France Album Sales: Celine Dion

1 Fille & 4 Types (2003) Era

The release of 1 Fille & 4 Types was quite atypical. In fact, in one side Celine Dion bombed just a few months earlier with One Heart, in the other side it was the French follow up to two record breaking sellers.

In France the importance of Jean-Jacques Goldman on both D’Eux and S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer success was always very well known. He didn’t wanted to be that much involved this time so he built a team of four authors including himself, the “4 types” (four guys) referred to on the album title along with “1 Fille” (one girl), e.g. Celine Dion. This title was an attempt to soften the negative impact on Medias of not having Goldman fully involved by turning it into a positive point of view.

Its sales weren’t going to challenge her 90s results, but the album still debuted with a massive 124,000 units sold. Lead single Tout L’Or Des Hommes was a #3 hit and helped the album to secure a Top 5 placing in 11 of the 12 weeks that separated its release from the end of the year. 1 Fille & 4 Types ended 2003 much higher than One Heart as the #5 biggest album of the year, the same placing managed by A New Day Has Come the previous year. The album was mostly done after this busy Christmas season, it sold 727,000 copies by the end of 2008. As mentioned in the One Heart article, this figure is lower than actual sales due to early incomplete figures. With revised figure, 1 Fille & 4 Types is estimated on 830,000 units by 2008.

A two CD package containing both D’Eux and S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer was released along with this new French album, selling 27,000 copies by 2008. Those sales will be added to respective tallies of those albums.

In June 2004, the artist first English live album A New Day… Live in Las Vegas was released. Quickly dropping out after its #9 debut, this release sold 47,000 copies by 2008.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Tout L’Or Des Hommes – 844,000
  2. Et Je T’aime Encore – 759,000
  3. Je Lui Dirai – 513,000

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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