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Louisy Joseph’s amazing rags to riches tale!

March 19, 2009
Stunning Louisy Joseph bounces back

Stunning Louisy Joseph bounces back

Louisy Joseph is a gorgeous French singer of Martinique heritage who has gone from rags to riches in the last year…

Not so long ago the sizzling chart-topper had to sell all her furniture just to pay the bills – despite selling MILLIONS of records while with top French girl band L5 from 2001 to 2007!

The experience inspired the lyrics for her recent megahit Assis Par Terre (‘Sitting on the Floor’).

Born Lydy Louisy Joseph on April 14, 1978 in Lyon, she discovered a love for music very early. Seeing her father’s Caribbean band perform led to her composing her own songs and learning the guitar. She left school at the age of 15 to devote herself to music.

In 2001 she auditioned for the M6 music contest ‘Popstars’ – and went on to win a place in L5.

The girl band’s first single, Toutes les femmes de ta vie, was released in 2002 and sold 1.6 million copies. Their first album, ‘L5’, sold 1.2 million discs. Their second album, ‘Retiens-moi’, went platinum after selling over 500,000 copies.

But by 2006 the band’s sales had slumped and they split. Not having earned much during her time with L5, Louisy fell on hard times and had to sell all her furniture.

A friend convinced her to contact Pascal Obispo at Warner Music France, who immediately signed her.  With the gifted John Mamann as her producer, she made a soul, reggae and acoustic album, dropping her first name to become simply Louisy Joseph.

Louisy’s first solo album, ‘La saison des amours’, was released on April 14 2008 – her 30th birthday – with hit singles, Assis par terre, Mes insomnies and Imagine de John Lennon. In September, ‘La saison’ went Silver. From January 2009, Louisy started her first solo tour in France.

Hear Louisy’s amazing music and find the lyrics transcribed in French and translated into English HERE!

Official site

www.LingoLyrics.com

Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!

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Joy for Renan Luce – heartbreak for the girls!

March 18, 2009

French star Renan Luce is to marry his Lolita

French star Renan Luce is to marry his Lolita

Millions of French girls will this week be heartbroken at the news that popular singer Renan Luce is to wed.

The 29-year-old star has proposed to Lolita  Séchan – the stunning daughter of controversial French singer Renaud Séchan.

Renan’s massive hits include Les Voisines and La Lettre, showcasing his genius for clever lyrics and storytelling as well as catchy melodies and brilliant music videos.

News of the engagement was broken at the weekend by Lolita’s uncle.

Renan’s songs are inspired by the 20th century singer and songwriter Georges Brassens and depict everyday life with a dose of humour and poetry.

He was born in Paris but grew up in Plourin-les-Morlaix, Brittany (near Morlaix, in the Finistere).

He began his musical career with his brother Damien and his sister Claire in a choir; afterwards he debuted classical piano at the conservatory of Brest, then at Saint-Brieuc. He then mastered the saxophone and also taught himself the guitar by composing his first songs.

After two years of preparatory classes in Rennes (at Saint-Vincent), where he performed in bars and at a few festivals, he was admitted to a leading school of commerce in Toulouse, South West France.

In September 2006 Renan released his first album Repenti, comprising 13 tracks and three live versions.

* Watch Renan’s amazing La Lettre music video and discover the translated lyrics HERE.

www.LingoLyrics.com

Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!

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Dimitri’s Rail – on track for superstardom!

March 15, 2009
Dimitri's Rail - will they rise to our challenge?!

Dimitri's Rail - will they rise to our challenge?!

Okay, so on the surface this may seem to be off topic – hot Texan rock band Dimitri’s Rail does NOT do French songs (yet!)… but LingoLyrics has CHALLENGED frontman Paul Ehmer to do just that – sing in French!

Even it it’s just the chorus! (Example:  the incredible ‘Lady Marmalade’ – Voulez -vous Coucher Avec Moi ce soir – from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, featuring Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink.

Why? Because Paul Ehmer has the most amazing vocals, and Dimitri’s Rail is so awesome we’d love the excuse to feature them on our addictive language learning ezine at www.LingoLyrics.com, which provides the best French music videos, translated lyrics and cool profiles on featured artists.

Random, you might say… but you’ll understand if you’ve ever heard the phenomenal sounds of Dimitri’s Rail. If not, don’t just take our word for it – check out their groundbreaking music HERE!

Dimitri’s Rail hit the alternative rock scene in 2001. In 2003 they released their debut album, “Seasons of the Weak”. The album was produced in conjunction with top engineer Steve Christensen, who has worked with multi-platinum artist Destiny’s Child and Clay Walker. Songwriter/front-man Paul Ehmer was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2004 MTM Texas Music Awards.

