Raphaël Haroche

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Raphaël Haroche
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Raphaël Haroche in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Raphaël Haroche
Also known as Raphaël
Born (1975-11-07) November 7, 1975 (age 38)
Paris, France
Origin Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Genres French rock, chanson, pop rock, folk
Occupations Singer–songwriter, composer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2000–present
Labels EMI
Website www.raphael.fm

Raphaël Haroche (born 7 November 1975), professionally known under his mononym Raphaël, is a French singer–songwriter and actor.

Personal and media life[edit]

Raphaël was born as Raphaël Haroche on 7 November 1975 in Paris, France, and was raised in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine. Through his father he is of Moroccan Jewish and Russian descent and his mother is Argentinian.[1][2] During his childhood and his adolescence, his idols were David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Téléphone, and Barbara. Raphaël played the piano and the guitar, and did not like school.[3]

In June 2007, Raphaël placed ninth on the French Elle magazine "15 Sexiest Man" list.[4] He has been in a relationship with actress Mélanie Thierry, who appeared in the music video for his single "Caravan". On 24 May 2008, Thierry gave birth to the couple's first child, Roman.[5][6]

His uncle is Serge Haroche, 2012 Nobel Physics Prize laureate.

Musical career[edit]

In 2000, Raphaël released his first album Hôtel de l'univers (the title is a tribute to Arthur Rimbaud), but it was not until three years later that he enjoyed his first mainstream success with the song Sur la Route, a duo with famous French singer Jean-Louis Aubert, included in his second album La Réalité. With this album, he chose folk music.

In 2005, Raphaël released his third album, Caravane, to huge critical acclaim and commercial success. He received three Music's Victories in 2006.

In September 2006, Raphaël released the double live album Résistance à la nuit featuring songs from his first three albums as well as a nod to Íngrid Betancourt in the form of the songs La petite chanson and Ceci n'est pas un adieu.

At the beginning of 2007, Raphaël became a member of the supergroup Les Aventuriers d'un autre Monde with Jean-Louis Aubert, Alain Bashung, Cali, Daniel Darc, and Richard Kolinka.

In February 2007, Raphaël released his live acoustic album Une nuit au Châtelet which is partly a tribute to French singers such as Bernard Lavilliers, Gérard Manset, and Serge Gainsbourg. Amongst the many musicians working on this project was ex-David Bowie pianist Mike Garson.

Raphaël's fourth studio album, Je sais que la terre est plate was released on 17 March 2008. This album featured the song Haïti, a collaboration with the Jamaican group Toots & the Maytals.

On 27 September 2010, Raphaël released his fifth studio album, Pacific 231.

Other work[edit]

In 1999, Raphaël made a brief appearance in the comedy film Peut-être (French: Maybe), directed by Cédric Klapisch. He would subsequently had small roles in The Dancer (2000) and the television film Les grand gamins. In 2010, Raphaël portrayed the character of Louis in Ces amours-là, directed by Claude Lelouch.[7] The film was premiered in France on 15 September 2011.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Certification Sales
FRA
[9]
BEL
(WA)
BEL
(FL)
SUI
2000 Hôtel de l'univers
107
FRA: 60,000+[10]
2003 La réalité
24
41[11]
FRA: Platinum FRA: 307,000+
2005 Caravane
  • Released: 14 March 2005
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
1[12]
9[13]
FRA: Diamond[14] FRA: 1,127,000+[15]
2008 Je sais que la terre est plate
  • Released: 17 March 2008
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
2[16]
79[16]
3[17]
FRA: Platinum FRA: 300,000+
2010 Pacific 231
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
1[18]
5[19]
FRA: Platinum
2012 Super-welter
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: EMI / Capitol Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
2[20]
122[20]
19[21]

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Certification Sales
FRA
[9]
BEL
(WA)
BEL
(FL)
SUI
2006 Resistance à la nuit
  • Released: 2006
  • Label:
  • Formats:
3
1
26
2007 Une nuit au Châtelet
  • Released: 2007
  • Label:
  • Formats:
43
31
84

Singles[edit]

