France Album Sales: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication (1999) Era

Considering only one out of their first six albums can be considered as a strong success, expectations for Californication were pretty mixed. At one end, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was huge and was still selling very well as a catalog album, giving credit to the band. At the other end, they proved fairly irregular in their capacity to create airplay hits.

Airplay hits, Californication was full of it. Obviously Singles Chart results aren’t very indicative for such a band as only Scar Tissue lead single ranked at #66. In reality, it was a real hit, just like Around The World, Californication, Road Trippin’ and Otherside. None of them was a big crossover smash, which explains why the album had less weeks Top 10 than One Hot Minute with only two, including its #2 debut peak, and only 11 Top 30 weeks despite being released just before the smooth summer period, while the predecessor had 21 weeks Top 30 in the strongest period of the year.

Obviously worldwide Californication was way bigger than One Hot Minute but French public always liked to cultivate its differences as the situation was completely reversed. The long run gave Californication awards back yet. In fact, the album remained floating inside the Top 100 for an impressive 21 months. Charting #47 of 1999 and #55 of 2000, the album sold 345,000 units during this period plus 45,000 more in 2001.

In August 2000, Blood Sugar Sex Magik charted one week at #71 while in January 2001 it ranked at #84 while One Hot Minute was at #105. Those reenters represent the strong interest on their catalog that was boosted by Californication success.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Californication – 118,999,000
  2. Otherside – 85,362,000
  3. Scar Tissue – 70,036,000

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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