France Album Sales: Mariah Carey

Glitter (2001) Era

After surprisingly moving from Sony Music to Virgin, Mariah Carey issued her first soundtrack album in September 2001, Glitter.

Soundtrack albums are often hit or miss, well, it was an obvious miss. With a lead single Loverboy peaking at #54, the album debuted at #5 thanks to the artist fans but was out of the Top 50 after five weeks, out of the Top 100 after ten. At the time the absence of digital sales and pre-orders along with lower release awareness concluded on much less frontloaded sales, thus such tumbles were really dramatic. Leaving charts after the first week of 2002 while it still had to sell the 100,000 units initially shipped, this album represented the end of an era for the American vocalist.

In November 2001, Sony Music decided to release one new compilation to put Mariah Carey entire discography into a single package. Greatest Hits as it was named peaked at #12 in the Compilation chart, suffering from the strong sales of #1’s a mere three years earlier. The heavy Christmas market yet – every Top 20 position in the Compilation side was worth over 10,000 units sold for the busiest week of the year – still sent the album up to Gold status in early 2002.

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Celine Dion, Madonna and Whitney Houston all got the France Album Sales treatment during the last few months. Among the historical Divas big five only Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand are missing. Let’s fix half of this concern by studying the career of the former vocalist
Can we have Barbra’s France Album Sales article😂, please


Hi, MJD according to this page Daydream has sold 730,400 in France. Is it true information?

John Will

Great work!Now, among the historical Divas big five only Barbra Streisand are missing. I can’t wait to read your fixing this concern by studying the career of Barbra! It’s must be a big project。


!!!4 years past, maybe MJD forget this╮(╯_╰)╭


Finally! 4.8 million is a handsome number… quite similar to her total in South Korea.


Not to mention her France total is higher than her German total, which is amazing, considering that Germany is a stronger music market than France Mariah’s sales in Germany are at around 4 million, so almost 1 million less than France.

I believe Mariah’s top music markets (sales wise) are:
1. USA (70m+)
2. Japan (~20m)
3. UK (7,5m+)
4. Canada/South Korea/France (4,8-5m)

Also, Is it true Mariah is one of the top 5 american artists in France, and just 2nd to Madonna? If true, then WOW!


I believe she would’ve been 3rd/4th in France. She would definitely has less total than Celine Dion and I believe Whitney would beat her sales too, mainly due to crazy success of The Bodyguard.

Samuel King

Actually, she has more than Whitney