Olivia Ruiz

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Olivia Ruiz
Olivia Ruiz 2013.jpg
Olivia Ruiz at the Eurockéennes of 2007
Background information
Birth name Olivia Blanc
Born (1980-01-01) 1 January 1980 (age 34)
Origin Marseillette, Aude, France
Genres nouvelle chanson
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Labels Polydor
Associated acts Mathias Malzieu
Website Olivia-Ruiz.com

Olivia Blanc (born 1 January 1980), known as Olivia Ruiz, is a female French pop singer of partial Spanish descent belonging to the nouvelle chanson genre.[1] She gained fame after reaching the semi-finals of the French Star Academy series in 2001.

Biography[edit]

Ruiz was born at Carcassonne,[2] daughter of musician Didier Blanc though later taking her grandmother's maiden name Ruiz. In 2001, she was a prominent contestant in the first French edition of Star Academy, a popular TV reality-show and musical contest. She was defeated in the semi-final by eventual winner Jenifer Bartoli but according to an interview on Europe 1 she claimed that she never wanted to win[3] and, following a post-series tour, worked to distance herself from the Star Ac image.

For her second studio album La Femme Chocolat, Olivia Ruiz was recognised by the Victoires de la Musique as the Female Artist of the Year in 2007. For the live performances accompanying the record, she also received the prize in the category of Musical Show, Tour or Concert of the Year. The album topped the French chart and was certified as a diamond record for selling more than 750,000 copies in France[4] and made it to the top 50 of the Walloon and Swiss charts.[5] Off the album, the music videos of the tracks "J'traine des pieds" and "La femme chocolat" were placed on rotation on the MCM French TV channel in 2006.[6] The singles made it to the top 50 of the French and Walloon charts.

Olivia Ruiz wrote all the lyrics for her third studio album Miss Météores, co-orchestrated the music and employed a crew of guest stars including the rapper Buck 65, the indie band Noisettes and the folk and dark cabaret project Lonely Drifter Karen and featured the styles of nouvelle chanson, punk, folk and Hispanic rock.[1][7] The record topped the French and Walloon album charts in 2009.[8] Off the album, the single "Elle panique", with the music written by Buck 65 peaked at #2 of the Walloon chart. The music video of the song was placed on rotation on the MCM in May 2009.[6] Her partner is Mathias Malzieu, the lead singer of the band Dionysos.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2003 : J'aime pas l'Amour, produced by Iso Diop & Mitch Olivier
  • 2005 : La Femme Chocolat, produced by Alain Cluzeau, Mathias Malzieu (Dionysos) & Olivia Ruiz
  • 2007 : Chocolat Show
  • 2008 : La Chica Chocolate (La femme chocolat)
  • 2009 : Miss Météores
  • 2010 : Miss Météores Live
  • 2012 : Le Calme et La Tempête

Singles[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • 2007 : Chocolat Show (Live)
  • 2010 : Miss Météores (Live)

Charts[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[10] Sales and certifications
BEL (Wal) FRA SWI
2001 Star Academy, L'Album 1 1 3 Ruiz appears as one of the Star Academy team[11]
2001 Star Academy, Le Live 7 16 38 Live versions of the Star Academy songs, Ruiz sings Paris[11]
2003 J'aime pas l'amour 95 87 Silver record (more than 50,000 sold) in France
2005 La Femme Chocolat 6 1 33 Diamond record (more than 750,000 sold) in France
2007 Chocolat Show![12] 54 Live Album
2008-9 Chica Chocolate[12][13] 60 185 La Femme Chocolat rerecorded in Spanish
2009 Miss Météores 1 1 7 Over 400,000 copies sold
2012 Le calme et la tempête 14 100,000 copies sold

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
BEL (Wal) FRA SWI
2001 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 11 1 as Star Ac 1 with Jenifer Bartoli and Carine Haddadou[9]
2007 La Femme Chocolat 31 42 La Femme Chocolat
2007 J'traîne des pieds 23 37 La Femme Chocolat
2009 Elle panique 2 9 74 Miss Météores
Belle à en crever 13 3 Miss Météores
2010 Les crêpes aux champignons 22 Miss Météores

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