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France's music prize: and the winner is...

Nov 16

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Queen of the swingers: Daphné, Prix Constantin laureate for 2007Parisian chanson française singer Daphné (left) has won the 2007 Prix Constantin, beating high-profile nominees like Justice and Keren Ann to the honour. She was rewarded for 'Carmin', her second album.

The singer was presented with the prize by jury chairperson Rachid Taha at a ceremony in Paris last night. The presentation took place after a show featuring performances from all the nominees. The only absentees were Justice, who played their scheduled concert in Bordeaux last night.

The Prix Constantin, France's equivalent to the Mercury and Choice prizes, is awarded to the act considered to be the year's musical revelation. The two criteria for eligibility are that the act is signed to a French label and has never attained gold status in France (75,000 sales).

After last year's win by slam rapper Abd Al Malik, Daphné's success is a return to the prize's 2005 form, when idiosyncratic singer/voice artist Camille was rewarded for her quirky take on the traditional French chanson style, where a skiffly/jazzy sound is combined with Latino/manouche rhythms and carefully-crafted lyrics.

You can listen to some tracks from Daphné on her MySpace page. Here's the video for her recent single 'Musicamor':

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Re: France's music prize: and the winner is...

Having watched the video with my 11 month old I can confirm that Daphné is going after the pre-school demographic (her true market intentions being given away by the prominent inclusion of the teddy - a huge hit with my daughter - in the video)

By eoghan on   Saturday, November 17, 2007

Re: France's music prize: and the winner is...

No joke: the pre-school demographic is big business here in strike-land's music market (must blog about this). The charts are full of cartoon characters (especially animated animals) singing nursery-rhyme-style songs, à la Dora The Explorer. The CLUAS heiress would be thrilled; her bill-paying papa less so :D

By aidan on   Saturday, November 17, 2007

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Aidan Curran, based in Paris, has been writing for CLUAS since 2004. More info about Aidan...

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