France best selling albums ever:
Caravane by Raphael (2005)

2005 stands as a truly bizarre year in French music industry. In a negative note, it saw only two million selling albums being released – Reprise Des Négociations by Bénabar and Caravane by Raphael, the first time in over a decade less than three albums made it. What stood as quite strange yet is that  Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Caravane by Raphael (2005)”

France best selling albums ever:
Reprise Des Négociations by Bénabar (2005)

From 2001 to Christmas 2006, Bénabar popularity kept rising and rising very steadily year after year. Ultimately, he became the flagship of the French Nouvelle scène (the “new scene”), a new sub-genre of Variety,  Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Reprise Des Négociations by Bénabar (2005)”

France best selling albums ever:
Charango by Yannick Noah (2006)

After two million selling albums in 2000 (Yannick Noah) and 2003 (Pokhara), former tennis champion – winner of Roland Garros slam in 1984 – Yannick Noah was in front of a new massive challenge in 2006, e.g. achieving
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France best selling albums ever:
La Voix D’Un Ange by Grégory Lemarchal (2007)

This album has never been certified Diamond by the SNEP organization – it hasn’t even been certified Gold (100,000 units shipped). This being said, I can confirm it sold over a million copies overall. But let’s start with Grégory Lemarchal, who
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France best selling albums ever:
Back To Black by Amy Winehouse (2006)

Everything around Amy Winehouse has always been pretty special, her chart performances in France are no exception. Released in October 2006, Back To Black album needed 4 months to reach the Top 200, ultimately getting in at #172 in February 2007 – the lowest entry ever Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Back To Black by Amy Winehouse (2006)”

France best selling albums ever:
Life In Cartoon Motion by Mika (2007)

Even though Mika is an English singer born in Lebanon, the fact he raised in France, Paris, made him adopted by French public right from the start. Thus, it is no surprise Life In Cartoon Motion is one of the very few Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Life In Cartoon Motion by Mika (2007)”

France best selling albums ever:
Mon Paradis by Christophe Maé (2007)

As far as one may remember, musicals have been hugely popular in France. They also often managed to send newcomers into super stardom. It happened with Julien Clerc (Hair), Daniel Balavoine (Starmania) or Hélène Ségara and Garou (Notre-Dame de Paris) among others. Successful musical Le Roi Soleil, Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Mon Paradis by Christophe Maé (2007)”

France best selling albums ever:
Soul by Seal (2008)

Despite achieving a string of successful eras from 2002 to 2004, improving from very average success during the 90s, no one guessed the groundbreaking smash of Seal 2008 release titled Soul. Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Soul by Seal (2008)”

France best selling albums ever:
Zaz by Zaz (2010)

Coming out of nowhere in May 2010, newcomer Zaz quickly gained attention thanks to her atypical hit Je Veux and its parent album, Zaz. Entering at #11, the intergenerational appeal of the album sent it to #1 in its 6th week where it remained for 9 weeks. Loved by Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Zaz by Zaz (2010)”

France best selling albums ever:
21 by Adele (2011)

Sometimes even record breaking sales do not need explanations. The album and its singles connected with people, it is as simple as that.

Second Adele album, 21, registered some of the best results seen in decades in both UK, Canada, the US or Australia. Story was Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: 21 by Adele (2011)”