France Album Sales: Celine Dion

Falling Into You (1996) Era

I mentioned earlier how Celine Dion first three English album went up and up, with 1-year US sales climbing from 300,000 to 1 million to 2,5 million. Falling Into You, her fourth English record, did nearly 9 million. With this album the vocalist went from a solid record seller to one of the very best selling artists around.

Although France naturally always preferred her French material, Falling Into You was still a huge #1 album. This is in spite of having a lead single, the title track, that failed to make the Top 10 by peaking at #11 while follow up Because You Loved Me went #19.

The album first debuted at #2 behind D’Eux itself, that was getting its 44th week at #1. Falling Into You climbed to #1 on its first complete week, staying there for five weeks non consecutive weeks. If first week sales weren’t record breaking due to the relative weakness of first two singles, All By Myself was a much stronger #5 hit in November, giving relevant legs to the album that lasted an impressive 39 weeks inside the Top 10 with sales over 700,000 units in 1996 and 150,000 units in 1997.

In October 1996, a new live set titled Live A Paris was released. The album topped charts for an impressive eight weeks selling 420,000 units for the year.

In total, Celine Dion sold 2 million albums in 1996 with Falling Into You over 700,000 units, D’Eux over 600,000, Live A Paris on 420,000 units and all her previous albums selling from 20 to 40% of their 1995 sales.

During the months following Falling Into You era, a lot of packages with her 80s French songs emerged. Most had exactly the same tracklist, just being renamed with different cover. This compilation, for which the most widespread name is likely The Collection 1982-1988, sold an estimated 40,000 units by 1998.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Because You Loved Me – 28,252,000
  2. It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – 20,618,000
  3. All By Myself – 15,454,000

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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