Psychédélices

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Psychédélices
Studio album by Alizée
Released 3 December 2007
(see Release history)
Recorded 2007-2008
Juno Studio
(Paris, Ile-de-France)
Wisteria Studios
(Paris, France)
Genre Pop, French pop, electropop
Length 41:40
Label RCA, Sony BMG, Wisteria Song
Producer Sylvian Carpentier, Jérémy Chatelain
Alizée chronology
Alizée En Concert
(2004)
Psychédélices
(2007)
Tout Alizée
(2007)
Singles from Psychédélices
  1. "Mademoiselle Juliette"
    Released: 30 September 2007
  2. "Fifty-Sixty"
    Released: February 2008
  3. "Lilly Town"
    Released: March 2008 (Promo Mexican release)
  4. "La Isla Bonita"
    Released: August 2008
Deluxe CD + DVD Edition
Deluxe cover

Psychédélices (English:Psych-delights) is the third studio album by French recording artist Alizée,[1] released on 3 December 2007 by RCA Records. It was the first album without collaboration with Mylene Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. It was certified gold by the SNEP on March 2008, denoting shipments in excess of 80,000 copies in France. It was also certified gold in Mexico on August 2008 for shipments of over 50,000 copies in Mexico.

Background[edit]

The title of French singer's album was Psychedelices making reference to the plot of all the material. After a four-year hiatus, a time spent out of the media limelight, Alizée returned in December 2007 with a new album, Psychédélices, the first one to be made without the creative supervision of her former mentor, Mylène Farmer. The album, which features 11 tracks,[2] was made available for digital downloads 26 November 2007,[3] with a full release on 3 December 2007[4][5] on the RCA label.[6] The album includes collaborations with Bertrand Burgalat, Daniel Darc, Oxmo Puccino, Jérémy Chatelain,[7] Michel-Yves Kochmann, and Jean Fauque.[1]

Promotion[edit]

Alizée during a press event promoting Psychédélices.

The first single extracted from the album was "Mademoiselle Juliette",[8][9] officially released on 30 September 2007.[9] It was accidentally released early on the Virgin Megastore website on 23 September 2007,[10][11] but was taken down later citing an error on the part of Virgin Music, France. The single was later made available in online music stores as well as radio stations,[1][9] and went on to capture the #13 spot on the legal music downloads charts.[4][5] To promote the single, Alizée appeared on the French radio station, NRJ, on 27 September 2007.[8][9] The video for the single was released for broadcast on 19 November 2007,[12] though it was made available on MSN France on 16 November 2007. It was released on physical media, both CD and vinyl, on 21 January 2008.

Alizée in concert in 2008.

Another track from the album, "Fifty-Sixty", was leaked two months before the album was released. Though the song was not mentioned by name, the leak was confirmed in a press release which revealed the title and release schedule of the album.[13] "Fifty-Sixty" later launched as the second single from the album in February 2008. The lyrics to "Fifty-Sixty" tell, in personal and metaphorical manner, of a young model under the guidance of Andy Warhol, possibly inspired by real-life story of Edie Sedgwick. The song ends with a reiteration of how she foolishly believed Andy that she was the most beautiful model of all. Three music videos were released for the single[14] – one for the album version of the song and the other two for two remixes.[15] An Alizée website, Psychedeclips.com,[16] was dedicated to the video series,[15] the first of which was released on 5 May 2008.[17]

Coinciding with the new album, a new official website was created,[18]  which, despite being announced on 11 September 2007, was kept under wraps until 28 November 2007.[19] The album was also promoted via an official artist profile at MySpace.[20] Advertising and marketing campaigns for the album began 22 November 2007 with ad campaigns on NRJ Radio, TF1-TV, and the web.

