August 30, 2021
In this chapter I would like to talk about Mylene’s protégé: Alizee and Julia.
Alizée Jacotey (born 21 August 1984), known professionally as Alizée, is a French singer, dancer and musician. She was born and raised in Ajaccio, Corsica.
She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show Graines de Star in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, she followed it with a series of albums that attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on NRJ, Europe 1, MTV, Virgin Radio, and many others. Throughout her career, many of her songs have been in top 25 hit lists on the record charts, including “Moi… Lolita”, “L’Alizé”, “J’en ai marre!”, “Gourmandises”, “Mademoiselle Juliette”, her cover version of “La Isla Bonita”, “Parler Tout Bas”, “Les collines” and “À cause de l’automne”. According to the IFPI and SNEP, Alizée is one of the best-selling female French artists of the 21st century, and is also the singer with most exports out of France.
Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released six studio albums, the first two of which were composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. After its international launch in 2001, Gourmandises was a success both in France and abroad, earning Alizée the distinction of being the highest selling female French singer in 2001.The album featured her most successful single “Moi… Lolita”
which reached number one in several countries in Europe and East Asia, in the UK the song was acclaimed by the New Musical Express who recognized it with a “Single of the Week” award. It became a rare example of a foreign-language song to chart highly in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 9.
Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes courants électriques, in 2003. Following its release, Alizée toured during the autumn of 2003, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland. Her fourth album titled Une enfant du siècle was released on 29 March 2010. In early 2011 she recorded a duet with Alain Chamfort for his new album Elle & lui. Alizée’s fifth studio album, 5 (2013) spawned two singles: “À cause de l’automne” and “Je veux bien”. She later collaborated on Olly Murs’s single “Dear Darlin'”. She participated in and won the TV dance contest Danse avec les stars (French version of Dancing with the Stars). Following the success of Danse avec les Stars, Alizée had released her sixth album, Blonde (2014), in collaboration with Pascal Obispo. The album received mixed reviews and was not successful in sales.
1984–2000: Early life and career beginnings:
Alizée grew up in Ajaccio, Corsica. Known to all her friends by her nickname “Lili”, Alizée began dancing early in life, and by age four was already proficient. During 1988–2000 she studied in what was then called Ecole de Danse Monique Mufraggi, a famous dance and theatre school in Ajaccio. In 1995, aged 11, she won a coloring competition with about 7,000 entrants organized by the (now defunct) French airline Air Outre Mer. Her design was used to paint the exterior of one of their airliners, subsequently named after her, for which Alizée won a vacation trip with her family to the Maldives.
In 1999, she appeared on the TV talent show Graines de Star, broadcast on Métropole 6.She initially intended to sign up for the dance contest, but that category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore joined the singing category instead, performing the song “Waiting for Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez
and “Ma Prière” (a single released by Axelle Red in 1997). She went on to win the Meilleure Graine award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow.
2000–2002: Gourmandises, Moi… Lolita, L’Alizé and international success:
Her winning performance was seen by veteran songwriters Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who were looking for a young, fresh voice to partake in their new project. They approached Alizée, and she was selected after studio auditions. The duo arranged her debut with a meticulously orchestrated launch, controlling her image and public appearances. In 2000, they produced her maiden album, Gourmandises which was a great success in France, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The first single, Moi… Lolita, resurrected the rich French musical tradition pioneered by Serge Gainsbourg in 1964 with the song Pauvre Lola, inspired by the celebrated novel Lolita, creating the image which defined Alizée in the early years of her career. She won an M6 award in 2000 and returned with a follow-up album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003. This second album was also quite successful, though less so than her first album. A video album shot during her European concert tour soon followed.
Needless to say the “Lolita” title /lyrics is a reference to the famous novel Lolita written a 1955 by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is known for its controversial subject: the protagonist is a French middle-aged literature professor under the pseudonym Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with an American 12-year-old girl, Dolores Haze, whom he sexually molests after he becomes her stepfather. “Lolita” is his private nickname for Dolores.
