Matthieu Chedid

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Matthieu Chedid
Matthieu Chedid, -M-.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMatthieu Chedid
Also known as-M-
Born (1971-12-21) 21 December 1971 (age 47)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Instrumentsbass guitar
Years active1978–present

Matthieu Chedid (born 21 December 1971), better known by his stage name -M-, is a French rock singer-songwriter and guitar player. He holds the gold place in number of Victoires de la Musique awards, with 13 awards .


Matthieu Chedid was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the son of French singer Louis Chedid, and the grandson of the Egyptian-born French writer and poet of Lebanese descent Andrée Chedid who has written lyrics for him. His sister is the music video and concert director Émilie Chedid.

Chedid took an interest in music early on. In 1978, at the age of six, Chedid lent his voice to the chorus of his father's hit song T'as beau pas être beau alongside older sister, Émilie. During his teenage years and early twenties, Chedid formed a few short-lasting groups such as Tam Tam , Les Bébés fous (the crazy babies) and Les Poissons Rouges (the goldfish) with Mathieu Boogaerts and with the sons of Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, Julien Voulzy and Pierre Souchon. He has collaborated with a number of artists, both on stage and in the recording studio. Early into his solo career, Chedid was the opening act for Texas concerts. He has recorded with NTM, Sinclair, Billy Ze Kick, Brigitte Fontaine, Sean Lennon, Vanessa Paradis, and Johnny Hallyday.


Matthieu Chedid during a concert with Vanessa Paradis at Châteauroux in November 2007

Chedid performs and records under the stage name ‑M-. Chedid created ‑M- as means of overcoming his shyness on stage and also as a way of distancing his work from that of his father and grandmother. The pseudonym comes from Chedid's first initial but also refers to the similar-sounding French word aime, meaning love. The character ‑M- is a superhero, noted for having a playful nature, and recognized for his flamboyant costumes (primarily monochrome suits with slim trousers and long jackets with upward pointed collars) and hair styled into the shape of an M.

In 1997, -M- released his first solo album Le Baptême. During this time; he played mainly solo or with the cellist Vincent Ségal. The album received overall positive critical reception, but public recognition only came a few months later, with the release of the single "Machistador".

Je dis aime[edit]

In 1999, -M- published his second album, Je dis aime a title that puns 'aime' (like/love) with 'M'. A few months later, the album was 11th on the French Charts, with more than 500,000 albums sold, thanks to a number of successful songs ("Je dis aime", "Onde Sensuelle", "Monde Virtuel", "Le complexe du corn-flakes", "Mama Sam").

Live, -M- played with Cyril Atef, Vincent Segal and DJ Shalom for the samples on some songs. He still works with his sister Emilie Chedid for the realisation of the clips. His live performance largely contributed to his success, playing on his character of -M- to transform every concert into a show. He won his first Victoire de la Musique awards for Male Artist of the Year and Concert of the Year.

"Belleville Rendez-vous" and Qui de nous deux[edit]

-M- gained international exposure through his recording of the song "Belleville Rendez-vous" for the soundtrack of the 2003 Sylvain Chomet animated film The Triplets of Belleville in both French and English. The song, with lyrics by Chomet and music by Benoit Charest, was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award. The music video for "Belleville Rendez-vous" uses both a live-action depiction of ‑M- and an animated depiction incorporated into footage from the film.

In autumn 2003, he released his 3rd album Qui de nous deux (Which one of us two) with the singles "Qui de nous deux", "La bonne étoile", "Mon ego". Softer, this album saw the birth of his first daughter, Billie, for whom an all-pink guitar was built by instrument-maker Cyril Guérin. A pink guitar can be seen in the video for "Qui de nous deux".

In 2007, he worked once again with Vanessa Paradis on her album Divinidylle, released in September 2007.

Mister Mystère[edit]

Rumors circulated before the release of his 2009 studio album, Mister Mystère, that Chedid had decided to drop the character ‑M- to record and perform under his given name.[1] The album, however, was released under the name ‑M- but included photographs of the singer without the wild costumes and hair associated with the ‑M- character. The music video for the first single, "Le Roi des ombres", showed Chedid burning a tiny effigy of his alterego.[2]

Îl and Lamomali[edit]

In autumn 2012, he released a new album, Îl, played with Lawrence Clais and Brad Thomas Ackley.

