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Daniel Balavoine (5 February 1952 – 14 January 1986), also known as Bala and "french chayanne", was a French singer and songwriter. He was hugely popular in the French-speaking world, and inspired many singers in the 1980s, such as Jean-Jacques Goldman, a Japanese pop-rock group Crystal King (band) and Michel Berger, his closest friend. He took part in French political life and is known for a 1980 televised verbal confrontation with then presidential candidate François Mitterrand.

In the French music-business, Balavoine earned his own place with his powerful voice, his wide range, and his lyrics, which were full of sadness and revolt. He was emphatic, and his songs for the most part talked about despair, pain, and death, although hope was present as a theme as well. He sold more than 20 million records during his career.

Balavoine was born on 5 February 1952 in Alençon, France.  He was the youngest in a family of six children. He had two sisters and three brothers. His father, Emile, was an urban engineer and worked for the Reconstruction Ministry.

His mother was an antiques wholesaler. In 1959, his father relocated to Algeria, and Balavoine moved to southern city of Pau and attended a boarding school, an experience he clearly didn't appreciate. When he was eleven, he heard She Loves You by The Beatles which sparked his taste in music.  In 1968, while attending high school, he was one of the many youth who supported the nationwide strikes.
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"Vivre ou survivre" is a famous French language song written, composed and sung by the French singer Daniel Balavoine. It appears on his 1982 album Vendeurs de larmes. It was the start of a big career for Balavoine and an example of new wave revival of rock music in France.

Natasha St-Pier sang it with the 500 Choristes. It also appears, as "Vivre ou survivre (Version chorale)", on her album Tu trouveras... 10 ans de succès

Christophe Maé has performed the song live. Sébastien Agius, the winner of the first series of X Factor in France, sang the song during the show.

"Vivre ou survivre" is the first single by the English singer Matthew Raymond-Barker, winner of the second series of X Factor in France, where it was released as a download on 2 July 2011. He performed the song live in the final.

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