Carla Bruni follows Radiohead’s lead

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French first lady Carla Bruni is following the trend started by Radiohead by putting her entire new album, Comme Si De Rien N’Etait (As If Nothing Had Happened), online – five days ahead of its official release in the UK.

The former supermodel wrote 11 of the album’s 14 tracks. Fans will be able to listen to her sultry love songs for free – until July 21 – by visiting her web site (

The Italian-born singer-songwriter’s record label, Naïve Records, is said to have been working closely with Elysée Palace on the marketing campaign for the album.

In an interview with French radio station France Inter, Bruni dismissed the media storm surrounding the album, saying she didn’t see why presidential wives should give up their jobs just because they were married.

“It is 2008,” she said. “Women often keep their jobs when they marry, even when they marry someone with such an important job as my husband.”

However, Bruni conceded that her position ruled out live concerts and there would be no tour to promote the album. But she pointed out that royalties from the album would be donated to charity.

Carla Bruni recorded two albums before becoming half of the world’s most glamorous political couple after a three-month romance. Her first album was critically-acclaimed and sold two million copies, but her second English-speaking release, No Promises, sold less than half-a-million.

Comme Si De Rien N’Etait – Carla Bruni.  Released on 14 July 2008 by Naïve Records.

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