Folk-punk chanteuse Olivia Ruiz vaulted to stardom in her native France with the
2003 release of her debut LP, J'aime Pas l'Amour. Born January 1, 1980, in
Carcassonne, she was the daughter of musician Didier Blanc, making her
professional debut at 12 with the MИdiИvales troupe and at 15 co-founding the
rock group Five. After earning a degree in communications from the University of
Montpellier, Ruiz auditioned for the inaugural series of the French television
amateur showcase Star Academy. Despite leaning more toward indie rock than
mainstream pop, she nevertheless advanced to the semifinals. Ruiz issued her
debut single, "Paris," in mid-2002. J'aime Pas l'Amour, which enlisted
contributions from French alt-rock stars including Weepers Circus, Nery, and
Philippe Prohom, followed more than a year later, selling more than 50,000
copies. The subject of the 2003 television documentary Olivia Ruiz,
Star'activiste, she toured until mid-2005, finally issuing her sophomore album,
La Femme Chocolat, at year's end. The lead single, "J'traНne des Pieds," proved
a blockbuster hit, and the LP was named Album of the Year at the annual
Victoires de la Musique honors. 2007 saw the release of Ruiz first live album,
Chocolate Show: Live, which was recorded at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris.
Three years after the release of her sophomore album, La Femme Chocolat, Ruiz
released her third studio album, Miss MИtИores in 2009. In a conscious move away
from her Star Academy beginnings, the album saw Ruiz work with longtime partner
Mathias Malzieu as well as The Noisettes, Lonely Drifter Karen and rapper Toan.
The live release Miss MИtИores Live quickly followed in 2010.