He worked with Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté on a collective album, Lamomali, released in March 2017 [3] The album also features Philippe Jaroussky as well as Oxmo Puccino lending a mesmeric world music flavour to it that celebrates cultural diversity and world peace.


Matthieu Chedid holds the gold place in number of Victoires de la Musique awards, with 13 awards [4]

Année Catégorie des Victoires de la musique Résultat
1999 Best new artist [5] Nominated
Best music video : Machistador (réal. Émilie Chedid)[5] Nominated
2000 Male artist of the year[6] · [7] Won
Tour of the Year (Je dis aime à l’Elysée Montmartre et en tournée)[6] · [7] Won
Album pop-rock of the year (Je dis aime)[6] · [7] Nominated
2004 Male artist of the year[8] Nominated
Tour of the Year (L'Avantour à l'Elysée Montmartre)[8] Nominated
2005 Male artist of the year[9] · [10] Won
Album of the year (Qui de nous deux ?)[9] · [10] Won
Tour of the Year (M à l'Olympia et en tournée)[9] · [10] Won
Best music videos on DVD : Les Leçons de musique de -M- (réal. : Émilie Chedid)[9] · [10] Won
Best music video (Ma Mélodie, réal. : Cyril Houplain)[9] · [10] Nominated
2006 Best music video (La Bonne Étoile, réal. : Laurent Seroussi)[11] Nominated
Best music video (Est-ce que tu aimes ? par Arthur H et -M-, réal. : Rodolphe Pauly)[11] Won
2007 Best music videos on DVD (tournée En tête à tête, réal.: Thierry Gautier et Sylvain Leduc)[12] · [13] Nominated
Best score soundntrack of the year (B.O. de Ne le dis à personne)[12] · [13] Won
2010 Album of the year (Mister Mystère)[14] Nominated
Tour of the Year (M à la Cigale - Auguri Productions)[14] Nominated
2011 Tour of the Year (-M- au château de Versailles - Auguri Productions)[17] Won
2012 Best music video (La Seine par Vanessa Paradis et -M-, réal. : Bibo Bergeron)[18] · [19] Won
Best music videos on DVD (Les Saisons de passage, réal. : Laurent Thessier)[18] · [19] Won
2013 Male artist of the year[20] Nominated
Album of the year (Îl)[20] Nominated
Best music video (Mojo, réal. : Beryl Koltz)[20] Nominated
2014 Tour of the Year (Îl(s) - Labo M / Auguri Productions)[21] Won
2016 Tour of the Year (Louis, Matthieu, Joseph et Anna Chedid à l'Olympia, à l'Opéra Garnier et en tournée - Auguri Productions)[22] Nominated
2018 World music album of te year (Lamomali avec Toumani et Sidiki Diabaté, Fatoumata Diawara)[23] Won


Chedid performing in 2014


Studio albums

Year Album Peak positions Certifications



1997 Le Baptême 35  –  –
1999 Je dis aime 11  –  –
2003 Labo M (instrumental) 27  –  –
Qui de nous deux 1 4 76
2009 Mister Mystère 1 3 16
2012 Îl 4 9 39


Year Album Peak positions Certifications



2017 Lamomali
(with Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté)
22 31
Lamomali Airlines
(with Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté)
 –  –

Live albums

Year Album Peak positions Certifications

1997 Le tour de -M- 3  –  –
2005 -M- au Spectrum  –  –  –
En tête à tête 2 26 93
2010 Les saisons de passage 14 76  –
2013 Îl(s) 27 145  –
2017 Lamomali Live 92
 –  –


Year Album Peak positions Certifications

2007 Ne le dis à personne
103  –  –
2011 Un monstre à Paris
(soundtrack by Vanessa Paradis & -M- / Patrice Renson)
7 10  –


Year Album Peak positions
2002 Le Baptême / Je dis aime 127
2004 Le Baptême / Je dis aime / Labo M 166
Le tour de M / Qui de nous deux 130
2005 Qui de nous deux / Je dis aime / Le Baptême 92
2008 Je dis aime / Qui de nous deux 78


