Près de moi

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"Près de moi"
Près de moi.jpg
Single by Lorie
from the album Près de Toi
Released 2000 (digital download)
24 April 2001 (physical single)
Format CD single, 12" maxi
Recorded 2001, France
Genre Teen pop
Length 3:43
Label EGP
Writer(s) Johnny Williams
Louis Element
Producer(s) Johnny Williams
Louis Element
Lorie singles chronology
"Baby Boom"
"Près de moi"
"Je serai (ta meilleure amie)"
Music video
"Près de moi" on YouTube

"Près de moi" is the second single recorded by the French singer Lorie. Released in 2001, it was the first single from her first album Près de Toi, on which it features as second track (and as 14th and 15th tracks in remixed versions). The single was a smash hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia).

Background, writing, music video[edit]

Lyrics and music were composed by Johnny Williams and Louis Element in 2001. Lorie, who wanted to become a singer, went to the producers and was chosen to record the song. Initially, Près de moi was available as a free download on the Internet because no recording company wanted to release the song as a single. It was a success and Lorie signed a contract with Epic.[1]

The music video was shot in Miami, directed by Vincent Egret and produced by Yul Films.[2] In it, Lorie and some dancers perform a choreographied dance.

The song is included on Lorie's best of, and also on the live album Live Tour, as second track.[3] It was included in a medley (eighth track) on the 2004 album Week End Tour.[4] Many French compilations contain the song, such as Stars of TV, Dance Machine 22 and Hits France 2001.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single achieved success. It started at number 28 on 5 May 2001, hit number two on June 30 and remained in the top ten for 24 weeks. Then it dropped quickly and totaled 31 weeks in the top 50 and 32 weeks in the top 100.[5] It was certified Platinum disc by the SNEP, the French certifier. As of August 2014, it was the 58th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 369,000 units sold.[6]

The single charted for 30 weeks on the Ultratop 40, from 7 July 2001. It debuted at number 34, reached the top ten three weeks later, and finally peaked at number one for three weeks. It totaled 15 weeks in the top ten, then dropped slowly.[7]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Près de moi" (radio edit) — 3:43
  2. "Près de moi" (groove mix) — 3:25
  • 12" maxi
  1. "Près de moi" (groove club mixx) — 4:56
  2. "Près de moi" (nice club mix) — 3:51
  3. "Près de moi" (radio edit) — 3:51
  • Versions available on the album
  1. "Près de moi" (cutty remix) — 4:24
  2. "Près de moi" (groovy club mix) — 4:55
  3. "By My Side" — 3:42 (English version)

Charts and sales[edit]


Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[10] Platinum 17 April 2002 500,000

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"J'voulais" by Sully Sefil
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
August 11, 2001 - August 25, 2001 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"À ma place" by Axel Bauer and Zazie


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  2. ^ "Lorie' s music videos" (in French). Just-Lorie. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Live Tour, track listing and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Week End Tour, track listing and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b ""Près de moi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 5 (60-51)". Chartsinfrance. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ a b ""Près de moi", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "2001 French Singles Chart" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Certifications Singles Platine - année 2002" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 22 August 2010.