DR is now back in the studio recording the second full length album due for release in 2009. This amazing band has opened for
Vince Neil (of Motley Crue), Blue October, The Hunger, and many more.

Become a fan today! Visit them HERE! Now we just have to wait for that French number, Paul! (no pressure…)

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World Music Lovers Unite!

March 12, 2009

Tout le monde aime la musique!

Since we started LingoLyrics, Bianca and I have been amazed at the goodwill and friendship we have been shown by music lovers all over the world.

Through various networks (like the incredible business network PerfectNetworker.com), we have made SO many friends and contacts.

One of these new friends invited us to join his inspirational music network, World Music Lovers. If you are a fan of all kinds of amazing music from around the globe and want to interact with other wonderful and enthusiastic music fans, you will love World Music Lovers!

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Youtube and the Battle of the Bands…

March 10, 2009

We’ve been following the battle between Youtube and the agency that protects the rights of musicians – will we get caught in the crossfire?!

Here’s a snip from the latest news, from cnet.com:

“Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube is silencing music videos in the U.K. after negotiations with the country’s Performing Right Society (PRS for Music), which collects licensing fees for artists and labels, failed.”

Our website at lingolyrics.com features embedded Youtube and Daily Motion music videos of French singers and bands. But we’ve added value to the videos by providing translated lyrics and profiles on the featured artists. We’ve also given links to official fan sites and Amazon links to relevant CDs, DVDs and books.

We don’t feel like we’re doing anything wrong! We are genuine fans of all the music on our site and we believe we’re doing the featured French musicians a service by promoting their music all over the world. We also feel we’re helping to make it easier for people who wish to learn the language of love.

We’re not trying to cheat the music industry by using videos on our site – we just want to share our passion and make a career out of doing something we love… and we’re also improving our French in the process.

Heres hoping Youtube and PRS learn to make love… not war!

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Just so you know… Jesse McCartney sings in French!

March 9, 2009

Jesse McCartney, who turns just 22 on April 9, proves he’s an all-round talent by singing his heart out in FRENCH.

The gorgeous award-winning American actor and top-selling recording artist does an amazing job of singing in French with ‘De Toi À Moi‘ (‘From Me to You’). It’s the French version of his hit song ‘Just So You Know‘ – and it ROCKS! (And so does his English/French mixed version of the same song – hear that version on the Lingolyrics Youtube Channel).

Here’s a few quick facts about Jesse:

  • He began his career at the age of 11, when his family moved with him to Los Angeles
  • He landed the role of Adam Chandler Jr. in the ABC soap All My Children, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination
  • From 1999 to 2002 he was a member of American pop boy band Dream Street
  • Aged 15, he went solo, producing his debut album Beautiful Soul in September 2004. It went platinum and won him numerous awards.
  • His first headlining tour began in 2005 and featured 56 stops in the USA before moving on to Australia and Europe
  • His movie debut came in 2008 when he starred in the title role in the teen drama, Keith
  • Jesse is also a widely respected song-writer, having co-written singer Leona Lewis’s worldwide hit single Bleeding Love as well as Don’t Leave for Vanessa Hudgens.

Discover Jesse McCartney’s music videos, translated lyrics and full profile at lingolyrics.com

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: First Lady of French Music

March 7, 2009

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi): heiress, supermodel, singer, songwriter, First Lady of France… Discover her amazing music!

She didn’t just sit around and wait for her massive inheritance… And she didn’t take advantage of her VIP connections to carve out an international career for herself in modelling and music.

Here’s a selection of facts about the stunning and talented Carla Bruni:

  • She was born on 23 December 1967
  • She is an Italian-born (Turin), naturalized French songwriter, singer and former model
  • She is the First Lady of France, after marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008
  • She is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tyre makers CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her grandfather
  • Her family moved to France in 1975, reportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping by the Red Brigades
  • She grew up in France from age eight and attended boarding school in Switzerland
  • She went to Paris to study art and architecture
  • She left college at 19 to sign with City Models
  • She worked for designers and fashion houses such as Guess? Jeans, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and Versace
  • While modelling, she dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger
  • In 1997, Carla quit modelling to devote herself to music. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed seven tracks on his 2000 album ‘Si j’étais elle’
  • In 2002, her debut album Quelqu’un m’a dit (Someone Told Me), was released in Europe
  • Her second album, No Promises (Jan 2007) set to music the poems of William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rosetti
  • She released her third album Comme si de rien n’était (As If Nothing Happened) on 11 July 2008. Royalties will be donated to charity
  • Her music is awesome

To see and hear Carla, and learn more, visit:

www.lingolyrics.com

Official Website: www.carlabruni.com/