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    Florent Pagny

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    Genre:Latin, Pop
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Habana lyrics
    2Désolé lyrics
    3Tue-Moi lyrics
    4J'Te Jure lyrics
    5N'Importe Quoi lyrics
    6La Folie D'Un Ange lyrics
    7Bienvenue Chez Moi lyrics
    8Los Años lyrics
    9Presse Qui Roule lyrics
    10Chanter... lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Habana [2016]
    2Recréation [1999]
    3Merci [1990]
    5Rester Vrai [1994]
    6Talents Du Siècle [1998]
    7Savoir Aimer [1997]
    8Bienvenue Chez Moi [1995]
    9En Concert [1998]
    10Réaliste [1992]


    Despite an unpredictable and often controversial career that included detours into opera, the chanson tradition, and feature films as well as myriad personal obstacles, Florent Pagny remained one of the biggest-selling recording artists in contemporary French pop for more than a quarter century. Born November 6, 1961, in Chalon-sur-Saône, Pagny was the product of a working-class background and spent the better part of his adolescence competing in local radio contests and amateur showcases. At 16 he quit school and relocated to Paris to pursue a career in music and theater, working a series of odd jobs before beginning vocal studies at the Conservatoire de Levallois-Perret. While moonlighting as a bartender Pagny befriended talent scout Dominique Besnehard. Smitten with Pagny's wild, unkempt look, Besnehard helped him land roles in the features La Balance and Alain Corneau's Fort Saganne, and the resulting attention also led to a record deal. Pagny issued his debut single, "N'Importe Quoi", in 1987. The anti-drug anthem proved a blockbuster success, selling in excess of one million copies and rocketing its singer to overnight superstardom. With the 1988 release of the follow-up, "Laissez-Nous Respirer", Pagny solidified his image as an icon of youth rebellion and angst, although his third single, "Comme D'Habitude", unexpectedly resurrected Claude François' variété classic. Finally, in the spring of 1990 Pagny issued his first full-length LP, Merci. While music critics ridiculed his rebel stance and relationship with nubile pop sensation Vanessa Paradis, the record nevertheless proved a sizable hit, and early the following year he headlined a sold-out performance at Paris' Zénith.

    After a return to his movie career, Pagny resumed his musical pursuits with 1992's Réaliste, a melancholy and disjointed effort recorded in the wake of his breakup with Paradis. The record sold poorly, and as the singer squandered his fortune on clothes, motorcycles and partying, he sank into a depression that kept him out of the limelight for close to two years. Pagny resurfaced in 1994 with Rester Vrai, which introduced a newly modernized rock sensibility that restored his commercial luster. A year later, the best-of collection, Bienvenue Chez Moi, launched several new singles, most notably his smash cover of Lucio Dalla's operatic hit "Caruso". With the title cut from 1997's Savoir Aimer, Pagny returned to the top of the French singles chart and later won "Best Male Artist Of The Year" honors at the annual Victoires de la Musique Awards. The sole French representative included at Luciano Pavarotti's all-star international charity concert in June 1998, Pagny returned to chart prominence later that year with the Erick Benzi-penned "Dors". In late 1999, he again defied conventional wisdom with Recréation, a collection of covers drawn from the French chanson idiom. Châtelet, Les Halles followed in late 2000, and a year later Pagny issued 2, a series of duets enlisting singers including Pascal Obispo and Axel Bauer. While 2003's Ailleurs Land was another best-seller, Pagny took a public thrashing in early 2004, when he was prosecuted for tax evasion. His next film, Quand Je Vois Le Soleil, also flopped, but at year's end his career again flourished via Baryton, a set indulging his lifelong passion for opera. The chanson-inspired Abracadabra followed in the spring of 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

    Inspecteur La Bavure (Claude Zidi) - 1980
    Les Surdoués De La Première Compagnie (Michel Gérard) - 1981
    L'As Des As (Gérard Oury) - 1982
    La Balance (Bob Swaim) - 1982
    L'Honneur D'Un Capitaine (Pierre Schœndœrffer) - 1982
    Effraction (Daniel Duval) - 1983
    Fort Saganne (Alain Corneau) - 1984
    Les Fauves (Jean-Louis Daniel) - 1984
    T'Es Folle Ou Quoi ? (Michel Gérard) - 1984
    La Femme De Ma Vie (Régis Wargnier) - 1986
    Les Keufs (Josiane Balasko) - 1987
    La Fille Des Collines (Robin Davis) - 1990
    Tom Est Tout Seul (Fabien Onteniente) - 1995
    Quand Je Vois Le Soleil (Jacques Cortal) - 2003

    Non Récupérables (Franck Apprederis) - 1982
    Mariage Blues (Patrick Jamain) - 1985
    La Chaîne (Claude Faraldo) - 1988
    Jo Et Milou (Josée Dayan) - 1992
    Milady (Josée Dayan) - 2004
    Blackout (René Manzor) - 2011

    Musical DVDs
    En Concert (Gilbert Namiand) - 2000
    Été 2003 À L'Olympia (Sp6men) - 2003 (recorded at L'Olympia, Paris)
    Baryton - 2004 (recording of the album)
    Master Série - 2005
    Baryton - L'Intégrale Du Spectacle (Yan Benisty) - 2005 (recorded at Palais Des Congrès, Paris)
    Pagny Chante Brel À L'Olympia - 2008 (recorded at L'Olympia, Paris)
    Tout Et Son Contraire - 2010

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