France best selling albums ever:
Proxima Estacion Esperanza by Manu Chao (2001)

One of the most authentic acts of French music scene, Manu Chao, former leader of cult band Mano Negra, was in front of the biggest challenge of his career in  Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Proxima Estacion Esperanza by Manu Chao (2001)”

France best selling albums ever:
Entre-Deux by Patrick Bruel (2002)

When Patrick Bruel released Entre-Deux in 2002, his last three sold albums had sold cumulatively over 4 million copies in France, setting very high expectations on the new record. In this context, changing a winning formula was seen as a very risky move, Bruel still took it Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Entre-Deux by Patrick Bruel (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Boucan D’Enfer by Renaud (2002)

Debuting in 1975 with the album Amoureux De Paname and peaking in 1985 with the gigantic hit single Mistral Gagnant and the album of the same name that sold over a million, the career of French legend Renaud was over Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Boucan D’Enfer by Renaud (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones (2002)

Released in late February 26 2002, Come Away With Me was just one more anonymous album released by one more an anonymous artist, Norah Jones. Entering the album chart at #143, it was still one of the rare  Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Come Away With Me by Norah Jones (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
A La Vie, A La Mort by Johnny Hallyday (2002)

If one wonder how massive Johnny Hallyday is locally, let put it that way: He sold more records in France than the Beatles or Elvis Presley Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: A La Vie, A La Mort by Johnny Hallyday (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Quelqu’un M’A Dit by Carla Bruni (2002)

At first one wouldn’t compare Carla Bruni to Yannick Noah. Looking at it more closely, not many people have been Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Quelqu’un M’A Dit by Carla Bruni (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Chante Les Années 80 by Star Academy 2 (2002)

If one start looking for the most widespread link between all French million selling albums of the last 20 years, his conclusion will definitely be a three-letter one: TF1. French Media environment has this particularity of being extremely Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Chante Les Années 80 by Star Academy 2 (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Paradize by Indochine (2002)

French music scene has always been massively dominated by solo artists. We just ended to study million selling album Le Chemin by Kyo in 2003, but that is the exception rather than the standard. In fact, no band, local or international, sold a million copies of an album in France since that date. The country had in all its history a mere four truly big and cult bands, those are Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Paradize by Indochine (2002)”

France best selling albums ever:
Pokhara by Yannick Noah (2003)

Being successful on his own way as always been the trademark of Yannick Noah. Pairing with successful author Robert Goldman, brother of French superstar Jean-Jacques Goldman, can’t Continue reading “France best selling albums ever: Pokhara by Yannick Noah (2003)”