Il avait les mots

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"Il avait les mots"
Il avait les mots.jpg
Single by Sheryfa Luna
from the album Sheryfa Luna
Released January 21, 2008
Format CD single
CD maxi
Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:47
Label ULM
Writer(s) Sulee B. Wax
Producer(s) Dave
Track Invaders
Sheryfa Luna singles chronology
"Quelque part"
"Il avait les mots"
"D'ici et d'ailleurs"

"II avait les mots" is a pop music song recorded by contemporary R&B singer Sheryfa Luna. It was her second single from her debut album entitled Sheryfa Luna. It was released in January 2008 and achieved a great success, particularly in France and Belgium (Wallonia), where it became a number-one hit.

Background, lyrics and video[edit]

"Il avait les mots" was written by Dave[who?] and Singuila and composed by Singuila and Track Invaders.[1] It is the second single from her debut album, Sheryfa Luna. The single was released on January 21, 2008.

According to Sheryfa Luna, the song is about the "story of a young girl who dates with an older man, and who realizes that this man is married and that he has children".[2]

The music video was produced by Núfilms, directed by Ivan Grbovic[3][4] and shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in November 2007. The video illustrates the song's lyrics. It began to be aired in the middle of December 2007.[5]

Chart performances[edit]

As the previous single "Quelque part", "Il avait les mots" went straight to number one on the French Singles Chart, on January 26, 2008, with 15,800 sales in the first week. It was the first time in France that a contestant of TV reality show managed to have two number-one hits with his first two singles.[6] After eight weeks spent on the first position of the French Singles Chart, 86,855 copies of the single were sold. Then "Il avait les mots" almost didn't stop to drop on the chart, and totalled 11 weeks in the top ten, 21 weeks in the top 50 and 34 weeks in the top 100.[7]

The single was also successful in Belgium : it went to #33 on February 9, and climbed every week until reaching #1 from March 22 to April 19 (5 weeks). For the moment, it stayed for 18 weeks in the top ten and 28 weeks on the chart.[8]

The single achieved a minor success in Switzerland, peaking at #29 in its fourth week, on February 24 and stayed on the chart for 11 weeks. To date, it is the highest position of Sheryfa Luna in this country.[9]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Il avait les mots" — 3:47
  2. "Il avait les mots" (instrumental) — 3:59
CD maxi
  1. "Il avait les mots" — 3:47
  2. "Il avait les mots" (instrumental) — 3:59
  3. "Il avait les mots" (remix) featuring Léa Castel — 3:47
Digital download
  1. "Il avait les mots" — 3:47

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads
France[10] 120,230 25,360


Preceded by
"Parle à ma main" by Fatal Bazooka and Yelle
French SNEP number one single
January 26, 2008 - March 15, 2008 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
Preceded by
"New Soul" by Yael Naïm
Belgian (Wallonia) number one single
March 22, 2008 - April 19, 2008 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"4 Minutes" by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake


  1. ^ Sheryfa Luna (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  2. ^ Sheryfa Luna "Il Avait Les Mots" : CD single annoncé pour le 21 janvier 2008 (Retrieved April 1, 2008). Quotation : ""Il avait les mots", c'est l'histoire d'une jeune femme qui sort avec un homme plus âgé, et qui se rend compte que cet homme est marié et qu'il a des enfants."
  3. ^ Ivan Grbović discography (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  4. ^ Ivan Grbović at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Music video (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  6. ^ "Disques : deuxième numéro un pour Sheryfa Luna !", Ozap, Charles Decant, January 29, 2008 (Retrieved July 19, 2008)
  7. ^ a b "Il avait les mots", French Singles Chart (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  8. ^ a b "Il avait les mots", Belgian (Walloina) Singles Chart (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  9. ^ a b "Il avait les mots", Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 1, 2008)
  10. ^ 2008 French Singles Chart + sales Archived 2009-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 6, 2009)
  11. ^ 2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved December 26, 2008)
  12. ^ 2008 Eurochart Hot 100 (Retrieved December 26, 2008)
  13. ^ "2008 French Airplay Chart". Snep. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  14. ^ "2008 French Digital Chart" (in French). Snep. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  15. ^ 2008 French Singles Chart Archived 2009-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 28, 2009)