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Single by Axelle Red
from the album Sans plus attendre
B-side "Femme au volant"
Released 10 October 1993
Format CD single, 7" single, cassette
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop
Length 3:48
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond, Shelly Peiken,
Axelle Red
Producer(s) Wouter Van Belle
Axelle Red singles chronology
"Aretha et Moi"
"Elle danse seule"
"Aretha et Moi"
"Elle danse seule"
Audio sample
A 22 seconds sample from "Sensualité" where Red is singing the first refrain.

"Sensualité" is a 1993 song recorded by the Belgian singer Axelle Red. It was actually the third single[1] from her debut album, Sans plus attendre, and was released on 10 October 1993, but the first single in France.[2] In 1994, the song was very successful in this country and is generally considered as Axelle Red's signature song. It was also the first single of the singer released under her pseudonym Axelle Red.

Background, lyrics and performances[edit]

Lyrics were written and the music composed by Albert Hammond, Shelly Peiken and Axelle Red. This pop song deals with a love relationship in which the physical aspect is important. During an interview in the French programme La Méthode Cauet, Axelle Red explained that the song originally should have been named "Sexualité" ("Sexuality" in English), but this title was cancelled as it could have been perceived too provocative.

The song is the fourth track on the studio album Sans plus attendre. It also features on Axelle Red's albums French Soul as first track,[3] and on Alive, as first track too.[4] It is also available on many French and Belgian compilations, such as Bleu Blanc Tubes vol. 1, De Pré Historie 1993, Bel 90 - Het beste uit de Belpop van 1993 and 100 op 1 - De beste Belgen.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single failed to dislodge IAM with "Je danse le Mia" who topped the singles chart at the time, but it remained on the chart (top 50) for 38 weeks. It charted from 22 January 1994. It debuted at number 27, then entered the top ten three weeks later, peaked at number two for six consecutive weeks and spent 19 weeks in the top ten.[5]

The song was certified Gold disc[6] by the SNEP, the French certifier, and ranked number four on the 1993 year-end chart.[7] According to Infodisc website, the single sold about 316,000 units.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Sensualité" — 3:48
  2. "Femme au volant" — 3:41
  • 7" single
  1. "Sensualité" — 3:48
  2. "Femme au volant" — 3:41
  • Cassette
  1. "Sensualité" — 3:48
  2. "Femme au volant" — 3:41

Charts and sales[edit]


Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[6] Gold 21 December 1994 250,000


  1. ^ "Axelle Red discography, officiel website". Axelle-Red. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  2. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 286. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  3. ^ French Soul, track listing (Retrieved May 7, 2008)
  4. ^ Alive, track listing (Retrieved May 7, 2008)
  5. ^ a b ""Sensualité", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Certifications Singles Or - année 1994" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "1994 French Singles Chart" (in French). Disqueenfrance. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Les certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Axelle Red, "Sensualité" — Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 

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