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Charles Aznavour, still going strong
French chanson

Charles Aznavour, still going strong

Ever-popular Charles Aznavour has announced his retirement time and again, but he’s never managed it. The veteran star, who was elected Artist of the Century by CNN and The Times in 1998, has released a boxed set of 90 greatest hits and celebrates his 90th birthday on Thursday 22 May with a live performance in Berlin.

Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains, over hills and vales
French pop

Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains, over hills and vales

Following exile in the UK and several trips to Africa, Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains are back with a new album. The only Gallic group to feature on the British label Domino (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys) has released Piano Ombre, serving up soft pop with an electro edge and a touch of Africa, mixed by Ash Workman of Metronomy fame.

Paris Combo, swinging back in
French chanson

Paris Combo, swinging back in

The last Paris Combo album, Motifs, dates from 2004. A decade on, Combo is back in Paris and other French venues to tout their new opus, 5. The long pause clearly hasn’t diminished their love of singing and swinging. RFI Musique met up with Belle du Berry, lead singer of this slightly reshuffled but totally talented quintet.

France seen from abroad February 2014
Press review

France seen from abroad February 2014

When it comes to international success, female French singers tend to do better than the boys. Lately, though, they haven’t always been so lucky. The latest news on Zaz, Carla Bruni, Lara Fabian, Mylène Farmer, Hélène Rollès, etc.

Sylvie Vartan returns to her American dream
French chanson

Sylvie Vartan returns to her American dream

Fifty years after recording her first album in the capital of country music, French singer Sylvie Vartan has released Sylvie à Nashville. A nostalgic trip back in time.

France seen from abroad October 2013
Press review

France seen from abroad October 2013

It’s the year of Édith Piaf. A whole range of events have been planned to commemorate fifty years since the legendary singer’s death. The United States, for example, has launched itself into some particularly sumptuous celebrations.

 Thomas Fersen, big kid
French chanson

Thomas Fersen, big kid

In the space of two decades, Thomas Fersen has added a sprinkling of nonchalant humour to French chanson and a good dose of imagination. His ninth album to date, arranged by psychedelic pop band, The Ginger Accident, takes a stroll into soul and toys with Bollywood. The Breton singer told RFI Musique about the big kid still inside him and what makes him tick.

The Tour de France in song
Event

The Tour de France in song

As the 100th Tour de France takes to the road, RFI Musique looks back at the astonishing number of songs written to celebrate the great race and its cyclists, and how they’ve developed over the years.

Georges Moustaki died
Chanson

Georges Moustaki died

Georges Moustaki has left this world for another, depriving us of a personality that has left its mark on the history of French chanson. Having written for some of the greatest, this early citizen of the world and activist poet to the last has provided inspiration for generations. He died on May 23 at the age of 79 years.

Vanessa Paradis, always love
French chanson

Vanessa Paradis, always love

Following Gainsbourg and -M-, it’s Benjamin Biolay’s turn to work with Vanessa Paradis. The double album Love Songs serves up 20 wildly romantically tracks on love and break-ups. It marks a successful comeback for the ex-Lolita turned talented mature pop star. RFI Musique talked to Ms Paradis about her partnership with Biolay, the early years, her complicated relationship with the media… and love. Always love.

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