Ma liberté de penser

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"Ma liberté de penser"
Single by Florent Pagny
from the album Ailleurs land
B-side "Guérir"
Released March 2003
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Pop
Length 3:27
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Writer(s) Lionel Florence, Pascal Obispo
Producer(s) Pascal Obispo
Florent Pagny singles chronology
"L'Air du temps"
(2002)
"Ma liberté de penser"
(2003)
"Je trace"
(2003)

"Ma liberté de penser" is a 2003 pop song recorded by French singer Florent Pagny. It was the first single from his album Ailleurs land, and was released in March 2003. It achieved a huge success in France and Belgium (Wallonia), topping the singles charts for several weeks.

Song information[edit]

The song was composed both by Lionel Florence and Pascal Obispo who had previously worked with Pagny. It was also performed during Pagny's 2003 and 2005 tours and was hence available in live versions on tha album Été 2003 à l'Olympia and Baryton - L'intégrale du spectacle.

The song is an ironic response to the treasury which, at the time, pursued the singer for unreported income. In the lyrics, Pagny claims that they could take all at the material level, but that they shall never take his independence of mind. In the video, a bailiff and repo men are emptying the singer's apartment.

In France, the single went straight to number six on 29 March 2003 and reached number one from its fourth to its ninth week. It then did not stop to drop, totalling 14 weeks in the top ten, 18 weeks in the top 50 and 21 weeks on the charts (top 100).[1] It remains Pagny's third biggest hit in terms of sales and the 590th best-selling single of all time in France.[2]

In 2008, the song was covered in a medley named "Au secret" by Amel Bent, Karen Mulder and a choir from Strasbourg, available on Les Enfoirés' album Les Secrets des Enfoirés.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Ma liberté de penser" — 3:27
  2. "Guérir" — 4:40
  • Digital download
  1. "Ma liberté de penser" — 3:27
  2. "Ma liberté de penser" (live 2003) — 3:27
  3. "Ma liberté de penser" (live 2005) — 3:55

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium[8] Gold 28 June 2003 20,000
France[9] Platinum 4 September 2003 500,000 497,000[10]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Entre Nous" by Chimène Badi
French SNEP number-one single
19 April 2003 – 18 May 2003 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sur un air latino" by Lorie
Preceded by
"Plantation" by Kana
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
24 May 2003 – 7 June 2003 (3 weeks)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ma liberté de penser", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  2. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  3. ^ "Ma liberté de penser", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  4. ^ "Ma liberté de penser", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  5. ^ 2003 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  6. ^ 2003 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  7. ^ 2003 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  8. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  9. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 18 September 2008)
  10. ^ Les certifications depuis 1973, database Infodisc.fr (Retrieved 18 September 2008)