Anggun Cipta Sasmi (Indonesian pronunciation: [aŋˈɡun ˈtʃipta ˈsasmi]; born 29 April 1974) is an Indonesian-born French-naturalised singer, songwriter, and television personality. Born in Jakarta, she began performing at the age of seven and recorded a children's album two years later. With the help of famed Indonesian producer Ian Antono, in 1986 Anggun released her first rock-influenced studio album, Dunia Aku Punya. She became further well known with the single "Mimpi" (1989), which was listed as one of the 150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. She followed it with a series of singles and three more studio albums, which established her as one of the most prominent Indonesian rock stars of the early 1990s.
Anggun at the Place Edmond Michelet, Paris, on 25 April 2015
|Birth name||Anggun Cipta Sasmi|
|Also known as||Anggun C. Sasmi|
|Born||29 April 1974|
Anggun left Indonesia in 1994 to pursue an international career. After two years struggling in London and Paris, she met French producer Erick Benzi and signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Her first international album, Snow on the Sahara (1997), was released in 33 countries and became the best-selling album by an Asian artist outside Asia. Since then, Anggun has released another six studio albums as well as a soundtrack album to the Danish film Open Hearts (2002). Her singles, "Snow on the Sahara", "What We Remember", and "The Good Is Back", entered the Billboard charts in the United States, while "In Your Mind", "Saviour" and "I'll Be Alright" charted on the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles. She represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the song "Echo (You and I)". She became the judge for the pancontinental Asia's Got Talent from 2015 onward, as well as the Indonesian versions of The X Factor, Got Talent, and The Voice.
Anggun is the Asian artist with the highest album sales outside Asia, with her releases being certified gold and platinum in some European countries. She is the first Indonesian artist to have success in European and American record charts. She has received a number of accolades for her achievements, including the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the Government of France and the World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Indonesian Artist. She also became the first Indonesian woman to be immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds. Aside from her musical career, Anggun has been involved in numerous environmental and humanitarian works. She has been appointed as the global ambassador of the United Nations twice, first for the International Year of Microcredit in 2005 and then for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2009 onwards.
Life and careerEdit
1972–1993: Early life and career in IndonesiaEdit
Anggun was born and raised in Jakarta. She is the second child and first daughter of Darto Singo, a Javanese writer, and Dien Herdina, a housewife from the Yogyakartan royal family. Her full name means "grace born of a dream" in Balinese. Despite being a Muslim, Anggun was sent to a Catholic school to receive a better elementary education. At the age of seven, Anggun began receiving highly disciplined instruction in singing from her father. She trained daily, learning various vocal techniques. To help further develop her career, her mother began serving as her manager, accepting singing offers and handling business concerns. At the age of nine, Anggun began to write her own songs and recorded her first children's album.
As a preteen, Anggun was influenced by Western rock music artists. At the age of twelve, she released her first official studio album, Dunia Aku Punya (1986). The album was produced by Ian Antono, an Indonesian rock musician. However, the album failed to establish her popularity. Three years later, Anggun achieved some fame after the release of the single "Mimpi"; the song was later ranked by the Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine as one of the 150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time. Anggun's fame continued to increase with the release of subsequent singles, most notably "Tua Tua Keladi" (1990), which became her most popular hit in Indonesia. After a string of successful singles, Anggun released the studio albums Anak Putih Abu Abu (1991) and Nocturno (1992). The former earned her the Most Popular Indonesian Artist 1990–1991 award.
In 1992, Anggun began a relationship with Michel Georgea, a French engineer, whom she had met the year before in Kalimantan while touring. The couple married, despite a rumoured objection by Anggun's family, reportedly because they felt Anggun was too young . Georgea later became Anggun's manager. The following year, Anggun became the youngest Indonesian singer to found her own record company, Bali Cipta Records, and took complete creative control over her work. She produced her final Indonesian studio album, Anggun C. Sasmi... Lah!!! (1993), which yielded the number-one single "Kembalilah Kasih (Kita Harus Bicara)". By age nineteen, Anggun had sold over four million albums in Indonesia. She began to feel dissatisfied with her success in her country and began considering an international music career. Anggun later recalled: "[By the time] I was 20, I'd made five albums. I'd built my own record company. I'd produced my last album and produced some Indonesian acts as well. And I said to myself: 'I'm tired! I cannot achieve more than I already have. There's no challenge anymore'."
1994–1996: Beginnings in EuropeEdit
In 1994, Anggun released Yang Hilang, a greatest hits album of her Indonesian hits. She later sold her record company to fund her move to Europe, and moved to London for about a year. In a 2006 interview with Trax magazine, Anggun admitted to experiencing "culture shock" and having some serious financial problems while trying to start her new life in Europe, saying "I thought the money that I got by selling my record company was enough [to sustain life in London], but I began to lose money, little by little. I had to spend so much on taking cabs and eating! So I ended up taking buses everywhere and going to clubs to introduce myself as a singer." She also admitted that she "had to convert from being a shy, introverted, 'real' Javanese woman to being an unabashed, fearless, 'fake' Javanese woman."
She began writing songs and recording demos, but after a few months, all the demos she had sent to record companies around the UK were returned with negative replies. She began thinking about moving to another country, and initially considered moving to the Netherlands, but later decided on France. In 1996, her international career began to advance; she was introduced to producer Erick Benzi, who had previously worked with Celine Dion, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Johnny Hallyday. Impressed by Anggun's talent, Benzi immediately offered her a recording deal. Later that year, Anggun was signed to Columbia France and Sony Music Entertainment. After a brief French course at Alliance Française, Anggun began working on her debut album with Benzi, alongside Jacques Veneruso, Gildas Arzel and Nikki Matheson.
1997–1999: Snow on the Sahara and international successEdit
In June 1997, Anggun released her first French-language album, entitled Au nom de la lune. The album was a huge artistic departure from Anggun's earlier rock style, experimenting with world music and more adult contemporary sounds. Anggun described the album as "a concentration of all the musical influences of my life. I want to introduce Indonesia, but in a progressive way, in a lyric, in a sound, and mainly through me." The album's first single, "La neige au Sahara", quickly became a hit in France, peaking at number 1 on the French Airplay Chart and number 16 on the French Singles Chart. It became the most-played single in France of 1997, with a total of 7,900 radio airplays, and was certified gold for shipment of 250,000 copies. Two more commercial singles, "La rose des vents" and "Au nom de la lune", were released to modest chart success. The album peaked at number 34 on the French Albums Chart and sold over 150,000 copies in France and Belgium. Anggun received a nomination for the La révélation de l'année award (Revelation of the Year/Best New Artist) in Victoires de la musique (a Grammy Award-equivalent in the French music scene).
