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This article is about the French band. For the Canadian professional ice hockey center, see Stéphane Yelle. For the baseball catcher, see Archie Yelle.
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Yelle performing in December 2008. From left to right: GrandMarnier, Yelle and Tepr
Background information
Origin France
Genres Electropop
Years active 2005–present
  • Yelle
  • GrandMarnier
Past members

Yelle are a French band founded by lead singer and namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) and GrandMarnier (Jean-François Perrier). A third member, Tepr (Tanguy Destable), joined the band before the recording of their debut album. Budet and GrandMarnier began working on music together in 2000. The band came to prominence when it posted an early version of the song "Je veux te voir" on Myspace in September 2005, which later reached the top five in France. The success of the song on Myspace attracted the attention of a record label, which set them to work on their debut album, Pop Up, which was released in 2007. The group's second album, Safari Disco Club, was released in 2011.

They have enjoyed a significant following overseas in non-French-speaking countries as well. They toured the globe for three years in support of Pop Up.


Budet met and became good friends with producer GrandMarnier in 2000, and in 2005, they began making music together when both wanted to start an electropop band.[2][3][4][5][6] The name of the band, Yelle, began as an acronym of the phrase "You Enjoy Life", "YEL", but was later feminised to "Yelle" because a Belgian band had the name already.[2][4] Yelle rose to fame on Myspace when they posted a song titled "Short Dick Cuizi", which later became "Je veux te voir", in late 2005.[5][6][7] The song's original title refers to Cuizinier of French alternative hip hop band TTC and was released as a mock diss track. It received a positive response and soon attracted the attention of record label Source Etc.[3][6] The song later charted at No. 4 in France. Yelle then began working on and recording their debut album, Pop Up, in 2006. While performing at night,[5] producer Tepr had been roped into the band in 2007 after meeting GrandMarnier while working as a journalist.[2] They were in need of a keyboard player on tour.[8]

Yelle performing live in 2011

Pop Up was released in September 2007. AllMusic called it "a perfect storm of glossy production values, smart songwriting, and Budet's sparkling delivery."[9] The album produced another single, "A cause des garçons", which reached No. 11 on the French Singles Chart. Yelle was featured on Fatal Bazooka's French number one song "Parle à ma main" in 2007.[10] The band has enjoyed success outside of France despite making songs exclusively in French and have toured extensively overseas in non-French-speaking countries.[2][3][5][6][7] In the US, they were featured as MTV's Artist of the Week at the end of March 2008.[11] After touring for three years, Yelle took three months off – until September 2009, when they began working on their next album.[12][13] By February 2010 they had started their own record label, Recreation Center, overseen by GrandMarnier.[13][14]

Yelle's second album, Safari Disco Club, was released in March 2011. Budet explained that unlike their debut, there was no deadline for the album because they were on their own label, thus allowing them to focus more on the harmonies and melodies and Budet's singing voice.[15][16] They were also able to focus on writing and recording the album for a year as opposed to having to perform at night like for Pop Up. The album received generally favourable reviews, with The Independent declaring that the album was "essential for anyone who appreciates dancefloor-friendly European synth pop."[17] The title track was released for free on their website in January 2011 and was released as a double single with "Que veux-tu". Katy Perry asked them to open for her on her 2011 California Dreams Tour in the UK.[15] They embarked on their own tour afterwards, returning to the US in the fall.[18] On 11 February 2013, the band released the single "L'amour parfait".[19]

In July 2014, it was announced that Yelle's third studio album, Complètement Fou, was planned for release in late September 2014. The album was produced by Dr. Luke, who discovered the trio through their remix of Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold". Dr. Luke eventually signed Yelle to his vanity label, Kemosabe, on which the album will be released.[20] The album was preceded by the single "Bouquet final", for which a lyric video premiered on 30 June 2014.[21] Complètement fou was released on 29 September 2014.[22]


For their first two albums, GrandMarnier and Tepr produced the music, while Budet wrote the lyrics.[23] GrandMarnier acts as the intermediary between the two.[24] While working on their second album and meeting with American labels, they were repeatedly queried about singing in English in the future. However, Yelle maintain that they would not be able to express themselves in a language that they were not familiar with.[16] Their debut album, Pop Up, is of the electropop genre with 1980s influences.[16] Their lyrics are playful and sarcastic. Debut single "Je veux te voir" was a humorous reply to the misogynist lyrics of some French rap bands, especially Cuizinier of TTC.[25] For Safari Disco Club, they retained the sound of Pop Up while incorporating more rhythmic drums into the production, such as Caribbean influences and new wave influences in the synthesizers.[16] Budet described it as a marriage between "hotter rhythms and cooler synthesizer", highlighting the sense of humor and melancholy coexisting in the lyrics as well.[16][25] The melancholy was attributed to Yelle having toured for three years for their first album and having that experience abruptly end to begin work on their next album.[12]

