France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer mai 2015!

Almost exactly 30 years ago way back in November 1986, a new artist was enjoying her first big hit by reaching the Top 10 Singles Chart. What seems to be a random happening was in reality the signature of a singer that would end up being one of France biggest success stories of all-time.

By then, Canadian-born Mylène Farmer was 25 and struggling to reach fame with several acting and singing attempts. One song later, she was the most iconic music act of the country. The huge hype she was able to create around her remained insanely hot for over 15 years.

As atypical as mythical, the superstar legends also surrounded her charts and sales achievements all along her career. Nowadays, in popular press it is hard to identify valid statements on this subject. Well, at least until now!

During the next pages we will be studying carefully all information with detailed results of her entire discography. Please be aware all Spotify figures refer to worldwide streaming as they only aim to display which albums still have strong catalog hits as of now. Let’s go!

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Michael

What a very consistent result. Especially given the fact that she takes a long time to release each studio albums. I was just wondering about her sales in Canada. Was she huge there?

Michael

Oh wow. Very surprising. I thought she would’ve been massive in at least Quebec.

Nels

It’s because contrarily to Cabrel and Bruel, Farmer never really tried to promote herself in Quebec

Techkid

OMG big fan of Mylene here.. I’ve always wondered how she marketed herself and stayed relevant all these years especially 2006 onward as not much controversy has been issued from her-probably her loyal fans. But I was wondering if you could do an analysis on her former protege Alizee. Her debut single/ album was monster and her sophomore album did pretty fine but when she left the Farmer/ boutonnat machine- it was pretty much over.

Techkid

scratch that with Alizee-actually please do an analysis of Laurent Boutonnat- it seems as every French artist he in a sense creates turned to gold – Mylene, Nathalie Cardone, Alizee…

Djouahra

MJD,

Okay, thank you for all these explanations.

Djouahra

MJD,

Mylene Farmer has sold 2.5-3 million albums for export? I would have thought 1.5-2 million.

pat200

it is safe to say that she is the 2nd best selling female in france after celine dion right?
btw off the top of your head how many male singers sold more than celine in france? i assume johnny hallyday, jean jacques goldman for sure, anyone else?

pat200

yes i was referring to albums and i thought of cabrel and sardou but didn’t think they would be close or in sardou’s case way ahead. i need to look at sardou’s discography closer. i can’t wait for their sales in france posts.
man your work is fantastic, for anyone who loves numbers and putting numbers in perspective, this is heaven!!

pat200

i wonder where artists like piaf, mathieu and dalida figure there.

Florence

These articles are great. Thank you so much. Concerning the quantity of albums sold worldwide, I heard like 30 mio. Correct, possible ?

manu

Amazing work ! Thank you very much !
Just curious : how much time do you spend on an article like this one ?

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

Congratulations again for the website and also for the analysis carried for France Album Sales of Mylène Farmer.
Then I would like to know if this week you analyze some singer or group, maybe you will analyze the CSPC of the Rolling Stones !!!

anthony

Of course dear MJD, I believe will be analized one of Drake, Sia, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams. Then I’m interested in all the artists that you analyze, it is true, I have my preferences for the groups and for the music of the 60 ‘, 70’, 80 ‘ but I am a lover of records sold for each artist as their own you !!!

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