Écris l'histoire

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"Écris l'histoire"
Ecris l'histoire.jpg
Single by Grégory Lemarchal
from the album Je deviens moi
B-side "SOS d'un terrien en détresse"
Released 29 March 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded France
Genre Pop
Length 3:39
Label Universal
Songwriter(s) Francesco de Benedittis
Paul Manners
Davide Esposito
Producer(s) Yvan Cassar
Grégory Lemarchal singles chronology
"Écris l'histoire"
"Je suis en vie"
"Écris l'histoire"
"Je suis en vie"

"Écris l'histoire" is the debut and most successful single from French singer Grégory Lemarchal. It was released in March 2005 in francophone countries as first single from his album Je deviens moi, where it had a great success, particularly in France and Belgium (Wallonia).


The lyrics were written and the music composed by Francesco de Benedittis and Paul Manners. This song is actually a cover version of that of Italian singer Davide Esposito, "Io so che tu", but with other lyrics in French. Esposito's version, available on the CD single in an original and an unplugged versions, was charted from September 2006, peaking at number 71 in Switzerland[1] and number 20 in France (it reentered the French chart at number 93 after Lemarchal's death, in May 2007).[2]

Chart performances[edit]

It entered at number two on the French SNEP Singles Chart on 2 April 2005. There it stayed for five consecutive weeks, and was unable to dislodge the smash hit "Un Monde parfait" by Ilona, which topped the chart then. Then it dropped on the chart, and totaled nine weeks in the top ten, 14 weeks in the top 50 and 21 weeks in the top 100.[3] The single was certified Platinum disc by the SNEP, the French certifier, for 300,000 copies sold.[4]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single debuted at number seven on Ultratop 40 on 9 April 2005, and reached a peak at number two. It remained for ten weeks in the top ten and 16 weeks on the chart (top 40).[5]

In Switzerland, the single entered the chart at number 43 on 10 April 2005. It climbed to a peak at number 18 the next week, and stayed on the chart for 18 weeks. On 20 May 2007, just after Lemarchal's death, it re-entered the chart at number 40 for one week.[6]

In 2005, it was the 14th best-selling single in France,[7] and the 13th in Belgium.[8]

The song is also available on Lemarchal's posthumous compilation, Rêves.

It was covered by Liane Foly and Michael Jones for Les Enfoirés' 2006 album Le Village des Enfoirés and included in a medley named "Medley On s'écrit". It was also covered in 2011 by Claire Keim, Yannick Noah and Maurane on their album 2011: Dans l'œil des Enfoirés.[9]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Écris l'histoire" (single version) — 3:39
  2. "SOS d'un terrien en détresse" — 3:28
  3. "Écris l'histoire" (instrumental version) — 3:38
  • Digital download
  1. "Écris l'histoire" — 3:39
  2. "Écris l'histoire" (2006 live version) — 4:21

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[4] Platinum 7 September 2005 300,000 266,000[13]


  1. ^ ""Io so che tu", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  2. ^ ""Io so che tu", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b ""Écris l'histoire", French SNEP Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Certifications Singles Platine - année 2005" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  5. ^ a b ""Écris l'histoire", Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b ""Écris l'histoire", Swiss Top 100 Singles Chart" (in French). Hitparade. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "2005 French Singles Chart" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "2005 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "2011: Dans l'œil des Enfoirés, track listing and charts" (in French). lescharts. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Grégory Lemarchal — Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  11. ^ French Digital Chart, from 06.05.07 to 12.05.07 Ifop.com (Retrieved May 2, 2008)
  12. ^ a b "2005 French Airplay and Video Charts" (in French). Yacast. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  13. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 

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