Totem (Zazie album)

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Studio album by Zazie
Released5 February 2007
LabelMercury Records, Universal Music
Zazie chronology
Rodéo Tour
Zest of
Singles from Totem
  1. "Des rails"
    Released: 2007
  2. "Je suis un homme"
    Released: 2007
  3. "J'étais là"
    Released: April 2008
  4. "Flower power"
    Released: 2008

Totem is a 2007 album recorded by French pop singer Zazie. It was her sixth studio album, and her ninth album overall. It was released first digitally on 5 February 2007, then as a CD one week later. The album achieved success in francophone countries.

Background and release[edit]

As for her previous album Rodéo, Zazie participated in the writing and the composing, alongside her friends Jean-Pierre Pilot and Philippe Paradis. A duet with Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini appears in the track listing.

Unlike for her previous album, Zazie released "Totem" under various formats, including a collector edition composed of a set box and a 68-page booklet (illustrating the lyrics with photos of the singer in Iceland produced by Laurent Seroussi), a mini-CD with the demos of the songs "Je suis un homme" and "Jet lag" and a new song in English, "I Fall". The 2007 Christmas edition contains two other unpublished songs, including "Haut les mains", a song performed for the first time on stage at the Zénith in Nantes on 1 June 2007. This Christmas edition is also composed of a DVD with the music videos of "Des rails" and "Je suis un homme" as well as of their making-of, the making-of the album and the videos of preview for the Internet.

The album provided five singles, but four of them were only released under promotional formats ; "Je suis un homme" was a hit in France and Belgium where it peaked at number seven.

Chart performances and awards[edit]

The album went straight to number-one in France and stayed for 101 weeks in the top 200. It also reached number-one, the second week of its release, in Belgium (Wallonia) and totalled 84 weeks in the top 100. It was ranked for 18 weeks in Switzerland but reached number ten.

The album was also nominated in the category 'Album of varieties' at the 2008 Victoires de la Musique, but didn't win.

Track listings[edit]

All lyrics written by Zazie; all music composed by Zazie, Jean-Pierre Pilot, and Philippe Paradis.

1."Des rails" (Rails)3:32
2."Je suis un homme" (I Am a Man)4:11
3."L'ange blessé" (The Injured Angel)4:15
4."Jet Lag"3:48
5."Duo" (featuring Paolo Nutini)3:06
7."Flower Power"2:54
9."07 Déc." (December 7)4:43
10."J'étais là" (I Was There)3:10
11."Yin Yang"3:12
12."Vue du Ciel" (Seen From the Sky / Sight of the Sky)3:49
Total length:23:29

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Acoustic guitar and bass : Nicolas Fiszma
  • Percussion and drums : David Salkin
  • Piano, programming and keyboards : Jean-Pierre Pilot
  • Sound assistant : Marc Guéroult
  • Mixing : Yves Jaget and Jean-Pierre Pilot
  • Executive producer : Sandrine Le Bars
  • Mastering : Mike Marsh
  • Photo and design : Laurent Seroussi

Release history[edit]

Date Label Region Format Catalog
5 February 2007 Mercury Belgium, France, Switzerland Digital
12 February 2007 CD 0602498451182
CD Digipack ‡ 0602498008393
10 December 2007 Universal CD + DVD 0600753049181
27 February 2008 CD 0600753059739
  • ‡ Includes a mini CD and a booklet.

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium[1] Gold 17 March 2007 25,000
France 327,400[2][3]



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