French singer-songwriter Gaëtan Roussel first shot to fame in the late 1990s as frontman for the group Louise Attaque. The alt-rock combo's 1997 eponymous debut went on to sell 2.5 million copies and still ranks today as one of the top five best-selling albums of all time in France. In the following years, Roussel divided his time between his main outfit and Tarmac, a side-project he put together with Louise Attaque violinist Arnaud Samuel. In 2008, he coproduced and cowrote Alain Bashung's last album, Bleu pétrole, and around that time also collaborated with Vanessa Paradis and Rachid Taha . In early 2010, the artist released Ginger, his first solo effort, with the help of La Mano Negra ex-bassist Joseph Dahan and Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano.