Lââm (born 1 September 1971, in Paris) is a French female singer of
Tunisian descent. She has sold more than 500,000 albums and more than
2 million singles.
Lââm, (whose real name is "Lamiah") lived a difficult childhood
stemming from family problems at home. At a very young age, she
developed a passion for music.
Within a day, a producer commented on her singing and loved the way
she interpreted songs; thus Lââm's career finally began. She
released her first single "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez
eux", a reprise of Michel Berger's legendary song. The French public
immediately loved the new version of the song and 960,000 copies of
the song were sold (gold disc certification). The song ranked second
Top 50 for nine weeks straight. From that success, Lââm
released her first album Persévérance which contained additional
reprises of Michel Berger's songs, as well as singles like "Jamais
loin de toi", "Assez", "Les enfants de l'an 2000" or the encore "Face
à Face". Some of these singles were modified and quickly became hits.
In 2001, she released her second album Une vie ne suffit pas and
quickly reached gold certification with more than 100,000 copies being
sold. The album spawned two hit singles: "Que l'amour nous garde" and
"De ton indifférence". In 2002,
Lââm performed a huge concert/tour
at Paris Olympia. During that time,
Lââm also performed in the
musical comedy Cindy. The musical comedy was not considered terribly
successful despite the official single leading the album to reach gold
status in record sales with more than 100,000 copies sold. The single,
Lââm and Frank Sherbourne, also placed fifth on the
Lââm released an album showcasing a broader sampling of
musical genres than previous work. In its production, a variety of
sounds were used including rock, contemporary R&B and rap music,
as well as several duets with (Jean-Jacques Goldman, Lisa Stansfield,
Princess Aniès...). The album contained two singles written and
composed by Jean-Jacques Goldman: "Tu es d'un chemin" and "On
pardonne". Both Goldman songs aired on radio but were short lived.
Promotion was not up to par and thus no more than 25,000 copies were
Lââm also began another French tour which included dates in
Pairs au Zèbre de Belleville.
In August 2005, the single, "Petite Sœur" was released. It was
infused with an R&B rhythm and the song went to fifth on the
charts with more than 250,000 copies sold.
Lââm was returning to her
previous level of popularity and was invited to a great number of
shows to perform the single. In September of that same year, her album
was republished under the name Pour être libre; it included three new
songs: "Petite Sœur", "Pour être libre" and "Elle est toujours là".
Within a year, the album was ranked high in the French charts and was
certified gold having sold more than 75,000 copies.
In 2006, she received many nominations at the
NRJ Music Awards as the
French-speaking artist of the year and at the Victoires de la musique
as female artist of the year against such artists as Keren Ann, Zazie
and Juliette. Despite ultimately not winning, the nominations showed
Lââm had not been forgotten and that the public loved her songs. She
later organized a huge tour in the summer which passed through a
number of cities in France (like
Perpignan and Amiens) and Belgium.
Lââm released a new album at the end of 2006. The CD preceded the
single "Le sang chaud", which is a duet with the singer Princesse
Aniès. The single sold more than 50,000 copies, and ranked seventh on
the Top 50. Despite the single's success, the album Le Sang chaud
fared much lower on the charts with no more than 15,000 copies sold.
Despite Lââm's disappointment in the album's success, she was chosen
"Voice of the Year" by the public of FilleTV channel. The award is the
first in Lââm's career.
In March 2007, she released the single "Rien ne dure", which aired on
radio. The CD is yet to be released. In May 2007,
Lââm released a
follow-up single, "Relève-toi". It is available on legal downloads.
Lââm is a participant in the album High School Musical 2, with her
interpretation of the song "Savoir qui je suis" (Gotta go my own way).
2001 Une vie ne suffit pas
2003 Face à face
2005 Pour être libre
2006 Le sang chaud
2011 Au coeur des hommes
2009 On a tous quelque chose de
1998 "Chanter pour ceux qui sont loin de chez eux" (Michel Berger)
1999 "Jamais loin de toi" (#4)
1999 "Assez!" (#51)
2000 "Les enfants de l'an 2000" (#3)
2000 "Face à face" (#83)
2001 "Que l'amour nous garde" (#20)
2001 "De ton indifférence" (#29)
2002 "Mon vieux"
2004 "On pardonne"
2004 "Tu es d'un chemin"
2005 "Petite sœur" (#2)
2006 "Pour être libre" (#17)
2006 "Le sang chaud" (#7)
2007 "Rien ne dure"
2007 "Savoir qui je suis"
High School Musical 2
High School Musical 2 Europe"
2008 "Ta voix (The Calling)" (Duet with Jennifer Paige) (#37)
2009 "L'amour restera" (Piero Battery feat Lââm)
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Lââm site officiel - biographie (in French)
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