France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer

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Innamoramento (1999) Era

Five Top 10 singles adding for only 9 weeks inside the Top 10 combined. This is the unusual result of Innamoramento era singles.

How was is possible? The fans collecting her singles on debut week phenomenon was getting more and more extreme. Hits weren’t as big as in the past. Mylène Farmer was so well established that she wasn’t needing huge singles anymore to sell large quantities of albums. Put all those three conditions together and you obtain one more million selling album despite the apparent struggle of its singles.

As the singles market was healthy at the turn of the millennium none of those Top 10 hits managed to be #1 as fans weren’t numerous enough to made for a widespread smash single. Lead single L’âme-stram-gram was naturally the closest at #2.

This is the same position on which the album debuted and peaked. Innamoramento remains to this date the only Mylène Farmer studio album to fail the top out of her last 9 released from 1988 to 2015. Singles and the tour kept the album going on for one full year inside the Top 50. In spite of not that many weeks inside the very high part of charts – 8 weeks Top 5 when all was said and done – the huge 1999 market added to its stability sent the album to 1,08 million by the end of 2001.

For 2000 fall, Mylénium Tour live album was released to benefit one more time from the artist strong following. Debuting at #1 and remaining Top 5 during the Christmas season. While doing so, the album moved 615,000 units by the end of 2001.

As the artist first compilation was coming in 2001 fall it is time to list below all her albums with estimated sales to that date.

Studio Albums

1986 Cendres De Lune – 280,000
1988 Ainsi Soit Je… – 1,400,000
1991 L’Autre – 1,375,000
1995 Anamorphosée – 980,000
1999 Innamoramento – 1,080,000

Live Albums

1989 En Concert – 285,000
1997 Live A Bercy – 655,000
2000 Mylénium Tour – 615,000

Remix Albums

1992 Dance Remix – 300,000

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Je Te Rends Ton Amour – 331,000
  2. L’âme-stram-gram – 255,000
  3. Innamoramento  – 213,000


16 thoughts on “France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for the website and also for the analysis carried for France Album Sales of Mylène Farmer.
    Then I would like to know if this week you analyze some singer or group, maybe you will analyze the CSPC of the Rolling Stones !!!

    1. Hello Anthony,

      I won’t kill the fun by saying who it concerns, but yes a CSPC analysis is ongoing! Not sure it will be of most interest for you as it is about a recent solo act 😉

      The Rolling Stones CSPC article will come out at the same time as their new album!

      1. Of course dear MJD, I believe will be analized one of Drake, Sia, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams. Then I’m interested in all the artists that you analyze, it is true, I have my preferences for the groups and for the music of the 60 ‘, 70’, 80 ‘ but I am a lover of records sold for each artist as their own you !!!

  2. These articles are great. Thank you so much. Concerning the quantity of albums sold worldwide, I heard like 30 mio. Correct, possible ?

    1. Hello Florence!

      Thanks for your nice words! There is many legends about Mylène Farmer album sales in various countries like Japan but most of them are false. For example, in that specific country where she is supposed to be a superstar as per various French Medias, she never entered the Top 300 Album Chart.

      She did break into Russian market, but ironically that’s a small one, very few legal copies are sold there. Of course, there is French-speaking countries outsold France where she did sell some records. Innamoramento got certified for 200,000 units sold abroad in late 2001, when it had topped 1 million in France. If we follow that pattern that would mean about two and a half million sold elsewhere, while going deeper into analysis would provide better results, from 2 to 3 million is likely the correct ballpark.

      At 14-15 million, we are still very far from 30 million. Claims are often made on cumulative record sales yet. Adding 7 to 8 million singles – again, would require deeper analysis – a couple of million music videos plus digital sales plus duplicating all discs sales like Les Mots which is a 2CD set, we get close to 30 million overall. As I often stated though, while this is an efficient communication trick, I don’t think all sales of all formats are worth being added together without weighting properly each type of record.

  3. it is safe to say that she is the 2nd best selling female in france after celine dion right?
    btw off the top of your head how many male singers sold more than celine in france? i assume johnny hallyday, jean jacques goldman for sure, anyone else?

    1. Hi Pat!

      I assume you refer to album sales. Hallyday is safely ahead, Michel Sardou too. Then both Goldman and Cabrel are close enough to require additional study in order to rank them. If you include singles, the later has no chance though.

      Indeed, among female singers, Celine and Mylène are at 1/2 in terms of album sales!

      1. yes i was referring to albums and i thought of cabrel and sardou but didn’t think they would be close or in sardou’s case way ahead. i need to look at sardou’s discography closer. i can’t wait for their sales in france posts.
        man your work is fantastic, for anyone who loves numbers and putting numbers in perspective, this is heaven!!

    1. Hello Djouahra!

      I mentioned from 2 to 3 million, which isn’t exactly the same thing 😀

      She sold routinely 8-10% of her French sales in Belgium, some 3-5% is Switzerland and about the same in Germany / Netherlands / Scandinavia. Using the average for each area, this brings 17% of 12 million additional sales, which equals to slightly more than 2 million.

      Then, one need to consider her sales in Russia – some recent albums sold as much as 10% of their French sales there – and the few units she sold in the likes Canada or Japan. All in all, that will sum up to around 2,5 million. As it involves shares calculations rather than albums-specific estimates, I prefered sticking with a ballpark, e.g. 2 to 3 million 😉

  4. OMG big fan of Mylene here.. I’ve always wondered how she marketed herself and stayed relevant all these years especially 2006 onward as not much controversy has been issued from her-probably her loyal fans. But I was wondering if you could do an analysis on her former protege Alizee. Her debut single/ album was monster and her sophomore album did pretty fine but when she left the Farmer/ boutonnat machine- it was pretty much over.

    1. scratch that with Alizee-actually please do an analysis of Laurent Boutonnat- it seems as every French artist he in a sense creates turned to gold – Mylene, Nathalie Cardone, Alizee…

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