La Musique (Star Academy France song)

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"La Musique (Angelica)"
La musique (Angelica).jpg
Single by Star Academy France
from the album L'Album
B-side "Remix"
Released December 2001
Format CD single
Recorded France, 2001
Genre Pop
Length 3:24
Label Island, Universal Music
Songwriter(s) FB Cool, Anne Gregory
Barry Mann, SDO, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) FB Cool, SDO
Star Academy France singles chronology
"La Musique (Angelica)"
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
"La Musique (Angelica)"
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"

"La Musique (Angelica)" is a 2001 song recorded by the contestants of the first edition of French TV reality show Star Academy. The song was released as a single in December 2001 from the album L'Album and also recorded in a live version on the album Live. Cover of a 1960s song, this version achieved a huge success in France in terms of chart positions and sales.

Song information[edit]

The song "Angelica (song)" was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, in English, and first recorded by Mann in 1966. Versions were then recorded by various other artists, including Gene Pitney, The Sandpipers, Scott Walker, and, in 1970, the American singer Oliver, whose version scraped into the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.[1]

In 1967, French singer Nicoletta made her own modified version of the song, under the title "La Musique", but this cover passed unnoticed at the time. Thirty-four years later, this version was covered by Star Academy France which decided to consider this cover as the show's anthem and the lead single from its debut album. Fourteen contestants participated in the recording of the new version which particularly puts foreword the singing.[2]

The song became a smash success in France: it went straight to number-one on December 8, 2001, and stayed there for nine weeks. Then it dropped regularly, totalling 12 weeks in the top ten, 19 weeks in the top 50 and 24 weeks in the top 100. Certified Diamond disc by the SNEP only two weeks after its release, the song became the fifth best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 1,140,000 units sold.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "La Musique (Angelica)" (mix radio) — 3:24
  2. "La Musique (Angelica)" (mix mega) — 3:40
  3. "La Musique (Angelica)" (instrumental mix radio) — 3:24

Credits and personnel[edit]

Mix radio

  • Mixed, produced and arranged by SDO and FB Cool for Herbert Music
  • Recorded at Studio Heben and at the castle by Yves Jaget

Mix Mega

  • Produced and arranged by SDO and FB Cool for Herbert Music
  • Recorded at Studio Heben and at the castle by Yves Jaget
  • Guitars : Fabrice Ragot
  • Brass : Christian Martinez, Thierry Farrugia and Denis Leloup

Charts and sales[edit]


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Belgium[10] 3 x Platinum January 12, 2002 120,000
France Diamond December 19, 2001 750,000


  1. ^ "Amgelica", SecondhandSongs. Retrieved 1 September 2014
  2. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 546 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, le top 10 final!". Chartsinfrance, PureCharts. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b c "La Musique (Angelica)", in various singles charts (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
  5. ^ Les classements annuels 2001 Archived 2012-09-15 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 7, 2013)
  6. ^ 2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
  7. ^ 2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
  8. ^ Les classements annuels 2002 Archived 2012-09-15 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 7, 2013)
  9. ^ 2002 Swiss Singles Chart Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
  10. ^ Belgian certifications (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
Preceded by
"Toutes les femmes de ta vie" by L5
French SNEP number-one single
December 8, 2001 - February 2, 2002 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
by Star Academy France
Preceded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
December 15, 2001 - February 16, 2002 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sous le vent" by Garou and Céline Dion