France Album Sales: Red Hot Chili Peppers

One Hot Minute (1995) Era

After trying again and again to break the main audience, the Red Hot Chili Peppers faced the irony to flop with their very first album after their breakthrough.

One more irony is that while 1995 album One Hot Minute disappointed a lot in both the US and the UK, in France the album performed rather well despite its predecessor had an impact more limited than in English-speaking countries.

Singles performed poorly with only My Friends charting with a #40 peak. The album on its side went as high as #3 but also got legs with seven weeks Top 10 during a competitive period. By the end of the year, the album had sold already 210,000 copies. In total, the album lasted 31 weeks inside the Top 50, reaching Platinum (300,000) at the end of 1996.

On its side, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was still selling very well as by June 1997 it went Platinum, only 28 months after hitting 2xGold.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. My Friends – 7,802,000
  2. Aeroplane – 6,540,000
  3. Walkabout – 1,661,000

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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 »