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

#13 – 18,000 UNITS

Adele – 21 (2011) : 1,870,000

A modern-day classic, Adele album 21 enjoyed a strong rebound thanks to the late 2015 release of 25. Selling well enough to be part of the Comprehensive Chart during the first 18 weeks of the year, the album struggled much more to complete the season in a good way, never featuring inside the Top 80 Catalog Chart for the last 28 weeks of the year. At this current rate, year 2017 is going to be much weaker. In any case, the cumulative tally to date of 1,87 million copies sold is absolutely superb.

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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.