Florent Pagny

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Florent Pagny
Florent Pagny au Théâtre Marigny.jpg
Background information
Birth nameFlorent Pagny
Born(1961-11-06) 6 November 1961 (age 52)
OriginChalon-sur-Saône, France
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1987–present
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Florent Pagny
Florent Pagny au Théâtre Marigny.jpg
Background information
Birth nameFlorent Pagny
Born(1961-11-06) 6 November 1961 (age 52)
OriginChalon-sur-Saône, France
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1987–present
WebsiteOfficial site

Florent Pagny (born 6 November 1961 in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire) is a French musician. He has also acted in many French films. He records work in French, Italian, Spanish and English, and his greatest hits include "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer", "Ma Liberté de penser" (all three were #1 in France) and "Caruso" (#2 in France).

As of 2013, he has sold more than 5 million copies of singles, 10 million copies of albums, becoming the 17th best selling artist in France from 1955 to 2013.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Pagny began his artistic career as an actor in popular films and television dramas. He appeared in La Balance, L'As des as, A Captain's Honor or Fort Saganne.

In 1987, he wrote his first song : "N'importe quoi." Pagny's first album, Merci, was released in 1990. The album's songs, mainly written by himself, began to attract controversy[vague], with the press eventually boycotting some of them. This led to a decline in sales, culminating in personal problems. His follow-up album, Réaliste, was also not as successful.

Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote three songs for Pagny under the pseudonym Sam Brewski, and presented to him a new staff. The album Rester vrai marked the beginning of his career as a performer only. Bienvenue chez moi, a semi-compilation released in 1995, was a smash success. Pagny also covered "Caruso", the hit originally performed by Lucio Dalla.

Pagny as a performer[edit]

Pagny decided to go live in Patagonia in order to escape the French tax authorities and start a new life with his wife, Azucena, and their children. Recently, Pagny said he had enrolled his children in Miami because he didn't want them to speak Arabic while returning from school. His next album, Savoir aimer, was released in 1997. It was composed by a number of writers, including Jean-Jacques Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso, Zazie and, Pascal Obispo, who also produced the album. "Savoir aimer" turned out to be an immediate success.

In 1999, Pagny released an album of cover versions of his old song, Recréation. From "Môme Julie" to "Antisocial", he mixed musical styles and dabbled with techno arrangements.

Pagny then alternated studios and cover albums (at least in part) and regularly changed his look. In 2000, he released the album Châtelet Les Halles, whose title song was produced by Calogero. He followed that with 2, an album composed of duets released in 2001. In 2003, he returned with Ailleurs land, whose first single, "Ma Liberté de penser", was composed by Pascal Obispo and Lionel Florence and deals with Pagny's problems with the French treasury. Finally, in 2004, Pagny released Baryton, an album composed of opera songs.

In 2007, Pagny released an album of covers of songs originally composed and performed by Jacques Brel entitled Pagny chante Brel.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumPeak
position
CertificationNotes
FR
[1]
BEL
(Vl)

[2]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1990Merci10
1992Réaliste
1994Rester vrai19
1997Savoir aimer1123
1999RéCréation1494
2000Châtelet Les Halles1316Double CD
20012338Covers overdubbed as duets
2003Ailleurs land112
2004Baryton1119
2006Abracadabra2213
2007Pagny chante Brel312811 covers of Belgian singer Jacques Brel
2009C'est comme ça2116Album in Spanish
2010Tout et son contraire1131
2010Baryton. Gracias a la vida2176540Album in Spanish
2013Vieillir avec toi19119

Live albums[edit]

YearAlbumPeak
position
Certification
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1998En concert23
2004Été 2003 à l'Olympia11437
2005Baryton – L'intégrale du spectacle241295
2012Ma liberté de chanter - Live Acoustic6442

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak
position
Album
FR
[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
SUI
[3]
1988"N'importe quoi"1--
"Laissez-nous respirer"8--
1989"Comme d'habitude"6--
1990"J'te jure"16--Merci
"Ça fait des nuits"17--
"Presse qui roule"24--
1991"Prends ton temps"42--
1992"Tue-moi"2438-Réaliste
1993"Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait?"46--
1994"Est-ce que tu me suis?"45--Rester vrai
"Si tu veux m'essayer"7--
1996"Caruso"23-Bienvenue chez moi
"Oh Happy Day"8--
1997"Savoir aimer"11-Savoir aimer
1998"Chanter"1615-
"D'un amour l'autre"83--
"Dors"2928-
1999"Jolie môme"1311-RéCréation
2000"Les parfums de sa vie (je l'ai tant aimée)"3830-
"Et un jour, une femme"31-Châtelet Les Halles
2001"Châtelet Les Halles"45--
"Terre"37--
2002"L'air du temps"
(with Cécilia Cara)
2019-2
2003"Ma liberté de penser"118Ailleurs land
"Je trace"263465
2004"Y'a pas un homme qui soit né pour ça"
(with Calogero und Pascal Obispo)
20-45/
"Io le canto per te"2812-Baryton
2006"Là où je t'emmènerai"4739Abracadabra
"Le mur"-58*-
2007"À tout peser à bien choisir"-56*-
"Un ami"
(with Marc Lavoine)
-25-Marc Lavoine album
Les duos de Marc
2008"La chanson de Jacky"-56*-Pagny chante Brel
"De part et d'autre"-13-De part et d'autre – Triple Best of
2009"C'est comme ça"-11-C'est comme ça
"Amar y amar"-62*-
2010"Que nadie sepa mi sufrir"-67*-
"Si tu n'aimes pas Florent Pagny"-46-Tout et son contraire
"Te jeter des fleurs"-19-
2011"8ème merveille"-53*-
"Je laisse le temps faire"
(with Pascal Obispo)
-68*-
"Tout et son contraire"-62*-
2012"A la huella a la huella"-66**-Baryton. Gracias a la vida
2013"Les murs porteurs"2325-Vieillir avec toi
"Vieillir avec toi"6852*-
"Souviens-toi"147--
2014"Le soldat"6150-

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Added fifty positions to the actual Ultratip position)

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Charles Aznavour
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

1998
Succeeded by
Alain Bashung

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c lescharts.com
  2. ^ a b c d "ultratop.be". ultratop.be. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c hitparade.ch

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2008-11-30 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.