Face à la mer

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"Face à la mer"
Face à la mer cover art.jpg
Single by Calogero and Passi
from the album 3
B-side "Qui parlait"
"Yalla" (CD maxi)
Released June 2004
Format CD single,
digital download (since 2005)
Recorded 2004
Genre Rock, rap
Length 3:42
Label Universal Records
Songwriter(s) Gioacchino Maurici, Calogero,
Passi, Alana Filippi
Producer(s) Pierre Jaconelli, Calogero
Calogero singles chronology
"Face à la mer"
"Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer"
"Face à la mer"
"Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer"

"Face à la mer" (French: "Facing the Sea") is the name of a 2004 song recorded as a duet by singers Calogero and Passi. It was the second single from Calogero's third studio album, 3, on which it features as third track. It achieved success in the countries in which it was released, becoming to date Calogero's most successful single on the charts.

Song information[edit]

The text was written by Passi and Alana Filippi, while the music was composed by Calogero and his brother, Gioacchino. The song mixes pop (verses sung by Calogero) and R&B (that of Passi) styles.

In the French TV program La Chanson de l'année 2004, broadcast on TF1, the song was awarded 'Song of the year' thanks to the voters of the TV viewers.

The song was included on many French compilations, such as Mission Tubes, Duos, NRJ Music Awards 2005, Total Hits 2004 and Duos d'aujourd'hui.

"Face à la mer" was performed by both singers during Calogero's first concerts tour and was thus available on his live album Live 1.0 (first track, CD 2).[1] The song was covered by Michèle Laroque, Lââm, Patrick Fiori, Patricia Kaas and MC Solaar for Les Enfoirés' album 2006: Le Village des Enfoirés, on which it is the fourth track.[2]

Chart performances[edit]

The single went to number seven on the French Singles Chart on 13 June 2004. It reached number three in its fourth and fifth weeks and remained for 15 weeks in the top ten, then dropped quickly, totaling 19 weeks in the top 50 and 22 weeks on the chart (top 100).[3] It ranked 11th on the End of the Year Chart.[4] The song achieved success in radio (number 19) was also the most aired on Radio 6 in 2004, with 636 broadcastings and 2,824,700 listeners.[5] As of August 2014, it was the 92nd best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 317,000 units.[6]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single was more successful: it debuted at number ten on 26 June, then climbed to number two the week after, but was unable to dislodge O-Zone's summer hit "Dragostea din tei" which topped the chart. It stayed for ten weeks in the top ten, dropped slowly on the chart and fell off the top 40 after its 19th week.[7] It features at number 14 on the Annual Chart.[8]

In Switzerland, the single had a long chart trajectory of 26 weeks in the top 100, ten of them in the top 20. It went to number 19 on 4 July, dropped the weeks after but jumped to number 12 for two consecutive weeks.[9] It was the 56th best-selling single of 2004.[10]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Face à la mer" — 3:42
  2. "Qui parlait" by Calogero — 3:53
  • CD maxi
  1. "Face à la mer" — 3:42
  2. "Qui parlait" by Calogero — 3:53
  3. "Yalla" by Calogero — 3:50
  • CD single - Promo
  1. "Face à la mer" — 3:42
  • Digital download
  1. "Face à la mer" — 3:42
  2. "Face à la mer" (live) — 3:59



  1. ^ Live 1.0, track listing and charts Lescharts.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved June 6), 2008)
  2. ^ 2006: Le Village des Enfoirés, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 6), 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Face à la mer", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 6), 2008)
  4. ^ a b 2004 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived March 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved June 6, 2008)
  5. ^ a b c 2004 French Airplay, TV Music Videos and Dance Chart Yacast.fr (Retrieved June 6, 2008)
  6. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 1 (100-91)". Chartsinfrance. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Face à la mer", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 6), 2008)
  8. ^ a b 2004 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived December 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved June 6, 2008)
  9. ^ a b "Face à la mer", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved June 6), 2008)
  10. ^ a b 2004 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived May 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved June 6), 2008)