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

#3 – 46,000 UNITS

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006) : 1,345,000

Selling anything from 10,000 to 30,000 units in an outstanding result for a catalog album. With Amy Winehouse 2006 iconic album Back to Black we get into a new dimension, a record that moved the massive number of 46,000 units in 2016. Such sales were achieved with an extensive, discontinuous 52 weeks run in the Comprehensive Chart, by itself a true achievement for such a old album. It wasn’t only scratching into the Top 200, during 32 weeks it was comfortably Top 100, peaking at an incredible #26 position. The album has now peaked at #1 in 2007, #2 in 2008, #8 in 2009, #2 in 2011, #15 in 2012, #36 in 2013, #71 in 2014, #44 in 2015, #26 in 2016 and already #60 in 2017. If you wonder what happened in 2010, it was quite simply not eligible for charts at that point. Will it slow down anytime soon? Now that it is an absolute beast in LP format, which is growing fast, that’s all the more unlikely.

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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.