France Album Sales: Madonna

Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005) Era

143,450 units. That’s the number of copies sold by Confessions On A Dance Floor in its first week in France. By the time, it was the second best debut ever by a foreign release, runner up to Michael Jackson 2001 album Invincible. This figure represented a massive 25,97% of combined sales from the other 199 albums charted in the Top 200.

Even for Madonna standards those results were mind blowing. It all happened thanks to Hung Up, the leading single of this era which was utterly successful. After four weeks at #1 the physical single was deleted, quickly dropping to #16, a limited reissue of a remix of the song shot it back to #1 for one more week, showing very well how big the track was. In the digital side, even if the market size was still very low, the domination of Madonna was incredible. She was #1 of the year both in the Singles side and in the Albums side, both times leading the runner up by 2 to 1. As it wasn’t enough, Hung Up was also the #1 selling digital single in 2006.

Along with Johnny Hallyday album Ma Vérité, follow up to two albums that sold over 3,5 million units combined prior that, Confessions On A Dance Floor dominated the Christmas season. It extended its run until the end of February thanks to #5 second single Sorry.  By early May, the album was leaving the Top 40 but at the same time it was certified Diamond, representing a massive 750,000 units shipped. During the following months, the album weekly sales decreased slowly, until being down to #77 by mid-August. The Confessions Tour came in Paris then, rocketing the album up to #9. Down to #180 in December, the album shot up again to #11 in January thanks to its first midprice campaign. By the end of 2008, the album was up to an incredible total of 911,448 physical units sold, plus about 15,000 downloads.

Weirdly, after a 22 years career with no live album released, Madonna then released back to back live records. In 2006, I’m Going To Tell You A Secret covering her Re-Invention World Tour was released. It debuted and peaked at #8 selling just 21,000 DVDs and 29,000 CDs. This latter album was up to nearly 37,000 units by the end of 2008. Following year, in January 2007, The Confessions Tour was released. Representing a much bigger era, it performed better too by debuting at #2 with near 28,000 sales. By the end of the year, the album was up to 87,000 sales while the DVD sold a huge 59,000 units.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Hung Up – 21,140,000
  2. Sorry – 6,882,000
  3. Jump – 3,470,000

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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.