France Best Selling Albums Ever:
Update Part 7 (20-1)

#9 – 22,000 UNITS

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) : 1,120,000

We can’t speak about Nirvana catalog sales by mentioning Nevermind only. Obviously, this album has an overwhelming weight in the band discography. Its catalog appeal is visible on a larger scale yet as 3 albums sell incredible amounts every year on the back of its songs – the original album, the eponymous 2002 compilation and this live set, MTV Unplugged in New York. During the first 26 weeks of the year, the studio album and the live album combined for 27 weeks charted inside the Catalog ranking, covering all different 26 weeks. In other words, depending on which one is the cheapest in a specific week, purchasers decide which one to pick interchangeably in order to get their big songs. As Smells Like Teen Spirit isn’t part of MTV Unplugged in New York while The Man Who Sold the World or About A Girl are not on Nevermind, both sets keep on going strong.

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Are the French really that open to English language artist? I thought France is a really tough market to break into. But seems like they are very open indeed.


Hi MJD! Love your updates on the best selling albums in France.

I want to ask whether there are new addition to the list of million selling albums in France. One example is Adele’s 25 album. Is it close to the million threshold? Other albums i remember close to that mark are AC/DC Highway to Hell, a couple of Sade albums etc. Have they surpassed 1 million copies in France?

Looking forward for your next project!

hermelin jean-raymond

Bonjour MJD,avez-vous les chiffres de vente réactualisés sur Led Zeppelin aux USA mais aussi en G-B SVP ? Ou sinon connaissez-vous des liens vers des sites fiables ? Merci par avance.Vous faites un job extraordinaire,bonne journée.JRH06.

Trond Grønvold

You’re doing a good job. I love reading this stuff.

But, I’n curious when IT comes to Crime of the century. how many albums was sold in France last year?
Crime entered back catalogue top-100 at least 12 times.