Single Year Album Charts
FRA
[9]
BEL SUI
"Cela nous aurait suffi" 2001 Hôtel de l'univers
87
"Sur la route" (feat. Jean-Louis Aubert) 2003 La réalité
29
18[22]
76[23]
"Ô compagnons"
76
8[24]
"Caravane" 2005 Caravane
4
2[25]
27[26]
"Ne partons pas fâchés"
23
16[27]
48[28]
"Et dans 150 ans" 2006
15
17[29]
44[30]
"Schengen"
39
2[31]
89[32]
"Le vent de l'hiver" 2008 Je sais que la terre est plate
14
26
26
"Adieu Haïti" (feat. Toots Hibbert)
22
27[33]
"Le petit train"
7
"Bar de l'hôtel" 2010 Pacific 231
18[34]
"Le patriote"
2[35]
"La petite misère" 2011
26[36]
"Manager" 2012
94

As a featured artist[edit]

Single Year Featured artists Charts
FRA BEL SUI
"Une petite cantante" 2009 Claire Keim, Bénabar and Jenifer Bartoli
29[37]

Filmography[edit]

Title Original Title Year Role Notes
Maybe Peut-être 1999 Singer
The Dancer N/A 2000 Singer Cameo appearance
The Big Boys Les grands gamins 2008 Singer TV film
What War May Bring Ces amours-là 2010 Louis Directed by Claude Lelouch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Year Category Nominated Work Result
NRJ Music Awards 2006 Male Francophone Artist of the Year N/A Won
Victoires de la Musique 2006 Male Artist of the Year N/A Won
Album of the Year — Chanson, Variety Caravane Won
Original Song of the Year "Caravane" Won

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DROUZY Fabrice (1 November 2005). "La vie rêvée de l'ange". Libération. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Most popular male singers in France these days – Part Two". Arras France Tourism Guide. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Raphaël Haroche". Phosphore (in French). April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Raphaël". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mélanie Thierry: Entre Raphaël et moi, ce sera toujours tumultueux". Pure People (in French). 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Goldfarb, Sophie (20 March 2010). "Mélanie Thierry & Raphaël: Leur amour, ce n'est pas du cinema". Gala (in French). 
  7. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (11 August 2010). "Raphaël devant la caméra de Claude Lelouch". www.chartsinfrance.net (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Dumez, Virgile (15 September 2010). "Ces amours-là – coup d'oeil: Raphaël chez Claude Lelouch". Avoir Alire (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Lescharts.com: Raphaël discography
  10. ^ "Raphaël Haroche". Télé 7 Jours (in French). 26 January 2004. 
  11. ^ "Raphaël – La réalité". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Raphaël – Caravane". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Raphaël – Caravane". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Les classements des meilleures ventes réalisés par IFOP/TITE LIVE: Les chiffres clés de l'année 2005". www.discqueenfrance.com (in French). 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Les Albums Diamant". www.infodisc.fr (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Raphaël – Je sais que la terre est plate". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Raphaël – Je sais que la terre est plate". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Raphaël – Pacific 231". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Raphaël – Pacific 231". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Raphaël – Super-welter". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Raphaël – Super-welter". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Raphaël & Jean-Louis Aubert – Sur la route". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Raphaël & Jean-Louis Aubert – Sur la route". Retrieved 2 March 2012 work=Swiss Music Charts. 
  24. ^ "Raphaël – Ô compagnons". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "Raphaël – Caravane (Chanson)". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Raphaël – Caravane (Song)". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Raphaël – Ne partons pas fâchés". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Raphaël – Ne partons pas fâchés". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "Raphaël – Et dans 150 ans". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  30. ^ "Raphaël – Et dans 150 ans". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  31. ^ "Raphaël – Schengen". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  32. ^ "Raphaël – Schengen". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  33. ^ "Raphaël feat. Toots – Adieu Haïti". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  34. ^ "Raphaël – Bar de l'hôtel". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  35. ^ "Raphaël – Le patriote". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  36. ^ "Raphaël – La petite misère". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  37. ^ "Keim, Bénabar, Jenifer, Raphaël – Une petite cantante". Ultratop 50 (in French). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bartillat, Cyril Anthony: Raphaël, une route dans l'univers (2007)
  • Bataille, Sébastien: Raphaël de A à Z (2006)
  • Joyaux, Véronique: Raphaël, charme et talent (2006)
  • Terray, Marie; d'Oliv' par LuK; Piatek, Dorotée; Lhuissier, Basile; Blondelle, Gwendal; Tixier, Julien: Les Chansons de Raphaël en BD (2006)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
-M-
Victoires de la Musique
Male Group or Artist of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Bénabar