C'est Chic

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C'est Chic
C'est Chic cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 11, 1978 (1978-08-11)
Recorded1978
StudioPower Station (Manhattan, New York City)
GenreDisco, R&B, funk
Length41:23
LabelAtlantic
ProducerNile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Chic chronology
Chic
(1977)
C'est Chic
(1978)
Risqué
(1979)
Cover of Très Chic
Trés Chic.jpg
Singles from C'est Chic
  1. "Le Freak"
    Released: September 21, 1978 [1]
  2. "I Want Your Love"
    Released: January 29, 1979 [2]
  3. "Chic Cheer (1984 Mix by Bernard Edwards)"
    Released: November, 1984 [3]

C'est Chic is the second studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1978.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork8.4/10[7]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[10]

C'est Chic includes the band's signature hit "Le Freak", which topped the US Hot 100 chart, US R&B, and US Club Play in October 1978,[11] selling six million copies in the US. The album also contains the hit single "I Want Your Love" (number 5 R&B,[11] number 7 Pop,[11] number 4 UK[12]).

C'est Chic was the band's most commercially successful album, reaching number 4 on Billboard's album chart and topping the US R&B chart for eleven weeks.[13] C'est Chic was Billboard's 1979 R&B Album of the Year, claiming the number one spot on Billboard's Year End Review. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA,[14] selling over a million copies. In the UK it peaked at number 2[12] and has been certified Gold by the BPI.[15]

The European version was originally called Très Chic, with the cover featuring a woman wrapped around a neon light tube. It was withdrawn and replaced with the C'est Chic version with a less risqué cover. Très Chic had a different track listing.

C'est Chic was released on compact disc by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991 (catalogue number 7567-81552-2). The album was digitally remastered and re-issued by Warner Music Japan in 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers; except where indicated.

C'est Chic[edit]

Side one
  1. "Chic Cheer" – 4:42
  2. "Le Freak" – 5:27 About this soundListen 
  3. "Savoir Faire" – 5:01
  4. "Happy Man" – 4:17
Side two
  1. "I Want Your Love" – 6:55 About this soundListen 
  2. "At Last I Am Free" – 7:08
  3. "Sometimes You Win" – 4:26
  4. "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41
    • (LP only hidden track- moog solo)

Très Chic[edit]

Side one
  1. "Chic Cheer" – 4:42
  2. "Le Freak" – 5:23 About this soundListen 
  3. "I Want Your Love" – 6:55 About this soundListen 
  4. "Happy Man" – 4:17
  5. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (Edwards, Kenny Lehman, Rodgers) – 3:35
Side two
  1. "Savoir Faire" – 5:01
  2. "At Last I Am Free" – 7:08
  3. "Sometimes You Win" – 4:26
  4. "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41
  5. "Everybody Dance" - 3:22

Personnel[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[18] Gold 192,300[17]
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[19] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat - Chic - Le Freak / Savoir Faire - Atlantic - USA - 3519". 45cat. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "45cat - Chic - I Want Your Love / (Funny) Bone - Atlantic - USA - 3557". 45cat. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "45cat - Chic - Chic Cheer (Edited Remix) / Savoir Faire - Atlantic - UK - A 9604". 45cat. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "C'est Chic – Chic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Chic: C'est Chic". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Chic". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. ^ Beta, Andy (December 12, 2018). "Chic / Sister Sledge: The Chic Organization 1977–1979". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (September 8, 2005). "Chic: C'est Chic". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Chic". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 161. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Walters, Barry (1995). "Chic". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 81–82. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  11. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > Chic". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "UK Charts > Chic". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "US Albums Charts > Chic". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "US Certifications > Chic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Chic". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Chic – C' Est Chic". Music Canada. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  18. ^ "French album certifications – Chic – C'est Chic" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  19. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1979". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Chic – C' Est Chic". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 17, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type C' Est Chic in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Chic – C'est Chic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 17, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.