Tour[edit]

Thr Psychédélices Tour start in 2008, Alizée promote her album with the tour, The tour was highly focused in Mexico, that was because it's one of the countries where Alizée has experienced the most of her success. On 2008, she did one performance in Russia and five in Mexico. The performance in Paris, France on Le Grand Rex was cancelled, making this the only tour by Alizée that had no venues in France. She returned to Mexico in 2009 for one concert for San Marcos Fair, where she appeared as an international guest. The follow up concert was not part of the actual tour and had only partial song list performed.

Singles[edit]

"Mademoiselle Juliette" the song was released as the album's lead single September 30, 2007.[1] A music video for the song directed by Julien Rotterdan was released in November of that same year, and proved to be successful in Mexico. It reached position number 1 in MTV Latin America and position number 138 in a countdown of the 150 most important videos of the channel in the past 15 years. It reached position 22 in the chart of France Top 100 Singles and number 13 in the Top Download Singles chart. It also reached the top 45 in Russia and position 77 in Europe. "Fifty-Sixty" even though "Lilly Town" was planned as the second single, "Fifty-Sixty" was released as the album's second and last international single in February, 2008. The song was inspired by the real-life story of Edie Sedgwick. A music video directed by Yanick Saillet was released to promote the single, and other two videos were produced to fit two remixes of the song. However, "Fifty-Sixty" did not match the success of "Mademoiselle Juliette".

Other promotional singles[edit]

  • "Lilly Town": The song was planned to be released as the third single from the album, but the record label decided to end the promotion of the album. However, the song did get a minimum release in Mexico. It was sent to Mexican radio stations in March 2008. It proved to be successful in Mexican radio stations, entering the chart of the most played songs.
  • "La Isla Bonita": It was released as a single to promote the World Tour Edition of the album. It was a cover of a Madonna's song. The song was released as a single in August 2008. It's the first top ten single on the Mexican national top ten airplay chart.[21]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
SACEM/SNEP Positive[22]
Stereology 9/10 stars[23]
Mixup Mexico 5/5 stars[24]

Psycheédélices was generally well received, and the reviews opened a talk of Alizée's independent career after three and half years of musical inactivity and after leaving her former protectors Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, while being mother at the same time. It was also noticed that her style had changed to a little more mature.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mademoiselle Juliette"   Jean Fauque - Jérémy Chatelain / Jérémy Chatelain 3:02
2. "Fifty-Sixty"   Jean Fauque - Jérémy Chatelain / Jérémy Chatelain 3:45
3. "Mon Taxi Driver"   Jean Fauque / Jérémy Chatelain 3:11
4. "Jamais plus"   Daniel Darc / Frédéric Lo 3:28
5. "Psychédélices"   Jean Fauque / Jérémy Chatelain 4:37
6. "Décollage"   Oxmo Puccino / Kore & Jérémy Chatelain 3:52
7. "Par les paupières"   Oxmo Puccino / Jérémy Chatelain - Nellson - Sylvain Carpentier 4:29
8. "Lilly Town"   Jean Fauque - Jérémy Chatelain / Jérémy Chatelain 3:57
9. "Lonely List"   Daniel Darc / Frédéric Lo 3:55
10. "Idéaliser"   Jean Fauque - Jérémy Chatelain / Jérémy Chatelain 4:00
11. "L’Effet"   Jean Fauque / Bertrand Burgalat 3:44

CD+DVD Tour Edition[edit]

On 25 June 2008, Psychédélices CD+DVD Edition was released including bonus tracks, a DVD and new artwork.[25] The tour edition was certified Gold for shipping 50,000 copies in its first week. The award was given to Alizée during an autograph session (the second of her career) in Mexico City on 26 June 2008.[26]

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from Psychédélices liner notes.

Charts and commercial performance[edit]

The album was not considered a total commercial success in France, where it has reached 2th[clarification needed] place on the download charts and 16th place on the physical album sale charts.[27] The album was more successful in Mexico, where the stores put the album on sale three days earlier than the actual release date to avoid piracy, and with only three-day sales the album debuted in 44th place on the Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart and 14th place on the international chart. The album peaked at 21st place on the main chart and 3rd on the international chart in early December.

