France Album Sales: M. Pokora

Robin des Bois Musical (2013) Era

Now on top of his career, M. Pokora made a very risky move in 2013 by accepting the leading character role in Robin of the Wood Musical. France is a strong place for musicals with some of them like Starmania and Notre-Dame de Paris being among the very top selling albums of all-time. A lot of popular singers started their career with a successful musical. This being said, the contrary isn’t true as famous singers do not participate on them.

M. Pokora broke this unwritten rule getting fully involved on this project in spite of his incontestable popularity at that time. His song Le Jour Qui Se Rêve was the leading track peaking at #22, a good result in a digital chart for an adult contemporary song. The album which came out a mere 3 weeks after the artist Live A Bercy topped charts debuted at #3 which may be regarded as somehow disappointing. The competition was huge yet with Les Enfoirés at the top and new Depeche Mode album debuting at #2. On that week, M. Pokora had at least one song on as many as 8 albums from the Top 40 – Les Enfoirés at #1, Robin of the Wood at #3, Génération Goldman at #9, his Live A Bercy at #11, compilations at #32, #33 and #35 plus his A La Poursuite du Bonheur album at #37.

Not breaking records of weeks inside of the Top 10 as some very famous musicals did, Robin of the Wood remained firmly inside the Top 50 for weeks. Weeks became months and when the album turned one year old it had yet to drop below that section of charts. This solidity enabled the LP to accumulate significant sales. Without doing that much noise, it closed 2013 as the 9th top seller of the year, one spot higher than A La Poursuite du Bonheur in 2012. Just like in 2012 too, both the annual Les Enfoirés album and Génération Goldman made the year end Top 10 meaning M. Pokora repeated his impressive feat.

Sales-wise, Robin of the Wood moved 280,000 units for the year, his live album nearly 70,000 copies and his previous studio album just over 60,000, bringing its to date tally to 339,000. His catalog also sold impressively well with Mise A Jour selling 20,000 units, a 2CD box A La Poursuive du Bonheur / Mise A Jour 7,000 units and another 2CD box with Mise A Jour and MP3 also charting during 2013. One decade after his win on M6 TV show, the singer was definitely a real Pop star.

During the following months, with the musical Robin of the Wood touring France sales continued to grow up hitting 350,000 units in early 2015.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Le Jour Qui Se Lève – 592,000
  2. Un Monde A Changer – 388,000
  3. A Nous – 388,000

2 thoughts on “France Album Sales: M. Pokora”

  1. Hi MJD,

    I have a question, M Pokora participated to Robin des Bois, but it’s a musical, it’s not really an album of him, can we really add the number of Robin des Bois to the total of M. Pokora’s sales?
    Same for the Linkup, for Beyonce, we don’t put the Destiny’s Child to the Beyonce’s total, don’t we?

    1. Hi Gonzalex!

      I haven’t been compiling Artist lists on those articles so far, thus they are informational only. No doubt if I set a list of all-time best selling acts in France, I’ll obviously consider – and most likely do – remove those two albums from M. Pokora total, but in an information article about him I though it was relevant to include them!

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