Here’s a post I’ve been wanting to do for a while — French Pop songs I like that never made it onto the blog due to their limited availability in the U.S.
Avid French music fans in the United States often miss out on great songs and artists because the music isn’t digitally (or physically) available. It frustrates me to no end when I hear a cool French song or artist, but I can’t blog about them because their music is not for sale in the U.S. iTunes store. (And that’s the rule on this blog.) Sometimes the albums do eventually show up — a year or more after their release in France, but a lot of music never gets released stateside at all.
Get hooked on these songs at your own risk, with the knowledge that you can only enjoy the videos and you can’t buy the music. You can always bookmark this page and come back here to check it out whenever you want.
If you want me to do more of these posts (despite the music availability issue), or just more roundup posts in general leave a comment and let me know. I called this post roundup #1, planning for it to be the first in a series, if I get enough feedback. Now, on to the videos…
Lala Joy: Il y a
A feel-good French Pop hit from last year.
Tal: On Avance (Available in Europe only)
I bumped this song so hard last year — but never posted it here because you can’t buy it on iTunes. Tal was a major breakthrough star in France in 2012. You can buy her album on Amazon as an import (and it’s totally worth the money, I assure you), but no digital formats in the U.S. for now.
Leslie: Des mot invicibles
Here’s another one that would’ve been right at home with on a playlist with last summer’s hits. Leslie (Bourgoin) has sort of an R&B Pop vibe, like Kenza Farah or Shy’m. This song is from her 5th album since 2002. That’s some impressive longevity for a young R&B artist who’s still in her 20′s.
Djany: Nos jeux d’enfants (available in Europe only)
I’ve heard some other music from Djany, and I think she’s got a lot of promise. If her music becomes available stateside, she might get a blog post of her own.
Djany featuring Nessbeal: Paroles en l’air
Another one from Djany, who’s quickly positioning herself to be the next Rihanna or Beyonce out of France. I was going to save it for the R&B roundup (if you request one in the comments), but I couldn’t wait.
Maya Barsony: Poing Virgule (Available in Europe only)
Hmmm. What to say about this one? There’s nothing particularly engaging about Maya Barsony as an artist. She’s sort of related to some famous people (her half brother is the French singer Arthur H., son of Jacques Higelin), and she had a minor Pop hit a few years ago. She reinvented herself for her latest album, going from “sex kitten” to “sexy librarian.” I think this song’s kinda cute.
Elisa Tovati & Tom Dice: Il Nous Faut
Everybody loves a bi-lingual song. I think the English part makes the French part sound less intimidating. You can actually get this on the English singer’s album (Tom Dice), but Elisa Tovati’s French album is unfortunately not available in the U.S.
Jena Lee: J’aimerais Tellement (Available in Europe only)
OK, so this one is like 3 years old, but it was my jam and it never came out in the U.S. I never bought into the “emo R&B” thing they were marketing, but Jena Lee writes catchy songs (for herself and other top French artists) that stand on their own — she didn’t really need the emo hook.
Jena Lee: Du Style
I like this one because it’s great to dance / work out to. I told you she writes catchy tunes. “Du Style” was another single on Jena Lee’s debut album.
So, what did you think? Which song was your favorite? Do you want more video roundups, even if you can’t buy the music? What roundup would you like to see next? Male singers, Female singer/songwriters, R&B, Hip Hop, or Rock? Leave a comment below.