CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format – 90s compilations

1995 is the year that saw the first Renaud-specific compilations come out. Right from the start his label separated his discography into pre/post 1985. It was a clever move. The 1975-1983 period is full of relevant songs although no truly massive hit. The era 1985-1995 is much weaker but contains Mistral Gagnant which is strong enough to drive a compilation by itself. This balanced decently both periods with the two The Meilleur of Renaud volumes selling over 300,000 units each. The sales-distribution is the opposite: spread over all albums for the first one, heavily concentrated into Mistral Gagnant for the second. Please note The Very Meilleur of Renaud is weighted with a coefficient of 2 as it basically contains two greatest hits merged together.

Volumes 2 and 3 of Master Serie still exploited his pre-1985 only which was dominated slightly by Morgane de toi songs.

12 thoughts on “CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis”

  1. It’s very interesting seeing French acts I’m unfamiliar with on here. You should consider doing Alizée too!

  2. Pretty interesting to look at……….although I’ve never heard of him before.
    30 million is incredibly respectful for French only artist

  3. What a pity that great french music artist never achieve international superstarom due to language barrier And markets size, time eras, I start to listen french music because of Celine Dion’s singles, her duex is the first Top 10 album and single in English language countries?

    1. Hi Karalady!

      Other songs managed to chart high in foreign countries, Gainsbourg had international hits, then Joe Le Taxi or the Soeurs Sourire were big in the UK and the US respectively. The two main classics of Edith Piaf Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and La Vie En Rose are also widely popular Worldwide. So was/is Carla Bruni’s Quelqu’un M’A Dit.

      This being said, D’Eux is indeed way ahead of any other French-speaking album in terms of overall success both in France and Worldwide.

  4. Never heard of him, went to Youtube to get some idea. It’s sad that such talented people never get wide recognition due to the language.

  5. Must say I’m really surprised that Mistral Gagnant isn’t his #1 song. It has become his signature song and has been getting more reurrent airplay than Manhattan Kaboul. Not to mention the fact that it seems to be one of the most loved songs in France.

    1. Hi IE!

      Yes, I was myself expecting Mistral Gagnant at #1, so much that I put inside the top tracks page the pic of this bench due to the lyrics at the beginning of the song (“A m’asseoir sur un banc cinq minutes avec toi…“). It is kind of normal still due to the market mechanics. Mistral Gagnant was big in 85/86, the two worst years for album sales in France from 1974 to the end of the 2000s while 2002/2003 was the all-time peak of French market. The gap was almost 3 to 1 between both periods. Mistral Gagnant should have catch up thanks to compilations / live albums, but Renaud never had one that was massively promoted, his label always went for heavily priced box sets rather than stand-alone best of albums. Even now his main compilation is a 3CD set (Le Plein de Super), no doubt that if a 1CD set had been released in early 90s, it would have been a surefire million seller and would have pushed Mistral Gagnant to even higher totals.

  6. Thank you very much! How high would he rank in an all-time french singers chart ? Considering Goldman isn’t on streaming platforms (which is a crying shame), maybe Cabrel and Johnny will top him as the best-selling male singer ? I think Florent Pagny and Patrick Bruel must be rather high too. Pagny’s been selling his records like hotcakes for nearly 25 years and he keeps releasing new albums. Sardou must be up there too. Except for Mylène Farmer, I don’t see any other female singer selling so many records.

    1. Hi Rell!

      Johnny is the clear #1 with Sardou at 2 and Goldman at 3. Cabrel and Michael Jackson should be slightly ahead of Renaud in terms of CSPC in France while the likes Claude François, Pagny and Bruel are lower inside the Top 10.

  7. This is great! I hoped for some local acts. Renaud is also among my favorite French artists, so this is perfect! Thank you so much!

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