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À l'ombre

"À l'ombre" (English: In the Shadow) is a song recorded by the French singer Mylène Farmer. This electropop song was written by Farmer with music composed by Laurent Boutonnat. It was the lead single from her ninth studio album Monkey Me (2012), released on 22 October 2012 digitally, and on 26 November in physical formats. The single entered the French chart at number four, then dropped out of the top 50 and jumped to number one on the chart edition of 8 December 2012. It also peaked in the Belgian (Walloon) chart at number two.

"À l'ombre"
Single by Mylène Farmer
from the album Monkey Me
B-side"Instrumental"
Released26 November 2012
Recorded2012
GenreElectropop
Length4:51 (album version)
4:45 (radio edit)
LabelPolydor, Universal Music
Songwriter(s)Lyrics: Mylène Farmer
Music: Laurent Boutonnat
Producer(s)Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer singles chronology
"Du temps"
(2011)
"À l'ombre"
(2012)
"Je te dis tout"
(2013)
Music video
"À l'ombre" on YouTube

Contents

On 16 October 2012, the RTL journalist Anthony Martin revealed on Twitter the title of Farmer's new single, and it was said that the music and lyrics were respectively of Boutonnat and Farmer. Two days later, the cover of the CD single was shown on Twitter by Polydor France. On 22 October, the song was sent to radio stations and simultaneously was made available on the download platforms from 8:00 am. Remixes by Guéna LG and then by The Young Professionals were posted on social networks in early November.

"À l'ombre" is an electropop, dance song similar in style to the songs on Farmer's Point de suture album. The lyrics describe somebody, potentially Farmer, wallowing in self-doubt and questioning their self-worth. They also may allude to a disillusionment with the struggle to stay famous and viable. The sombre mood of the song fits in with Farmer's attraction to misery and despair as seen on previous tracks Je t'aime mélancolie and Fuck Them All.

Farmer in the music video for "À l'ombre". The scene depicted is directly inspired by the French artist Olivier de Sagazan's work Transfiguration.

On 29 November 2012, TF1 announced on its site that an excerpt of the music video for "À l'ombre" would be shown three days later on the evening new programme, and that Farmer would be interviewed by the news presenter Claire Chazal the next day. On 1 December 2012, indeed, a one-minute preview of the music video was shown at the end of the broadcast. The video was directed by Laurent Boutonnat and inspired by the French artist Olivier de Sagazan, and especially his work Transfiguration. De Sagazan said that Farmer contacted him and that he agreed to perform in the video, and explained that the "unfolding of [his] the work makes the chronology of the video", adding that his work deals with a "large organic chaos". The music video was shot in Paris in November 2012, in an 800-square meter studio.

According to the newspaper Le Point, "Sagazan's work is a mixture of beautiful, and sometimes disturbing, painting and sculpture which plays with appearances and fears. The work of the performer looks so much like the singer's world that one wonders why both did not meet earlier." Just after the news broadcast, the full music video was available on the TF1 website. It shows Farmer singing, dancers performing a choreography in the mud, de Sagazan covering his face with mud and wolves running in the fog.

Thomas Montet of Pure People deemed the video "disturbing", seeing in it "the praise of madness". According to de Sagazan, the music video is "magnificent".

According to Julien Chadeyron of Le Nouvel Observateur, "À l'ombre" is "so effective and haunting".

In France, two hours after its availability on digital platforms, the song became number one on iTunes. On the chart edition of 27 October 2012, the song entered the French chart at number four, with 8,875 downloads, then dropped to number 69 with 960 downloads. It continued to drop the following two weeks, falling out of the top 100, then climbed to number 59, and reached number one the next week, when the physical formats were released, selling 22,027 units that week. "À l'ombre" thus became Farmer's twelfth number one solo and thirteenth overall single in France. Then it dropped to number 21.

In the French-speaking part of Belgium (Wallonia), the song entered the Ultratop 50 at number six on 3 November 2012, then dropped to number 34 and fell until the last rank of the chart the next two weeks before rocketing to number 19 in the fifth week, then to number three and eventually to number two.

