France Album Sales: Muse

Black Holes & Revelations Era

Now a confirmed force, Muse dropped their highly anticipated fourth album Black Holes & Revelations in June 2006. The album life started with a small upset in France as Laurent Voulzy, a strong local act, prevented them from debuting at #1 as he sold 74,000 copies of his album on that week, letting Muse at #2 with an estimated 40,000 units. With a very consistent run until the end of the year on the back of Supermassive Black Hole, the album was #22 for the year with 208,000 sales as per IFOP numbers.

Starlight was a sizable hit for the group too, crossing over from rock stations to most popular FM channels. Their first stadium show in France at the Parc Des Princes in June 2007 was full six months prior the concert day.

With 58,000 sales in 2007 and 34,000 in 2008, the album was just on 300,000 scanned sales by the end of that year. Thanks to this mass success, the catalog continued performing incredibly well. Absolution sold 50,000 units in 2006, 24,000 in 2007 and 19,000 units in 2008.

The 2008 live set HAARP debuted at #3 and sold 72,000 copies for the year. By the end of 2008, the band shipped copies stood as detailed below:

1999 Showbiz – 270,000
2001 Origin of Symmetry– 310,000
2002 Hullabaloo – 130,000
2003 Absolution  – 360,000
2006 Black Holes & Revelations – 320,000
2008 HAARP – 75,000

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Starlight – 50,819,000
  2. Supermassive Black Hole – 47,593,000
  3. Knights Of Cydonia – 31,283,000

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Fabienne Rambaud

Hello! Great and very interesting article! But you don’t say that a copy of the album Drones is offered with a concert ticket. If you already have your copy of the album you can give your code to get an album to whoever you want or offer it, that means that a lot of people don’t (or didn’t) have to buy it. You can get as many albums as concert tickets. The sales would be certainly higher otherwise. I personally recently gave one of my codes to a friend who wanted to buy it. Anyway the Drones World Tour is… Read more »

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