"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.
In France the single sold 500,000 copies, making it to the top of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews, 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.
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" that was released in 1980 with the B-side containing a Spanish translation of the French B-side release "Les chemins de traverse" as "Los Caminos Que Cruzan":
"La Quiero A Morir (Je l'aime à mourir)" (2:42)
"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.
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. His version peaked at #22 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart. 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".
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. Their version peaked at number six at the Hot Latin Tracks and became their third number-one single on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart. A music video for their cover was filmed. In 2008, the group re-recorded the song on their fourth studio album Renancer with the lead vocals done by Miss Yaya.
In 1998, Puerto Rican-American singer Gisselle performed the song as "Lo Quiero a Morir" on the collaboration album Juntos (1998) with Sergio Vargas. Gisselle's cover peaked at #16 on the Tropical Songs chart.
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.
"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.
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 BillboardCanadian 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.
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.
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. 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.