  • CD single
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(single version)4:51
2."À l'ombre"(instrumental)4:48
  • CD maxi 1
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(single version)4:51
2."À l'ombre"(Offer Nissim club remix)7:31
3."À l'ombre"(TYP remix club)7:00
4."À l'ombre"(Guéna LG new chords radio remix)3:49
  • CD maxi 2
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(single version)4:51
2."À l'ombre"(Guéna LG remix)7:00
3."À l'ombre"(Tony Romera club remix)6:00
4."À l'ombre"(instrumental)4:48
  • 12" maxi
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(Tony Romera club remix)
2."À l'ombre"(Guéna LG remix)
3."À l'ombre"(Offer Nissim club remix)
4."À l'ombre"(TYP remix club)
5."À l'ombre"(single version)
  • CD single – Promo
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(radio edit)4:45
  • CD maxi – Promo – Remixes
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(TYP remix club)7:00
2."À l'ombre"(Tony Romera club remix)6:00
3."À l'ombre"(Offer Nissim club remix)7:13
4."À l'ombre"(Guena LG remix)7:59
5."À l'ombre"(TYP remix – radio version)4:20
6."À l'ombre"(Tony Romera radio remix)3:26
7."À l'ombre"(Offer Nissim radio remix)4:12
8."À l'ombre"(Guena LG new chords radio remix)3:49
  • Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."À l'ombre"(single version)4:50
2."À l'ombre"(Offer Nissim club remix)7:14
3."À l'ombre"(TYP remix club)7:01
4."À l'ombre"(Guena LG new chords radio remix)3:48
5."À l'ombre"(Guena LG remix)7:59
6."À l'ombre"(Tony Romera club remix)6:59
7."À l'ombre"(Instrumental)4:48

These are the credits and the personnel as they appear on the back of the single:

  • Mylène Farmer – lyrics
  • Laurent Boutonnat – music
  • Requiem Publishing – editions
  • Nathalie Delépine – photograph
  • Henry Neu – design
  • Made in the E.U.

Peak positions

Chart (2012-20) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Ultratip Chart 75
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Airplay Chart 4
Belgian (Wallonia) Dance Chart 11
French SNEP Singles Chart 1
French Airplay Chart 60
Hungary (Single Top 40) 32

