France best selling albums ever:
Starmania Musical (1978)

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Around November 1993, the album was certified Diamond by the SNEP, shortly after a third version of the live show was created. The certification was given to Starmania (Extraits) Top 1, which is a version shortened to one disc released in 1984. It is very unlikely this version sold 1 million copies in its own yet, the Top 1 mention seems to mean the certification concerned the one disc original record, excluding two discs Live record. This certification was related to the original composition thus excluding 1988 version sales. The powerhouse annual charity event Les Enfoirés also released a specific version in 1993 covering exclusively Starmania hits, boosting even more the ongoing hype.

During 1994 with the successful release of Mogador 94 sang by the third Live version of the franchise, the original album was still going in and out the Top 50 all year long, charted more often than not, again peaking at #9, just like it did in 1979 and in 1993. It sold slightly more than the previous year with a calculated 233,000 units. Year 1995 was pretty much the same again. It climbed 48-33-20-6 in October to reach a new peak position some 17 years after its release. This being said, October 1995 saw the 1988 show celebrate its 500th happening. In fact, although always titled Starmania in charts, the strong late 1995 run was related to the 1988 version of the musical, highlighting a pretty annoying fact, e.g. both versions were being added together. They sold a calculated 251,000 copies with the 1988 version going Gold within’ two months.

The immense popularity of all songs, of the live show, of all covers coming out here and there kept the roll going. In 1996, the album never left charts for more than a month. In October, this time it was the original album that got reissued with a remastered sound, pushing the record four weeks inside the Top 5 and a new peak of #4. It sold a calculated 263,000 units during 1996, the fourth year in a row over 200,000 but also the fourth year in a row with increasing sales.

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