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

#1 – 155,000 UNITS

Kendji Girac – Kendji (2014) : 1,310,000

The only non-catalog album of this ranking, by the end of 2015 Kendji Girac debut album titled after its first name was up to 68 weeks without dropping below #18. Until September 2016, it remained around #10-20 positions, only slowing down a bit by the end of the year due to the heavy Christmas compilation. Now up to 123 weeks, the album has yet to drop out of the Top 100, being #27 this week. With a massive 155,000 units sold for the year, it gets awarded 135,000 additional copies from last year tally due to the large gap between retail sales and shipment by the end of 2015. No need to say this album registers the biggest gap in the best sellers ranking that will be posted very soon with all figures that have been updated since a couple of weeks.

During the next few days, new entries – due to 2016 sales or rules change – will be posted and then it will be followed by the posting of the complete ranking.

As usual, feel free to comment!

Sources: SNEP,

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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.