The English version of the album, Snow on the Sahara, was released internationally in 33 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and America between late 1997 and early 1999. The album contained the songs on Au nom de la lune, adapted to English by songwriter Nikki Matheson, and a cover version of the David Bowie hit "Life on Mars?". For the Southeast Asian market, Anggun included an Indonesian song, "Kembali", which became a huge hit in the region. American music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic called the album "a promising debut effort" because "she illustrates enough full-formed talent on the disc". According to Erlewine, Anggun "tackles polished ballads, Latin-pop and dance-pop on Snow on the Sahara, demonstrating that she can sing all the styles quite well." The album's first single, "Snow on the Sahara" was a commercial success, reaching number one in Italy, Spain and several countries in Asia, and the top five on the UK Club Chart. The song was also used as the soundtrack for an international marketing campaign launched by the Swiss watchmaker Swatch. Snow on the Sahara has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide and received the Diamond Export Sales Award.
In North America, Snow on the Sahara was released in May 1998 by Epic Records. Anggun went on an extensive tour for nine months in the United States to promote the album, including as a supporting act for several artists such as The Corrs and Toni Braxton, as well as participating at the Lilith Fair (performing with Sarah McLachlan and Erykah Badu on stage). She also appeared on American television programs such as The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Sessions at West 54th, Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, and received a CNN WorldBeat interview; she was also given coverage in printed media like Rolling Stone and Billboard. However, Snow on the Sahara was not much of a commercial success in the United States. The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and shipped 200,000 units. The single reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play and number 22 on the Billboard Adult Top 40. The album track "On the Breath of an Angel" was later used as the soundtrack of American television series Passions and television film The Princess and the Marine, both of which aired on NBC.
2000–2003: Chrysalis, Open Hearts, and collaborationsEdit
In 1999, Anggun ended her seven-year marriage to Michel de Gea; this inspired her to record another studio album. Her second French album, Désirs contraires, was released in September 1999. It was an artistic departure from Au nom de la lune, experimenting with electropop and ambient elements as well as R&B music. The album was again produced by Erick Benzi, but it featured some of Anggun's compositions. Désirs contraires failed to repeat the success of the previous album. It peaked at number 48 on the French Albums Chart and sold about 30,000 copies in France. Only two singles were released off the album: the tropical-sounding "Un geste d'amour" and the R&B-influenced "Derrière la porte". Both singles failed to achieve commercial success, although "Un geste d'amour" reached number 62 on the French Singles Chart.
It was the English version of the album that enjoyed more success. Chrysalis was released at the same time as Désirs contraires and represented a huge artistic growth for Anggun, who had co-written the entire album. Distributed simultaneously in 15 countries, the album was never released in the United States due to the lackluster sales of her first album. The album spawned the hit single "Still Reminds Me", which received high airplay across Asia and Europe. It became her third number-one hit in Indonesia since her international career and her third top 20 single in Italy (peaking at number 17). It also reached the top five on the Music & Media European Border Breakers Chart. She released a single especially for the Indonesian and Malaysian market, "Yang 'Ku Tunggu" (the Indonesian version of "Un geste d'amour"), which became another number-one hit for Anggun in the region.
At the end of 2000 Anggun received an invitation from the Vatican, asking her to appear at a special Christmas concert alongside Bryan Adams and Dionne Warwick. For the event, she gave her renditions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as well as "Still Reminds Me". Her performance was also included on the Noël au Vatican disc compilation. The following month, she started a tour across Asia and Europe, including her first ever concert in France at Le Bataclan on 1 February 2001. The tour ended on 30 April 2001 at Kallang Theater, Singapore. In 2002, Anggun received the Women Inspire Award from Singapore's Beacon of Light award ceremony for "her achievements as a role model for many young women in Asia." The next year, she was honored with Cosmopolitan Indonesia's Fun Fearless Female of the Year Award.
During this period, Anggun also did a string of collaborations, soundtrack projects, and charity albums. These included a mixed French-English song with DJ Cam entitled "Summer in Paris" (which later became a club hit in Europe and Asia for both artists) on his 2001 album, Soulshine; an Indonesian-English song with Deep Forest entitled "Deep Blue Sea" on their 2002 album, Music Detected; and three collaborations in 2003, including with Italian rock singers Piero Pelù, Serge Lama and Tri Yann. Her duet with Piero Pelù on an Italian-English song entitled "Amore Immaginato" became a hit in Italy, spending over two months at the top of Italian Airplay Chart. Among her charity projects were Solidays in 2000 (featuring her collaboration with Peter Gabriel and several international acts), Les voix de l'espoir in 2001, and Gaia in 2002 (featuring a duet with Zucchero on the song "World"). Anggun also collaborated with Bryan Adams in writing a song entitled "Walking Away" which remains unreleased for unknown reason.
Anggun participated in two Scandinavian movies: contributing the song "Rain (Here Without You)" for Anja & Viktor in 2001, and the entire soundtrack album for Open Hearts in 2002. For Open Hearts, Anggun worked with two Danish producers, Jesper Winge Leisner and Niels Brinck. "Open Your Heart" was released as a commercial single from the soundtrack album and charted at number 51 on the Norwegian Singles Chart. It also earned Anggun a nomination for Best Original Song at the Danish Film Academy's Robert Awards in 2003. "Counting Down" was also released as a single and became a top-ten airplay hit in Indonesia. Anggun's work with Sony Music ended in 2003 due to the company's structural change after a merger with BMG Music. She later moved to Montreal, Canada where she met Olivier Maury, a law school graduate. In 2004, Anggun and Maury were married in a private ceremony in Bali.
