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

#17 – 13,000 units

Manu Chao – Clandestino (1998) : 1,825,000

Clandestino has been writing record books since its release. Holder of the longest consecutive run inside the Top 75 with 133 weeks, it then became the slowest climb to the top by reaching the summit on its 135th charted week. It broke a third historical record by being Top 10 overall as deep on its run by reaching it after 180 weeks. With such an unreal trajectory and enduring popularity, it was expected to see huge catalog sales for this record. Peaking at a relatively low #33 position inside the Catalog Chart with no activity from Manu Chao this year, the album doesn’t disappoint still as it was just as consistent as during its early days by sticking around for 32 weeks in total. If it manages to get a huge reissue in 2018, breaking the 2 million mark isn’t completely out of question in the middle to long run.

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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.