The novel was originally written in English and first published in Paris in 1955 by Olympia Press. Later it was translated into Russian by Nabokov himself and published in New York City in 1967 by Phaedra Publishers. Lolita quickly attained a classic status. The novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and another film by Adrian Lyne in 1997. Needless to say, such a bomb was stratigically dropped by Mylene and Laurent as they knew by than what sells. And indeed, it did! 😊
Alizée made her debut with the single Moi… Lolita, her most successful to date. It enjoyed success throughout most of Europe and parts of East Asia, reaching number one in several countries. The associated music video portrayed Alizée as an impoverished rustic teen visiting a dance club in the city with her little sister, pursued by a young man who had lent them the bus fare to get there, but whose romantic interest in her she never returned. The song was later used in the UK trailer of the 2006 film, A Good Year, and was a part of the film’s soundtrack.
The single was from her debut album, Gourmandises (“Delicacies”), released in 2000. The album, written by Farmer and composed by Boutonnat, sold over 788,000 copies in France – it reached Platinum status in just three months. In 2001, the album was launched internationally and Alizée became the highest-selling female French singer ever. The album went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. Farmer and Boutonnat kept a tight rein how the album was marketed and controlled the image in which Alizée was portrayed. In the meantime, Alizée gave very few interviews, and even when she did, they did not stretch beyond 20 minutes per journalist. Neither did she agree to any photoshoots.
Her second single L’Alizé (2000), also from the same album, followed soon. It also hit number one in France and gained some international success.
The video of the “sexily alliterative” song (compare its title “Lolita”) shows a miraculously acrobatic (even airborne) Alizée frolicking amidst popping bubbles in front of a pink backdrop, erotically singing about her cautious search for a true love. The video was shot in a studio in Brussels, which had a 25-metre by 10-metre painted canvas to serve as the background, with real bubbles. This single was followed up with another single from the same album – the title song, “Gourmandises”.
The video, which shows a group of teenage boys and girls on a picnic, was shot in a day.The last single from the album was “Parler tout bas”, about coming of age, and was illustrated with a surreal music video. In France, “Parler tout bas” was the third single, then followed by the release of Gourmandises. I find this song the most reminiscent of Mylene herself. You can almost hear her signature melancholy in it. The clip is also somewhat “Nuit d’hiver” /”Plus Grandir” flair.
2003–2004: Mes courants électriques, En Concert:
In 2003, Alizée returned with her second album Mes Courants Électriques (My Electric Currents).With the release of this album, she changed her image from a “Lolita” to that of a more toned-down teenager. This album was also written by Farmer and Boutonnat and sold 400,000 copies in France.
The first single from this album, “J’en ai marre!” (also known as “Mon bain de mousse” in Japan) was released in 2003. The music video for this shows Alizée in a glass cage, singing while having water splashed on her. The plexiglass cage, 3 by 3 meters in dimension, was constructed in a Parisian studio, and the shooting of the video took two days.The other singles from this album were “J’ai pas vingt ans” and “À contre-courant”. The video for “J’ai pas vingt ans” (“I’m Not Twenty”) resembles the ambience of a concert with Alizée dancing in the midst of several other dancers. This one reminds me of Mylene’s “Du temp” where she is dancing among male dancers.
“À contre-courant”, the last single from this album, was shot in an abandoned coal factory.
The albums features English versions of four tracks. The translations are artistic translations rather than literal, attempting to capture the rough feeling and concepts rather than the specific words and expressions. In some cases they are “dumbed down”, lacking the clever French wordplays of the originals. An this of course is reminiscent of the recent Mylene’s Rolling Stone
Following the release of Mes Courants Électriques, Alizée went on a countrywide tour of France, along with a performance each in Belgium and Switzerland, during the second half of 2003. The tour started off with a performance on 26 August 2003 in Paris. It concluded with her performance on the prestigious l’Olympia hall in Paris and eve of 17 January 2004 at the Le Zénith concert hall in the same city and had covered major cities including Lyon, Rouen, Lille, Grenoble and Dijon. A live CD and DVD, titled Alizée En Concert, composed of selected performances from her tour, was launched a year later in the autumn of 2004.The audio CD contained tracks, taken from her two studio albums. The DVD featured video footage of the same performances as on the CD, along with bonus footage of her rehearsals.
