France Best Selling Albums Ever:
Update Part 2

70s Dying Records

Yves Duteil Tarentelle (1977) : 1 200 000

French public is very, very loyal to his local heroes, hardly ever forgetting Variété Française legends. Someway, they forgot about Yves Duteil along the road. He went from selling over 1 million units during late 70s of Tarentelle, to half a million of Mélancolie follow up, then to average 200,000 copies per album of all his new releases until 1990. Not an A-List artist anymore at that point, nevertheless the artist was retaining a solid popularity. The success suddenly left him after 1990, barely making the Top 50 weekly charts with next two albums. During the last 20 years, the best performing of his four studio albums peaked at an awful #74 position. His last compilation to enter charts did so for a few weeks only in 2011, peaking at #98. Only the classic status of Tarentelle saves it a bit, at times going up to Top 5,000, although he usually ranks around the Top 20,000.

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Innocent Eyes

Thank you for updating your million selling albums list.

The biggest surprise is Les Dix Commandements album selling less than Romeo et Juliette’s. I thought that recurrent airplay and use of L’envie d’aimer would enable the former album to get more catalogue sales. Moreover it feels like there’s nothing left known from Roméo et Juliette these days.

Second surprise is poor catalogue sales of De Palmas’ album as some of its singles are getting fairly strong airplay on AC radios.

Looking forward to the rest of your update.


this is a very interesting series (i love all your series!!). i am surprised mostly so far in those 2 articles about Hallyday’s album, but many of the others mentioned, especially the english albums come as no surprise.


Madonna <3