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Debut (1984 - 1989)

Meeting fellow Cours Florent student Laurent Boutonnat, Farmer made her recording debut as a pop singer with "Maman a Tort" in 1984 and was the first of many songs composed by Boutonnat, who also directed a risqué video starring Farmer as a Lolita figure in a revealing nightgown. More singles followed, and Farmer eventually scored her first Top Ten hit with "Libertine" in 1986. "Pourvu Qu'elles Soient Douces," another provocative song with an epic video that ran for nearly 20 minutes and coupled French history with sex and death. As with subsequent albums, all the lyrics of Ainsi Soit Je... were written by Farmer while Boutonnat composed the music and directed the videos. In addition to her recording output, Farmer established herself right away as a dramatic concert performer, releasing the first of many live albums with En Concert in 1989.  

L'Autre... and Désenchantée (1990 -

1992)

Mylène devoted almost the whole of 1990 to her work in the studio, recording ten new songs for her album "L'autre", which was finally released on April 1991. Boutonnat recreated his special magic once again in the spectacular videos accompanying Désenchantée, Regrets, Je T'Aime Mélancolie and Beyond My Control. The video was banned from French TV screens. However, censors deeming it too violent and shocking for viewers. Mylène followed the album with a hugely successful tour, which attracted tens of thousands of fans. Encouraged by this success, Mylène released an exclusive compilation album in November 1992, featuring dance remixes of her greatest hits.

Giorgino (1992 - 1994)

In the winter of 92/93 Mylène Farmer set off for Slovakia with Laurent Boutonnat to star in his first feature film "Giorgino". The pair spent five long hard months, trudging through the snow and working under terrible circumstances, Mylène throwing herself body and soul into her role as a young artist. Accustomed as she was to pull off phenomenal record sales with the greatest of ease and performing sell-out tours across France, Mylène was totally unprepared for her first failure. When "Giorgino" hit the cinema screens on October 4, 1994, Boutonnat's film proved to be a spectacular flop.  

Anamorphosee (1995 - 1997)

Anamorphosée, which was released in France 1995, revealed a new-style. Mylène's new material was more rock-oriented, featuring a much more energetic, electric guitar sound. The cover of the new album showed that Mylène's image had also undergone a radical transformation. The portrait on the album cover, taken by the famous American photographer Herb Ritts, showed a new-look. Mylène left the ambiguous Lolita image of her old days behind and gone for a more mature leather look. Mylène's videos had also undergone a radical transformation. After the spectacular flop of "Giorgino", Mylène's new videos were no longer placed under the artistic direction of Laurent Boutonnat. They were shot instead by top American film directors such as Abel Ferrara who made the video for "California".  

Innamoramento and Mylenium

(1998 - 2000)

Mylène was back in the music news in 1999 with a new album entitled "Innamoramento". The album for which Mylène penned all the lyrics herself practically and wrote 5 of the 13 tracks. The first two single releases, "l'Ame stram gram" and "Souviens-toi du jour", went straight to the top of the French charts, boosting sales of "Innamoramento" which went on to sell almost a million copies. Later that year Mylène set off on her famous "Mylenium Tour", performing a series of lavish over-the- top stage shows up and down the country. The concerts attracted thousands of committed Mylène fans who turned out in force to see their idol dressed in sexy/futurist stage garb, emerging from the head of a giant Sphinx and breaking into a superbly-choreographed work-outs! Mylène went back into the music news in January 2000, scooping three of the top prizes at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes. Greeted by rapturous applause from the audience, the singer sobbed her way through her acceptance speech amidst a flash of camera bulbs. At the end of 2000, after long months spent on the road for the sake of her "Mylenium Tour", she released a live album featuring highlights from this enormous show.  

Alizee & Lets Mots (2000 - 2004)

Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat had assembled some songs and video ideas they felt appropriate for a younger, new star. Alizée a French singer, born in Ajaccio, Corsica, entered the music business in the year 2000. She released two studio albums, composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. January 2002 Mylène went on to triumph at the NRJ Music Awards, carrying off the trophy for Best Female Francophone Artist of the Year. Shortly afterwards French daily Figaro Entreprises published a report on 14 February 2002, naming Mylène Farmer as the French artist who had made the most revenue from copyright in 2001, earning 10.4 million euros as a singer, songwriter, composer and producer of young French talent Alizée. That same year she received the "Platinum Europe Award" at the Europe Awards for her million-selling Best Of. And the following year, she was named Best Francophone Artist of the year at the NRJ Music Awards.

Avant que L'ombre... (2004 - 2006)

Fuck them all, was the first single from her latest studio album "Avant Que L'ombre". All her key themes are to be found here: death, spirituality but also love and sex. Mylène Farmer wrote all the lyrics, to music by the ever faithful Laurent Boutonnat. Although always discreet when it comes to promoting her album, Mylène Farmer announced 13 concert dates in January 2006 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, all of which were quickly booked up. Returning to the stage in January 2006 for 13 dates in Paris Bercy, with the final date being January 29 Mylène stated that she could not tour the country due to the complex sets built for the performances. She has released a new live album with a new DVD concert, Avant Que L'ombre and recorded a single with Moby, "Slipping Away" which was published in September 2006 and became her fourth number one single in France.