2005–2007: The hiatus and release in Mexico:
In 2005 after the success of her first tour and first live album release, Alizée first disappeared from the limelight, then reappeared in the media as it was revealed she was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl, Annily, 28 April 2005 (the child she had with Jérémy Chatelain) and put her career on hold. However, the tabloids devoted several articles, for the name Alizée appeared with others, including the false listings of the Clearstream affair. After several rumors of an imminent return, especially in collaboration with the band Indochine, Alizée left Universal Records to sign with RCA (Sony BMG) in August 2007 also revealing that the En Concert album and tour were her last collaboration with her mentors.
Meanwhile, a compilation of the live album was re-released in early 2007 in Mexico by Universal Music as a CD+DVD release, following the featuring of the songs on local radio stations. With the re-release and renewed interest, the songs climbed up the music charts in the country. The album became a hit, peaking at number four in the International Chart on 28 May 2007, and number eight on the main albums chart. En concert has a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies only in Mexico.
2007–2009: Psychédélices, Tout Alizée and Latin American success:
After a three-year pause, a time spent out of the media spotlight, Alizée returned in December 2007 with a new album, Psychédélices, the first one to be made without the creative supervision of her former mentor, Mylène Farmer. The album, which features 11 tracks,was made available for digital downloads 26 November 2007, with a full release on 3 December 2007on the RCA label. The album includes collaborations with Bertrand Burgalat, Daniel Darc, Oxmo Puccino, Jérémy Chatelain,Michel-Yves Kochmann, and Jean Fauque. The first single from the album was “Mademoiselle Juliette”,officially released on 30 September 2007. It was accidentally released early on the Virgin Megastore website on 23 September 2007, but was taken down later citing an error on the part of Virgin Music, France. The single was later made available in online music stores as well as on radio stations and went on to capture the No. 13 spot on the legal music downloads charts. To promote the single, Alizée appeared on the French radio station, NRJ, on 27 September 2007. The video for the single was released for broadcast on 19 November 2007,] though it was made available on MSN France on 16 November 2007. It was released on physical media, both CD and vinyl, on 21 January 2008.
Another track from the album, “Fifty-Sixty”, was leaked two months before the album was released. Though the song was not mentioned by name, the leak was confirmed in a press release which revealed the title and release schedule of the album. “Fifty-Sixty” later launched as the second single from the album in February 2008. The lyric of “Fifty-Sixty” tells, in personal and metaphorical manner, of a young model under the guidance of Andy Warhol, possibly inspired by real-life story of Edie Sedgwick. The song ends with a reiteration of how she foolishly believed Andy thought her the most beautiful model of all. Three music videos were released for the single – one for the album version of the song and the other two for two remixes. An Alizée website, Psychedeclips.com, was dedicated to the video series, the first of which was released on 5 May 2008.
Coinciding with the new album, a new official website was created, which, despite being announced on 11 September 2007, was kept under wraps until 28 November 2007. The album was also promoted via an official artist profile at MySpace. Advertising and marketing campaigns for the album began 22 November 2007 with ad campaigns on NRJ Radio, TF1-TV, and the web.
In March 2008 Alizée visited Mexico for the first time in a short promotional tour. On 5 March she was supposed to hold the second-ever public autograph session of her career, but it was cancelled due to problems with the store’s security. Alizée held an improvised press conference to apologize to all her Mexican fans and to explain that it was not her fault. Sony BMG Mexico also released a statement saying it was not Alizée’s fault, that it was the store who had problems with the security, and that they did not expect so many people in attendance; fences had been broken and children were in danger. Alizée also promised to make amends by having another autograph session when she returned to the country on the following tour.
She also stated that her tour would start on 18 May in Moscow, followed by concerts in Mexico and then France. She also commented that piracy in music has two sides “one good” and “one bad” saying that sometimes it’s good because her music reaches places that she never thought to reach. After the success of Alizée’s tour in Mexico, and in an attempt to mitigate the damage caused during her first promotional visit, Alizée announced an autograph session with fans on 26 June 2008 in Mexico City, over 300 CDs were signed, and the record label executives of Sony BMG Mexico presented a Gold certification for shipments over 50,000 copies of Psychédélices – Mexican Tour Edition. A new cover singing in Mexico was Madonna’s cover, “La Isla Bonita” – gutsy! it went on to become Alizée’s first top ten on the airplay chart. Frankly, not my cup of tea and I do like Madonna’s version better.
