France Album Sales: Madonna

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Studio Albums

1983 Madonna – 375,000
1984 Like A Virgin – 715,000
1986 True Blue – 1,095,000
1989 Like A Prayer – 640,000
1992 Erotica – 375,000
1994 Bedtime Stories – 260,000
1998 Ray Of Light – 1,015,000
2000 Music – 730,000
2003 American Life – 505,000
2005 Confessions On  A Dance Floor – 950,000
2008 Hard Candy – 235,000
2012 MDNA – 105,000
2015 Rebel Heart – 55,000

Please find on following page a detailed analysis of sales evolution album after album.

Soundtrack Albums

1987 Who’s That Girl – 620,000
1990 I’m Breathless – 290,000
1996 Evita – 235,000

Compilation Albums

1990 The Immaculate Collection – 1,085,000
1995 Something To Remember – 285,000
2001 GHV2 – 380,000
2009 Celebration – 170,000

Remix Albums

1987 You Can Dance – 450,000
2003 Remixed & Revisited – 35,000

Live Albums

2006 I’m Going To Tell You A Secret – 45,000
2007 The Confessions Tour – 110,000
2010 Sticky & Sweet Tour – 50,000
2013 MDNA World Tour – 15,000

Madonna sold a total of 10,825,000 albums in France.

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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.