Biography

Debut (1984 - 1989)

Meeting fellow Cours Florent student Laurent Boutonnat, Farmer made her recording debut as a pop singer with "Maman a Tort" in 1984 and was the first of many songs composed by Boutonnat, who also directed a risqué video starring Farmer as a Lolita figure in a revealing nightgown. More singles followed, and Farmer eventually scored her first Top Ten hit with "Libertine" in 1986. "Pourvu Qu'elles Soient Douces," another provocative song with an epic video that ran for nearly 20 minutes and coupled French history with sex and death. As with subsequent albums, all the lyrics of Ainsi Soit Je... were written by Farmer while Boutonnat composed the music and directed the videos. In addition to her recording output, Farmer established herself right away as a dramatic concert performer, releasing the first of many live albums with En Concert in 1989.  

L'Autre... and Désenchantée

(1990 - 1992)

Mylène devoted almost the whole of 1990 to her work in the studio, recording ten new songs for her album "L'autre", which was finally released on April 1991. Boutonnat recreated his special magic once again in the spectacular videos accompanying Désenchantée, Regrets, Je T'Aime Mélancolie and Beyond My Control. The video was banned from French TV screens. However, censors deeming it too violent and shocking for viewers. Mylène followed the album with a hugely successful tour, which attracted tens of thousands of fans. Encouraged by this success, Mylène released an exclusive compilation album in November 1992, featuring dance remixes of her greatest hits.

Giorgino (1992 - 1994)

In the winter of 92/93 Mylène Farmer set off for Slovakia with Laurent Boutonnat to star in his first feature film "Giorgino". The pair spent five long hard months, trudging through the snow and working under terrible circumstances, Mylène throwing herself body and soul into her role as a young artist. Accustomed as she was to pull off phenomenal record sales with the greatest of ease and performing sell-out tours across France, Mylène was totally unprepared for her first failure. When "Giorgino" hit the cinema screens on October 4, 1994, Boutonnat's film proved to be a spectacular flop.  

Anamorphosee (1995 - 1997)

Anamorphosée, which was released in France 1995, revealed a new-style. Mylène's new material was more rock-oriented, featuring a much more energetic, electric guitar sound. The cover of the new album showed that Mylène's image had also undergone a radical transformation. The portrait on the album cover, taken by the famous American photographer Herb Ritts, showed a new-look. Mylène left the ambiguous Lolita image of her old days behind and gone for a more mature leather look. Mylène's videos had also undergone a radical transformation. After the spectacular flop of "Giorgino", Mylène's new videos were no longer placed under the artistic direction of Laurent Boutonnat. They were shot instead by top American film directors such as Abel Ferrara who made the video for "California".  

Innamoramento and Mylenium

(1998 - 2000)

Mylène was back in the music news in 1999 with a new album entitled "Innamoramento". The album for which Mylène penned all the lyrics herself practically and wrote 5 of the 13 tracks. The first two single releases, "l'Ame stram gram" and "Souviens-toi du jour", went straight to the top of the French charts, boosting sales of "Innamoramento" which went on to sell almost a million copies. Later that year Mylène set off on her famous "Mylenium Tour", performing a series of lavish over-the-top stage shows up and down the country. The concerts attracted thousands of committed Mylène fans who turned out in force to see their idol dressed in sexy/futurist stage garb, emerging from the head of a giant Sphinx and breaking into a superbly-choreographed work-outs! Mylène went back into the music news in January 2000, scooping three of the top prizes at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes. Greeted by rapturous applause from the audience, the singer sobbed her way through her acceptance speech amidst a flash of camera bulbs. At the end of 2000, after long months spent on the road for the sake of her "Mylenium Tour", she released a live album featuring highlights from this enormous show.  

Alizee & Lets Mots (2000 - 2004)

Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat had assembled some songs and video ideas they felt appropriate for a younger, new star. Alizée a French singer, born in Ajaccio, Corsica, entered the music business in the year 2000. She released two studio albums, composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. January 2002 Mylène went on to triumph at the NRJ Music Awards, carrying off the trophy for Best Female Francophone Artist of the Year. Shortly afterwards French daily Figaro Entreprises published a report on 14 February 2002, naming Mylène Farmer as the French artist who had made the most revenue from copyright in 2001, earning 10.4 million euros as a singer, songwriter, composer and producer of young French talent Alizée. That same year she received the "Platinum Europe Award" at the Europe Awards for her million-selling Best Of. And the following year, she was named Best Francophone Artist of the year at the NRJ Music Awards.

Avant que L'ombre... (2004 -

2006)

Fuck them all, was the first single from her latest studio album "Avant Que L'ombre". All her key themes are to be found here: death, spirituality but also love and sex. Mylène Farmer wrote all the lyrics, to music by the ever faithful Laurent Boutonnat. Although always discreet when it comes to promoting her album, Mylène Farmer announced 13 concert dates in January 2006 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, all of which were quickly booked up. Returning to the stage in January 2006 for 13 dates in Paris Bercy, with the final date being January 29 Mylène stated that she could not tour the country due to the complex sets built for the performances. She has released a new live album with a new DVD concert, Avant Que L'ombre and recorded a single with Moby, "Slipping Away" which was published in September 2006 and became her fourth number one single in France.