Matthew Raymond-Barker (2012)
|Birth name||Matthew William Raymond-Barker|
|Born||20 June 1989|
|Years active||2011 – present|
Matthew Raymond-Barker (born 20 June 1989 in London, England) is an English singer who won the second season of the French X Factor in 2011. He received the grand cash prize and a recording deal with Sony Music.
Born in London, Matthew William Raymond-Barker is the only son of Karen (née Jacobs) and William Francis Raymond-Barker. He lives in Mitcham,south-west London, works in Waterford and attended Emanuel School in Battersea.
Raymond-Barker is a student, studying French and Spanish at the University of Bath and was in France for a period of six months to improve his French language skills at University of Toulouse. He applied to the French X Factor in Montpellier after a friend of his spotted an advertisement for the French competition.
He was coached in the series by Véronic DiCaire.
Performances on X Factor
|Week||Song performed||Original artist||Result|
|Week 1||"Supreme"||Robbie Williams||Safe|
|Week 2||"Price Tag"||Jessie J||Safe|
|Week 3||"Soulman"||Ben l'Oncle Soul||Safe|
|Week 4||"Man in the Mirror"||Michael Jackson||Safe|
|Week 6||"Time After Time"||Cyndi Lauper||Safe|
|"Ma philosophie"||Amel Bent||Safe|
|Week 7||"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"||Beyoncé Knowles||Safe|
|"Ça fait mal"||Christophe Maé|
|Week 8||"Nothing Compares 2 U"||Sinéad O'Connor||Bottom 2 /
Saved by judges 3-0
|"Dieu m'a donné la foi"||Ophélie Winter|
|"Use Somebody"||Kings of Leon|
|"A la faveur de l'automne"||Tété||Safe|
|"Like a Prayer"||Madonna||Safe|
|"Viva la Vida"||Coldplay|
|"Ne retiens pas tes larmes"||Amel Bent|
|Medley "Love the Way You Lie" /
"Don't Stop the Music" / "Tik Tok"
|Eminem / Rihanna / Kesha||Winner|
|"Man in the Mirror"||Michael Jackson|
|"Vivre ou survivre"
During the competition, he was in Bottom two only once (week 8–7 June 2011) and sang for his life against Florian Giustiniani and was saved by unanimous vote of the judges after singing "Use Somebody" from the Kings of Leon.
Post X Factor
Raymond-Barker's winner's song, a cover of Daniel Balavoine's hit "Vivre ou survivre", was his debut single in France, and was released on 2 July 2011. The single debuted at number 94. His first album was due for release in November 2011 on Sony Music and reportedly titled Trash, but never materialised. The single from the prospective album, was an electro-pop track called "Trash (Tout le monde jump sur le bar)". It was released 19 September 2011 but did not chart. In 2012 he released his debut album "One" which has never reached the French Top 250 selling fewer than 50 copies in its first week. A few months later only 500 copies have been sold. "One" is the lowest selling album from a winner of that kind of TV show in France.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"Vivre ou survivre"||94||23||Non-album release from X Factor|
|2011||"Trash (Tout le monde jump sur le bar)"||–||–||One|
- "Matthew Raymond-Barker de X Factor 2011". Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- RTL: Matthew Raymond-Barker est le grand gagnant de X-Factor (in French)
- London Evening Standard: English X Factor reject looks like a winner... in France
- The Daily Mirror: Brit in final clash on French X Factor
- Le Figaro: Matthew Raymond-Barker remporte X Factor (in French)
- Premiere: X Factor 2011 – Matthew Raymond-Barker remporte la finale! (in French)
- "Matthew Raymond-Barker : 780 fans du single et son album en novembre". Charts in France. 7 July 2011.
- "Matthew Raymond-Barker – French Charts". lescharts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Matthew Raymond-Barker – Belgium (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be/fr/ Hung Medien.