France Album Sales: Celine Dion

Dion Chante Plamondon / Des Mots Qui Sonnent (1991) Era

Only a few months after Where Does My Heart Beat Now became a hit, a new French album was issued, Dion Chante Plamondon, in November 1991 in Canada and in May 1992 in France. This album includes only songs written by Quebec lyricist Luc Plamondon, mostly famous as the author of massive 1978 musical Starmania. This album Dion Chante Plamondon does include several covers of this latter show, most notably Ziggy.

First singles failed to make any kind of impact, so did the album which, just like all previous sets, failed to chart. In late 1992, as the Starmania show was still highly popular in France and got successfully staged in Germany as well in 1991, an English version was recorded. This English Starmania, named Tycoon, involved several popular acts including Celine Dion. Ironically, this is songs by others that enabled her to finally get big. In fact, this Tycoon album was promoted by The World Is Stone rendition by Cyndi Lauper, a massive #2 hit which stood 19 weeks inside the Top 10, and then by Only The Very Best cover sung by Peter Kingsbery, just as huge #2 hit with 17 weeks Top 10. Thanks to those hits, Tycoon album went #1 in March-April 1993 and the original 1978 musical returned into the Top 10.

This success convinced Celine Dion team to relaunch Dion Chante Plamondon promotion by releasing Ziggy song in July 1993, the French version – Tycoon album contained on its side the English version. This idea appeared to be incredibly good as the song performed just like the other two Starmania covers, peaking at #2 with an extensive 18 weeks inside the Top 10 from September 1993 to January 1994. After exactly 10 years after the success of D’Amour Ou D’Amitié, Celine Dion ultimately made it as the album debuted at #47 in September 1993, more than two years after its release! By November it reached its #4 peak. This 1991 album sold a calculated 157,000 units in 1993 and 238,000 in 1994, up to 430,000 units overall.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Ziggy – 541,000
  2. L’Amour Existe Encore – 442,000
  3. Le Blues Du Businessman – 272,000

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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