• Newbie

    Yes it's true (and I don't say this often), I don't know very much about French Pop and am here to learn:) Besides the 3 artists listed here who else do you recommend? Are any albums availible in the United States?


  • intro to french pop 101

    For a nice French-language pop sampler, I'd recommend the various-artist compilation "Le Pop" (this link might / might not work: [album]Le Pop[/album] ). It has a kinda indie / alternative feel (since it is in a "foreign" language, for non-native speakers of French), and at least it isn't just a french-language version of the current Britney or whatever flav o' the day (which there's no shortage of in any language - French, English, Italian, German -- well, ok, German has its own odd "pop" sensibility, mixing 1 part pop, 1 part "Schlager" (pop-folk), and 2 (many) parts Du, but that's a topic for another forum).

    The album is, more or less, "die chansons der nouvelle scène française" (that's the German/French title - I picked up the CD in Germany) - das heist: songs of the "new french scene". Unfortunately, other than music streamed via last.fm, I haven't been able to find foreign-language music in the US (other than the obligatory "super sale" $4.99 Edith Piaf and Johnny Hallyday by the dozen) -- so, reluctantly, I've had to order via amazon.fr (très cher).

    Just a few examples of zee contemporary French musique : Si tu disais (j'adore - dark sultry sexy (and dare I say "french?") vibe, if yer into that kinda thing); Mathieu Boogaerts (fun light pop); 1 2 3 (catchy pop classic - and, learn to count at the same time); Pascal Parisot (pascal! oui? ...très french); Beau comme garçon, et cetera...

    -m. scott

    Edited by michael_n on 30 Jan 2006, 04:34
  • Great!

    Thanks for the info, I'll see what I can find on the 'ol web:)

  • You can check out Myléne Farmer as well. There really should be more artist connections here...

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