France Album Sales: Celine Dion

The Show Must Go On! Deeply impacted by tragic deaths of her lifetime husband René Angelil and one of her brothers, Celine Dion released this Friday, May 20 2016, a cover of cult Queen hit. A few days later on May 24, Encore Un Soir, a proper new single was launched and has already shot to #1 on iTunes. The upcoming French album is already poised to do wonders during the second half of 2016.

It is a secret to no one the singer from Québec has been incredibly popular in France. Even so, she has been even more than that. Two decades ago she was just bigger than Earth. In 1995, she spent 35 weeks at #1 of the album chart. In 1996, 21 weeks. In other words during a period as long as a two years span she has been at the top for more than half of the weeks, not even mentioning how many weeks she had with two albums inside the Top 10 together, and three inside 1996 Top 10 year end chart.

Sales-wise, to give some perspective to her results, just know that her D’Eux album alone sold in nine months more copies than the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead or Shakira in their entire careers and almost as much as Coldplay and Muse. This complete madness saw its dimension naturally diminished with time, but the success never left Celine Dion still. After more than 20 years at the top, she accumulated an insane amount of albums sold in France – the question is, how much?

During the next pages we will be reviewing her complete discography to see how high she went in France. Please be aware all Spotify figures refer to worldwide streaming as they only aim to display which albums still have strong catalog hits as of now. Let’s go!

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+ Encore un soir = 745,000 copies sold & “Un peu de nous” =83,000 copies sold.
Her total sales in France must be around 19,363,000 albums.


I hope Celine’s next english album will sell in France just enough to have her reach 20,000,000 albums sold.
Does France actually give an award if ever a music artist reaches that number?


Well,i do not think so.She usually sells less with her english albums in France.


You’re right. We’ll just have to wait another french album to be released again. But right now, I just want Celine to release an english album soon, then a xmas album by november this year.


Well,in 2020 probably …
She is gonna release a new english album later this year.She can sell 2,000,000 copies.
Her last english album was really great,but they did not promote it well.Rene was ill and she decided stay home with him.


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Congratulations for your amazing job! But could you add now sales numbers for Encore Un Soir et update those for Sans Attendre as it has made appearances quite often in the comprehensive charts for 15 months now? Thanks!


Wow! Céline numbers in France are unrivalled! I can’t believe she outsold Madonna for such a large margin! France is the crown of her empire.


Actually, Canada is the crown,😂or it used to be as she’s got 6 diamonds (million albums) and the former album with the most copies sold in the debut week (Let’s Talk About Love, but now replaced by 25) there.
Plus I’ve got a question. I thought D’eux has sold more than 4.5m copies thus far. And figures for 1 Fille & 4 Types and On ne change pas seem to be a bit bigger than I previously imagined. I had thought Sans Attendre has outsold 1 Fille & 4 Types!!!


Article très intéressant. Je pense que ce site prend tout son sens avec ce genre d’artistes à la carrière très étendue et variée. Vivement un article sur Nana Mouskouri !

John Will

I have been waiting this article so long. Thank you very much!I cant wait to read France Album Sales: Barbra Streisand, it must be a big project.