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"4 Mots sur un piano"
Single by Patrick Fiori, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Christine Ricol
from the album Si on chantait plus fort
B-side "N'oublie pas"
Released July 20, 2007
Format CD single
Digital download
Recorded France
Genre Ballad
Length 4:23
Label RCA
Writer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman
Producer Patrick Hampartzoumian
Patrick Fiori
Certification Silver France, 2007
Patrick Fiori singles chronology
"Toutes les peines"
"4 Mots sur un piano"
Jean-Jacques Goldman singles chronology
"Et l'on n'y peut rien"
"4 Mots sur un piano"

"4 Mots sur un piano" is a 2007 song recorded by French singers Patrick Fiori, Jean-Jacques Goldman, who also had written the lyrics, and Christine Ricol. It was released as the second single - after "Toutes les peines" - from Fiori's album Si on chantait plus fort on July 20, 2007. The single was very successful, particularly in France where it topped the chart.


Background, lyrics and music video

Fiori explained in an interview: "One day in Corsica, when I went to Bastia, Jean-Jacques Goldman asked me if I would possibly agree to sing with him. Then, in the Restonica, we met a young girl absolutely unknown named Christine, and the idea of a trio became imperative." He also noted that the song is sad.[1]

The song was produced by Patrick Hampartzoumian and Patrick Fiori. It also available on Fiori's best of, 4 Mots, and on many French compilations, such as NRJ Back 2 School 2, NRJ Music Awards 2008 and Hit Connection - Best Of 2007.

The three actors who portrayed the singers in the music video for "4 Mots sur un piano".

Composed by Jean-Jacques Goldman, the song is a ballad that deals with the theme of a romantic relationship between two men and one woman.[2] This relationship, initially accepted by all three people, is challenged by the two men who ask the woman to choose between them. She prefers to not choose because she loves both and finally leaves them.

The music video takes place in a room in which, at first, the three people move in (these people are not the singers, but actors). They get along well, sharing all the happy moments. However, throughout the video, an uneasiness settles upon them as a result of this relationship that becomes exclusive and finally, they argue violently. In the end, the room is completely empty.

Charts performances

In France, the single went straight to #5 on July 28, 2007 and jumped to #1 two weeks later, with about 17,000 copies sold that week.[3] It stayed there for two consecutive weeks. After that, it dropped slowly and managed to total 17 weeks in the top ten, 24 weeks in the top 50 and 32 weeks in the top 100.[4] Certified Silver disc three months after its release by the SNEP[5] for about 175,000 sales, it was the fifth best-selling single of 2007 in France[6] (163,179 were sold in 2007).[7] In 2007, about 23,690 digital downloads were sold.[8]
It was the second number-one single for Patrick Fiori (after "Belle" in 1998), and also for Jean-Jacques Goldman (after "Je te donne" in 1986).

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single was charted for 19 weeks, from September 8 to December 29, 2007, and also from January 19 to January 26, 2008 (Top 40). After a debut at the bottom of the chart, it reached its peak position, #7, in its eighth week.[9] The single was ranked 60th on the 2007 Belgian End of the Year Chart.[10]

In Switzerland, the single started at #67 on the Swiss Singles Chart on August 26, and peaked at #40 two weeks later. It fell off the chart after 15 weeks.[11]

Track listings

CD single
# Title Length
1. "4 mots sur un piano"   4:23
2. "N'oublie pas" (by Patrick Fiori) 3:43
Digital download
# Title Length
1. "4 mots sur un piano"   4:23


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[9] 7
Eurochart Hot 100 6
French Digital Chart[12] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[4] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 40
End of year chart (2007) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[10] 60
French Airplay Chart[13] 24
French Digital Chart[14] 25
French Singles Chart[6] 5
French TV Airplay Chart[13] 64
Preceded by
"Double Je" by Christophe Willem
French SNEP number one single
August 11, 2007 - August 18, 2007 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Garçon" by Koxie


  1. ^ "Jean-Jacques et Patrick Fiori en duo", Thierry Cadet (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  2. ^ "Fiori & Goldman : "4 Mots sur un piano"" (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  3. ^ "Disques : Le duo Fiori/Goldman no.1 des ventes de singles", August 14, 2007 (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "4 Mots sur un piano", in French Singles Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  5. ^ 2007 French certifications (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  6. ^ a b 2007 French Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  7. ^ "Disques 2007 : Mika a fait bouger la France", Charles Decant, March 12, 2008 (Retrieved April 28, 2008)
  8. ^ 2007 digital downloads (Retrieved April 28, 2008)
  9. ^ a b "4 Mots sur un piano", in Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  10. ^ a b 2007 Belgian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  11. ^ a b "4 Mots sur un piano", in Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  12. ^ French Digital Chart from 05.08.07 to 11.08.07 (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  13. ^ a b 2007 French Airplay and Video Charts (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  14. ^ 2007 French Digital Chart (Retrieved April 19, 2008)


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