Seul (song)

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"Seul"
Single by Garou
from the album Seul
B-side "Que l'amour est violent", "Adieu"
Released October 2000
Format CD single,
digital download (since 2005)
Genre Pop
Length 4:41
Label Columbia, Sony Music
Writer(s) Luc Plamondon (lyrics)
Romano Musumarra (music)
Producer(s) Vito Luprano
Certification Diamond France, 2001
Garou singles chronology
"Dieu que le monde est injuste"
(1999)
"Seul"
(2000)
"Je n'attendais que vous"
(2001)

"Seul" is the name of a 2000 song recorded by the Canadian singer Garou. It was released on October 2000 as the first single from his debut album, Seul, on which it features as the fourth track. It achieved a smash success in France and Belgium (Wallonia) where it topped the charts for three months, and was a top ten hit in Switzerland. To date, it is his most successful solo single (Garou has other #1 in duets and a trio).

Background and performances[edit]

The song was written by the songwriter Luc Plamondon, who also wrote "Belle" about two years before, composed by Romano Musumarra who also composed several hits for various artists such as Elsa Lunghini, Jeanne Mas and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and produced by Erick Benzi, who also participated in the 1995 two hits of Céline Dion.[1]

The song was also performed on Garou's 2001 concert and was thus included on his live album Seul... avec vous, as 13th track.[2] It features on many French compilations, such as Hits France 2001, NRJ Music Awards 2002, and was also the second track on Garou's 2006 single, "L'Injustice".

Chart performances[edit]

"Seul" had a huge success in France. It entered the chart in low positions on 23 December 2000, jumped quickly and reached number one three week later. It stayed there for eleven weeks, then was number two for three weeks. Then it almost did not stop to drop and totalled 16 weeks in the top ten, 21 weeks in the top 50 and 25 weeks on the chart (top 100). It is currently the 95th best-selling single of all time in France.[3]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Seul" — 4:41
  2. "Que l'amour est violent" — 5:41
  3. "L'Adieu" — 4:02
  • Digital download
  1. "Seul" — 4:41
  2. "Seul" (live)

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[10] Diamond 16 May 2001 750,000 990,000[11]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Parle-moi" by Isabelle Boulay
Belgian (Ultratop) number-one single
16 December 2000 - 24 February 2001 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wassuup!" by Da Muttz
Preceded by
"L'Alizé" by Alizée
French SNEP number-one single
13 January 2001 - 24 March 2001 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Rikrok

References[edit]

  1. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 518. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  2. ^ Seul... avec vous, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  4. ^ "Seul", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  5. ^ "Seul", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  6. ^ "Seul", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  7. ^ 2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  8. ^ 2001 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  9. ^ 2001 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  10. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  11. ^ Les certifications depuis 1973 Infodisc.fr (Retrieved May 30, 2008)

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