For their third album, Completement Fou, the band collaborated heavily with American music producer, Dr. Luke. Luke brought a new focus on melody rather than the beats-driven approach that Yelle previously had to songwriting.[26] The three original members of Yelle draw from different influences in contributing to their music, GrandMarnier is influenced by rock music, including Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers, while Tepr enjoys rap and minimal techno.[16] Budet has cited Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Madonna and Blur as influences. They have also listed Prince, Cyndi Lauper and Etienne Daho as influences.[24][27] Budet's colorful stage outfits are influenced by designers such as Jeremy Scott, Andrea Crews, Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.[28]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications


Pop Up 61 8
Safari Disco Club
  • Released: 14 March 2011
  • Label: Recreation Center, Barclay
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
77 76 92 9
Complètement Fou
  • Released: 29 September 2014
  • Label: Kemosabe
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
52 157
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
iTunes Festival: London 2008
  • Released: 18 July 2008[34]
  • Label: Source Etc
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Je veux te voir" 2006 4 [A] Pop Up
"A cause des garçons" 2007 11 [B] 40 95
"Parle à ma main"
(Fatal Bazooka featuring Yelle)
1 1 31 T'as vu
"Ce jeu" 2008 Pop Up
"Cooler couleur"
(Crookers featuring Yelle)
2010 32 Tons of Friends
"Safari Disco Club" 2011 Safari Disco Club
"Que veux-tu" [C]
"Comme un enfant"
"L'amour parfait" 2013 N/A
"Bouquet final" 2014 Complètement fou
"Complètement fou" 113
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"À cause des garçons" 2007 Nima Nourizadeh[37]
"Parle à ma main" (Fatal Bazooka featuring Yelle)
"Je veux te voir" 2008 Nicolas Benamou[38]
"Ce jeu" Yoann Lemoine[3]
"La musique" 2010
"Safari Disco Club"/"Que veux-tu" 2011 Jérémie Saindon[39][40]
"Comme un enfant"

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Je veux te voir" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 10 on the Walloon Ultratip chart.[35]
  2. ^ "À cause des garçons" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number two on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[35]
  3. ^ "Que veux-tu" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 14 on the Walloon Ultratip chart.[35]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Yelle: interview with a French pop artiste". Virgin. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Szeto, Greg (10 October 2008). "Interview: Yelle". Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "The rebel Yelle". Metro International. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d Gilchrist, Todd (15 May 2008). "Yelle Interview". IGN. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d "YELLE: LOVE AND FRENCH CHANSONS". Laptop Rockers. 6 November 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Ship, Jesse (17 August 2008). "Yelle". FORMATMAG.COM. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Tepr of YELLE". Flash Flood Media. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Reges, Margaret (31 August 2007). "Pop-Up – Yelle". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Discographie Yelle" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Anitai, Tamar (24 March 2008). "Artist of the Week: Yelle". MTV Buzzworthy. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Apollo, Chris (22 April 2011). "Is French electro-pop group Yelle moving to Austin? [INTERVIEW + Safari Disco Club ALBUM REVIEW] | Life Music and Culture Blog in Austin Texas – Republic of Austin". Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: YELLE | Rocket Magazine – contemporary culture magazine". Rocket Magazine. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "RECREATION CENTER — RECREATION CENTER?". Recreation Center. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2014. The RECREATION CENTER is YELLE's own microlabel. 
  15. ^ a b melissa (1 July 2011). "Yelle Interview". T-Squat.Com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "OĂ™ LES ANIMAUX DANSENT: An Interview with Yelle". GUTFIRE! Magazine. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  17. ^ Simon Price (17 April 2011). "Album: Yelle, Safari Disco Club (Barclay) – Reviews – Music". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Yelle Announces 'Safari Disco Club Remixes' for 11/2 Release; | News". Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "L'amour parfait (Remixes) – EP by Yelle". iTunes Store France. Apple. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
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  32. ^ "Les Albums Argent" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  33. ^ "Certifications Albums Argent – année 2008" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  34. ^ "iTunes Festival: London 2008 – EP by Yelle". iTunes Store France. Apple. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c d "Discografie Yelle" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  36. ^ "Yelle" (select "Charts" tab). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  37. ^ "Music Videos – Nima Nourizadeh". Partizan. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  38. ^ "Je Veux Te Voir". MTV Networks. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
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  40. ^ "'Comme Un Enfant' – Video". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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