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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 January, 2004, 12:57 GMT
Singer Tyler tops French charts
Cover of Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn single released in France
Bonnie Tyler has teamed up with Kareen Antonn for the French single
Twenty-one years after Total Eclipse of the Heart became a global hit, Bonnie Tyler's rock ballad has reached number one again - this time in France.

The 50-year-old Swansea-born singer has released a bilingual version of the 1983 hit - dueting with young French singer/actress Kareen Antonn.

Their record Si Demain (Turn Around) reached number five in the French charts, before climbing to top spot this week.

Tyler, who was at the height of her popularity in the 1970s and 80s with rock classics like It's a Heartache, Lost in France, Faster Than The Speed Of Night and Holding Out For A Hero, said she was surprised by her new-found success.

"It's amazing," she told BBC News Online.

"It was released three weeks earlier than planned after people heard it on the radio and went into the shops trying to buy it."

'Lively music scene'

The singer is a long-time friend of Swansea's other internationally famous daughter Catherine Zeta Jones and even sang at the Hollywood's star wedding to Michael Douglas.

Now she is back home at Skewen after spending 12 days doing the rounds of French TV chat shows to promote the single.

"I only speak 'pidgin French' but that doesn't matter," she said.

"There's such a young, lively music scene there and everyone speaks English anyway."

Bonnie Tyler
Tyler has had chart hits since the 1970s

She said she had not wanted to re-record Jim Steinman's Total Eclipse - which was UK number one for three weeks in 1983, No 4 in the US charts and received two Grammy nominations.

The ballad was covered by singer Nikki French 10 years ago, and more recently was a dance track hit for Jan Wayne.

"Total Eclipse was such a special song and I did not think it could be a duet," said Tyler.

But it was after hearing a version that Antonn recorded on her own that Tyler was convinced it could be done well.

The pair got together in France and found they were compatible, recording the song in just a couple of hours.

Then they went to Canada to record the video, which just like the 1983 version, was filmed in the snow.




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