CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis



So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Renaud achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Mistral Gagnant released in digital format sold the equivalent of 20,000 albums – 135,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

About 3 million equivalent album sales a piece for Morgane de toi, Mistral Gagnant and Boucan d’Enfer. Every French artist would dream of getting this kind of success once in a lifetime. Renaud did it three times.

Outside of those blockbusters the national icon has many more strong albums. His five remaining LPs issued from 1977 to 1988 all sold past 1,1 million units overall.

Elsewhere, figures continue to be superb as five more albums range between 850,000 to 1,000,000 units. This includes his last 2016 set which is an outstanding result in this day and age. Even more outstanding is that a mind-blowing total of this kind, which stands at 854,000 equivalent album sales, is still the lowest selling original album of Renaud‘s illustrious career.

In total, Renaud sold 21,97 million equivalent album sales. Obviously, local acts can’t compete against global stars, but this doesn’t stop this figure from being massive.

The following pages list his most successful songs. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge his position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

13 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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