C'est la vie (Khaled song)

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"C'est la vie"
Single by Khaled
from the album C'est la vie
Released2 July 2012
LabelUniversal Music Division AZ
Songwriter(s)Khaled, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Björn Djupström[1]
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 Darja and the chorus in French. The chorus repeats the phrase (translation in parenthesis and italics). The harmonies of the chorus part are heavily inspired by the single FACE by NU'EST.[2]

On va s'aimer (We shall love each other)
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 a three-year absence in the charts. 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.[3] The song also charted in the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland and received radio airplay in Canada. "C’est La Vie" sold over one million copies in the European market, 1.8 million copies in the Middle East and North Africa, and over 4 million copies worldwide.[4][5] The album reached number 5 on SNEP, the official French Albums Chart.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Marc Anthony version[edit]

"Vivir Mi Vida"
Single by Marc Anthony
from the album 3.0
Released26 April 2013
LabelSony Music Latin
Songwriter(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

In 2013, American singer Marc Anthony covered the Khaled song as a salsa tune titled "Vivir Mi Vida" ("Live My Life") for his studio album 3.0.[19] This version was produced by Sergio George and recorded at The Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, Florida.[20] Anthony performed it live at the 2013 Latin Billboard Music Awards.[21] The music video, directed by Carlos Perez of Elastic People, was released on September 10, 2013. "Vivir Mi Vida" won a Latin Grammy Award in 2013 for Record of the Year and holds the record for the second-longest run inside the top-five in the Billboard Latin Songs, with 51 weeks.[22] A "Pop" version was also produced using the instrumental of the original Khaled version and is included on the album.[23]

In 2017, Anthony's former wife Jennifer Lopez covered the song in her "Spotify Session" as a tribute to his late mother and her former mother-in-law. As of October 2020, the music video for Anthony's version of the song has received over 943 million views on YouTube.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[25]
1."Vivir Mi Vida"Khaled, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bilal Hajji, Björn DjupströmSergio George4:11

Chart performance[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[37] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[38] 2× Platinum 120,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] 16× Platinum (Latin) 960,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[41] Platinum 8,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Hashem Melech[edit]

"Hashem Melech"
Single by Gad Elbaz and Beni Elbaz
ReleasedJanuary 2013
Music video
"Hachem Melech" by Gad and Beni Elbaz (in Hebrew and French on YouTube

Israeli singer Gad Elbaz created a new version of the song calling it "Hashem Melech" (in Hebrew ה' מלך) as a sort of contemporary Jewish worship song based on and adapted from "C'est la vie".[42]

The Israeli version released in January 2013 as a duet between Gad Elbaz and his singer father Beni Elbaz contains Hebrew and French lyrics, though the Hebrew lyrics are not related to Khaled's all-French original lyrics and more geared to religious content.[43] The chorus repeats the phrases (translation in parenthesis and italics)

Hashem Melech (The Lord is King)
Hashem Malach (The Lord was King)
Hashem Yimloch (The Lord will be King)
Le'olam Va'ed (Forever and ever)

Elbaz also released an all-Hebrew version of the song.[44] "Hashem Melech" was a minor hit in Israel and in Orthodox Jewish circles worldwide.

The Hebrew lyrics in the refrain are the same as those of a famous song also titled "Hashem Melech" by the well-known Jewish singer Yosef Karduner.

In September 2015, Elbaz released another limited version featuring additional vocals by the young Israeli child singer Yosef Chaim.[45][46]

Hashem Melech 2.0[edit]

"Hashem Melech 2.0"
Single by Gad Elbaz featuring Nissim
Producer(s)Daniel Finkelman
Music video
"Hashem Melech 2.0" by Gad Elbaz feat. Nissim (in Hebrew and English on YouTube

In 2016, Elbaz teamed with Hasidic rapper Nissim (full name Nissim Baruch Black, born Damian Jamohl Black and a convert from Islam to Christianity and eventually to Judaism) to create a rap-infused version of the song now titled "Hashem Melech 2.0" to distinguish it from the original Elbaz version. The rap by Nissim is primarily English language, and is said to dominate the song, wrapping around and throughout the elements of the original "1.0" song.[47]

Still a bilingual song, "Hashem Melech" now featured Hebrew and English lyrics instead. Elbaz' original French lyrics were dropped in favor of English in the new version, but his Hebrew lyrics were retained for the new version. Nissim's rap segments were all in English. The popularity of the second version far exceeded that of the first.

Daniel Finkelman created a sophisticated, exuberant, multiracial dance video of the new version, set against the New York City skyline and streetscape. The New-York themed music video features Elbaz and Nissim dancing and delivering their religious message dancing joyously through the New York city streets and on skyscraper rooftops, amidst a changing New York skyline, encouraging listeners to believe in a better tomorrow.

Ali B version[edit]

"Voy a Bailar"
Single by Ali B featuring Boef, Rolf Sanchez and RedOne
Released28 July 2017
Producer(s)RedOne, Jordan Wayne
Ali B singles chronology
"Money voor mij"
"Voy a Bailar"
Boef singles chronology
"Come Again"
"Voy a Bailar"
Rolf Sanchez singles chronology
"Paso a Paso"
"Voy a Bailar"
"Te Va a Doler"
RedOne singles chronology
"Don't You Need Somebody"
"Voy a Bailar"
"Boom Boom"
Music video
"Voy a bailar" on YouTube

In 2017, the Dutch rapper Ali B released the single "Voy a Bailar", largely an adaptation of the Khaled song but with adaptations from the Latin "Vivir Mi Vida" cover from Marc Anthony. Ali B added rap lyrics in Dutch. The release featured additional vocals by Boef, Rolf Sanchez and RedOne.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[48] 13

In popular culture[edit]

The song became popular in Indonesia, a majority-Muslim country. A political campaign there in early 2017 developed a theme song called "Kobarkan Semangat Jakarta".[49] Based on "C'est la vie" and "Hashem Malach", it created controversy as no attribution was given to either work. This sent the Khaled French version and surprisingly the Elbaz Hebrew version "Hashem Melech" to trend on Indonesian Twitter.[50]

See also[edit]


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