France Album Sales: Madonna

Music (2000) Era

Now that she recovered her hey-days status, Madonna returned with Music album and single in 2000. To highlight how big she was at that time one week after the single debuted Ray Of Light (#10), Something To Remember (#61) and True Blue (#75) all reentered the Top 75, so did The Immaculate Collection in the Compilation Chart as high as #6.

Music single peaked only at #8 which may seem weak giving the circumstances. In reality, this result was incredibly positive as for the very first time of her career Madonna was now becoming more an album seller than a hit maker, with her songs doing wonders for their parent albums. The #8 lead single led the album to a huge #1 debut ahead of French gigantic seller Michel Sardou and #16 second single Don’t Tell Me pushed the album up from #24 to #8 during the key Christmas season. This resulted in 420,000 sales for the year 2000, followed by 210,000 more in 2001 and 40,000 in 2002, making Music the sixth half a million selling album of the singer.

With enough hits since 1992 to fulfil a new compilation, GHV2 was released for 2001 fall. The album charted at #2 in December in the Compilation Chart, topped by Mylène Farmer massive best of Les Mots. Strong sales during the holidays enabled the set to be ranked as the #5 compilation of the year.

Along with the release of GHV2, all Madonna past albums got their certifications updated so it is time to review all her up to date sales, as they stood by the end of 2002!

1983 Madonna – 345,000
1984 Like A Virgin – 680,000
1986 True Blue – 1,055,000
1987 Who’s That Girl – 610,000
1987 You Can Dance – 430,000
1989 Like A Prayer – 620,000
1990 I’m Breathless – 280,000
1990 The Immaculate Collection – 975,000
1992 Erotica – 340,000
1994 Bedtime Stories – 250,000
1995 Something To Remember – 270,000
1996 Evita – 220,000
1998 Ray Of Light – 950,000
2000 Music – 670,000
2001 GHV2 – 320,000

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Music – 9,968,000
  2. American Pie – 5,313,000
  3. Don’t Tell Me – 4,792,000

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Very nice wok.

You have information about japan charts.

I remenber good positions osaka hot 100, tokio hot 100.

But never found about oricon internationally chart.

Do you have?


I would love to read it. 😊


I completely agree about Hard Candy. It was the turning point (or maybe even of no return), not American Life. From the cover with her fingers touching her left cheek and box – it was creepy.


The greatest mystery for me is Immaculate Collection in Billboard 200. It entered the chart a month after ther release and peaked at #2 three months after the release. Why?


Thank you. Is it the only Diamond US album that weren’t #1 on Billboard 200? Funny it was at at first behind Vanilla Ice and then behind Mariah Carey.


I was just wondering. How does “Ray of Light” managed to be so successful in Europe when you consider most of her singles did terribly on the European charts. It seems like this album does not reflect the conventional belief that strong singles = strong album sales. It is the case in America though, as the album only managed to sell 4-5 million, which isnt really that big for Madonna standard. I hope you could explain to me how it ended being such a strong seller. Thank you in advance.


Hello MJD!

Do Janet Jackson’s too please 🙂

All the best



Angel was no single in France, only in a few markets like the USA. In France we did have Crazy for you during the summer which has been one of her least successful album.
Into the Groove was huge and managed to get into the French top 10 as soon as it was released, a very rare achievement at that time.


Hi MJD, do you have an official page in facebook? It would be easier to follow you there. Thanks!


Actually there were no additional single for Hard Candy in France, after summer, until the release in December of Miles Away, without a video. About 6 months separated the 2 singles and that killed off the album which had managed to remain within the TOP 100 all along the first singles career runs.


What a great job! Thank you for this! Madonna for me is a unique album seller. I am happy that after 30+ years her NEW album “Rebel Heart” managed to sell 55.000 in France and 1.000.000 worldwide… I mean that 1 million for 2016 is a great number! Also I should add that Rebel Heart sold 1million WORLDWIDE and the sales are spread WORLDWIDE. For example Celine’s latest album might have sold 1 million but the 800k are from France and Canada. (I am exaggerating a little bit but I want you to understand my point of view). I am… Read more »

kieron sargent

i dont think flop is the right word. u cant compare sales of ray of light to mdna or sales of true blue to rebel heart. the industry is different albums dont sell like they used to. sure some of her albums have underperformed a bit but all have made the best seller list world wide for the year they were released . great article though


Spotify figures don’t include all the streams. You have left out almost all Immaculate Collection- and Celebration-collection albums’ streams. For example Papa Don’t Preach’s total streams are 11,63 M ( True Blue-album: 4,02 M, Immaculate Collection-album:0,87 M, Celebration-album 6,74 M) or Like A Prayer’s total streams are 45,25 M (Like A Prayer-album: 15,93 M, Immaculate Collection-album: 0,93 M and Celebration- album 28,39 M). And so on and so on.