France Album Sales: Celine Dion

PART V: The revival 2012-TBD

Sans Attendre (2012) Era

Going down from 3,6 million to 1,65 million to less than 800,000 to 286,000, two-years sales of previous Celine Dion French albums were dropping like a stone album to album since her legendary D’Eux.

Her status still seemed too big to go anywhere under that last 286,000 units figure. The Sans Attendre album lead single Parler A Mon Père started slowly in early July 2012 at #32 and was down to #85 by week 3. After four months of steady climb, the single peaked at an impressive #8 position in mid-November. Impressive considering this result was already reflecting digital sales, thus displaying a strong widespread appeal even in the 15-25 years range community.

This first hit in many years resulted in outstanding sales for the album. It started with nearly 95,000 units, way better than the 55,000 copies sold by D’Elles. The huge difference was in following weeks as Sans Attendre held extremely well. It dropped to #2 in second week only due to Johnny Hallyday (once again) new L’Attente album debuted at #1. Ironically, both similarily titled albums (Without Waiting and The Wait) share L’Amour Peut Prendre Froid duet from both superstars. All Christmas period long, Sans Attendre remained on fire. It dropped to 36,000 units low point on week 3 and then climbed all the way to #1 just in time for Christmas week with a gigantic 141,000 copies sold. After a mere eight weeks in 2012 the album had shifted 569,000 units, already over Diamond (500,000) status.

In 2013 the album had the standard trajectory of a successful fall album meaning strong January month then quick drop lower down the charts with no more big promotion machines used and then a great middle run resistance thanks to continuous airplay of the era hits. The album sold 170,000 units for the year. The fact popular song Parler A Mon Père was still not available on a compilation made Sans Attendre become a big catalog seller. It charted 33 weeks in 2014, 5 in 2015 and 8 so far in 2016.

This impressive return to huge sales pushed both D’Eux and On Ne Change Pas back on comprehensive Top 200 chart on a regular basis, plus Au Coeur Du Stade and D’Elles for one week each.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Parler A Mon Père – 2,113,000
  2. Le Miracle – 710,000
  3. Qui Peut Vivre Sans Amour? – 464,000

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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.