Following the success of Alizée En Concert and Psychédélices in Mexico, Alizée’s former music label, Universal Music released a compilation album, titled Tout Alizée. The compilation, which is a Mexico-only release, consists of 15 tracks (with 4 remixes) from her first two studio albums. It is augmented with a bonus DVD featuring some of her music videos. The compilation debuted at No. 62 on the Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart and No. 20 on the Mexican International Top 20 Albums Chart.
2010–2011: Une enfant du siècle, new style and transition:
Alizée in 2010 singing at Point Ephémère lounge, in Paris.
At the beginning of 2009, Alizée had to cancel a concert in France. She announced then that she was already working on her future album, which would sound very different from all of her previous recordings. The album was called Une Enfant Du Siècle and was released in France on 29 March 2010. A teaser can be seen on the Internet, called “Une enfant du siècle” (A child of the century).
According to British website Popjustice, the first single is partially in English, and it is called “Limelight”. On 15 February 2010 they uploaded the full version of the song and a clip from the music video. The Special Collector Edition of the album was made available for pre-orders on 4 February 2010. However, it was later confirmed by Popjustice itself that “Limelight” was a teaser single, and the official single from Alizée’s fourth album is “Les Collines (Never Leave You)”.
The full album leaked on to the Internet on 19 March 2010. The album was released in France on 29 March 2010. The album received mixed-to-positive reviews by critics, praising her radical change from her teen pop roots, but also criticizing her perceived lack of interest in the project, and the uncatchy nature of the melodies. On that day Alizée signed autographs at the Virgin Megastore in Paris. The album is inspired by and depicts the life of Edie Sedgwick.
Alizée performed in Israel in a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg on 28 July 2010 in Tel Aviv in National Opéra. She covered a song called “Dis-lui toi que je t’aime” originally sung by Vanessa Paradis, accompanied by the national orchestra. She also performed a song with Israeli singer Harel Skaat. The music video of the first single “Les collines (Never leave you)” was released on 19 March 2010 on Alizée’s official YouTube channel, which peaked the daily most-viewed musician’s channel worldwide.
2012–2013: 5 and Danse avec les stars
Alizée & Grégoire Lyonnet performing Black Swan dance during Danse avec les stars Tour in Lyon,1 April 2014.
Between 1 and 6 February 2012, Alizée appeared in several shows on French television. She announced that a new album was scheduled for spring 2012, marking a return to roots music which would be released on the Sony Music label; Sony subsequently announced that the album was to be delayed until the autumn of 2012.In April 2012, she was featured on the single “Clara veut la Lune” by Alain Chamfort. On 27 June 2012, Alizée announced on live chat that the first single, “À cause de l’automne”, from the new album was to be released 28 June 2012. The first music video was shot on 15 July 2012 but this was only released in VidZone platform for PS3. Alizée also revealed that for the new album she was working with Jean-Jacques Goldman, BB Brunes and Thomas Boulard (singer and guitarist of French rock band “Luke”). 12 July, a limited Collector’s Edition of the fifth album became available for pre-order. The original release date was changed from 1 October 2012 to March 2013. A “Collector’s Box was released for ” pre-order page states 23 January 2013 as for the release.
In December 2012 the official video of À cause de l’automne was published on Alizée’s VEVO channel, initially available only in France and made available for the rest of the world in February 2013. The first performance of her latest single was on RFM radio on 21 December 2012 where she sang the song in a live broadcast. Alizée promoted the album including the January/February 2013 issue of the French edition of Inked magazine.
Alizée announced Alexandre Azaria as the “artistic director” for her newest album “5”. In January the name and the cover of the album were shown on a Star Academy, where Alizée made an appearance.
She promoted the album with performances during Soccer Beach Show of Monaco, Alain Chamfort’s En Concert at Le Grand Rex. also her new participation in Les Enfoirés 2013 concert at the Paris-Bercy hall and Le Tour de France 2013 opening ceremony performance in Porto-Vecchio, where she sang the second single from the album “Je veux bien”.