In 2004, Anggun returned to Paris and landed a new record deal with Heben Music, a French independent label. She began working on her next album with several producers, including Jean-Pierre Taieb and Frederic Jaffre. Anggun, who composed mainly in English, enlisted the help of several well-known French songwriters, such as Jean Fauque, Lionel Florence, Tété and Evelyn Kral to adapt her English songs into French. In late 2004, Anggun released her first solo French single in nearly four years, "Être une femme". The single was available in two versions: one solo version for commercial release and a duet with Diam's for radio release. It became Anggun's second top 20 hit in France, peaking at number 16 on the French Singles Chart. It also became Anggun's first French single to chart on the Swiss Singles Chart, peaking at number 58. Released in February 2005, Anggun's third French album, Luminescence, entered the French Albums Chart at number 30 and was later certified gold for selling 100,000 copies. The second single, "Cesse la pluie" also became a hit, peaking at number 10 in Belgium, 22 in France and 65 in Switzerland. According to Francophonie Diffusion, "Être une femme" and "Cesse la pluie" were the second and the fifth most-played French singles of 2005 worldwide, respectively. In 2005, Anggun also took part in the compilation album Ma quando dici amore, released by the Italian singer Ron. Anggun and Ron performed in the Italian-English song Catch You (Il coraggio di chiedere aiuto).
The English version of Luminescence—sharing the same title with its French counterpart—was released in Europe under Sony BMG and in Asia under Universal Music. "Undress Me" was chosen as the first single from the English version. Although it was not accompanied with a music video, it debuted at number 13 in Italy, becoming her fifth top 20 single there. It also provided Anggun with her first hit in the Middle East, where the song topped the charts in Lebanon and Turkey. "In Your Mind" was released as the second single and it became a huge hit in Asia. The third single, "Saviour", was used as the soundtrack for the U.S. box office number-one film Transporter 2.
Anggun was awarded with the prestigious distinction Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture for her worldwide achievements and her support of French culture. She was appointed as the spokesperson for the International Year of Microcredit, a United Nations program aimed at eradicating debt in the third world, as well as the ambassadress for a Swiss watch brand, Audemars Piguet. Anggun did a duet with Julio Iglesias on a reworked version of "All of You" for his album Romantic Classics (2006). She also participated on the 2006 Fight AIDS campaign in France with a collaborative track entitled "L'or de nos vies" with several other French musicians. On 25 May 2006, Anggun performed on her sold-out solo concert at the Jakarta Convention Center, entitled Konser Untuk Negeri.
In August 2006, Anggun released the special edition of both the French and English versions of Luminescence with three new songs. She made a large jump on the French Albums Chart from number 119 to number 16 (a total of 103 positions) with the re-release, making Luminescence her best-charting album in France. "Juste avant toi", the new single from the special edition, became Anggun's fourth top 40 hit, peaking at number 28 on the French Singles Chart. Meanwhile, its English version, "I'll Be Alright", became her most popular hit on Russian radio with over 43,000 airplays. Luminescence was re-issued in February 2007 and peaked at number three on the French Back Catalogue Chart.
In December 2006, Anggun received the special recognition Best International Artist at Anugerah Musik Indonesia, the most prestigious music award ceremony in Indonesia. The award was given for her role in introducing Indonesian music to the international recording industry. Subsequently, Anggun released her Best-Of album in Indonesia and Malaysia, which compiled singles during the first decade of her international career, including three re-recorded versions of her early Indonesian hits. The new version of "Mimpi" was released as a radio single and became a huge hit in Indonesia in late 2006 to early 2007. Anggun later released Best-Of for Italian market with different track listing and "I'll Be Alright" as its lead single. She was also featured on German band Reamonn's single "Tonight" and a charity single with several female French stars, titled "Pour que tu sois libre".
During 2007, Anggun participated in several environmental projects. She became the French-language narrator of the BBC nature documentary film Earth (Un jour sur Terre), and composed its soundtrack single, "Un jour sur terre". She was appointed as the Ambassador of the Micro-environment Prize by the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development and National Geographic Channel. Anggun was awarded Le grand cœur de l'année (The Great Heart of the Year) by French television network Filles TV for her contribution to social and environmental events.
In February 2007, Anggun was invited as the guest star on one episode of the fourth season of Star Academy Arab World in Lebanon. She returned to another episode of the show's fifth season in the following year. In December 2007, she received her second invitation from the Vatican to perform in the Christmas concert in Verona, Italy, along with Michael Bolton. She covered Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" with Corsican group I Muvrini for their album I Muvrini et les 500 choristes (2007). She was also featured on the remix version of DJ Laurent Wolf's number-one hit "No Stress" for the deluxe edition of his album Wash My World. Anggun and Wolf performed the song at the 2008 World Music Awards in Monaco.
In late 2008, Anggun released her fourth international studio album, Elevation, which shares the same title in both English and French. A departure from the style of her previous efforts, the album experimented with urban music and hip hop. Elevation was produced by hip hop producer pair Tefa & Masta and features collaboration with rappers Pras Michel from the Fugees, Sinik, and Big Ali. "Crazy" was released as the lead single from the album, with its French and Indonesian versions, "Si tu l'avoues" and "Jadi Milikmu", serving as the first single in the respective territories. In Russia, Elevation was released with an additional song, "O Nas S Toboyu", which was recorded as a duet with Russian singer Max Lorens. Prior to its official release, the album had already been certified double platinum, making it the fastest-selling album of her career in Indonesia. In France, the album debuted at number 36 on the French Albums Chart.
Anggun's four-year ambassadress contract with Audemars Piguet was subsequently extended. She was also chosen by international hair care brand, Pantene, and New Zealand-based dairy product, Anlene, as their ambassador. On 16 October 2009, Anggun was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), part of the United Nations. Anggun also joined the judging panel for Miss France 2009. In early 2010, Anggun recorded a duet with Portuguese singer Mickael Carreira on the song "Chama por me (Call My Name)", as well as performing at his concert in Lisbon, Portugal on 26 February 2010. She collaborated with German electronica musician Schiller, co-writing and contributing lead vocals to two tracks, "Always You" and "Blind", for his album Atemlos (2010). Anggun was also featured on Schiller's concert series, Atemlos Tour, in 14 cities in Germany during May 2010.
