France Album Sales: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Mother’s Milk (1989) Era

If the Red Hot Chili Peppers still failed to reach mainstream success with this album, Mother’s Milk was the band for first step into popular fields. Released after the tragic death of their guitarist and the departure of their drummer, the new sound that resulted from the new band members definitely helped.

What helped even more was Higher Ground, the Stevie Wonder cover which was the band first hit. It wasn’t big in first place, peaking at #54 in UK, but it was still something. Following single Taste the Pain went as high as #29 always in UK. The album climbed up to #52 in the US and reached Gold within’ six months, latter passing Platinum level (1 million) thanks to catalog sales.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Higher Ground – 19,142,000
  2. Pretty Little Ditty – 3,068,000
  3. Knock Me Down – 2,371,000

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Hi there. Very interesting info I used to like them but hold no interest now.

Could you do Take That next please?


Thanks for that! Yeah Nirvana and My Chemical Romance are my absolute favourites but I can’t resist Take That’s pop music/songs either..! Must be a British thing by looks of those sales!


Great mix of different artists so far! Keep on adding more and more artists!

Can you do Mariah Carey next?


Hi MJD; recently I read the book American Popular Music. in the book I read the some sentence, France has the 7% market share of worldwide pop markets. I believe Musicians who hit the chart in the France could have the big seller. if some musician sells a lot of records in the U.S, they didn’t sell the records much worldwide. what do you think? still France is big market place in the world? and more 7% now? thanks.


thanks MJD, actually I just watched your statics before and I was so interested in those datum. South Korea is unusual country like France for album sales. maybe Oasis, Coldplay and Radiohead are big 3 in this country. Metallica and RHCP are also popular here. you know those bands have a gigs here. some of them already made more than 3 times. Foo Fighters did it in 2015. Nirvana is the only popular american band without gigs here. so I’m curious Nirvana and RHCP. around 2011, I read your article of both 2 bands. RHCP was 69.6 million and Nirvana… Read more »