French pop losing out as singers turn Anglo
Published 05/05/2011 | 05:00
French radio stations are struggling to stem the tide of English-language pop songs on their airwaves, as stations say they can no longer fulfil quotas on French titles because fewer are being produced.
Music industry representatives convened at the country's broadcasting watchdog, the CSA, to discuss the quota system, which forces national radio to play 40pc of its songs in French, half from new artists.
The 1994 law was introduced in an attempt to stem an anglophone song invasion and foster home-grown talent.
As a result, French record labels long preferred to take on francophone talent. But in recent years, a growing number of French singers have switched to English for their lyrics, seen as more easily exported.
The best female artist at this year's Victoires de la Musique -- France's Mercury awards -- was Yael Naim, a Franco-Israeli artist whose songs are mostly in English. The number of francophone albums released in France dropped from 718 to 158 between 2003 and last year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)