2011–2013: Echoes, Eurovision, and The X FactorEdit
Anggun's fifth international studio album—Echoes for the English version and Échos for the French version—saw her collaboration with composers Gioacchino, Pierre Jaconelli, Jean-Pierre Pilot, and William Rousseau. It became her first self-produced international album and was released under her own record label, April Earth. The English version was first released in Indonesia in May 2011. It topped the Indonesian Albums Chart and was certified platinum in the first week. It eventually became the best-selling pop album of 2011, with quadruple platinum certification. "Only Love" and its Indonesian version "Hanyalah Cinta" were released as the lead singles and became number-one radio hits. The French version was released in November 2011 and reached number 48 on the French Albums Chart. Anggun also recorded Frozen's Indonesian Let It Go Pop with Regina Ivanova [id], Cindy Bernadette [id], Nowela, and Chilla Kiana. "Je partirai", the first single for the French version, reached number five in Belgium. Anggun held her second major concert at the Jakarta Convention Center, Konser Kilau Anggun, on 27 November 2011. She later appeared for the third time at the Christmas concert in the Vatican. This time, she performed "Only Love" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", the latter in a duet with Ronan Keating.
Anggun was chosen by France Télévisions to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. She co-wrote the entry, "Echo (You and I)", with William Rousseau and Jean-Pierre Pilot. Anggun held an extensive tour to more than 15 countries in Europe to promote the song. She performed the song at the Eurovision grand final in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May 2012, wearing a shiny metallic dress sponsored by designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The song finished in 22nd place with 21 points. Anggun later told the press that she had originally hoped to reach a place within the top 10 and was deeply disappointed with the final result.
In March 2012, Anggun released the international edition of Echoes with "Echo (You and I)" as the lead single. A special edition of Échos was also released in France, featuring three additional tracks. Following the completion of the Eurovision, she continued the promotion of the album. Anggun embarked on a concert tour in several cities across France, Switzerland and New Caledonia, including her sold-out concert in Le Trianon, Paris, on 13 June 2012. On Valentine's Day of that year, she appeared as the guest artist at Lara Fabian's concert special on MTV Lebanon, where they sang the duet "Tu es mon autre". Anggun also toured 10 cities in Germany with Schiller in late 2012.
In 2013, Anggun served as the international judge for the first season of the Indonesian version of The X Factor, which reportedly made her the highest-paid judge in Indonesian television history. It became the year's highest-rated talent show in Indonesia. Anggun's involvement was also lauded by public and critics, with Bintang Indonesia praising her for "setting high standard [for a judge] on talent shows." She subsequently joined the judging panel of the television special X Factor Around the World, alongside Paula Abdul, Louis Walsh, Daniel Bedingfield, and Ahmad Dhani, on 24 August 2013. She participated on the concept album entitled Thérèse – Vivre d'amour, for which she recorded two duets—"Vivre d'amour" and "La fiancée"—with Canadian singer Natasha St-Pier. Released in April 2013, the project topped the French Physical Albums Chart. In May 2013, Anggun released a greatest hits album entitled Best-Of: Design of a Decade 2003–2013. A new version of "Snow on the Sahara" produced by Lebanese-Canadian musician K.Maro was sent to Indonesian radio to promote the album. At the 2013 Taormina Film Fest in Italy, Anggun was presented with the Taormina Special Award for her humanitarian works as the FAO Goodwill Ambassador.
2014–2016: Got Talent and Toujours un ailleursEdit
Following the success of X Factor Indonesia, Anggun was recruited to judge the other Syco's franchise, Indonesia's Got Talent, in 2014. To prepare for the program, she received instruction from Simon Cowell during the set of Britain's Got Talent. Anggun re-recorded her debut international single as a French-Portuguese duet with Tony Carreira, retitled "La neige au Sahara (Faço Chover No Deserto)", for Carreira's album Nos fiançailles, France/Portugal. The duo performed the song at the 2014 World Music Awards in Monaco, where Anggun was awarded the World's Best-Selling Indonesian Artist. In June, Anggun launched her first fragrance, Grace, named after her name in English. In late 2014, Anggun recorded two duets: "Who Wants to Live Forever" with Il Divo for their album A Musical Affair and "Pour une fois" with Vincent Niclo for his album Ce que je suis. Anggun also released "Fly My Eagle" as an original soundtrack for the commercially and critically acclaimed film Pendekar Tongkat Emas. Anggun performed in Africa twice during 2014, for Casa Fashion Show in Casablanca, Morocco, and for the 15th annual French-speaking World Summit in Dakar, Senegal.
In 2015, Anggun, alongside David Foster, Melanie C (Spice Girls) and Vanness Wu (F4), was announced as a judge on the debut of Asia's Got Talent. Joined by contestants from 15 countries in Asia, the show premiered on AXN Asia on 12 March 2015. Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C and Vanness Wu later collaborated on a cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" as the charity single for Nepal earthquake relief. Anggun became the ambassador of charity organization La Voix De l'Enfant (The Voice of the Children). The Asian Academy of Music Arts and Sciences (AAMAS) also announced Anggun among its board of governors, as well as becoming the academy's first ambassador. At the 2015 Anugerah Planet Muzik in Singapore, Anggun received the International Breakthrough Artist Award for becoming the first internationally successful act from Malay-speaking countries. SK-II and Harper's Bazaar Indonesia honored Anggun as one of 15 Most Inspiring Women. She joined the SK-II's "Change Destiny" campaign and became a spokesperson alongside actress Cate Blanchett and Michelle Phan for its event in Los Angeles.
Anggun's sixth French-language studio album, Toujours un ailleurs, was released in November 2015 by TF1 Musique under Universal Music Group. Produced by Frédéric Chateau [fr] and Grammy Award-winning producer Brian Rawling, the album revisited the world music direction of her debut international album. Toujours un ailleurs became Anggun's most successful album in France since Luminescence (2005), charting for 24 weeks on the French Albums Chart (peaking at number 43) and sold over 50,000 copies. It also became her best-charting album in Belgium, debuting at number 43 and remaining on the chart for 31 weeks (making 5 re-enters). The album's single, "Nos vies parallèles" peaked at number 47 on the French Singles Chart and number 39 on the Belgian Ultratop Singles Chart (her first top 40 hit since "Être une femme") According to Francophonie Diffusion, "Nos vies parallèles" was the third most-played French song worldwide during March 2016. To promote the album, Anggun embarked on a 23-date concert tour across France and Belgium.
Anggun received the Key to the City award from Dario Nardella, the Mayor of Florence, Italy. Anggun was featured on new-age music group Enigma's eight studio album The Fall of a Rebel Angel (2016), providing lead vocals for three songs, including the lead single "Sadeness (Part II)", which is the sequel to the 1990 number-one hit "Sadeness (Part I)". The Album topped US Top Dance/Electronic Album charts in United States.
