France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer

Bleu Noir (2010) Era

Three singles, three #1 hits. One #1 album. One #1 live album. Obvious lack of consistency. Already heard that story?

Once again, Bleu Noir album and its singles sold heavily on the back of the artist fanbase. A slight difference is that lead single Oui Mais… Non remained three weeks at the top just like the album, showing a bit more longevity than its predecessors although after the good hold during a month was followed by a fast collapse.

The fast start enabled the record to easily top 400,000 units sold by mid-2011, seven months after its release, arguably topping its predecessor, a first since Innamoramento.

This time, instead of a live album a new compilation was issued, 2001-2011, containing only hits post-Les Mots best of. At that point, compilations were allowed anew inside the main album chart were this set debuted at #3. The record track list was obviously much weaker than previous greatest hits in spite of all #1 hits it contained. After a couple of weeks the new compilation was certified 2xPlatinum representing 200,000 units shipped. Just like several previous albums like N°5 On Tour sales of those records were so much front-loaded that they never sold their initial shipment with to date tally still under their certification amount. All came close though including 2001-2011 which sold 170,000 units by the end of 2012. One of its editions packaged with Les Mots sold 70,000 units.

It must be said that fans weren’t only buying singles / albums / live sets. In fact, Stade De France DVD moved an unreal 213,000 units in 2010 alone. It is only one of the six Diamond music videos of Mylène Farmer.

Most Streamed Track on Spotify
  1. Oui Mais… Non – 779,000
  2. Lonely Lisa – 325,000
  3. Bleu Noir – 323,000

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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?


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


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


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.


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…



Okay, thank you for all these explanations.



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


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?


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!!


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


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


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


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 !!!


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 !!!