À ma place

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"À ma place"
A ma place.jpg
Single by Zazie and Axel Bauer
from the album Personne n'est parfait
B-side "Tu seras bien"
Released 7 May 2001
Format CD single, digital download (since 2005)
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:30 (single version)
5:28 (album version)
Label Mercury Records, Universal Music
Writer(s) Zazie, Axel Bauer
Producer(s) Pierre Jaconelli, Axel Bauer
Zazie singles chronology
"Cyber"
(1999)
"À ma place"
(2001)
"Rue de la Paix"
(2001)

"À ma place" is a 2001 pop song recorded as a duet by French singers Zazie and Axel Bauer. It was the second single off Bauer's album Personne n'est parfait and was released on 7 May 2001. It became a smash hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia) where it reached the top five.

Song information[edit]

The song was written and composed by both singers. It deals with the difficulties that can be met by a couple to understand each other. According to Elia Habib, the story of the song "[oscillates] between passion and insanity". The music video and the cover single are very refined and the song looks like a "dramatic script meticulously directed".[1]

The music video was directed by Didier Le Pêcheur who had previously directed five music videos for Zazie at the time.

"À ma place" was not included on Zazie's studio album, but only on Bauer's Personne n'est parfait on which it appears in an extended version, then on Bauer's best of La Désintégrale. In 2003, the live version performed during Zazie's tour was added on her live album Ze live!! and in the collector edition of La Désintégrale. The song, as well as the music video (on the DVD), were also available on Zazie's 2008 greatest hits Zest of.

Chart performances and awards[edit]

In France, the single debuted at #33 on 12 May 2001, then climbed directly to the top ten and remained in it for 17 weeks, including a peak at number four for two consecutive weeks. It totalled 30 weeks in the top 50 and 32 weeks in the top 100 and earned a Gold disc. The song is currently the 738th best-selling singles of all time in France.[2] In Belgium (Wallonia), it debuted at #32 on 4 August 2001 and reached number one four weeks later. It remained for 12 weeks in the top ten and 25 weeks in the Ultratop 50.[3] To date, "À ma place" is the most successful single of both singers in terms of chart positions.

The song was awarded 'Francophone song of the year' at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards and was thus included on the compilation NRJ Music Awards 2002.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[3]
No. Title Length
1. "À ma place" 4:30
2. "Tu seras bien" (by Axel Bauer) 3:55
Digital download (since 2005)
No. Title Length
1. "À ma place" (album version) 5:28
2. "À ma place" (2003 live) 4:48
3. "À ma place" (Zest of version) 5:49

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[4] Gold 29 August 2001 250,000 432,000[5]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Près de moi" by Lorie
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
1 September 2001 - 22 September 2001 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
Awards
Preceded by
"Les Rois du monde" by Grégori Baquet, Damien Sargue and Philippe D'Avilla
NRJ Music Awards
Francophone song of the year

2002
Succeeded by
"Manhattan-Kaboul" by Renaud and Axelle Red

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, 2002, p. 535,536 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ "Best-selling singles of all time in France". Infodisc. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d ""À ma place", in various singles charts + formats". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  4. ^ "2001 certifications in France". Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Certifications and sales of singles in France, database (see: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "BAUER A. & ZAZIE")". Infodisc. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  6. ^ "2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  7. ^ "2001 French Singles Chart". Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 2009-07-30.