FRESH: ‘On Oublie Le Reste’ – Jenifer and Kylie Minogue

Kylie teams up with French pop singer Jenifer for “On Oublie Le Reste”.

by Christopher Smith

Kylie Minogue continues her musical odyssey with another joint collaboration, this time with French pop singer Jenifer, for the track “On Oublie Le Reste” (We Forget The Rest), taken from Jenifer’s most recent, eighth studio album “Nouvelle page”. It follows her most recent partnership with Tove Lo on the track “Really Don’t Like U” and offers a rare opportunity to hear Kylie sing in French, something she’s only occasionally offered up with songs like “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi” in 1988 and a French version of her 1994 smash hit “Confide In Me”.

So who is Jenifer? Well, she was born in Nice in 1983 and is a Francophone pop singer (real name Jenifer Yaël Dadouche-Bartoli). She burst onto the French pop scene when she won the first series of reality talent show Star Academy in 2002. This victory (overshadowing her loss at a similar endeavor in 1997 on the television show Graines de Star) led to a recording contract and saw the release of her first single “J’attends L’amour”, shortly thereafter. A self-titled debut album was not far behind and was a hit, selling more than 800,000 units. Touring followed, and she took a short break when she gave birth to her son in December 2003.

2004 found Jenifer back on track, releasing her second album “Le Passage”. A tour and live album, Jenifer Fait Son Live, followed in 2005. In 2007, Jenifer hit number one on the French album charts for the first time with that year’s November release “Lunatique”. She also won a number of NRJ Radio awards, including Best French Female Artist and Best French Album for the 2010 release “Appelle-Moi Jen”, as well as Best French Artist at the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards. Her well-received fifth album “L’amour et Moi” appeared in 2012 and reached the top five of the French charts. The same year she starred as a judge on the French version of television show The Voice, after she had found fame herself in a similar manner.

In 2013 “Ma Déclaration” arrived, including Jenifer’s own versions of songs originally performed by France Gall alongside collaboration with Corsican group Chjami Aghjalesi and a duet with Christophe Willem. Pior to releasing “Nouvelle page”, her 2016 album “Paradis secret” won her a sixth top ten album, the title track of which was a top ten hit in her home country, her first since “Comme un hic” in 2008. “On Oublie Le Reste” follows on from her duet with French singer Slimane “Les choses simples”, which charted in France and Belgium, a country where Jenifer has attained three chart topping albums and ten top ten singles.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!