Chimène Badi

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Chimène Badi
Chimene Badi 2012.jpg
Background information
Born (1982-10-30) 30 October 1982 (age 36)
OriginMelun, France
Years active2003–present
LabelsUniversal Music/AZ
WebsiteOfficial Website

Chimène Badi (born 30 October 1982 in Melun, Seine-et-Marne), also known by her mononym Chimène, is a French singer of Algerian descent.

Early life[edit]

Chimène Badi in 2013

Badi was born in Melun in the Paris suburbs to a family of Algerian origin. She spent her entire childhood in the south-west of France. She grew up in Villeneuve-sur-Lot with her parents, Chérifa and Mohammed, her sister, Déborah, and her brother, Karim. Her sister Déborah encouraged her to persevere with her singing and Chimène went on to hone her vocal style still further, performing at family parties and regional song contests from the age of six.

Badi also made her mark at her school's end-of-year shows, wowing the audience with her confident vocal performance. Teachers barely recognised her since, when she was off stage, Badi was a notoriously shy pupil, given to daydreaming and complexes about her appearance. Meanwhile, she plugged away at her studies, going on to obtain a "BEP" in agribusiness.

Musical career[edit]

Badi did not win the French reality TV show, Popstars, but she released her first single "Entre Nous" in 2003, which reached number 1 in the French charts. An album of the same name reached number 4 in domestic charts, and became the fifth best selling French album of 2003.

Badi's follow-up albums and singles enjoyed moderate success in Francophone Europe, including Wallonia and Switzerland. She also provided the French language theme song to the film The Day After Tomorrow – "Le Jour d'après" (The Day After). She worked with the famous producer Guy Roche (Tout Contre Toi) and the famous songwriter Diane Warren (Tellement Beau).

In 2011, Badi covered the soul classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with American singer Billy Paul. In 2019, she participated in the 2019 edition of Destination Eurovision to attempt to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the song "Là-haut". She placed third overall in the final.[1][2]


In 2012, she was one of the contestants during the Third season of Danse avec les stars.



Year Album Peak position French sales

2003 Entre nous 4 35 10 625,000
2004 Dis-moi que tu m'aimes 1 2 35 1,200,000
2006 Live à l'Olympia 2 3 30 180,000
Le miroir 3 1 8 34 330,000
2010 Laisse-les dire 4 2 3 34 110,000
2011 Gospel & Soul 7 7 4 42 250,000
2015 Au-delà des maux 6 10 61

1 French Digital Charts


Year Single Peak Position Album

2003 "Entre nous" 1 4 5
Entre nous
"Je vais te chercher" 16 36 43
"Si j'avais su t'aimer" 21 69
2004 "Le jour d'après" 7 6 24
Dis-moi que tu m'aimes
"Je ne sais pas son nom" 12 13
2005 "Je viens du sud" 2 2 27
"Retomber amoureux" 11 8 38
"Dis-moi que tu m'aimes" 23 30 50
2006 "Tellement Beau" 15 33 15
Le Miroir
2010 "Laisse-les dire" Laisse-les dire
"En équilibre"
"Plus de devoirs que de droits"
"D'une fille à sa mère"
2011 "Ma liberté" 168 Gospel & Soul
"Parlez-moi de lui" 85 42
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (with Billy Paul)
2012 "Ma liberté" 168
2014 "Mes silences" 139
2018 "Là-haut"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

1 French Digital Charts


  1. ^ "Destination Eurovision 2019 : Emmanuel Moire, Chimène Badi, Bilal Hassani… Voici les 18 candidats en compétition ! - actu - Télé 2 semaines". (in French). Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  2. ^ Farren, Neil (26 January 2019). "France: Bilal Hassani to Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Chimène Badi in the French Albums Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  4. ^ "Chimène Badi in the Belgian Albums Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  5. ^ "Chimène Badi in the Swiss Albums Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  6. ^ "Chimène Badi in the French Singles Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  7. ^ "Chimène Badi in the Belgian Singles Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  8. ^ "Chimène Badi in the Swiss Singles Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-01.

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