The millennium starts with the artists that established their success in the nineties staging massive showcases like Mylène Farmer, Patricia Kaas and Patrick Bruel. Also Zazie, Calogero and Pascal Obispo make the jump from well known artists to huge stars. Tour de force of French rockshow is the musical ‘Notre dame de Paris’.

But bubbling under is a new generation that starts working with more traditional chanson / singersongwriting and less with variete. Highly unlikely this scene is pushed by the then 84 years old veteran Henri Salavador who gives artists like Keren Ann, Benjamin Biolay and Benabar a push in the right direction. The scene soon bursts with new talent like Miossec, Dominique A, Raphael, Vincent Delerm, amongst others. On the female front former model Carla Bruni shows her talents as a musician. Emilie Simon and Camille start using the elements of the French electronic scene to their own use. The chanson rock is held high by artists like M (Matthieu Chédid), Albin de la Simone, Louise Attaque, Luke and Mickey 3D.

The new era is also the playground for the big TV talentshows like Star Academy and La Nouvelle Popstar. Singers like Julien Doré, Olivia Ruiz, Jenifer and Nolwenn Leroy appear in the slipstream of these shows and form a new music generation in France.. The influence of Nu-soul coming over from the USA (with artists like Angie Stone and Erykah Badhu) is also picked up by young R&B artists like Assia, Wallen and Jalane.

Mass international commercial success of French house also starts in the new millenium with artists like Bob Sinclar, Etienne de Crécy, Modjo, Galleon and David Guetta. Electronic kitsch is delivered by gay icon Ysa Ferrer while the more loungy sexy variety comes from Sébastien Tellier..