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"Mademoiselle chante le blues"
Single by Patricia Kaas
from the album Mademoiselle chante...
B-side "Patricia voudrait bien"
Released November, 1987
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD single, CD maxi
Cassette
Digital download (since 2005)
Recorded France, 1987
Genre Pop
Length 3:48
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Didier Barbelivien
Bob Medhi
Producer Richard Walter
Certification Silver France, 1988
Patricia Kaas singles chronology
"Jalousie"
(1987)
"Mademoiselle chante le blues"
(1987)
"D'Allemagne"
(1988)

"Mademoiselle chante le blues" (Eng: "Lady Sings the Blues") is the name of a 1987 song recorded by the French singer Patricia Kaas. It was her first single from her debut studio album, Mademoiselle chante..., on which it features as ninth track, and her second single overall. Released in November 1987, it was Kaas' first hit, reaching the top ten in France. It remains one of the most emblematic songs of the singer.

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Background and performances on tours

After the failure of her first single, "Jalousie", written by Élisabeth Depardieu and released in 1985, Kaas decided to collaborate with the famous songwriter Didier Barbelivien who composed for her ten of the eleven tracks on her debut album, Mademoiselle chante..., including "Mademoiselle chante le blues", which was co-written with Bob Medhi.

According to a specialist of French charts, "Mademoiselle chante le blues" is a song that is so representative of its performer that "we can't manage to separate them, nor to imagine anyone else for singing it".[1]

The song was performed during Kaas' concert tours in 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2005, and was thus included on the live albums Carnets de scène, Tour de charme (in an extended edit version), Rendez-vous and Toute la musique... and also on the singer's best of Rien ne s'arrête (live version) and Ma Liberté contre la tienne. The song was a part of compilations Nostalgie Classiques 80 (released in 2006) and 100 Franse klassiekers (2007).

Chart performances

With "Mademoiselle chante le blues", Kaas appeared for the first time on the French charts. It debuted at #29 on November 28, 1987, then climbed and entered the top ten in its eighth week, peaking at #7 on January 30 and February 13, 1988. It remained in the top ten for five consecutive weeks, then almost kept on dropping on the chart (top 50) and fell it after its 18th week.[2] It was finally certified Silver disc by the SNEP.[3]

With about 192,000 sales, this song is Kaas' second best-selling single, just behind "Quand Jimmy dit", according to Infodisc website.[4]

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Patricia voudrait bien" — 3:35
CD maxi
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Patricia voudrait bien" — 3:35
  3. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (long version)
7" single
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Patricia voudrait bien" — 3:35
Cassette
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Patricia voudrait bien" — 3:35
12" maxi
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Patricia voudrait bien" — 3:35
  3. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (long version)
Digital download
  1. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" — 3:46
  2. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (1991 live version) — 7:58
  3. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (edit) — 11:22
  4. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (1998 live version) — 5:23
  5. "Mademoiselle chante le blues" (2005 live version) — 6:26

Certifications and sales

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[3] Silver 1988 200,000 192,000[4]

Charts

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 7

References

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 122 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b Mademoiselle chante le blues, French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 13, 2008)
  3. ^ a b Patricia Kaas' certifications in France Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved June 13, 2008)
  4. ^ a b Patricia Kaas's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "KAAS Patricia" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved June 12, 2008)

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