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 87
French Singles Chart 95

Region Date Format
Belgium, France 22 October 2012 Digital download (single)
26 November 2012 CD single, CD maxi 1, CD maxi 2, 12" maxi, Digital download (remixes)
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À l'ombre
A l ombre Language Watch Edit A l ombre English In the Shadow is a song recorded by the French singer Mylene Farmer This electropop song was written by Farmer with music composed by Laurent Boutonnat It was the lead single from her ninth studio album Monkey Me 2012 released on 22 October 2012 digitally and on 26 November in physical formats The single entered the French chart at number four then dropped out of the top 50 and jumped to number one on the chart edition of 8 December 2012 It also peaked in the Belgian Walloon chart at number two A l ombre Single by Mylene Farmerfrom the album Monkey MeB side Instrumental Released26 November 2012Recorded2012GenreElectropopLength4 51 album version 4 45 radio edit LabelPolydor Universal MusicSongwriter s Lyrics Mylene Farmer Music Laurent BoutonnatProducer s Laurent BoutonnatMylene Farmer singles chronology Du temps 2011 A l ombre 2012 Je te dis tout 2013 Music video A l ombre on YouTube Contents 1 History 2 Music and lyrics 3 Music video 4 Reception 5 Formats and track listings 6 Credits and personnel 7 Charts 7 1 Peak positions 7 2 Year end charts 8 Release history 9 See also 10 ReferencesHistory EditOn 16 October 2012 the RTL journalist Anthony Martin revealed on Twitter the title of Farmer s new single and it was said that the music and lyrics were respectively of Boutonnat and Farmer Two days later the cover of the CD single was shown on Twitter by Polydor France On 22 October the song was sent to radio stations and simultaneously was made available on the download platforms from 8 00 am 1 Remixes by Guena LG and then by The Young Professionals were posted on social networks in early November 2 3 Music and lyrics Edit A l ombre is an electropop dance song similar in style to the songs on Farmer s Point de suture album 4 5 The lyrics describe somebody potentially Farmer wallowing in self doubt and questioning their self worth They also may allude to a disillusionment with the struggle to stay famous and viable The sombre mood of the song fits in with Farmer s attraction to misery and despair as seen on previous tracks Je t aime melancolie and Fuck Them All 6 Music video Edit Farmer in the music video for A l ombre The scene depicted is directly inspired by the French artist Olivier de Sagazan s work Transfiguration On 29 November 2012 TF1 announced on its site that an excerpt of the music video for A l ombre would be shown three days later on the evening new programme and that Farmer would be interviewed by the news presenter Claire Chazal the next day 7 On 1 December 2012 indeed a one minute preview of the music video was shown at the end of the broadcast The video was directed by Laurent Boutonnat and inspired by the French artist Olivier de Sagazan and especially his work Transfiguration 8 De Sagazan said that Farmer contacted him and that he agreed to perform in the video and explained that the unfolding of his the work makes the chronology of the video adding that his work deals with a large organic chaos The music video was shot in Paris in November 2012 in an 800 square meter studio 9 According to the newspaper Le Point Sagazan s work is a mixture of beautiful and sometimes disturbing painting and sculpture which plays with appearances and fears The work of the performer looks so much like the singer s world that one wonders why both did not meet earlier 10 Just after the news broadcast the full music video was available on the TF1 website 11 It shows Farmer singing dancers performing a choreography in the mud de Sagazan covering his face with mud and wolves running in the fog Thomas Montet of Pure People deemed the video disturbing seeing in it the praise of madness 12 According to de Sagazan the music video is magnificent 9 Reception EditAccording to Julien Chadeyron of Le Nouvel Observateur A l ombre is so effective and haunting 13 In France two hours after its availability on digital platforms the song became number one on iTunes 4 On the chart edition of 27 October 2012 the song entered the French chart at number four with 8 875 downloads 14 then dropped to number 69 with 960 downloads 15 It continued to drop the following two weeks falling out of the top 100 then climbed to number 59 and reached number one the next week when the physical formats were released selling 22 027 units that week A l ombre thus became Farmer s twelfth number one solo and thirteenth overall single in France 16 Then it dropped to number 21 In the French speaking part of Belgium Wallonia the song entered the Ultratop 50 at number six on 3 November 2012 then dropped to number 34 and fell until the last rank of the chart the next two weeks before rocketing to number 19 in the fifth week then to number three and eventually to number two 17 Formats and track listings EditCD single 18 No TitleLength1 A l ombre single version 4 512 A l ombre instrumental 4 48CD maxi 1 19 No TitleLength1 A l ombre single version 4 512 A l ombre