Monkey Me

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Monkey Me
Studio album by Mylène Farmer
Released 3 December 2012[1]
Genre Dance-pop, electronic dance, electropop, synthpop, pop rock
Label Polydor
Producer Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer chronology
2001.2011
(2011)
Monkey Me
(2012)
Timeless 2013
(2013)
Singles from Monkey Me
  1. "À l'ombre"
    Released: 22 October 2012
  2. "Je te dis tout"
    Released: 28 January 2013
  3. "Monkey Me[2]"
    Released: 30 August 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pure Charts 3.5/5 stars link
Voici 3/5 stars link
La Dernière Heure Favorable link
Evous 5/10 stars link
Party 4/5 stars link
A Voir A Lire 1/5 stars link

Monkey Me is the ninth studio album by French singer-songwriter Mylène Farmer, and her 18th album overall. Preceded by the lead single "À l'ombre" which peaked at number-one in France, the album was released on 3 December 2012. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it entered the French album chart at number one on 15 December 2012, selling 147,530 units in its first week, which was a record. The album was certified Diamond status within its first month of release.

The album is supported by the sold-out Timeless 2013 Tour.

Reception[edit]

In France, the album entered at number one on the chart edition of 15 December 2012, cumulating 147,530 sales (i.e. 137,590 physical formats and 9,940 downloads), which was the best weekly sales of 2012 in France.[3]

Despite its strong sales, the album received mixed reviews from the press. On one hand, many critics welcomed the return of Laurent Boutonnat in the songwriting process,[4] but on the other hand, most of them, especially the magazine 7 sur 7, found the arrangements very dated.[5]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Date of release Sales
(France)
Certification Peak position
FR BE (WA) FR BE (WA) SWI
2012 "À l'ombre" 22 October 2012 (digital)
26 November 2012 (CD, vinyl)
45,000 1 2
2013 "Je te dis tout" 28 January 2013 (digital)
March 2013 (CD, vinyl)
10,000 3 28
2013 "Monkey Me" 7 October 2013 (CD, vinyl) 7,300 3[6]
  • "Quand" was released as a lyric video.[7]
  • For the first time in her career, Farmer invited her fans to design the official cover of the single "Monkey Me" and post their creations on Twitter or Instagram so that she can choose her favorite one.[8]

Formats[edit]

  • Limited Numbered Edition Collector Box (CD + Pure Audio Blu-ray)
  • Limited Edition Digipak CD (CD + Pure Audio Blu-ray)
  • 2 x Vinyl
  • CD

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mylène Farmer, all music composed by Laurent Boutonnat.

No. Title Length
1. "Elle a dit"   3:52
2. "À l'ombre"   4:51
3. "Monkey Me"   4:13
4. "Tu ne le dis pas"   4:22
5. "Love Dance"   4:06
6. "Quand"   4:07
7. "J'ai essayé de vivre..."   4:40
8. "Ici-bas"   4:33
9. "A-t-on jamais"   3:47
10. "Nuit d'hiver"   5:24
11. "À force de..."   4:08
12. "Je te dis tout"   5:30

Charts and sales[edit]

As of December 2013, the album has sold around 400,000 copies in France.[9]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[10] 29
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[11] 1
French SNEP Albums Chart 1
Mixup World Music (México) 5
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[13] 24
French SNEP Albums Chart[14] 9
Chart (2013) Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[15] 34

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date
Belgium[16] Platinum 21 December 2012
France[17] Diamond

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mylène Farmer, Wiz Khalifa, Olivia Ruiz... Les sorties albums de la semaine du 3 décembre" (in French). Première (Groupe Lagardère). 3 December 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Mylene-Farmer/news-84937.html
  3. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (11 December 2012). "Mylène Farmer : meilleur démarrage de l'année pour "Monkey Me"" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ http://mylene.net/presse/presse2012/mylene-farmer-presse-voici-22-decembre-2012-001.jpg
  5. ^ http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/9102/Nouveaux-albums/article/detail/1543517/2012/12/03/Mylene-Farmer-sait-elle-qu-on-est-en-2012.dhtml
  6. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/actualite/news-88628.html
  7. ^ "Découvrez la nouvelle chanson de Mylène "Quand"" (in French). Mylene.net. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.mylene.net/modules/index.php?r=4&z=3938
  9. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Mylene-Farmer/news-89110.html
  10. ^ "Mylène Farmer, Monkey Me — Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart" (in German). Ultratop. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mylène Farmer, Monkey Me — Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mylène Farmer, Monkey Me — Swiss Albums Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rapport annuel 2012 — Albums" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mylène Farmer parmi les tops musicaux 2012" (in French). Mylene.net. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2013&cat=a
  16. ^ "Les disques d'or/de platine - Albums - 2012" (in French). ultratop. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  17. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (3 January 2013). "Mylène Farmer : l'album "Monkey Me" certifié disque de diamant en moins d'un mois" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 7 January 2013.