France Album Sales: Celine Dion

S’il Suffisait D’Aimer (1998) Era

Most artists would dream to get an album selling 750,000 units within’ a calendar year in France. For Celine Dion Let’s Talk About Love was only a runner up, second to S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer September 1998 album.

Her first French album over three years after D’Eux, S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer was heavily anticipated, being also written and produced by Jean-Jacques Goldman just like its predecessor. The first single Zora Sourit wasn’t big, peaking at #20 only. It has to be said that it was released two weeks after the album, unlike most lead singles that are released before, to benefit even more the album. S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer easily went #1 in the album side for four weeks, only to be dislodged by monster Notre-Dame De Paris musical of which it remained the runner up for five weeks showing how high both were selling.

The title track was then used as second single barely letting time for the album to slow down. The single was a big hit, peaking at #4 during Christmas week and pushing the album to the same position. Despite this period was the most competitive of all-time in France, S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer never dropped below #16 in its first 51 weeks. In 1998, the set sold an impressive 1,1 million units.

In-between, Sony Music benefitted the French promotion ‘break’ to get Celine Dion recording a Christmas album for international market, These Are Special Times. As the French album was already being promoted here and since France never had the tradition of Christmas albums, no single has been issued here. The set thus peaked at only #23 selling 45,000 copies.

Just do the math: 1,100,000 + 750,000 + 75,000 (D’Eux) + 45,000 + her previous albums. Yes, in 1998 Celine Dion sold more than 2 million albums, the third time she did so within’ four years.

S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer remained high on charts most of 1999, helped by #17 single On Ne Change Pas. It sold 550,000 copies that year, pushing its total to 1,65 million. It wasn’t the only strong seller for Celine Dion in 1999 as we are going to see.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. On Ne Change Pas – 2,874,000
  2. S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer – 1,415,000
  3. En Attendant Ses Pas – 189,000

7 thoughts on “France Album Sales: Celine Dion”

  1. I have been waiting this article so long. Thank you very much!I cant wait to read France Album Sales: Barbra Streisand, it must be a big project.

  2. Article très intéressant. Je pense que ce site prend tout son sens avec ce genre d’artistes à la carrière très étendue et variée. Vivement un article sur Nana Mouskouri !

  3. Wow! Céline numbers in France are unrivalled! I can’t believe she outsold Madonna for such a large margin! France is the crown of her empire.

    1. Actually, Canada is the crown,😂or it used to be as she’s got 6 diamonds (million albums) and the former album with the most copies sold in the debut week (Let’s Talk About Love, but now replaced by 25) there.
      Plus I’ve got a question. I thought D’eux has sold more than 4.5m copies thus far. And figures for 1 Fille & 4 Types and On ne change pas seem to be a bit bigger than I previously imagined. I had thought Sans Attendre has outsold 1 Fille & 4 Types!!!

      1. Hi Oye,

        Those figures you post about France seem to refer to old figures claimed by infodisc website which is one more highly inaccurate site. Chart runs are OK on it but sales estimates are very amateur.

  4. Congratulations for your amazing job! But could you add now sales numbers for Encore Un Soir et update those for Sans Attendre as it has made appearances quite often in the comprehensive charts for 15 months now? Thanks!

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