France Album Sales: Madonna

Like A Prayer (1989) Era

After a one year hiatus, Madonna made her return in March 1989 with the song Like A Prayer. The song was one more impressive hit for her, reaching as high as #2 during three weeks, only blocked by Boney M Megamix.

The album faced the competition of Jean-Jacques Goldman live album Traces, released the same day as Like A Prayer. While Who’s That Girl was blocked by the previous album of the French superstar, Madonna got her revenge by debuting at #1 ahead of Traces which came in at #2. For eight weeks, both albums remained at #1-2 respectively, until the live set incredibly dislodged Like A Prayer. The 18 weeks spent inside the Top 10 by the lead single maintained the album’s success very well as it stood eight weeks at #2 after its first eight weeks at #1.

If the first six months of this album were incredible, subsequent singles all failed to reach the Top 20 and the album started to lose its staying power, dropping from #9 to out of the Top 50 within two months and never recovering. The fact the album lost ground before reaching the key Christmas period hurt its sales. It was also strong during a weak period for sales, which is why the record failed to reach 2xPlatinum status, it moved a calculated 527,000 units for the year.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Like A Prayer – 45,212,000
  2. Express Yourself – 7,582,000
  3. Cherish – 3,378,000

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Marcelo

Hi.
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?

Michael

I would love to read it. 😊

Anna

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.

Anna

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?

Anna

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.
http://www.billboard.com/music/madonna/chart-history/billboard-200/song/3745

Fix

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.

Robby

Hello MJD!

Do Janet Jackson’s too please 🙂

All the best

Robby

FM

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.

Gustavo

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

FM

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.

Nick

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

Sami

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.
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