2017–present: Return to Got Talent and 8Edit
On 12 October 2017, Anggun released a lyric video for "What We Remember" on YouTube as the first single of her new album "8". On 7 December 2017, An official music video of "What We Remember" was released on YouTube. It was Directed by Roy Raz. On 8 December 2017, she released her new album 8 and a release party was held at the Apple store on Orchard Road, Singapore. “8” was distributed under exclusive license to Universal Music Asia, and the album was released digitally worldwide on major streaming platforms and also released physically in some Asian countries. Throughout December 2017, Anggun and Universal Music Asia held a promotional tour throughout Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The tour consisted of listening parties, showcases and meet and greet sessions. The first single "What We Remember" was released by dance label Citrusonic and serviced to US clubs including remixes by DJ Lynnwood (DJLW) Ralphi Rosario, Antoine Cortez, Craig C, Dirty Disco, Sted-E & Hybrid, Love to Infinity and more.
Artistry and public imageEdit
Anggun possesses a three-octave contralto voice, which has been described as "husky", "soulful", and "distinctive" by music critics. Chuck Taylor from Billboard commented: "Vocally, Anggun is a fortress of power, easing from a delicate whisper into a brand of cloud-parting fortitude commonly associated with grade-A divas." John Everson from The SouthtownStar noted that "Anggun is gifted with a warm, full voice that can tackle slight pop songs without overpowering them as well as swoop with depth and ease over heavier emotional numbers." Anggun received her first songwriting credit at the age of twelve on her debut album Dunia Aku Punya (1986). Anggun said, "I was writing songs all the time, but my specialty was classical piano and singing."
Anggun started as a rock singer in Indonesia, and was influenced by rock bands such as Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, and Megadeth. After her initial international success, she showed her versatility by changing her musical style for each album. Her later influences cover a wide range of styles from jazz to pop, extending from Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell to Madonna. Anggun identified Nine Inch Nails's The Fragile (1999) as "the album that changed my life" and the band's frontman Trent Reznor as "the man of my musical life." Her other musical influences include Sheila Chandra, Sting, David Bowie, and The Beatles. Anggun, who studied Balinese dance, uses the traditional art in her performances.
Anggun's image has been compared to that of Pocahontas. At the early stage of her career as a rock singer, Anggun was known for her tomboy look—wearing a crooked beret, shorts, studded jacket, and large belt; this set a trend during the early 1990s. Later, she has focused on her femininity and sexuality, emphasising her long black hair and brown skin. For this look she utilises the work of fashion designers like Azzedine Alaïa, Dolce & Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli. In 2001, Anggun was ranked #6 in a list of Sexiest Women of Asia by FHM magazine. Later in 2010, she was ranked at number 18 on the French version of FHM's list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
When promoting her first international album in the United States, she was reportedly offered a role as a Bond Girl in The World Is Not Enough, as well as in High Fidelity. Anggun declined to be being an actress and said:"I was born a singer. I won't go into another profession, because I think there are still many people out there who were born to be movie stars or models. My calling is music."
Anggun's success in Europe and America has been credited with helping other Asian singers such as Coco Lee, Utada Hikaru, and Tata Young. Malaysian singer Yuna asked Anggun for guidance when launching her recording career in the United States in 2011. Ian De Cotta from Singapore newspaper Today called her the "Voice of Asia" as well as "Southeast Asia's international singing sensation." Filipino journalist Lionel Zivan S. Valdellon described Anggun as "a very good ambassadress for Indonesia and Asia in general". Regarding the role of Asia in the Western music industry, Anggun said "I think it's about time people know something more about Asia, not only as a vacation place."
Anggun was raised a Muslim:
At the same time she notes that she is not inclined to have a rigid point of view about religion and tends more and more to Buddhism without, in essence, breaking with religious belief. In recognising her disposition to Buddhism, Anggun stresses that her transition to another religious stance should not be a concern of other people. She makes it a requirement to admit religious toleration and insists on a separation of religious faith from the basic regulative principle for the individual:
For me, the most important thing is not what religion you believe in but how you do things, how you live your life.
Your belief doesn’t determine whether you’re a good person or not—your behavior does.
Anggun has been married four times. Her first marriage, in 1992, was to Michel Georgea, a French engineer. Since he was her manager, Anggun was reproached in Indonesia for allegedly marrying to advance her career. Her second husband was Louis-Olivier Maury (b. in March 1971) whom she met in Canada. They married in 2004. After her marriage to Olivier Maury ended in 2006, Anggun began a relationship with French writer Cyril Montana, whom she eventually married. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Kirana Cipta Montana, on 8 November 2007. But because Anggun is a career oriented woman, her relationship with the daughter is long distance. On August 16, 2018 Anggun married for the fourth time in Ubud, Bali with a French photographer, Christian Kretschmar.
