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Stream Yelle's new Dr. Luke-produced album 'Completement Fou'

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America’s always been a tough market for French pop music, especially if it’s sung in French. The Singing Nun managed to top the U.S. pop charts in 1963 with “Domenique,” and Jordy’s 1992 “Dur dur d’être bébé! (It’s Tough to Be a Baby)” made it to No. 58 on the Hot 100. (Weirdly, according to Wikipedia it reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.) Aside from Daft Punk’s handful of hits (all sung in English), that’s about the extent of the French presence on American radio.

Superproducer Dr. Luke is gambling that we’re ready for a change. On Sept. 30, his label Kemosabe Records will release Complètement Fou, the latest album from the French pop duo Yelle, who have gone to No. 2 in their home country but so far remain a cult concern in the States. The album, whose title translates approximately to “bonkers,” was recorded by the duo then handed off to Dr. Luke and his team to be polished into the lethally infectious stuff that they send up the charts on a regular basis. It could be catchy enough to make an American audience get over the language barrier.

YELLE TOUR DATES

10/09 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

10/10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

10/11 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club

10/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

10/14 – Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theater

10/15 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club

10/17 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop

10/18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

10/19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

10/21 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

10/24 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s

10/25 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

10/26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

10/29 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre

10/30 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

10/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

11/02 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

11/03 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom

11/06 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs

11/07 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/08 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

11/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft

11/11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

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