Original Album Sales – French Discography – Comments
1991 Dion Chante Plamandon – 1,500,000
1995 D’Eux – 7,200,000
1998 S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer – 3,900,000
2003 1 Fille & 4 Types – 1,500,000
2007 D’Elles – 700,000
2012 Sans Attendre – 1,300,000
2016 Encore Un Soir – 800,000
If it is already difficult to create a successful discography, creating two is even harder. It gets even more incredible when you do it in such an incredible fashion.
In comparison to global albums, those figures may seem low. Some perspective is needed. From 1995 to date, the biggest selling album in the US is Come On Over by Shania Twain at more than 20 million copies sold. In the same time frame, the highest selling album in France – indeed, the highest selling album ever – is D’Eux by Celine Dion at 4,21 million, ironically an other Canadian female star. The difference? Given respective markets, 4,21 million in France equals to some 34 million units in the US, more than what Michael Jackson‘s Thriller did.
S’Il Suffisait D’Aimer sales of 3,9 million are nowhere near D’Eux, but still enough to put it among the Top 3 best selling French albums ever, which shows the absolute madness created by those records in France, Quebec, Wallonia and such regions.
All in all, those albums shipped 16,9 million units, with Encore Un Soir likely to quickly sell its current shipments and to get new and big orders during the Christmas season.