France Album Sales: Mylène Farmer

Point De Suture (2008) Era

Five singles, five #1 hits. Wow, now that’s a smash album! Well, no. When I started my CSPC analysis, I introduced it by saying that facts can also lie and that we need to study each figure to give a real meaning to facts. That all Point De Suture singles went #1 weren’t a reflection of popularity, it barely meant that nobody was buying singles anymore, automatically sending to the top every single purchased by Mylène Farmer fanbase on debut week.

This album reproduced exactly the same era as Avant Que L’Ombre… in more extreme proportions. That is, very little success among the general public, still insanely loyal and large fanbase.

Lasting only five weeks inside the Top 10, the album moved 385,000 units by the end of 2009, a total many records with 30 or more weeks inside the Top 10 do not reach. The lack of impact of the record can only put it among disappointing albums in spite of its strong sales in absolute terms. In other words, Point De Suture was a weak era but Mylène Farmer popularity was still incredible.

As always, one live album was released at the end of the album promotion, N°5 On Tour. One more #1 record for the artist, it sold 175,000 units by the end of 2010.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Appelle Mon Numéro – 302,000
  2. C’Est Dans L’Air – 290,000
  3. Dégénération – 232,000

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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 !!!