Indonesian-language studio albumsEdit
English-language studio albumsEdit
- Snow on the Sahara (1997)
- Chrysalis (2000)
- Luminescence (2005)
- Elevation (2008)
- Echoes (2011)
- 8 (2017)
French-language studio albumsEdit
|1987||Operet Lebaran||Gun Gun||TV musical drama|
|1997||Sessions at West 54th||Herself||TV Series documentary|
|1998||The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Herself||TV Series|
|2006||Muppets TV||Herself||One episode|
|Extravaganza||Musical guest||Prime time comedy variety show|
|2007||Star Academy Arab World||Guest mentor||TV reality show ; one episode|
|Earth (Un jour sur Terre)||Narrator||Documentary film|
|Extravaganza||Musical guest||Prime time comedy variety show|
|2008||Miss France 2009||Herself||Judges|
|2009||Anggun Cari Bintang Pantene||Herself||TV reality show|
|2010||What War May Bring (Ces amours-là)||Herself||Drama film; cameo appearance|
|2013||X Factor Indonesia||Judge / mentor||TV reality show (Season 1)|
|X Factor Around the World||Judge||TV special|
|MasterChef Indonesia||Guest Judge||TV reality show ; one episode (Season 3)|
|2014||Indonesia's Got Talent||Judge||TV reality show (Season 2)|
|2015||Peuples autochtones: notre combat||Narrator||TV documentary film|
|Miss France 2016||Herself||Judges|
|Asia's Got Talent||Judge||TV reality show (Season 1)|
|2017||Judge||TV reality show (Season 2)|
|2018||The Voice Indonesia||Coach||TV reality show (Season 3)|
|2019||Asia's Got Talent||Judge||TV reality show (Season 3)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1990||BASF Awards||Best Selling Album of the Year||Tua Tua Keladi||Nominated|
|Monitor Magazine||Best Performer on TV||Herself||Nominated|
|Popular Magazine Indonesia||Most Popular Artist of the Year||Won|
|Most Popular Song||"Tua-Tua Keladi"||Nominated|
|1993||Video Music Indonesia Awards||Best Music Video||"Kembalilah Kasih (Kita Harus Bicara)"||Won|
|Favorite Music Video||Won|
|BASF Awards||Best Selling Album of the Year||Anggun C. Sasmi... Lah!!!||Nominated|
|1998||Victoires de la musique||Revelation of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|2001||Radio France Internationale||Francophone Song of the Year||"Derrière la porte"||Won|
|2002||Beacon of Light Awards||Women Inspire Award||Herself||Won|
|2003||Cosmopolitan Indonesia||Fun Fearless Female of the Year||Won|
|Robert Awards||Best Original Song||"Open Your Heart"||Nominated|
|2004||Radio France Internationale||Francophone Song of the Year||"Être une femme"||Won|
|2005||Government of France||Knight of Arts and Letters||Herself||Won|
|Sopot Music Awards||Best International Song||"Cesse la pluie"||Nominated|
|2006||Anugerah Musik Indonesia||Best International Artist||Herself||Won|
|2007||Filles TV – Jeune & Jolie Awards||Great Heart of the Year||Won|
|2008||Radio France Internationale||Francophone Song of the Year||"Si tu l'avoues"||Won|
|2009||Dahsyatnya Awards||Outstanding Solo Singer||Herself||Nominated|
|2012||Outstanding Guest Star||Nominated|
|Yahoo OMG! Awards||Most Inspiring Celebrity||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding International Achievement||Nominated|
|2013||Taormina Film Fest||Taormina Special Award||Won|
|SBY Magazine||Woman of the Year||Won|
|NRJ Music Award||Best Francophone Group/Duo/Trio/Collective||Génération Goldman Volume 2 (as featured artist)||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|World's Best Live Act||Nominated|
|World's Best Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|World's Best Selling Indonesian Artist||Won|
|World's Best Song||"Vivre d'amour" (with Natasha St-Pier)||Nominated|
|World's Best Video||Nominated|
|World's Best Album||Thérèse – Vivre d'amour (as featured artist)||Nominated|
|2015||Indonesian Movie Awards||Most Favourite Movie Soundtrack||"Fly My Eagle"||Nominated|
|Anugerah Planet Muzik||International Breakthru Artiste Award||Herself||Won|
|2016||Government of Florence, Italy||Key of the City||Herself||Won|
|2017||SCTV Music Awards [id]||Most Popular Collaboration||"Teka-Teki"(with Tantri of Kotak (band))||Nominated|
|Daf BAMA Music Awards||Best International Asian Act||Herself||Won|
|Best Female Act||Won|
|Big Apple Music Awards||Best Selling Asian Artist||Herself||Pending|
|Best Asian Act||Pending|
- Jeffries, Stan (2003). Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980–2001. Greenwood Press, University of Michigan. ISBN 978-0-313-31547-3.
- Koespradono, Gantyo (1 March 2008). "Mimpi-Mimpi Anggun". Kick Andy: Kumpulan Kisah Inspiratif (in Indonesian). Vol. 1. Bentang Pustaka. pp. 52–61. ISBN 978-979-1227-17-9.
- Redaksi Jogja Bangkit (2010). 100 Great Women: Suara Perempuan Yang Menginspirasi Dunia [100 Great Women: The Voice of the Women that Inspire the World] (in Indonesian). Jogja Bangkit Publisher. pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-602-8620-28-4.
- Routledge (2007). International Who's Who in Popular Music 2007 (9th revised ed.). University of Virginia. ISBN 978-1-85743-417-0.
- Ariwibowo, AA (18 November 2009). "Anggun yang Berhati Anggun" (in Indonesian). Antara News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Routledge 2007, p. 16
- Brown, Adrian (4 February 2002). "Creating Her Own Destiny: ANGGUN CIPTA SASMI". Gadfly Online. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Diani, Hera (5 May 2001). "Singer Anggun sets the record straight". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Koespradono 2008, p. 77
- Koespradono 2008, p. 78
- Bush, John. "Anggun > Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
- "Singer Anggun makes a name around the world". The Jakarta Post. 22 October 2000. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Taylor, Chuck (25 April 1998). "Epic's Anggun Leaves Indonesia, Rock For Int'l Stage, More Personal Sound". Billboard. New York. 110 (17): 78. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "150 Lagu Indonesia Terbaik Sepanjang Masa". Rolling Stone (in Indonesian). 56. December 2009.
- "In Conversation: Anggun". Channel NewsAsia. MediaCorp. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Koespradono 2008, p. 82
- Tai, Elizabeth (8 August 2005). "Leaving it all behind". The Star. Star Publications. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Syarifudin (8 August 2005). "Anggun C Sasmi Kembali Rilis Album Internasional". Suara Karya (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "The Secret Side of Anggun". Trax. Jakarta, Indonesia: Media Tiara Victory: 4. July 2006.
- "Biography – Anggun". Radio France Internationale. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
- "Anggun around the world: From Asia to the U.S. – via Paris!". Radio France Internationale. 9 November 2000. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
- Setiadi, Purwanto; Zakaria, Anang (18 September 2009). "Transformasi Musik Anggun". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- Document archive (1997), La diffusion en radio 1997, Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique
- "Discographie Anggun". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Les Certifications: Anggun". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- Bouton, Remi (7 February 1998). "Changes in French Awards Gain Music Biz Approval". Billboard. New York. 110 (6): 91. ISSN 0006-2510.
