France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer

Innamoramento (1999) Era

Five Top 10 singles adding for only 9 weeks inside the Top 10 combined. This is the unusual result of Innamoramento era singles.

How was is possible? The fans collecting her singles on debut week phenomenon was getting more and more extreme. Hits weren’t as big as in the past. Mylène Farmer was so well established that she wasn’t needing huge singles anymore to sell large quantities of albums. Put all those three conditions together and you obtain one more million selling album despite the apparent struggle of its singles.

As the singles market was healthy at the turn of the millennium none of those Top 10 hits managed to be #1 as fans weren’t numerous enough to made for a widespread smash single. Lead single L’âme-stram-gram was naturally the closest at #2.

This is the same position on which the album debuted and peaked. Innamoramento remains to this date the only Mylène Farmer studio album to fail the top out of her last 9 released from 1988 to 2015. Singles and the tour kept the album going on for one full year inside the Top 50. In spite of not that many weeks inside the very high part of charts – 8 weeks Top 5 when all was said and done – the huge 1999 market added to its stability sent the album to 1,08 million by the end of 2001.

For 2000 fall, Mylénium Tour live album was released to benefit one more time from the artist strong following. Debuting at #1 and remaining Top 5 during the Christmas season. While doing so, the album moved 615,000 units by the end of 2001.

As the artist first compilation was coming in 2001 fall it is time to list below all her albums with estimated sales to that date.

Studio Albums

1986 Cendres De Lune – 280,000
1988 Ainsi Soit Je… – 1,400,000
1991 L’Autre – 1,375,000
1995 Anamorphosée – 980,000
1999 Innamoramento – 1,080,000

Live Albums

1989 En Concert – 285,000
1997 Live A Bercy – 655,000
2000 Mylénium Tour – 615,000

Remix Albums

1992 Dance Remix – 300,000

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Je Te Rends Ton Amour – 331,000
  2. L’âme-stram-gram – 255,000
  3. Innamoramento  – 213,000


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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 !!!