Moi... Lolita

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"Moi... Lolita"
Single by Alizée
from the album Gourmandises
Released 4 July 2000
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre French pop, electronica
Length 4:26
Label Universal, Polydor
Writer(s) Lyrics: Mylène Farmer
Music: Laurent Boutonnat
Producer(s) Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer
Alizée singles chronology
"Moi... Lolita"
(2000)
"L'alizé"
(2000)
Music sample
Music video
"Moi... Lolita" on YouTube

"Moi... Lolita" (English: "Me... Lolita") is a song by French singer Alizée, which was released as her debut single and the first from her debut album Gourmandises (2000) when she was 15. It was popular in France, Spain, Belgium, Georgia, Austria, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, Greece, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom and many other countries.[1]

Lyrics and music[edit]

The song was instrumental in showcasing Alizée's image as that of a seductive Lolita character, referring to the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The video for the single, which was the first to be filmed of her, showed Alizée as a village girl visiting a nightclub.

The lyrics to the song also make several references to the songwriter, Mylène Farmer.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was directed by Laurent Boutonnat and was first aired on July 26 of 2000 on M6. The video is about Alizée in a nightclub dancing and having fun. In the first part of the video Alizée is running away from a man who professes his love for her and gives her money. Later, she goes with her little sister (in the video) to a nightclub and starts to dance. The video ends with Alizée and the little girl leaving and the man from the beginning following them.

Chart performances[edit]

The song peaked at number two in France, and stayed in the top five for 24 consecutive weeks, held off from the top position by "Les Rois du monde" by Gregori Baquet, Damien Sargue and Philippe D'Avila. When her following single "L'Alizé" reached number one, "Moi... Lolita" was still at a number-three position. The song was certified gold two months after its release, and diamond by SNEP. In total, the song sold over 1,282,000 units, becoming the 31st best-selling song in France.

In the UK the song was acclaimed by the New Musical Express who recognised it with a "Single Of The Week" award. It became a rare example of a foreign-language song to chart highly in the UK, peaking at number nine.

Uses in the media and covers[edit]

  • The song was used in Ridley Scott's film A Good Year in both the trailer and in the film.
  • "Moi... Lolita" was covered by the winner from Nouvelle Star, Julien Doré and was released as his debut single.

Track listings[edit]

CD single - France
  1. "Moi... Lolita" (single version)
  2. "Moi... Lolita" (the piano version)
CD single - UK
  1. "Moi... Lolita" (single version) — 4:16
  2. "Moi... Lolita" (Lola extended remix) — 6:30
  3. "Moi... Lolita" (illicit full vocal mix) — 8:05
  4. "Moi... Lolita" (CD rom video) — 4:50
CD maxi - Germany
  1. "Moi... Lolita" (radio edit) — 3:40
  2. "Moi... Lolita" (single version) — 4:16
  3. "Moi... Lolita" (Lola extended remix) — 6:30
  4. "Moi... Lolita" (hello helli t'es a dance mix) — 5:50
  5. "Moi... Lolita" (Lolidub remix) — 3:45
  6. "Moi... Lolita" (the piano version) — 4:20

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Innocente" by Renato Zero
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single
April 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling

References[edit]

  1. ^ lescharts.com - Alizée - Moi... Lolita
  2. ^ TV5 - Enseignants - Fiches pédagogiques[dead link]
  3. ^ ""Moi... Lolita", in various singles charts". Top40-charts. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Alizée singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  7. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 2001" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  8. ^ a b http://spanishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aliz%E9e&titel=Moi%2E%2E%2E+Lolita&cat=s
  9. ^ Romanian Top 100
  10. ^ http://www.tophit.ru/cgi-bin/artinfo.cgi?id=39934
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  12. ^ "2000 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "2000 French Singles Chart" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "2000 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "2001 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "2001 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "2001 French Singles Chart" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "2001 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "2002 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  21. ^ "French single certifications – Alizée – Moi... Lolita" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  22. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Alizée – Moi... Lolita" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Alizée)". Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved November 5, 2008)