin Groove): Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Juntios - Sergio Vargas". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Juntios - Sergio Vargas: Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ LesCharts.com: Alliage - "Je l'aime à mourir" page
  13. ^ http://notio.com.ar/espectaculos/shakira-presento-su-version-de-la-quiero-a-morir-20358
  14. ^ http://zonaurbanavip.com/v2/2011/shakira-je-l%E2%80%99aime-a-mourir-official-single-cover/
  15. ^ a b Hamard, Jonathan (31 January 2012). "Tops : Adele & Shakira mènent la danse" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG4hTAKQ2GQ
  17. ^ iTunes - Je L'aime A Mourir (Studio Version)
  18. ^ a b "Je L'Aime A Mourir [CD single]" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  19. ^ a b c "SHAKIRA - JE L'AIME À MOURIR (NUMMER)". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Shakira Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Shakira.
  21. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 20139 into search.
  22. ^ "RADIO TOP100 Oficiálna SHAKIRA JE L' AIME A MOURIR". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Classement des 100 premiers Singles Fusionnés par GfK Music du 1er Janvier au 31 Décembre 2011" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  24. ^ "RAPPORTS ANNUELS 2012". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "RAPPORTS ANNUELS 2012". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "GOUD EN PLATINA - SINGLES - 2011". Ultratop. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  27. ^ "Disque en France". Disque en France. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  28. ^ http://www.swisscharts.com/awards.asp
  29. ^ iTunes - Je L'aime A Mourir (Studio Version)