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Yelle Biography 1983-

YelleThe French dance-pop group was founded in 2005 when longtime friends Julie Budet (who took the stage name ) and Jean-François Perrier (known as GrandMariner) decided it was time to start a band. Their first single, “Short Dick Cuizi,” a rather obvious slam of French rapper Cuizinier, was posted on MySpace in 2005 and became a minor sensation. After some lyrical adjustments and a title change (to “Je Veux Te Voir” ), the song became the duo’s first official single in 2006 and became a Top Five hit in France. After adding Tanguy Destable, also known as Tepr, the trio began work on their debut album. Pop Up was released by Source Records in 2007. The band then spent time touring before work on their second album began. They also found time to work with Robyn and Crookers, and to remix Katy Perry’s “Hot & Cold.” After working virtually non-stop for two years on album number two, Safari Disco Club was released in Spring of 2011 on V2 and Downtown Records.

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