France Album Sales: Prince

Prince

TOTAL ALBUM SALES IN FRANCE

Major Label Studio Albums

1978 For You – 40,000
1979 Prince – 75,000
1980 Dirty Mind – 70,000
1981 Controversy – 70,000
1982 1999 – 120,000
1984 Purple Rain Soundtrack – 480,000
1985 Around The World In A Day – 115,000
1986 Parade – 340,000
1987 Sign ‘O’ The Times – 320,000
1988 Lovesexy – 235,000
1989 Batman Soundtrack – 575,000
1990 Graffiti Bridge – 115,000
1991 Diamonds & Pearls – 570,000
1992 Love Symbol – 200,000
1994 Come  – 125,000
1996 Chaos & Disorder – 20,000
1996 Emancipation – 50,000
1999 The Vault … Old Friends For Sale – 25,000
1999 Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic – 25,000
2001 The Rainbow Children – 25,000
2004 Musicology – 80,000
2006 3121 – 40,000
2007 Planet Earth – 20,000
2009 Lotusflow3r / MPLSound / Elixer – 30,000
2014 Plectrumelectrum – 5,000
2014 Art Official Age – 15,000
2015 HITnRUN Phase One – 5,000

Side Projecs / Independant Albums

1994 The Beautiful Experience – 50,000
1994 1-800 New Funk – 10,000
1994 The Black Album – 60,000
1995 The Gold Experience – 15,000
1995 Exodus – 20,000
1996 Girl 6– 5,000
1998 Crystal Ball – 5,000
1998 Newpower Soul – 20,000
2001 Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic – 0
2002 One Nite Alone… – 0
2003 Xpectation – 0
2003 N.E.W.S – 0
2004 The Chocolate Invasion – 0
2004 The Slaughterhouse – 0
2010 20Ten – 0
2015 HITnRUN Phase Two – 0

Live Albums

2002 One Nite Alone… Live! – 0
2004 C-Note – 0
2008 Indigo Nights – 0

Compilation Albums

1993 The Hits/The B-Sides – 120,000
1993 The Hits 1 – 180,000
1993 The Hits 2 – 200,000
2001 The Very Best Of – 120,000
2006 Ultimate Prince – 70,000

Prince sold a total of 4,665,000 albums in France.

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

Sources: CIDD, SNEP, IFOP, GFK, Billboard.

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Daydreamer

Prince deserves his own CSPC done as soon as possible, IMHO. Almost all of the others music icons of the ’80s (MJ, Madonna, Whitney, George Michael..) already have their own CSPC done…

Tane

Merci, This commentary on Prince’s performance in France was great, always interested to know how he performs in different markets. I live in New Zealand and it wa sthe same thing here, I wanna be your lover was a huge hit reaching #3 on the chart, but the albums barely moved and even Purple Rain barely went gold. He was more successful from the Parade era to Lovesymbol and Lovesexy and Batance were #1, only Alphabet St, and Most Beautiful Girl were #1 hits here, but he had lots of Top 10s and all the biggies like WDC and Kiss… Read more »

Gustavo

I can’t believe “Diamonds and pearls” and “Batman” outsold “Purple rain” in France! 😮

Craig

Diamonds and pearls also went 3 x Platinum UK, Purple rain was platinum

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