In August, Alizée was confirmed to be participating in the upcoming fourth season of the popular reality show Danse avec les stars (the French version of Dancing with the stars) for the promotion of 5, about a month later she announced that she was again in the studio for a “surprise” and in September she revealed her collaboration with the singer Olly Murs in a new, French version of his single “Dear Darlin'”. Alizée won the first place in Danse avec les stars in November 2013.
As announced by MetroNews, the singer would perform during NRJ Music Awards on 14 December 2013. She performed “Scream & Shout” with will.i.am, singing the lines originally sung by Britney Spears, including the line “Alizée, bitch”; along with “Le tourbillion” with Tal. At the end of December 2013, the singer began recording her sixth studio album. Her new single “Blonde” was announced in March 2014 and released on 17 March as the first single from Blonde, which was released on 23 June 2014. The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics and had mediocre success. Another song, “Alcaline”, was released on 16 June as a single.
On 6 December, Alizée announced on Instagram that she was in a studio for dubbing an animation film. The film is French version of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast, titled Clochette et la créature légendaire. The film was released on 8 April 2015.
Though described as a very shy and reserved person, she likes performing in front of audiences.Although she is most famous as a singer, Alizée prefers dancing, and is quite proficient in classical dance, jazz, Italian style ballet, tap and flamenco.
Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6 November 2003. They have a daughter named Annily (born 28 April 2005). The public found out about their marriage in February 2004 when Voici magazine released a copy of their marriage certificate in an article. She was quiet about her private and family life and kept her baby out of the press to the best of her ability, but since 2011 has been much more open about her private life. Jérémy and Alizée divorced in early 2012. During Danse avec les stars in fall 2013, Alizée met and started to date Grégoire Lyonnet, whom she married on 18 June 2016.
In an Instagram postdated 24 May 2019, Alizee announced that she was pregnant with her second child. Alizée gave birth to Maggy Lyonnet on 24 November 2019.
Alizée at Les Enfoires in 2008:
Alizée has a mezzo-soprano vocal type and range. She started her musical career with songs she described as “soulful pop music”. In 2000 she erupted in the musical world, becoming an international sensation because she was the most successful female French singer in a long while. Alizée is known for blending Electronic sounds with pop, such as psychedelic pop and most recently, mainstream Europop. At the time of her debut, NRJ Radio said about her, “The Queen of Europop is a French Lolita”. In her debut album Alizée used Europop with mellow sounds, World Music and the classic French Chanson. The second album was primarily house sounds, instrumentals and electronic sounds mixed with the sounds from her last album. The third album marked a change, replacing her earlier styles with psychedelic sounds and a very rhythmic world music. For her fourth album she had another radical change in musical style with a new genre for her career: Mainstream, with strong rhythms compared to her previous three albums. Alizée made clear that the renewal is a big part of her contribution to music.
Even though early albums portrayed her in a sexy, Lolita-like manner, Alizée was modest, demure and family-oriented in public during her teenage years. For her second album she mostly kept a similar style but with more electronic influences. Her hairstyle was usually a simple bob, and her make-up was designed to emphasize and enhance her natural beauty.
For her third album she changed her style radically in terms of both music and image, with a more mature performance and more elaborate make-up, clothing and hairstyle. For the promotion of this album Alizée posed for a French magazine, Technikart, in the “Like a Virgin” style of her idol Madonna. After a two-year hiatus, she returned with a fourth album whose style was more “psychedelic” and which saw her seeking a new and wider audience.
Alizée is very fond of tattoos, of which she has many. The best known is the large Disney-style Tinkerbell on her back, which reflects the fact that she had regarded the character as a mascot since childhood, amassing a large collection of its statuettes. It was often shown during her promotion of the Psychédélices album, presumably because Psyche is something of an ancient forerunner of Tinkerbell. The anime superheroine Sailor Moon, who shares a few commonalities with Tinkerbell, is prominent on Alizée’s right arm.
Over the years Alizée has been declared a fashionista, appearing in various fashion magazines, beauty and culture. She has attended major Fashion Weeks in the world and smaller events.
In the 2010 ‘Sexiest Women in the World’ polls, run by the French edition of FHM magazine, readers voted Alizée as the second sexiest woman out of 100. Cheryl Cole was chosen as a number one.
Since 2012 Alizée has appeared in many magazines and publications including the January/February 2013 issue of the French edition of Inked magazine which featured a photo shoot, including on the cover, of her as a manacled and bloodied punk princess by the French photographer Julien Lachaussée and many more. In 2013, she was one of the guests of honor for her friend John Galliano in Paris Fashion Week 2013.
Alizée was ranked fourth in a list of the most influential female artists in France by the number of followers in social media in March 2014.
Her dance for “J’en ai marre” inspired the female Night Elf dance in World of Warcraft.
Alizée became an international pop culture icon immediately after launching her recording career. Media says: “One of the most controversial female vocalists of the 21st century who broke into the music world at 17 years old with a worldwide success coming in the “Europop queen “spearheaded the rise of post-millennial Europop … Alizée early on cultivated a mixture of a sweet Lolita innocence and experience that broke the bank”.
Despite the marketing hype and commercial success, there were mixed critical responses to the launch of Moi… Lolita, Alizée’s first single. The critics felt that the similarity in style to that of Mylène Farmer was too striking. Some felt that her Lolita image overshadowed her singing prowess, describing her as “desperately trying to be sexy”, and many were ready to write her off. Some of her songs have been described as “sweeping, atmospheric ballads” whose “melodies are so sparkling and beguiling”, and from which Alizée manages to “squeeze more emotion than the usual pop package”.Alizée’s three albums include a wide range of songs, from catchy pop tunes to soulful ballads.
Alizée was involved in charity work through Les Enfoirés, a group of French celebrities who organise fundraising concerts every year. The proceeds from these concerts go to Les Restaurants du Coeur. The organisation, set up by French comedian Coluche, helps feed the poor. Alizée participated in these concerts in 2001, 2002 and from 2008 to 2013.
In 2011, the singer participated in the Collectif Paris-Africa to fight against famine in Africa (similar to USA for Africa). She recorded the song Des ricochets along with 60 artists, for the compilation album Collectif Paris-Africa pour l’UNICEF.
Mes Courants Électriques (2003)
Une enfant du siècle (2010)
A very rare snapshot that Julia has just shared on social networks. It brings together Mylène, Laurent Boutonnat, Julia and Alizée. We also find alongside Alizée her husband, the dancer Grégoire Lyonnet. Alizée had in 2018 ensured the creation and coordination of the choreography for the clip of Julia’s first single, SEXTO The release of Julia’s album, Passe … as you know originally scheduled for April 3 has been postponed to June 19 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
During some interviews, she is obviously questioned about her collaboration with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat for her first two albums Gourmandises and My Electric Currents as well as her first tour in 2003.
According to Alizée, it was she was the one who chose to end this artistic collaboration in order to be able to evolve musically.
This is what she indicated in the program “We are not lying” broadcast Saturday on France 2.
Similar comments today on RMC in Brigitte Lahaie’s show:
Brigitte Lahaie: You were very helped by Mylène Farmer …
Brigitte Lahaie: You are, I imagine, still on good terms …
Alizée: We left each other seven, eight years ago because I wanted to take flight. We didn’t quarrel, but it’s true that it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other.
Brigitte Lahaie: Why? Because maybe she makes the character a little too much like she did with her, by the way?
Alizée: I believe simply because the musical vision …
Brigitte Lahaie: It is difficult to be natural too, perhaps?
Alizée: No. Because I was lucky that she opened her doors to me, that she taught me the trade and, in any case the image at the beginning that she built with me, it was still something very classy. There was nothing vulgar, nothing really bothered me. But, I believe that now I do more of the things that are like me. When I decided to separate myself from her, I wanted to evolve musically more. And since it’s a package when we work with it: it’s the image, the music … it’s all that goes with it, that’s why we separated because to change that musically it was not possible.
Alizée also looks back on her collaboration with Mylène and Laurent Boutonnat as well as on recent unfounded and denied rumors in an interview with the Pure Charts site:
Pure Charts: It’s a good school the tandem Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat?
Alizée: Obviously! I think it’s the best school there is.
