Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jordy

Jordy (born Jordy Lemoine on January 14, 1988 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France) is a male French singer who became the youngest singer ever to have a #1 single at only 4 years old.

His parents are record producer Claude Lemoine and former singer-songwriter, Patricia Clerget. After Claude tried to involve Jordy in television ads for nappies where the baby should repeat "hard, hard to be wet," Claude came up with the idea of using dance music and simple lyrics to create a catchy song.

The song received positive reception in discotheques which convinced him to release it as a commercial single.
Jordy's first single, "Dur dur d'être bébé!" (or "It's Tough to Be a Baby" in English) was released in September of 1992.

By October, the song topped the French SNEP Singles Chart, making him the youngest singer to ever reach the top of a singles charts as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The song also topped the charts in Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, and Argentina. When the single was released in the US a year later, it managed to peak at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jordy released his debut album, "Pochette Surprise" [or "Surprise Package" in English]. The album peaked at #7 on the SNEP Albums Chart in France and by 1993, it was certified 2x Platinum, selling over 600,000 copies.


He released two more singles, "Alison" and "Les Boules," but it's unknown how or if those singles ever charted.

In 1994, Jordy released his second album, "Potion Magique" which consisted mostly of Christmas songs. It's unknown how or if the album was successful, but it didn't appear to match the success of his debut album.

He released the singles, "It's Christmas, C'est Noel" and "Love Love Dance," but it's unknown how they charted.

Then, there were some disturbing allegations that he was being exploited for commercial gain and Jordy's music was banned from television & radio for his own good.

Under the ban, Jordy's third album, "Récréation" went nowhere, failing to appear on any music charts at all.


The only single released from the album "Coolman" was released, but it's unknown if it charted or not. In 1996, his parents opened up a children's tourist attraction called La Ferme de Jordy (or Jordy's Farm), but it suffered from financial difficulties and was eventually shut down.

Jordy's parents later divorced and Jordy became legally emancipated, living on a farm near Caen for the rest of his teenage years, studying dance and drumming.

In 2005, he appeared on a popular French reality show called "La Ferme Des Célébrités" and published his own book called "Je ne suis plus un bébé" [or "I'm Not a Baby Anymore" in English] in which he accused his father of spending most of the royalties he made that he should've gotten when he turned 18 years old.
In 2006, Jordy released a new single called "Je T'apprendrai." These days, he is currently in a band called Jordy & the Dixies. They continue to tour and release music.

To see the music video for "Dur Dur D'être Bébé!," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IiLZ0dvDWU

To see the music video for "Alison," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mak-aWAcXYM

To see the music video for "It's Christmas, C'est Noel," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8WiWFKGjQY

To see a fan-made video for "Les Boules," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IehAhoqeIEE

To see a video for Jordy performing "Alison" live, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdrbKty8k4

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