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"Près de moi"
Single by Lorie
from the album Près de Toi
Released 2000 (digital download)
April 24, 2001 (physical single)
Format CD single
12" maxi
Recorded 2001, France
Genre Teen pop
Length 3:43
Label EGP
Writer(s) Johnny Williams
Louis Element
Producer Johnny Williams
Louis Element
Certification Platinum France, 2001
Lorie singles chronology
"Baby Boom"
"Près de moi"
"Je serai (ta meilleure amie)"

"Près de moi" is the second single recorded by the French singer Lorie. Released in 2001, it was the first single from her first album Près de Toi, on which it features as second track (and as 14th and 15th tracks in remixed versions). The single was a smash hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia).


Background, writing, music video

Lyrics and music were composed by Johnny Williams and Louis Element in 2001. Lorie, who wanted to become a singer, went to the producers and was chosen to record the song. Initially, Près de moi was available as a free download on the Internet because no recording company wanted to release the song as a single. It was a success and Lorie signed a contract with Epic.[1]

The music video was shot in Miami, directed by Vincent Egret and producted by Yul Films.[2] In it, Lorie and some dancers perform a choreographied dance.

The song is included on Lorie's best of, and also on the live album Live Tour, as second track[3]. It was included in a medley (eighth track) on the 2004 album Week End Tour.[4] Many French compilations contain the song, such as Stars of TV, Dance Machine 22 and Hits France 2001.

Chart performances

In France, the single achieved a huge success. It started at #28 on May 5, 2001, then climbed until reaching the top ten in its fifth week. It hit #2 on June 30 and remained in the top ten for 24 weeks. After that, it dropped quickly and totaled 31 weeks in the top 50 and 32 weeks in the top 100.[5] It was certified Platinum disc by the SNEP, the French certificator, for a minimum of 500,000 copies sold. According to Infodisc website, the song totals 624,860 sales in France.[6]

The single was charted for 30 weeks on the Ultratop 40, from July 7, 2001 to January 26, 2002. It debuted at #34, reached the top ten three weeks later, and finally peaked at #1 for three weeks. It totaled 15 weeks in the top ten and dropped slowly after falling off it.[7]

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Près de moi" (radio edit) — 3:43
  2. "Près de moi" (groove mix) — 3:25
12" maxi
  1. "Près de moi" (groove club mixx) — 4:56
  2. "Près de moi" (nice club mix) — 3:51
  3. "Près de moi" (radio edit) — 3:51
Versions available on the album
  1. "Près de moi" (cutty remix) — 4:24
  2. "Près de moi" (groovy club mix) — 4:55
  3. "By My Side" — 3:42 (English version)


Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[8] Platinum April 17, 2002 500,000 624,860+[6]


Chart (2001) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[7] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 2
End of year chart (2001) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[9] 14
French Singles Chart[10] 9
Preceded by
"J'voulais" by Sully Sefil
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
August 11, 2001 - August 25, 2001 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"À ma place" by Axel Bauer and Zazie


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 531,532 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ Lorie' s music videos (Retrieved May 18), 2008)
  3. ^ Live Tour, track listing and charts (Retrieved May 18), 2008)
  4. ^ Week End Tour, track listing and charts (Retrieved May 18), 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Près de moi", French Singles Chart (Retrieved April 5, 2008)
  6. ^ a b Lorie singles, certifications (Retrieved April 5, 2007)
  7. ^ a b "Près de moi", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved April 5, 2008)
  8. ^ 2002 certifications in France (Retrieved May 19, 2008)
  9. ^ 2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved April 5, 2008)
  10. ^ 2001 French Singles Chart (Retrieved April 5, 2008)


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