After falling down the Mexican charts, the album made a second appearance on the charts, reaching 15th place on the Top 100 and 1st place on the international albums chart. In 2008, the album ended as the 52nd best selling album of the year in Mexico.[28]

By June 2008 the album sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.[29]

Weekly charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
France 23 November 2007 Sony BMG Digital Download
Mexico[38] CD
France[39][40] 3 December 2007 CD
CD/DVD
Vinyl
Switzerland[41] CD
Belgium[42]
Poland[43] 28 January 2008
Germany[44] 8 February 2008 CD
UK 10 March 2008 CD
Mexico[45] 25 June 2008 RCA CD/DVD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (French) "Alizée : fin des rumeurs sur cette "Mademoiselle Juliette" & ces "Psychédélices"". Musique Radio. 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ (French) "Psychédélices  ". Amazon.fr. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Alizée – Sortie de l'album en digital le 26/11". Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Charts, Dates, and Appearances". Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Alizée – Communiqué top single digital". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "RCA Music :: Artistes". RCA Music. Archived from the original on 16 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Thierry Cadet (9 September 2006). "Jérémy Chatelain en interview". Charts in France.  (French)
  8. ^ a b "Single on the Radio, Download and Album Release Dates". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Alizée – Nouveau single " Mademoiselle Juliette "". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  10. ^ "Alizée: Mademoiselle Juliette". Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2007. 
  11. ^ "First Single Available at VirginMega.Fr!". Retrieved 23 July 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ (French) "Alizée prépare la sortie de son album". Charts in France. 8 November 2007. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  13. ^ "Communiqué – 11 Septembre 2007 – Alizée". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007. (French) Translation.
  14. ^ "Alizée en concert". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. (French)
  15. ^ a b "Alizée – Un vent frais souffle sur la pop". Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. (French)
  16. ^ Psychedeclips.com has become a redirect page to the main site, Alizee-officiel.com (2011).
  17. ^ "1st Fifty/Sixty video officially released online!". Archived from the original on 8 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  18. ^ "Alizée Officiel". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  19. ^ "TV, Website, & Photoshoot". Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2007. 
  20. ^ "MySpace.com – Alizée – Corse, FR – www.myspace.com/alizeeofficiel". Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  21. ^ "Alizee La Isla Bonita". ArtistsDirect.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  22. ^ <http://www.chartsinfrance.net/Alizee/Psychedelices-a103153670.html>
  23. ^ <http://stereology.de/?site=album&albid=99>
  24. ^ <http://www.mixup.com.mx/mixup/product.asp?sku=886975743728&subdept_id=801&dept_id=1>
  25. ^ Alizée - "Psychédélices Mexican Tour Edition"
  26. ^ Alizée recibe disco de oro durante firma de autógrafos en México (in Spanish)
  27. ^ French Albums Chart
  28. ^ Lista anual del año 2008
  29. ^ Archived June 25, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ Wallonia Ultra Top 50 Albums(week of 22.12.07
  31. ^ a b Top french albums 02.12-08.12
  32. ^ a b c Mexico Top 100 Album Chart 30 December 2007
  33. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/alizee-gourmandises,801
  34. ^ Switzerland Top 100 Albums- 16.12.07
  35. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (les Disques d'Or)". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  36. ^ [1]
  37. ^ Certificaciones
  38. ^ "Psychédélices" Mexican release information
  39. ^ "Psychédélices" French release information/
  40. ^ "Psychédélices - Edition limitée" French release information
  41. ^ "Psychédélices" Swiss release information
  42. ^ "Psychédélices" Belgian release information
  43. ^ "Psychédélices" Polish release information
  44. ^ "Psychédélices" German release information
  45. ^ "Psychédélices - Mexican Tour Edition" release information

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