- King, Millané (23 December 2000). "Artists to Watch: Anggun "Chrysalis"". Billboard. New York. 112 (52): 47. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Redaksi Jogja Bangkit 2010, p. 23
- "Snow on the Sahara – Anggun". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Anggun, punto e a capo in musica". TGCOM. Mediaset. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Marolle, Emmanuel (29 November 2011). "Eurovision : Anggun défendra la France". Le Parisien. Éditions Philippe Amaury. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "Anggun à l'Eurovision". Musique Info. 29 November 2011. Archived from the original on 4 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Khan, Riz (5 June 1998). "WorldBeat Interviews: Anggun". CNN. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart". Billboard. New York. 110 (40): 26. 3 October 1998. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Snow on the Sahara – Anggun". Billboard. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Passions Soundtrack (1999) OST". Ringostrack.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "The Princess & the Marine (2001)". Sweetsoundtrack.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "Italian chart portal: Single Top 20". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 19 October 2000. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Raih Woman Inspire Award 2002". Suara Merdeka (in Indonesian). 3 December 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Vocalist: Anggun". AmIAnnoying.com. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Soulshine – DJ Cam". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Lacoste, Fabien (14 February 2005). "Anggun en pleine "Luminescence"..." MusicActu. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "WALKING AWAY (Legal Title)". Broadcast Music, Inc. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Ruhlmann, William (18 February 2003). "Open Hearts – Anggun". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "IFPI Norsk platebransje". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Danmarks Film Akademi's Robert nomineringer 2003" (in Danish). Danish Film Academy. Archived from the original on 6 August 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- Diani, Hera (22 June 2003). "Singer Anggun still Indonesian at heart". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Anggun – Être une femme". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Anggun – Luminescence". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Ultratop Belgian Charts: 50 Ultratip". Ultratop 50. 22 April 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Anggun – Cesse la pluie". Swiss Music Charts. Archived from the original on 6 January 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Le Palmarès International des Musiques Francophones – Année 2005". Francophonie Diffusion. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- "Italian chart portal: Single Top 20". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 19 May 2005. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Monger, James Christopher (6 September 2005). "Transporter 2 – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Tai, Elizabeth (8 August 2005). "Sunny, happy Anggun". The Star. Star Publications. Archived from the original on 19 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun". International Year of Microcredit. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Junaidi, A. (16 October 2005). "Anggun C. Sasmi: 'It's like a marriage'". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- ""Le Roi Soleil De Versailles A Monaco" avec Anggun, Lââm, Leslie & M. Pokora". Musique Radio. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Konser Sukses, Anggun Janji Dukung Musik Indonesia" (in Indonesian). KapanLagi.com. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun – I'll Be Alright" (in Russian). Russian Music Charts. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "Semaine du 24/02/2007 au 03/03/2007". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Anggun C Sasmi, Artis Internasional Terbaik AMI AWARD 2006" (in Indonesian). KapanLagi.com. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Promosi Album, Anggun C Sasmi Pulang Kampung". KapanLagi.com. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun Best Of". MTV Italia. 13 June 2007. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Un jour sur terre". BBC France. 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun and co pour la conférence de Copenhague". Charts in France. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Loddo, Nadia (18 February 2008). "Tous nos petits gestes comptent". Metro France. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Filles TV – Jeune & Jolie Awards: Anggun". Filles TV. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- من زار الأكاديمية مساء أمس؟. Star Academy Arab World (in Arabic). Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation. 9 February 2007. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Concert for Sudan". Agenzia Info Salesiana. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- O'Brien, Jon. "I Muvrini & Les 500 Choristes". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Wash My World – Laurent Wolf". iTunes. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Laurent wolf feat. Anggun – No Stress (World Music Awards 2008)". YouTube. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Mandel, Eric (2 January 2009). "Anggun goes urban: Elévation". Radio France Internationale. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun : les secrets de "Elevation"". Musique Radio. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "ANGGUN – новый альбом ELEVATION". Glavradio. Warner Music International. 15 July 2009. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Album Anggun Sudah Diganjar Double Platinum". KapanLagi.com. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Kuswandini, Dian (12 January 2009). "Anggun C. Sasmi: Reaching a whole new level". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Meet the Goodwill Ambassadors: Anggun". Food and Agriculture Organization. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun chosen as FAO goodwill ambassador". The Jakarta Post. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Miss France: 36 candidates et grand spectacle sur TF1 pour remonter l'audience". Le Point. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Azevedo, Miguel (16 May 2009). "Diva rendida a Mickael". Correio da Manhã. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Spiess, Jürgen (26 May 2010). "Die neue Berliner Lässigkeit". Südwest Presse. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "SCHILLER: "Atemlos -Live" und "Lichtblick" – Noch einmal in schillernde Welten tauchen". GlaubeAktuell. 26 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Adystiani, Renny Y. (28 May 2011). ""Echoes", Menguak Sisi Personal Anggun". Tabloid Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Seno, Budi (27 June 2011). "Anggun C Sasmi: Bangga Raih Platinum". Suara Karya (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- Nismara, Reno (27 October 2011). "Anggun Siap Suguhkan Banyak Kejutan di Jakarta, 27 November". Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Rahayu, Eva Martha (23 November 2011). "Pantene Gelar Konser Kilau Anggun". SWA (in Indonesian). Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Anggun – Echos". Charts in France. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Ultratop Belgian Charts: 50 Ultratip". Ultratop 50. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Da Dionne Warwick ai Pooh, parata di stelle per il concerto di Natale domani a Roma". Online-News. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Eurovision: Anggun a sa chanson". Le Parisien. Éditions Philippe Amaury. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2012.
- "Echo (You and I) // Press Release". Anggun.com. 25 January 2012. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Certains concurrents n'ont pas mérité d'être devant nous". 28 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Anggun – Echoes (CD)". Musicline.de. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Les évènements > Anggun". Jean-Claude Camus Productions. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Lara Fabian & Anggun – Mon Autre". YouTube. Official channel for MTV Lebanon. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Anggun's Tour". Anggun.com. 6 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Hasibuan, Andrei (21 December 2012). "Singer to discover new talent on 'X-Factor Indonesia'". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Murtono, Hari (24 February 2013). ""X Factor Indonesia": Saat Anggun Tampil Sepenuh Hati". Bintang Indonesia.
- "GM Fremantle Media: Fakta Keberhasilan X Factor Indonesia". X Factor Indonesia. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- Bulbeck, Pip (21 August 2013). "Paula Abdul, Louis Walsh Set for 'X Factor Around The World' Special in Indonesia". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Vivre d'amour – par Natasha St-Pier et Anggun". France Bleu. Archived from the original on 11 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- "Classement albums physiques: Semaine du 06/05/2013 au 12/05/2013". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- Eka, Dadan (16 March 2013). "Anggun C. Sasmi Luncurkan Best-of design of A Decade 2003-2013". Cek & Ricek. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "TaorminaFilmFest: Anggun incanta Taormina, a Papaleo e Veronesi il premio Cariddi/video". L'Impronta. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- Pandansari, Sylvia Puput (27 March 2014). "Demi Indonesia's Got Talent, Anggun Sampai Temui Simon Cowell". Liputan 6. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Fathiyah, Alia (28 May 2014). "Anggun Raih Penghargaan di World Music Awards". Tempo. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- "Sosok Anggun dalam Parfum Grace". Tempo Gaya.
- "A Musical Affair (French Version)". iTunes Store.
- "'PENDEKAR TONGKAT EMAS' banjir pujian dari artis-artis tanah air". merdeka.com.
- Hamri, Hajar (31 July 2014). "Casa Fashion Show, automne hiver 2014/2015". La Nouvelle Tribune. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- "Ouverture à Dakar du 15e sommet de la Francophonie". La Libre Belgique. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Yi, Hon Jing (27 January 2015). "Asia does have talent". Today. MediaCorp. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Gil, Baby A. (29 June 2015). "The many sides of David Foster". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- "Yannick Noah, Lorie, M. Pokora, Jenifer s'unissent sur le single caritatif "Je reprends ma route"". chartsinfrance.net.
- "Anggun becomes AAMAS' Ambassador and Board of Governors". Music Asia.
- "Taufik Batisah menang besar di APM 2015, Anggun penerima pertama Anugerah Rentas Planet". Berita News & Current Affairs.
- "SK II Inspiring Women With Harpers Bazaar". Archived from the original on 10 October 2015.
- Chan, Stephanie (1 March 2016). "A Few Lessons Learned From Cate Blanchett at SK-II's Beauty Event". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "News". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
- Marboen, Ade (22 June 2015). "Anggun perkenalkan singel terbaru berbahasa Prancis 'A Nos Enfants'" (in Indonesian). Antara. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- "ANGGUN & FLORENT PAGNY - NOS VIES PARALLÈLES" (in French). ultratop.be. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP". SNEP (in French). Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Le Palmarès International des Musiques de l'Espace Francophone Mars 2016" (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- "Ad Anggun le Chiavi della città. Al via il festival del cinema indonesiano". La Nazione. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Anggun: Lady Rocker Yang Telah Berubah". Tembang.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Benke, Benny (17 June 2003). "Anggun, Diva Sebenarnya". Suara Merdeka (in Indonesian). Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Figge, Katrin (19 June 2013). "From Jakarta to Paris and Beyond, Anggun Celebrates Her Career". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Taylor, Chuck (6 March 1999). "Reviews & Previews > Anggun Rose in the Wind". Billboard. New York. 111 (10): 26. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Everson, John (20 August 1998). "Anggun – Snow on the Sahara (Epic)". The SouthtownStar. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Anggun Interview" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Greffe, Anne; Street, Julie (25 February 2005). "Anggun – Luminescence". Radio France Internationale. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Solihun, Soleh (2 January 2012). "Q n A: Anggun". Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Pichon, Jérôme (2 January 2012). "Anggun wins the French vote". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- Adystiani, Renny Y. (25 May 2011). "Anggun: "Nasionalisme Tak Harus Pakai Batik"". Tabloid Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Kompas Cyber Media. "Di Grand Final Asia's Got Talent 2015, Anggun Disebut Mirip Pocahontas".
- "Anggun C. Sasmi Berharap Anaknya Berkulit Cokelat". Tempo (in Indonesian). 3 August 2010. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
- "Les 100 femmes les plus sexy du monde 2010". FHM. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Kartikawati, Eny (20 December 2006). "Anggun Tolak Jadi Gadis Bond". DetikCom. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "ANGGUN: Aku Suka Suara Agnes Monica" [Anggun: I like the voice of Agnes Monica] (in Indonesian). Tembang.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun Jadi Duta Perhiasan Audemars Piguet". KapanLagi.com. 28 September 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Aziz, Muhammad (13 October 2012). "Berkilaulah, Anggun!". Harper's Bazaar Indonesia (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Cotta, Ian De (30 April 2001). "Anggun: Voice of Asia?". Today. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Anggun C Sasmi / IndonesiaMatters.com
- Lo, Ricky (23 April 2001). "Anggun: 'The Grace Created in a Dream'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
- POLICARPIO, ALLAN (24 December 2017). "Anggun, a Muslim, has serenaded 3 Popes". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
- Anggun has been married 3 times! Who did she have a child with? // MSN News
- Biographie d'Anggun // Gala (in French)
- LOUIS OLIVIER MAURY - 1223 COLOGNY - MANAGER
- Wan Chik, Sofiatul Shima (14 November 2007). "Berubah secara total" (in Malay). Kosmo!.
- "La chanteuse a donné naissance à sa petite fille le 8 novembre dernier..." Première. Lagardère Group. 14 November 2007. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Anggun bicara soal Long Distance". NET. live (in Indonesian). 2:49 minutes in. YouTube. NET. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
Anggun long distance relationship dengan [with] anak [child] (00:23)
- Ahmad Sabran (18 August 2018). "VIDEO: Anggun C Sasmi Menikah Keempat Kalinya".
- "Артисты: Anngun". First Class Agency. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Guess what?: Anggun to step into Madame Tussauds Bangkok". The Jakarta Post. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
- "Anggun: Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "Lara Fabian - Victoires de la Musique 1998 + Je t'aime". YouTube. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- . Internet Movie Database https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000564/2003. Retrieved 10 September 2016. Missing or empty
- Gusman, Egie (4 January 2012). "Inilah Nominator Dahsyatnya Awards 2012" (in Indonesian). celebrity.okezone.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Martin TRAN. "NRJ Music Awards 2015: NRJ Music Awards : qui sera le Groupe / Duo / Troupe / Collectif francophone de l'année ? - TF1". tf1.
- Raspati, Teguh (1 May 2015). "Daftar Lengkap Nominasi Indonesian Movie Awards (IMA) 2015" (in Indonesian). ulasanpilem.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- "Les 100 femmes les plus sexy du monde 2010". FHM. Retrieved 28 December 2012.