As main artist[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album




1997 "Le baptême" / "La grosse bombe" (limited release)  –  –  –  –  –
1998 "Machistador" 83  –  –  –  –
"Au suivant"  –  –  –  –  –
2000 "Onde sensuelle" / "Je dis aime" 46  –  –  –  –
"Le complexe du corn flakes"  –  –  –  –  –
2001 "Y'a des zazous"
(Brigitte Fontaine & -M-)
50  –  –  –  –
2004 "Qui de nous deux" 40  –  – 3 83
"À tes souhaits" 78  –  – 16  –
"Ma mélodie" 67  –  – 12  –
2005 La bonne étoile 50  –  –  –  –
2007 "L'éclipse"
(Sean Lennon & -M-)
 –  –  – 8  –
2009 "Mister Mystère"  –  –  –  –  –
"Le roi des ombres"  –  – 28  –  –
"Est-ce que c'est ça?"  –  –  – 20  –
2010 "Amssétou"  –  –  – 20  –
"Tu peux compter sur moi"
(Louis Chedid & Matthieu Chedid)
 –  – 8  –  –
2011 "La Seine"
(Vanessa Paradis & -M-)
9 37 3  –  –
2012 "Mojo" 27  – 27  –  –
"Baïa" 137  –  – 31  –
2013 "Océan"  –  –  – 16  –

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Notes
2016 "Vole"
(with Nolwenn Leroy, Alain Souchon, Laurent Voulzy...)
Charity single


  • Les Âmes de Mogador (2003), with Patrice Renson : tribute to Essaouira (Maroc). A CD of ten unreleased tracks is included.
  • -M-, qui de nous deux (2004), with Claude Gassian : book produced during the recording of the album Qui de nous deux
  • -M- de A à Z (2005), by Mathias Goudeau
  • Le monde de -M- (2005), with Marianne Chedid, Sonia Rachline and Sophie Laurent : insight on his career, with a lot of pictures
  • -M- le mot dit : esthétique d'un funkistador by Marc Borbon: analysis of M's world through a fan's own experience
  • Le Livre Extraordinaire de -M- by Lisa Roze: package of an archival photographs, unpublished shootings, a book, postcards, a pop-up, a new song (Si Si No No), etc.


  1. ^ 7sur7 Article "Mathieu Chédid range le gel et tue ‑M-" (French)
  2. ^ Review on 2yeuxet1plume / Autour de Matthieu Chedid (French)
  3. ^ Lamomali, futur album à la croisée des mondes, par 2yeuxet1plume / Autour de Matthieu Chedid (French)
  4. ^ "Victoires de la musique 2018 : découvrez les principaux lauréats". 2018-03-16. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
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  6. ^ a b c "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2000".
  7. ^ a b c "COUP DE JEUNE SUR LES VICTOIRES 2000" (in French). 2000-03-13. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  8. ^ a b "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2004".
  9. ^ a b c d e "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2005".
  10. ^ a b c d e "Victoires de la musique : sous le signe du M". Le (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  11. ^ a b "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2006".
  12. ^ a b "22èmes Victoires de la Musique 2007 - SNEP" (in French). 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  13. ^ a b "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2007".
  14. ^ a b c "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2010".
  15. ^ "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2011".
  16. ^ "Victoires 2011: M dédie son prix à Andrée Chedid, partie à la fin de l'aventure..." (in French). 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  17. ^ "Palmarès des Victoires de la Musique - Edition 2011".
  18. ^ a b "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2012".
  19. ^ a b "Le palmarès des Victoires de la musique 2012" (in French). 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
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  21. ^ "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2014".
  22. ^ ""Qui sont les nommés aux Victoires de la Musique 2016 ?"".
  23. ^ "Les Victoires de La Musique - Palmarès 2018".
  24. ^ a b c d e f M [FR] discography
  25. ^ a b c d e f Ultratop 50 (Wallonia): M [FR] discography
  26. ^ a b c d e M [FR] discography
  27. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 15, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 48, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  30. ^ Ultratop 50 (Flanders): M [FR] discography

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Alain Bashung
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

Succeeded by
Henri Salvador
Preceded by
Victoires de la Musique
Male group or artist of the year

Succeeded by