Scène de vie

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Scène de vie
Scène de vie.jpg
Studio album by Patricia Kaas
Released April 9, 1990
Recorded Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes
Local Studio, Rueil-Malmaison
Studio Marcadet, Paris
Musika Studios, Paris
Genre Pop
Length 42:09
Label CBS Records
Producer Bertrand Châtenet
Franck Langolff
Philippe Osman
Jean-Jacques Souplet
Patricia Kaas chronology
Mademoiselle chante...
(1988)Mademoiselle chante...1988
Scène de vie
Carnets de scène
(1991)Carnets de scène1991
Singles from Scène de vie
  1. "Les hommes qui passent"
    Released: April, 1990
  2. "Les Mannequins d'osier"
    Released: September, 1990
  3. "Kennedy Rose"
    Released: January, 1991
  4. "Regarde les riches"
    Released: June, 1991
Alternative cover
Scène de vie (2).jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Scène de vie (Eng: Moments in Life) is a studio album recorded by the French artist Patricia Kaas. It was her second album and was released in 1990. It confirmed the singer's potential, reaching the top of the albums chart in France.


In 1990, Kaas' first album, Mademoiselle chante..., was still well placed in the French charts. It was a huge success, and she decided to release a second album in order to consolidate her popularity. She left her former record company, Polydor, in order to join CBS/Sony. Cyril Prieur and Richard Walter from the firm 'Talent Sorcier' (Paris) replaced Bernard Schwartz and became her new managers. They both contributed significantly to the singer's success.

With her new record company, she produced her second studio album Scène de vie in 1990. As with the previous album, many tracks were composed by Barbelivien and Bernheim. With the song "Kennedy Rose" (dedicated to Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy family and mother of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy), Kaas again worked with Elisabeth Depardieu and François Bernheim ; this collaboration was more successful than "Jalouse", even if it did not chart highly.

In France, there were four singles from this album, but only the first reached the top ten: "Les hommes qui passent" (#7), "Les Mannequins d'osier" (#21), "Kennedy Rose" (#36) and "Regarde les riches" (#27).[2] They were not certified by the SNEP.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, Scène de vie went to #2 on May 10, 1990, before reaching the top of the albums chart and staying there for ten weeks. It spent 38 weeks in the top ten and 78 in the top 50.[3] It went Diamond disc eight years after its release, just as Mademoiselle chante... had done before it.[4]

In Switzerland, the album entered the chart on May 6, 1990, at #17, and reached a peak position of #15. It remained on the chart for six weeks, then recharted for a further 16 weeks, from January 20 to May 5, 1991, entering the top 30 for eight weeks.[5] It was certified double platinum in 1993.[6]

The album also went platinum in Canada, after being gold on March 28, 1991.[7]

Track listing[edit]

# Title[8][9] Length
1. "Générique (Thème Montmajour)"
(François Bernheim)
2. "Les Mannequins d'osier"
(Didier Barbelivien, Bernheim)
3. "L'Heure du jazz"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim, Jean-François Collo)
4. "Où vont les cœurs brisés"
(Charles France, Thierry Delianis)
5. "Regarde les riches"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim)
6. "Les hommes qui passent"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim)
7. "Bessie"
(Pierre Grosz, Franck Langolff)
8. "Tropic Blues Bar"
(Joëlle Kopf, Jerry Lipkins)
9. "L'Enterrement de Sidney Bechet"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim)
10. "Kennedy Rose"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim, Élisabeth Depardieu)
11. "Une Derniere Semaine à New York"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim)
12. "Patou Blues"
(Barbelivien, Bernheim)
13. "Generique (orchestral)"

Album credits[10][edit]


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[19] Diamond 1,347,600[20]
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] 2× Platinum 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kaas' discography and peak positions in France (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  3. ^ Albums chart trajectories in France Archived 2012-06-22 at the Wayback Machine. (See : "Les Chart Runs" => "Patricia KAAS") (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  4. ^ Kaas's certifications in France[permanent dead link] (Retrieved June 2, 2008)
  5. ^ Scène de vie, Swiss Albums Chart (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  6. ^ 1993 certifications in Switzerland (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  7. ^ Certifications in Canada Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
  8. ^ Patricia Kaas – Scène De Vie (Retrieved June 26, 2011)
  9. ^ Scène de vie, track listing (Retrieved June 4, 2008)
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  11. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Patricia Kaas - Offizielle Deutsche Charts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  14. ^ " – Patricia Kaas – Scène de vie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  15. ^ "World Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1990 par InfoDisc" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Patricia Kaas – Scène de vie". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "French album certifications – Patricia Kaas – Scène de vie" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  20. ^ "Les Albums Diamant" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Patricia Kaas; 'Scène de vie')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Patricia Kaas; 'Scene de vie')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.