France Album Sales: Red Hot Chili Peppers

I’m With You (2011) Era

Sometimes it is hard to explain why a music act is suddenly regarded as something from the past. For sure, waiting five years between two albums is a lot, but various artists still had huge follow ups after long hiatuses. What’s sure is that if the Red Hot Chili Peppers were incredibly hot in 2006, by 2011 not many were still looking after them.

Lead single The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie bombed in all markets, peaking at #38 in the US and #44 in UK – Dani California had peaked at #6 and #2 respectively in comparison. In France, the single peaked at #38 too. While this is the second highest peaking single of the group ever in France, their early low peaks were due to the absence of the band in the CD Single format. By 2011, digital sales were included in France charts and for this reason The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie was supposed to peak much higher if it was successful.

Believe it or not, in France the album hasn’t done that bad. It debuted at #2 with 28,500 copies and sold 103,000 units during its four months of sales in 2011. The set continued to sell some copies until the end of 2013.

Interestingly, 2011 is also the year that saw the creation of French comprehensive album chart which allowed back catalog records to chart. Californication charted for an incredible 17 weeks for the year. Not only that, it did so in January/February/July/August/September, which means it was selling steadily great amounts and as soon as the release schedule and the competition was a bit lower, it was enough to see it reappearing. Ironically, Greatest Hits charted for 17 weeks too. Since 2012, both strong catalog albums added respectively 21 and 34 weeks on charts. The first week of I’m With You was the main indicator of the pace of sales of their past albums as four of them reentered:

#87 Greatest Hits
#108 Californication
#155 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
#180 By The Way

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie – 22,366,000
  2. Monarchy Of Roses – 8,022,000
  3. Look Around – 7,917,000

8 thoughts on “France Album Sales: Red Hot Chili Peppers”

  1. Hi MJD; recently I read the book American Popular Music. in the book I read the some sentence, France has the 7% market share of worldwide pop markets. I believe Musicians who hit the chart in the France could have the big seller. if some musician sells a lot of records in the U.S, they didn’t sell the records much worldwide. what do you think? still France is big market place in the world? and more 7% now? thanks.

    1. Hello!

      Sorry for the delay. In fact France is still a large market, #4 in the world for physical sales and #6 in digital area with an overall share of 6% of worldwide market. If you remove Japan that is very difficult to break for foreign artists, there is only 80% remaining which means France represents 7,5% of markets where artists usually sell. The US represents 30% of the overall total and 37,5% taking off Japan, so definitely a huge part of sales for most acts.

      The important point with France is that while most international sellers will achieve album sales of 200-300k just like they do in Canada or in Australia, here the potential when crossing over the general public is much higher, as seen on Stromae / Adele recent examples of nearly 2 million units for each album. Some artists very well adopted in France like Mika, Selah Sue or Muse sell a large part of their total sales in this country.

      1. thanks MJD, actually I just watched your statics before and I was so interested in those datum. South Korea is unusual country like France for album sales. maybe Oasis, Coldplay and Radiohead are big 3 in this country. Metallica and RHCP are also popular here. you know those bands have a gigs here. some of them already made more than 3 times. Foo Fighters did it in 2015. Nirvana is the only popular american band without gigs here.

        so I’m curious Nirvana and RHCP. around 2011, I read your article of both 2 bands. RHCP was 69.6 million and Nirvana was 69.4 million at that time. it was narrow than 2007. so what about now? sorry for write here.

  2. Great mix of different artists so far! Keep on adding more and more artists!

    Can you do Mariah Carey next?

  3. Hi there. Very interesting info I used to like them but hold no interest now.

    Could you do Take That next please?

    1. Hello Nirvanamusic!

      Giving your name, I would have expected a Nirvana query instead 🙂

      Take That sold close to nothing in France. Nobody Else debuted and peaked at #13 in 1995, selling some 70,000 units in total. Their Greatest Hits failed to reach 50,000 while after this period only Progress charted with a #42 peak and some 20,000 total sales. A far cry from their UK results!

      1. Thanks for that! Yeah Nirvana and My Chemical Romance are my absolute favourites but I can’t resist Take That’s pop music/songs either..! Must be a British thing by looks of those sales!

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