C'est la vie (Khaled song)

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"C'est la vie"
Single by Khaled
from the album C'est la vie
Released 2 July 2012
Genre Dance, latin pop
Length 3:50
Label Universal Music Division AZ
Writer(s) Khaled, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Björn Djupström[1]
Producer(s) RedOne
Khaled singles chronology
"Même pas fatigué !!!"
"C'est la vie"
"Hiya Hiya"
Music video
"C'est la vie" on YouTube

"C'est la Vie" is a song by Algerian raï singer Khaled. It was produced by Moroccan-Swedish producer RedOne and released on Universal Music Division AZ becoming a summer hit for Khaled in France in 2012.


The song is bilingual, with the main verses in Algerian Arabic and the chorus in French. The catchy dance song repeats the phrase (translation in parenthesis and italics)

On va s'aimer (We shall love)
On va danser (We shall dance)
Oui c'est la vie (Yes, this is life)
Lala, lalala..

The song is considered to be a comeback for Khaled in France, after three years of unsuccessful releases.


Released in July 2012, the song entered the official French Singles Chart at number 30 and later peaked at number 4. In addition to its success in France, it became very popular throughout Belgium and Slovakia where it reached the top 10. In 2013, the single was certified platinum by the Belgian Entertainment Association.[2] The song also charted in the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland and received radio airplay in French-speaking Canada, specifically Quebec. C’est La Vie sold over one million copies in the European market alone after only two months. It sold 2.2 million copies in the Middle East and North Africa, and 200,000 in the USA, for an estimated 4.6 million copies worldwide. The album reached number 5 on Billboard's top France Songs. The album contains a message of tolerance, love, and peace, avoiding the themes of conflict that many other artists in the Arab world explore. Khaled tries to convey what Algerian immigrants suffer in Europe throughout the album, and thinks that this is the reason behind the album's huge commercial success. C’est La Vie is Khaled’s first album after a five year break from recording during presidential elections in France and the Arab spring.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[5] 1
France (SNEP)[6] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 92
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[8] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 33

Marc Anthony version[edit]

"Vivir Mi Vida"
Single by Marc Anthony
from the album 3.0
Released 26 April 2013
Format Digital download,
Recorded 2013
Genre Salsa
Length 4:11
Label Sony Music Latin
Writer(s) Khaled, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Björn Djupström
Producer(s) Sergio George
Marc Anthony singles chronology
"¿Por Qué Les Mientes?"
"Vivir Mi Vida"
"Cambio de Piel"
Music video
"Vivir Mi Vida" on YouTube
Sample from the Marc Anthony's cover

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In 2013, American singer Marc Anthony covered the Khaled song as a salsa tune titled "Vivir Mi Vida" ("Live My Life") for his latest Spanish-language 3.0 album.[11] This version was produced by Sergio George and Anthony performed the cover live at the 2013 Latin Billboard Music Awards.[12] Anthony's cover was recorded at The Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, Florida.[13] The song's music video, directed by Carlos Perez of Elastic People, was released on September 10, 2013. "Vivir Mi Vida" won the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[15]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Vivir Mi Vida"   Khaled, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Björn Djupström Sergio George 4:11

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Colombia (National-Report)[16] 1
Mexico (Billboard Mexican Airplay)[17] 16
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 92
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[20] 1
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[21] 1
US Tropical Airplay (Billboard)[22] 1
End Of Year (2013) Peak
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 11


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Mexico (AMPROFON)[24] 2× Platinum 120,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] Gold 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Platinum 8,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swedish Charts.com Khaled - "C'est la vie" song page
  2. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2013". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Khaled – C'est la vie" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Khaled – C'est la vie" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201329 into search.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Khaled – C'est la vie" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Khaled – C'est la vie" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201312 into search.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Khaled – C'est la vie". Singles Top 60.
  10. ^ "Khaled – C'est la vie – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Marc Anthony to Launch First Single". Indiatimes. The Times of India Group. 2013-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Marc Anthony presentará el sencillo "Vivir mi vida"" (in Spanish). El Informador. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Univision estrena en exclusiva 'Vivir Mi Vida', el nuevo tema de Marc Anthony". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communication. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  14. ^ "El día en imágenes" (in Spanish). Yahoo!. 
  15. ^ "Vivir Mi Vida- Single by Marc Anthony". iTunes US. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "National Report - Top Nacional" (in Spanish). National Report. 2013-08-18. Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. 
  17. ^ "Marc Anthony - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida" Canciones Top 50.
  19. ^ "Marc Anthony Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Marc Anthony.
  20. ^ "Marc Anthony Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Marc Anthony.
  21. ^ "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Marc Anthony.
  22. ^ "Marc Anthony Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Tropical Airplay for Marc Anthony.
  23. ^ "Top 50 Canciones Anual 2013". Promuiscae.es. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  24. ^ "Certificaciones – 2014" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  25. ^ "Spanish single certifications – Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Top 100 Streaming - Semana 26: Del 23.06.2014 Al 29.06.2014" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved July 7, 2014.