Mélanie Georgiades (French pronunciation: ​[melani ʒɔʁʒjad]; born 25 July 1980 in Nicosia), better known by her stage name Diam's ([djams]), is a French rapper and singer of Greek Cypriot origin.

Diam's
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Background information
Birth nameMélanie Georgiades
Also known asDiam's, Diamant
Born (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 39)
OriginNicosia, Cyprus
GenresFrench Hip-Hop, R&B, hip hop soul
Years active1998–2012
LabelsHostile Records, EMI
Associated actsSinik

Early careerEdit

In 1998, when she was just 19, Diam's signed a development deal with BMG Music Publishing France. With the publisher's help, Diam's worked on her craft and signed with Universal Records in 1999. She appeared in a song on DJ Mehdi's 2002 album "(The Story Of) Espion".

2003's Brut de Femme was her breakthrough, reaching gold and spawning the top 10 single "DJ."

In 2005, she cemented her importance as a songwriter with "Ma Philosophie"—a huge number one hit for Pop Idol star Amel Bent.

In 2005, she collaborated with Indonesian singer Anggun for her song "Juste Être Une Femme" (Just to be a Woman), which is featured on the French version of her studio album Luminescence.

Dans ma bulle 2006Edit

Dans ma bulle (Inside my Bubble) was released in February 2006, debuting at number one on the French album chart selling 50,000 copies in its first week. Diam's first single from Dans Ma Bulle, La Boulette (The Moron) gained immense popularity and airtime. It stayed at number one on the French music charts for 6 consecutive weeks. Her second single Jeune Demoiselle debuted at #4. Ma France à moi and Confessions nocturnes with Vitaa also proved to popular. Dans Ma Bulle went on to be the biggest-selling French album in France in 2006 and reached diamond status (1,000,000 copies sold).[citation needed] Diam's won the award for Best French Act at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Personal lifeEdit

Diam's is known for her political activism in both her lyrics and her public persona. She converted to Islam in late 2008 and wears a Jilbāb.[1][2]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Peak chart positions
FR FR (DD)1 BEL (WA) SWI
1999 Premier mandat
-
-
-
-
2003 Brut de femme[3]
7
-
45
-
2004 Ma vie / Mon live (Live album)[4]
53
-
-
-
2006 Dans ma bulle[5]
1
-
3
19
2009 S.O.S.[6][7]
1
1
6
18

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions
FR FR (DD)1 BEL (WA) SWI
2003 "DJ" (music video directed by J.G Biggs)[8]
2
-
1
16
2003 "Incassables"[9]
31
-
8
29
2004 "Évasion" (Diam's feat. China)[10]
29
-
31
45
2006 "La boulette (Génération nan nan)"[11][12]
1
2
1
12
2006 "Jeune Demoiselle"[13][14]
4
3
3
20
2007 "Ma France à moi"[15]
11
-
12
-
2009 "I am somebody"
-
-
-
-
2009 "Enfants du désert"[16][17]
-
6
21
80
2010 "Coeur de bombe"[18]
-
43
-
-
2010 "Peter Pan"
-
-
-
-
As featured artist
2003 "Un peu de respect" (Lady Laistee feat. Diam's)[19]
90
-
-
-
2003 "Promise" (music video directed by J.G Biggs) (Kamnouze vs. Diam's feat. Jango Jack)[20]
50
-
-
-
2004 "Relève la tête" (Kery James feat. Diam's, Passi, Matt & Kool Shen)[21]
39
-
-
-
2006 "Les mains en l'air" (Admiral T feat. Diam's)[22]
29
-
-
76
2006 "Non c'sera non (omri omri)" (Cheb Mami feat. Diam's & Leslie)[23]
30
-
-
-

1 Digital Downloads

RecognitionsEdit

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2004 Victoires de la Musique Rap/hip-hop album of the year (Brut de Femme) Won
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 Best French Act Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Album of the Year (Dans Ma Bulle) Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Song of the Year (La Boulette) Won
2007 NRJ Music Awards Music Video of the Year (Jeune Demoiselle) Nominated
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Song (La Boulette) Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Rap Artist Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Album (Dans Ma Bulle) Won
2010 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Album of the Year (S.O.S.) Nominated
2010 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French rapper stuns fans, makes first TV appearance wearing hijab". Ramdane Belamri. AL ARABIYA. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Diam's : Insultes, divorce difficile et nouveau mari... elle dit tout !". Chloé Breen. 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Diam's : Brut de femme". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Diam's : Ma vie — Mon live". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Diam's : Dans ma bulle". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Diam's : S.O.S." Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  7. ^ "French Digital Albums Chart - 21 November 2009". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Diam's : DJ". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Diam's : Incassables". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Diam's : Évasion". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Diam's : La boulette". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  12. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 11 March 2006". Disqueenfrance. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  13. ^ "Diam's : Jeune demoiselle". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  14. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 5 May 2006". Disqueenfrance. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  15. ^ "Diam's : Ma France à moi". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  16. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 21 November 2009". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  17. ^ "Diam's : Enfants du désert". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  18. ^ "French Digital Singles Chart - 30/01/2010". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  19. ^ "Lady Laistee feat. Diam's : Un peu de respect". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  20. ^ "Kamnouze vs. Diam's feat. Jango Jack : Promise". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  21. ^ "Kery James present Lino, AP, Diam's, Passi, Matt & Kool Shen : Relève la tête". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  22. ^ "Admiral T feat. Diam's : Les mains en l'air". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  23. ^ "Cheb Mami feat. Diam's & Leslie : Non c'sera non (omri omri)". Lescharts. Retrieved 23 January 2010.

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