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Recto Verso is the second studio album by French singer Zaz, released on 10 May 2013 under the label Play On. The album was Zaz's first album in three years, after her eponymous début, released in 2010. It débuted on the French Album Chart at #2 and to date has spawned three singles, "On ira", "Si" and "Gamine". Musically, it is largely in a similar style to Zaz's début album. The title refers to the two sides of Zaz's personality, which she wished to express in the music of the album.[1]

Recto Verso
Recto-verso.jpg
Studio album by Zaz
Released 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)
Recorded 2012-13
Genre Pop, jazz, blues, soul, R&B
Length 41:15
Label Play On, Sony
Zaz chronology
Zaz
(2010)Zaz2010
Recto Verso
(2013)
Paris
(2014)Paris2014
Alternative cover
Collector's edition cover
Collector's edition cover
Singles from Zaz
  1. "On ira"
    Released: 11 March 2013
  2. "Si"
    Released: 14 October 2013
  3. "Gamine"
    Released: 24 March 2014

Contents

Commercial performanceEdit

The album was released to iTunes two days in advance of its physical release, which led to it entering the chart at #35 on the week ending 16 May 2013. However, on the next week it rose to #2, with total sales of 44,500. The album lost in a well-publicized chart battle to the new album of Vanessa Paradis, which charted at #1 with sales of 48,900.[2] The initial performance of Recto Verso was considered disappointing following Zaz, which spent eight weeks at #1. However, Recto Verso went on to spend ten weeks in the top 10 albums and has been certified Double Platinum, with estimated sales of 360,000 as of December 2013.[3]

SinglesEdit

The first single released from the album was "On ira" (English: "We Will Go"), an up-tempo song about the joys of being human. Released to iTunes on 11 March 2013, the song débuted on the French Singles Chart at #111 on the week ending 23 March 2013. It slowly climbed the charts, reaching a peak of #12 on 25 May 2013.[4] It became her highest charting single to date and first top 20. It was similarly successful in multiple other European countries, including Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where it was her first single to chart since "Je veux" in 2010.[5]

The second single from the album was initially chosen to be "Comme ci, comme ça" and in September 2013, a music video for the song was released.[6][7] However, the choice was changed to "Si" in October 2013 and a music video for that song was released in the same month, accompanied by a digital release on iTunes.[8][9] On 20 October 2013, the song reached #34 in the French Singles Chart, matching "Je veux", the first single from ZAZ as Zaz's second highest peaking single.[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."On ira"Kerredine Soltani, Tryss, Louise Becue, Olivier Volovitch3:00
2."Comme ci, comme ça"Ilan Abou, Thierry Faure, Isabelle Geffroy, Maya Barsony2:45
3."Gamine"Mickaël Furnon3:10
4."T'attends quoi"Kerredine Soltani, Tryss, Louise Becue, Olivier Volovitch3:20
5."La lessive"Isabelle Geffroy, Frédéric Volovitch2:17
6."J'ai tant escamoté"Mickey Morisset, Xavier Prêtre3:44
7."Déterre"Buridane2:41
8."Toujours"Frédéric Volovitch3:11
9."Si je perds"Aurélie Antolini, Frédéric Volovitch3:04
10."Si"Jean-Jacques Goldman2:36
11."Oublie Loulou"Charles Aznavour, Pierre Roche2:40
12."Cette journée"Martin Terife, Isabelle Geffroy, Frédéric Volovitch2:53
13."Nous debout"David McNeil, Ours3:13
14."La lune"Mickey Morisset, Xavier Prêtre2:41
Total length:41:15

ChartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 16
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 3
Czech Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 73
French Albums Chart 2
German Albums Chart 2
Polish Albums Chart 5
Spanish Albums Chart 21
Swiss Albums Chart 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2013) Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[11] 14
French Albums Chart[12] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 9
Chart (2014) Position
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 191
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 56

CertificationsEdit

Country Certification Sales Certified
Austria[16] Gold 7,500
Belgium[17] Gold 15,000
France[18] Diamond 500,000
Germany[19] Gold 100,000
Poland[20] Platinum 20,000
Switzerland[21] Platinum 15,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zaz Interview - CIF". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Zaz on French Album Chart". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ "SNEP Certifications October 2013" (PDF). SNEP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ "Zaz - On ira on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Zaz - On ira on Lescharts.com". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Comme ci, comme ça on CIF". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Comme ci, comme ça clip on CIF". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Zaz - Si on CIF". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Zaz - Si video on CIF". Pure charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Zaz - Si on Lescharts". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  11. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2013&cat=a
  12. ^ http://www.snepmusique.com/tops-annuel/top-albums-fusionnes/
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  14. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/annual.asp?year=2014&cat=a
  15. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2014&cat=a
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  17. ^ "Belgian Certifications in 2013". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  18. ^ http://www.snepmusique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Certifications_Albums_2013.pdf
  19. ^ "Zaz – Zaz, German certification" (in German). IFPI. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "2016 Polish Platinum Certifications". zpav.pl. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 
  21. ^ "2013 Swiss Certifications". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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