Matthieu Chedid

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Background information
Birth name Matthieu Chedid
Also known as -M-
Born (1971-12-21) 21 December 1971 (age 42)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Genres Chanson
Rock
Funk
Occupations French singer-songwriter
Instruments bass guitar
guitar
keyboards
drums
kazoo
vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Barclay
Website mistermystere.com

Matthieu Chedid (born 21 December 1971, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France), better known by his stage name ‑M- , is a French rock singer-songwriter and guitar player.

Biography[edit]

Matthieu Chedid is the son of French singer Louis Chedid, and the grandson of the Egyptian-born French writer and poetess of Lebanese descent Andrée Chedid who has written lyrics for him. His sister is the music video and concert director Émilie Chedid.

Chedid, a talented multi-instrumentalist, took an interest in music early on. In 1978, at the age of six, Chedid lent his voice to the chorus of his father's hit song T'as beau pas être beau alongside older sister, Émilie. During his teenage years and early twenties, Chedid formed a few short-lasting groups such as Mat Mat (Checkmate Checkmate), Les Bébés fous (The crazy babies) and Les Poissons rouges (The "red fish," a French expression equivalent to the English "goldfish") with Mathieu Boogaerts and with the sons of Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, Julien Voulzy and Pierre Souchon. He has collaborated with a number of artists, both on stage and in the recording studio. Early into his solo career, Chedid was the opening act for Texas concerts. He has recorded with NTM, Sinclair, Billy Ze Kick, and more recently with Brigitte Fontaine, Sean Lennon, Vanessa Paradis, and Johnny Hallyday, with whom he recorded the come-back album Jamais Seul (2011).

-M-[edit]

Matthieu Chedid during a concert with Vanessa Paradis at Châteauroux in November 2007

Chedid performs and records under the stage name ‑M-. Chedid created ‑M- as means of overcoming his shyness on stage and also as a way of distancing his work from that of his father and grandmother. The pseudonym comes from Chedid's first initial but also refers to the similar sounding French word aime, meaning love. The character ‑M- is a superhero, noted for having a playful nature, and recognized for his flamboyant costumes (primarily monochrome suits with slim trousers and long jackets with upward pointed collars) and hair styled into the shape of an M.

In 1997, -M- released his first solo album Le Baptême. During this time; he played mainly solo or with the cellist Vincent Ségal. The album received overall positive critical reception, but public recognition only came a few months later, with the release of the single "Machistador".

Je dis aime[edit]

-M- published his second album, Je dis aime, in 1999. A few months later, the album was 11th on the French Charts, with more than 500,000 albums sold, thanks to a number of successful songs ("Je dis aime", "Onde Sensuelle", "Monde Virtuel", "Le complexe du corn-flakes", "Mama Sam").

Live, -M- played with Cyril Atef, Vincent Segal and DJ Shalom for the samples on some songs. He still works with his sister Emilie Chedid for the realisation of the clips. His live performance largely contributed to his success, playing on his character of -M- to transform every concert into a show. He won his first Victoire de la Musique awards for Male Artist of the Year and Concert of the Year.

"Belleville Rendez-vous" and Qui de nous deux[edit]

-M- gained international exposure through his recording of the song "Belleville Rendez-vous" for the soundtrack of the 2003 Sylvain Chomet animated film The Triplets of Belleville in both French and English. The song, with lyrics by Chomet and music by Benoit Charest, was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award. The music video for "Belleville Rendez-vous" uses both a live-action depiction of ‑M- and an animated depiction incorporated into footage from the film.

In autumn 2003, he released his 3rd album Qui de nous deux (Which one of us two) with the singles "Qui de nous deux", "La bonne étoile", "Mon ego". Softer, this album saw the birth of his first daughter, Billie, for whom a all-pink guitar was built by instrument-maker Cyril Guérin. A pink guitar can be seen in the video for "Qui de nous deux".

In 2007, he worked once again with Vanessa Paradis on her album Divinidylle, released in September 2007.

Mister Mystère[edit]

Rumors circulated before the release of his 2009 studio album, Mister Mystère, that Chedid had decided to drop the character ‑M- to record and perform under his given name.[1] The album, however, was released under the name ‑M- but included photographs of the singer without the wild costumes and hair associated with the ‑M- character. The music video for the first single, "Le Roi des ombres", showed Chedid burning a tiny effigy of his alterego.

