F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve’s album deleted from internet

Jacques Villenueve speaks to journalists after having a tire puncture during the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix. Above all, he does not seem to be singing.

Jacques Villenueve speaks to journalists after having a tire puncture during the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix. Above all, he does not seem to be singing.
Photo: Pascal Roneau / Allsport (Getty Images)

When a Formula 1 The world champion is retiring, what to do? Create your own F1 team? No, it’s too boring. Raising your child to be a next generation driver? No, no, too predictable. Instead, you could follow Jacques Villeneuveand become a singer-songwriter by releasing your own album titled Private paradise.

Second-generation Canadian legend Villeneuve freed Private paradise in 2007, a bilingual acoustic rock album composed of 13 songs, nine of which were performed in French and four performed in English. It debuted at number 49 on the Quebec pop charts, selling just over 800 combined albums in North America, a quarter of which were sold in Quebec.

Was it successful? No. But was it good? Well… not too. In an article entitled “Jacques Villeneuve sings, don’t call him an artist”, journalist Alexandra Gill reported which other critics called Private paradise “old fashioned” while others said he lacked vocal range. Jalopnik icon Stef Schrader was also not a fan.

I only heard a bit of Private paradiseoften as part of memes poking fun at Jacques Villeneuve, but in honor of the relaunch the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, I decided it was finally time. I’d put on my headphones and listen to the entire album from start to finish, categorizing each song as you go so you don’t have to.

But I definitely learned something hilarious in the aftermath: This album simply no longer exists on the Internet. Let’s go. The full album was available on YouTube, but you can’t find it there anymore. It was available on Spotify, but when I tried to access it, I received a warning “this album is not available in your country”. I got the same warning several other times, regardless of how many different countries I tried to access through my VPN. I couldn’t find it on any other streaming platform. I couldn’t even find a digital copy to buy.

I spent my weekend trying to find a physical copy within a reasonable radius of my mother-in-law’s house in Canada. I could not do it. This album was so truly ridiculous that its very existence is almost erased from the Earth. And honestly, it’s a bit sad. A similar thing happened to the music of Chloe Stroll, who you might know as the sister of current F1 driver Lance Stroll. It’s Canadian erasure.

So this is a warning to you: if you have a physical copy of Private paradise in your collection, hold on tight. You may be in possession of a rare pearl.

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