Offer Nissim club remix 7 313 A l ombre TYP remix club 7 004 A l ombre Guena LG new chords radio remix 3 49CD maxi 2 20 No TitleLength1 A l ombre single version 4 512 A l ombre Guena LG remix 7 003 A l ombre Tony Romera club remix 6 004 A l ombre instrumental 4 4812 maxi 21 No TitleLength1 A l ombre Tony Romera club remix 2 A l ombre Guena LG remix 3 A l ombre Offer Nissim club remix 4 A l ombre TYP remix club 5 A l ombre single version CD single Promo 22 No TitleLength1 A l ombre radio edit 4 45CD maxi Promo Remixes 23 No TitleLength1 A l ombre TYP remix club 7 002 A l ombre Tony Romera club remix 6 003 A l ombre Offer Nissim club remix 7 134 A l ombre Guena LG remix 7 595 A l ombre TYP remix radio version 4 206 A l ombre Tony Romera radio remix 3 267 A l ombre Offer Nissim radio remix 4 128 A l ombre Guena LG new chords radio remix 3 49Digital download 24 25 26 No TitleLength1 A l ombre single version 4 502 A l ombre Offer Nissim club remix 7 143 A l ombre TYP remix club 7 014 A l ombre Guena LG new chords radio remix 3 485 A l ombre Guena LG remix 7 596 A l ombre Tony Romera club remix 6 597 A l ombre Instrumental 4 48Credits and personnel EditThese are the credits and the personnel as they appear on the back of the single 27 28 Mylene Farmer lyrics Laurent Boutonnat music Requiem Publishing editions Nathalie Delepine photograph Henry Neu design Made in the E U Charts EditPeak positions Edit Chart 2012 20 Peak positionBelgian Flanders Ultratip Chart 29 75Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart 17 2Belgian Wallonia Airplay Chart 17 4Belgian Wallonia Dance Chart 17 11French SNEP Singles Chart 30 1French Airplay Chart 31 60Hungary Single Top 40 32 32 Year end charts Edit Chart 2012 PositionBelgian Wallonia Singles Chart 33 87French Singles Chart 34 95Release history EditRegion Date FormatBelgium France 22 October 2012 Digital download single 26 November 2012 CD single 35 CD maxi 1 36 CD maxi 2 37 12 maxi 38 Digital download remixes 25 26 See also EditList of number one hits of 2012 France List of artists who reached number one on the French Singles ChartReferences Edit Homard Jonathan 22 October 2012 Mylene Farmer ecoutez son nouveau single A l ombre in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 Homard Jonathan 5 November 2012 Mylene Farmer remixe A l ombre ecoutez in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 Homard Jonathan 14 November 2012 Mylene Farmer collabore avec The Young Professionals sur le remix du titre A l ombre in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 a b Homard Jonathan 22 October 2012 Mylene Farmer son nouveau single A l ombre deja numero un des ventes sur iTunes in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 Mylene Farmer A l ombre C est deja un carton pour son nouveau single in French Pure People 22 October 2012 Retrieved 2 December 2012 Translation of A L Ombre by Mylene Farmer Lyrics Translate Retrieved 27 June 2014 Corriez Olivier 29 November 2012 Mylene Farmer le clip A l ombre en exclusivite samedi soir sur TF1 in French TF1 Retrieved 1 December 2012 Bakela Dolores 2 December 2012 A l ombre le nouveau clip de Mylene Farmer Metro France in French Retrieved 2 December 2012 a b Daheran Nicolas 16 December 2012 Performance en clip Presse Ocean in French Begle Jerome 1 December 2012 L offensive mediatique de Mylene Farmer Le Point in French Retrieved 1 December 2012 Mylene Farmer A l Ombre in French TF1 1 December 2012 Retrieved 1 December 2012 Montet Thomas 1 December 2012 Mylene Farmer devoile le tres derangeant clip de A l ombre in French Pure People Retrieved 2 December 2012 Chadeyron Julien 3 December 2012 Mylene Farmer sur TF1 avec un nouvel album Monkey me elle m a etonnee Le Nouvel Observateur in French Retrieved 3 December 2012 Decant Charles 31 October 2012 Top Singles Psy Adele et Rihanna plus forts que Mylene Farmer in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 Decant Charles 12 November 2012 Top Singles record historique de ventes pour le Skyfall d Adele in French Charts in France Retrieved 1 December 2012 Hamard Jonathan 6 December 2012 Mylene Farmer place A l ombre en tete des ventes et bat son propre record in French Charts in France Retrieved 6 December 2012 a b c d Mylene Farmer A l ombre Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart in French Ultratop Retrieved 1 December 2012 A l ombre CD one Single liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 372 281 7 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link A l ombre Maxi CD Single liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 372 281 6 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link A l ombre Maxi CD Single liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 372 445 7 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link A l ombre 12 Maxi Vinyl liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 372 281 5 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link A l ombre Promo CD one Single liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 372 185 4 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link A l ombre Promo Maxi CD Single liner notes in French Mylene Farmer Polydor 2012 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