Rayon de soleil

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"Rayon de soleil"
Single by William Baldé
from the album En Corps étranger
B-side "Yönn-gui"
Released July 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Roots rock, reggae
Length 5:02
Label WMI, Warner
Writer(s) Gil Gimenez,
Catherine Duval,
William Baldé
Producer(s) Philippe Desbois
William Baldé singles chronology
"Rayon de soleil"
(2008)
"Sweet Lady"
(2008)

"Rayon de soleil" (English: "Ray of Sunshine") is the name of a 2008 song recorded by the African singer William Baldé. It was his debut single and was released in July 2008 from his album En Corps étranger. It achieved success, becoming a number-one hit in France and Belgium.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the song was announced as the "uncontested summer hit of 2008".[1] The single went straight to number 1 in France with 22,135 sales,[2] and stayed there for other eight non-consecutive weeks. In its sixth week, 23,298 copies were sold, which is to date the second best weekly sales of the year for a number-one hit in France.[3] It remained in the top 50 for 17 weeks and in the top 100 for 24 weeks. It was the second best-selling single of the year, behind "Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)".

It achieved a minor success in Switzerland, peaking at #24 in its fourth week. It also topped the chart in its eighth week in Belgium (Wallonia) and remained in the top 40 for 22 weeks.

As sign of popularity, the song and the music video were included on the famous double compilation NRJ Music Awards 2009.[4]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Rayon de soleil" — 3:39
  2. "Yönn-gui" — 5:08
  3. "Rayon de soleil" (video)
  • Digital download
  1. "Rayon de soleil" (single version) — 5:02
  2. "Rayon de soleil" (album version) — 4:26

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Physical sales Digital downloads
France[14] 221,750 43,550

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)"
by Enrique Iglesias and Nâdiya
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
July 5, 2008 - August 16, 2008 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dégénération" by Mylène Farmer
Preceded by
"Dégénération" by Mylène Farmer
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
August 30, 2008 - September 6, 2008 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Beggin" by Madcon
Preceded by
"This Is the Life" by Amy Macdonald
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
September 20, 2008 - September 27, 2008 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Le Rabbi Muffin" by MC Solaar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tops : William Baldé détrône Nâdiya et Enrique !", Chartsinfrance, Thierry Cadet, July 9, 2008 Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved July 9, 2008)
  2. ^ "Disques : Baldé détrône Iglesias, Coldplay devant Voulzy", Ozap, Antoine Masson, July 9, 2008 Ozap.com (Retrieved July 9, 2008)
  3. ^ "Status Quo aux sommets des charts français", Chartsinfrance, Thierry Cadet, August 13, 2008 Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved August 13, 2008)
  4. ^ "NRJ Music Awards 2009, track listings" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rayon de soleil", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 1, 2008)
  6. ^ French Digital Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved July 9, 2008)
  7. ^ "Rayon de soleil", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 9, 2008)
  8. ^ "Rayon de soleil", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 9, 2008)
  9. ^ 2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved December 26, 2008)
  10. ^ 2008 Eurochart Hot 100 Billboard.com (Retrieved December 26, 2008)
  11. ^ "2008 French Airplay Chart". Snep. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  12. ^ "2008 French Digital Chart" (in French). Snep. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  13. ^ 2008 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 28, 2009)
  14. ^ 2008 French Singles Chart + sales Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 6, 2009)