Born in 1996, Buddha-Bar has a unique reputation. Widely known and recognized in France and abroad, Buddha-Bar is the absolute reference of Lounge Lovers. After 15 volumes already, Buddha bar Djs kept on travelling the world searching for the next hit, the next artist that deserves to be called one, pushing their limits making us dream and travel. Subtle blend featuring influences of Lounge, World and Electronic music, Buddha-Bar XVI is no exception to the unique savoir-faire of famous Parisian label, George V Records.
The Buddha Bar compilation albums are a widely acclaimed series of compilation albums issued by the Buddha Bar bar, restaurant, and hotel franchise created by restaurateur Raymond Visan and DJ and interior designer Claude Challe in Paris, France. Following its establishment, the Buddha Bar "became a reference among foreign yuppies and wealthy tourists visiting the city", and "has spawned numerous imitators", becoming popular in part because of the DJ's choice of eclectic, avant-garde music. It became known internationally for issuing popular compilations of lounge, chill-out music and world music, also under the Buddha Bar brand, released by George V Records. Buddha Bar began issuing compilations in 1999, and has since "made a name for itself with its Zen lounge music CDs and remains a hit – especially with tourists".