As of 2008, he has sold 4,268,980 copies of singles, 7,273,606 copies of albums and total over 11,542,586 copies of records in France, he was the 25th best selling artist in France from 1955 to 2008.
Pagny began his artistic career as an actor in popular films and television dramas. He appeared in La Balance, L’As des as, A Captain’s Honor or Fort Saganne.
In 1987, he wrote his first song : “N’importe quoi.” Pagny’s first album, Merci, was released in 1990. The album’s songs, mainly written by himself, began to attract controversy, with the press eventually boycotting some of them. This led to a decline in sales, culminating in personal problems. His follow-up album, Réaliste, was also not as successful.
Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote three songs for Pagny under the pseudonym Sam Brewski, and presented to him a new staff. The album Rester vrai marked the beginning of his career as a performer only. Bienvenue chez moi, a semi-compilation released in 1995, was a smash success. Pagny also covered “Caruso”, the hit originally performed by Lucio Dalla.
Pagny decided to go live in Patagonia in order to escape the French tax authorities and start a new life with his wife, Azucena, and her children. His next album, Savoir aimer, was released in 1997. It was composed by Goldman, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso, and a new composer, Pascal Obispo, who produced “Savoir aimer” which turned out to be an immediate success.
In 1999, Pagny released an album of cover versions of his old song, Recréation. From “Môme Julie” to “Antisocial”, he mixed musical styles and dabbled with techno arrangements.
Pagny then alternated studios and cover albums (at least in part) and regularly changed his look. In 2000, he released the album Châtelet Les Halles, whose title song was produced by Calogero. He followed that with 2, an album composed of duets released in 2001. In 2003, he returned with Ailleurs land, whose first single, “Ma Liberté de penser”, was composed by Pascal Obispo and Lionel Florence and deals with Pagny’s problems with the French treasury. Finally, in 2004, Pagny released Baryton, an album composed of opera songs.
In 2007, Pagny released an album of covers of songs originally composed and performed by Jacques Brel entitled Pagny chante Brel.
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