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28/07/2010Plastic Bertrand admits not singing pop classic
Belgian pop star Plastic Bertrand confessed Wednesday he did not sing his 1977 hit record "Ca Plane Pour Moi" -- nor any of the songs on his first four albums.
"I don't mind saying it was not my voice," he told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir in an unusual confession for the pop world.
"I'm the victim. I wanted to sing, but he would not let me access the studio," Bertrand said about the real singer behind the hit single, Lou Deprijk.
"He asked me to keep my mouth shut in exchange for 0.5 percent of the rights, and promised he would make a new version with my voice, which of course he never did," Plastic Bertrand said.
"It was time he stopped pretending otherwise," Deprijk's lawyer said about Plastic Bertrand's admission.
A Belgian appeal court in 2006 ruled that Bertrand was the "legal performer" of the classic track.
© 2010 AFP
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