Mylène Farmer

Mylene Farmer

Born: 1961, Pierrefonds, QC
Debut: 1984
Genres: New Wave, Pop

Achievements

• 6 Diamond albums (France)
• 15 Number One Hits (France)
• 45+ Top Ten Hits (France)
• Album Point de suture spawned 5 number one hits
• Number one hits in 4 consecutive decades
• Appearance in Guinness Book of World Records for best-selling French single of all-time, “Désenchantée”

Studio Albums and Hit Singles

1986: Cendres de lune

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• Hit Singles: “Libertine” (#10), “Tristana” (#7)

1988: Ainsi soit je…

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• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces” (#1), “Sans contrefaçon” (#2), “Sans logique” (#10), “Ainsi soit je…” (#12)

1991: L’Autre…

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• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “Désenchantée” (#1), “Regrets” (#3), “Je t’aime mélancolie” (#3), “Beyond My Control” (#8)

1995: Anamorphosée

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• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “XXL” (#1), “L’instant X” (#6), “California” (#7), “Rêver” (#7), “Comme j’ai mal” (#11)

1999: Innamoramento

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• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “L’âme-stram-gram” (#2), “Innamoramento” (#3), “Souviens-toi du jour…” (#4), “Optimistique-moi” (#7), “Je te rends ton amour” (#10)

2005: Avant que l’ombre…

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• 2x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “F*** Them All” (#2), “Peut-être toi” (#3), “Q.I” (#7), “Redonne-moi” (#7), “L’amour n’est rien…” (#7)

2008: Point de suture

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• 3x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “Dégénération” (#1), “Appelle mon numéro” (#1), “Si j’avais au moins…” (#1), “C’est dans l’air” (#1), “Sextonik” (#1)

2010: Bleu noir

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• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “Oui mais… non” (#1), “Bleu noir” (#1), “Lonely Lisa” (#1)

2012: Monkey Me

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• 3x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “À l’ombre” (#1), “Monkey Me” (#3), “Je te dis tout” (#3)

2015: Interstellaires

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• 3x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “Stolen Car” (#1), “City Of Love” (#1), “Insondables” (#23)

Other Hit Singles

“Que mon cœur lâche” (1992, from Dance Remixes, #9), “La poupée qui fait non” (1997, from Live à Bercy, #6), “Dessine-moi un mouton” (2000, from Mylenium Tour, #6), “L’histoire d’une fée, c’est…” (2001, from Rugrats in Paris, #9), “Les mots” (2001, from Les Mots, #2), “C’est une belle journée” (2002, from Les Mots, #5), “Pardonne-moi” (2002, from Les Mots, #6), “Slipping Away (Crier la vie)” (2006, from Go – The Very Best of Moby, #1), “Avant que l’ombre… (Live)” (2006, from Avant que l’ombre… à Bercy, #10), “Déshabillez-moi (Live)” (2007, from Avant que l’ombre… à Bercy, #10), “Du temps” (2011, from 2001.2011, #4)

Note: All certifications and hit single peak chart positions above are for France.

Biography

Mylène Farmer (born Mylène Jeanne Gautier) is a progressive French-Canadian recording artist and one of the most successful Francophone singer songwriters of all time. She has scored six diamond albums in France, 15 chart-topping singles, and 47 top ten hits. Her album Point de suture accomplished the same feat in France that Michael Jackson’s Bad did in the United States spawning five number one singles. Farmer has collaborated with a number of global A-listers including the United States’ Moby and United Kingdom’s Sting and Seal. She has worked with French director Luc Besson (Nikita, Leon the Professional, The Fifth Element) on music videos. She is also responsible for launching the career of French dance-pop sensation Alizée.

Mylène was born in the greater Montreal area to French parents and grew up in the Paris suburbs from the age of eight. Because of jus soli birthright citizenship recognized in Canadian law, as in most American countries, Mylène Farmer was awarded Canadian citizenship at birth.

Farmer was fascinated by horse racing in her teens and became a qualified equestrian instructor. She ended up leaving the stables to pursue an acting career by enrolling at a drama school. She changed her surname from Gautier to Farmer in tribute to her idol, Hollywood actress Frances Farmer and was able to earn a living as a model acting in television commercials. In 1984, Mylène answered a newspaper ad seeking actors from film student Laurent Boutonnat. The two became friends and forged a creative partnership which included writing and producing music for film progressing to the making of music videos. Farmer managed to attract attention with a series of risqué MVs.

Farmer’s first two singles released gained minor success, but she was determined to release an album. Her first studio LP, Cendres de lune, came out in 1986. Boutonnat wrote the music and directed the cinematic-style videos while Farmer penned the lyrics and sang. Singles “Libertine” and “Tristana” cracked the Top 10 in France. Album Ainsi soit je… followed in 1988 and catapulted Mylène Farmer to superstardom. The album went diamond, was the best-selling LP from a female artist in France through the 1980s, and spawned her first number one hit, “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces”.

Facing the pressure of a followup blockbuster in the early 90s, Farmer succeeded, rising beyond superstardom to become iconic. This was achieved with album L’Autre and the phenomenon that was single “Désenchantée” which topped the charts for 9 weeks entering the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling French single of all-time worldwide.

Around this time, a deranged fan entered the Polydor Records headquarters in Paris, shot the receptionist, and held employees at gunpoint demanding to talk to Farmer. Following this, Mylène left the country to live in Los Angeles for a few weeks. She released a remix album with new song “Que mon cœur lâche”, the MV of which was directed by Luc Besson. She returned to the U.S. for a break again after the debut feature film from Boutonnat, Giorgino, in which she starred, was a commercial disappointment. It was in California where Farmer began work on 1995 album Anamorphosée. This was the first album for which Farmer wrote music. Pumped up by electric rock guitars, single “XXL” was her first song to debut on the French charts at #1.

From then on, Mylène Farmer began to tour extensively and released live albums which sold exceptionally well. She closed out the 90s with her fourth consecutive diamond studio album Innamoramento and in 2001 contributed the song “L’histoire d’une fée, c’est…” to the film Rugrats in Paris.

In the new millennum, Farmer and Boutonnat put together music which they felt more appropriate for a younger star and found Alizée of Corsica. They wrote and produced Alizée’s albums Gourmandises and Mes courants électriques. Alizée’s hit song “Moi… Lolita” topped the charts, and she became the most successful French singer of 2001. For her own hits, Farmer released a compilation double disc album Les Mots that year, another diamond seller for her.

Mylène Farmer released Avant que l’ombre… in 2005. The following year, she collaborated for the first time with electronic musician Moby who invited her to record a duet with him in song “Slipping Away”. She also worked on Luc Besson’s animated feature film Arthur and the Minimoys, lending her voice to Selenia, the character voiced by Madonna in the international version.

Album Point de suture was released in 2008 and spawned five #1 singles. Bleu Noir, co-produced by Moby, followed in 2010. With the continued success of albums and singles, Mylène Farmer at this point now had number one singles in four consecutive decades. Her ninth and tenth studio albums are Monkey Me in 2012 and Interstellaires in 2015. The latter features a collaboration with Sting (The Police).