Pure Charts: There have been rumors about a possible new collaboration between you and Mylène Farmer. Quickly denied! How do you explain that such rumors are found on the Internet? Fan fantasies?
Alizée: I think that there are especially a lot of rumors on the web. I think there are people who have nothing to do and who like to start rumors. I once had to put someone back in place. Something I never usually do! But he really pissed me off. I never justify myself except when I do interviews. This is my job. But on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t answer everyone. I can’t justify myself in front of everyone because otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it. I would only do that with my days. But him, he kept delirious, inventing ever crazier rumors … And I told him with my politeness and my education that all this information was always false, that it was only rumors. I haven’t heard from him since. It annoys me people who are making their own buzz, especially now with Facebook and Twitter. Everyone is looking for hundreds of thousands of followers. It’s a bit of a competition …
Julia is a French singer who was born in Ayse in 2001. She first rose to prominence during the second season of The Voice Kids in France. She lost in the phase of battles, but her talent caught the attention of Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat. They sign her single “Et toi mon amour”. Familiar theme from Maman a tort psychiatric word reincarnates into the children rhyme tune plus pretty (this time blond teenager) = 100% success 😊
Julia, born Julia Fiquet September 24, 2001 in Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, is a French pop singer working with Laurent …
Julia has always grown up in music, rocked by her amateur musician dad. She started playing the piano at 6 and playing the guitar at 7, instruments that she abandoned in favor of singing 2 years later.
For her, the song is a way of expressing her emotions, both her joys and her sorrows. For Julia, supported by her family, The Voice Kids is a real opportunity that she does not want to pass up: “Participating in The Voice Kids is too impressive. I am too proud to be there””.
Cradled from a young age by music, Julia abandoned the piano and the guitar at the age of 9, in favor of her greatest passion: singing. The Voice Kids is a real opportunity for her that she does not want to pass up. She intends to seduce Coaches Jenifer, Louis Bertignac and Patrick Fiori with “I Will Always Love You”, one of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits. She was barely 13 years old.
As the competition within “The Voice Kids” came to an end for Julia Fiquet, there is one artist whose talent has not escaped: it is Mylène Farmer. She then decides to take her under her wing, as she had done a few years earlier with Alizée, then with Lisa. Because Mylène Farmer is convinced: this little blonde is promised a great career. It must be said that from the top of her 13 years, the budding artist already has everything of a great: she is cute as everything, has a nice little bit of voice and a presence on stage. All the ingredients are there to make her a star of French song.
She still has to be well surrounded and luck smiles on her. As for being well surrounded, Julia Fiquet can count on the help of her stage godmother, Mylène Farmer, and on his Pygmalion, Laurent Boutonnat. Having these two giants of French song behind you immediately serves as a chance for the young artist and suggests a start to her career placed under the best auspices.
A career launch skillfully orchestrated by Laurent Boutonnat
It was in the fall of 2018, after a long period of rumors of all kinds that the young artist released her first EP. Entitled “SEXTO”, the title is full of double meanings, as Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat do so well.
As for the words appearing on this first extract, more or less explicit puns: “Shot of tequila it’s me / In shamelessness, no rule no age. If Marilyn had the choice / It’s at your fingertips / She would have liked, liked that “. If it is difficult to speak for Marilyn, the public on the other hand liked it, and even asked for more. The essay was quickly transformed, as evidenced by the 450,000 views accumulated in a short time on YouTube. Many fans of Mylène Farmer have certainly sought to see with their own eyes what could look like the new phenomenon to which the singer had decided to reach out. It must be said that the Boutonnat-Farmer duo had cleverly orchestrated the event, sowing here and there a whole lot of clues suggesting that a big project was in preparation.
Many photos have indeed been posted on the account of Juliacommetusais, including a whole series of pictures on which we can see in particular a white Swiss shepherd Liloup, the faithful four-legged friend of Mylène Farmer (who has sadly recently passed), or Laurent Boutonnat back.
The strategy seems to have paid off if one relies on the buzz caused by all these announcements and the number of fans that the young artist has been able to conquer. It is therefore quite logical that Juliacommetusais continued its momentum by releasing its first album Passe… comme tu sais (Past..as you know) in April 2020.
Wishing Julia all the best in her future endeavors! 🧡