Awards[edit]

Matthieu Chedid holds the silver place in number of Victoires de la Musique awards, with 9 awards, behind Alain Bashung and tied with Alain Souchon.

  • 2000: ‑M- won two Victoires de la musique awards for "Male artist of the year" and "Best concert"
  • 2005: He won four Victoires de la musique awards for "Male artist of the year", "Pop album of the year" for Qui de nous deux, "Best tour" and finally "Best music DVD" for Les leçons de musique, directed by Émilie Chedid
  • 2007: He won one Victoires de la musique award (and a César Award) for "Best original soundtrack" for Ne Le Dis À Personne, directed by Guillaume Canet
  • 2011: He won one Victoires de la musique award for "Best concert"

Discography[edit]

Chedid performing in 2014

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]

SWI
[4]

1997 Le Baptême 35  –  –
1999 Je dis aime 11  –  –
2003 Labo M (instrumental) 27  –  –
Qui de nous deux 1 4 76
2009 Mister Mystère 1 3 16
2012 Îl 4 9 39
Live albums
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]
SWI
[4]
1997 Le tour de -M- 3  –  –
2005 -M- au Spectrum  –  –  –
En tête à tête 2 26 93
2010 Les saisons de passage 14 76  –
2013 Îl(s) 27 145  –
Soundtracks
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[3]
SWI
[4]
1997 Ne le dis à personne
(soundtrack)
103  –  –
2011 Un monstre à Paris
(soundtrack by Vanessa Paradis & -M- / Patrice Renson)
7 10  –
Rereleases
Year Album Peak positions
FRA
[2]
2002 Le Baptême / Je dis aime 127
2004 Le Baptême / Je dis aime / Labo M 166
Le tour de M / Qui de nous deux 130
2005 Qui de nous deux / Je dis aime / Le Baptême 92
2008 Je dis aime / Qui de nous deux 78

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[2]
BEL
(Fl)

Ultratip
[5]

BEL
(Wa)

Ultratop
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratip
[3]
SWI
[4]
1997 "Le baptême" / "La grosse bombe" (limited release)  –  –  –  –  –
1998 "Machistador" 83  –  –  –  –
"Au suivant"  –  –  –  –  –
2000 "Onde sensuelle" / "Je dis aime" 46  –  –  –  –
"Le complexe du corn flakes"  –  –  –  –  –
2001 "Y'a des zazous"
(Brigitte Fontaine & -M-)
50  –  –  –  –
2004 "Qui de nous deux" 40  –  – 3 83
"À tes souhaits" 78  –  – 16  –
"Ma mélodie" 67  –  – 12  –
2005 La bonne étoile 50  –  –  –  –
2007 "L'éclipse"
(Sean Lennon & -M-)
 –  –  – 8  –
2009 "Mister Mystère"  –  –  –  –  –
"Le roi des ombres"  –  – 28  –  –
"Est-ce que c'est ça?"  –  –  – 20  –
2010 "Amssétou"  –  –  – 20  –
"Tu peux compter sur moi"
(Louis Chedid & Matthieu Chedid)
 –  – 8  –  –
2011 "La Seine"
(Vanessa Paradis & -M-)
9 37 3  –  –
2012 "Mojo" 27  – 27  –  –
"Baïa" 137  –  – 31  –
2013 "Océan"  –  –  – 16  –

Bibliography[edit]

  • Les Âmes de Mogador (2003), with Patrice Renson : tribute to Essaouira (Maroc). A CD of ten unreleased tracks is included.
  • -M-, qui de nous deux (2004), with Claude Gassian : book produced during the recording of the album Qui de nous deux
  • -M- de A à Z (2005), by Mathias Goudeau
  • Le monde de -M- (2005), with Marianne Chedid, Sonia Rachline and Sophie Laurent : insight on his career, with a lot of pictures
  • -M- le mot dit : esthétique d'un funkistador by Marc Borbon: analysis of M's world through a fan's own experience
  • Le Livre Extraordinaire de -M- by Lisa Roze: package of an archival photographs, unpublished shootings, a book, postcards, a pop-up, a new song (Si Si No No), etc.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Alain Bashung
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

2000
Succeeded by
Henri Salvador
Preceded by
Calogero
Victoires de la Musique
Male group or artist of the year

2005
Succeeded by
Raphaël