CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis

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Full Length related record Sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

Remaining Long Format – 80s compilations

How to understand this table? If you check for example the Master Serie 1 compilation line, those figures mean it sold 370,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 36,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the Amoureux de Paname album are responsible for 22% of the Master Serie 1 track list attractiveness. This means it generated 81,000 of its 370,000 album sales and so forth for the other records.

The discography of Renaud in terms of compilations is a funny one. His best of albums from the 80s were either limited releases or best of albums from massive series involving individual hits compilations for specific artists. As a result, there has never been a true big compilation released with a new song / any kind of relevant promotion. The likes of Master Serie 1 and Ma Compil’ went Platinum thanks to sales over time.

Sales distribution-wise, every studio album from 1975 to 1983 has a strong influx into sales of those compilations. Renaud is clearly not an artist relying on only one big blockbuster album.

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영배

Love your articles on local acts (even the ones I’m not that familiar with), hope to see more of them in the future!

Al

This is great! I hoped for some local acts. Renaud is also among my favorite French artists, so this is perfect! Thank you so much!

Rell

Thank you very much! How high would he rank in an all-time french singers chart ? Considering Goldman isn’t on streaming platforms (which is a crying shame), maybe Cabrel and Johnny will top him as the best-selling male singer ? I think Florent Pagny and Patrick Bruel must be rather high too. Pagny’s been selling his records like hotcakes for nearly 25 years and he keeps releasing new albums. Sardou must be up there too. Except for Mylène Farmer, I don’t see any other female singer selling so many records.

Innocenteyes

Must say I’m really surprised that Mistral Gagnant isn’t his #1 song. It has become his signature song and has been getting more reurrent airplay than Manhattan Kaboul. Not to mention the fact that it seems to be one of the most loved songs in France.

Dan

Never heard of him, went to Youtube to get some idea. It’s sad that such talented people never get wide recognition due to the language.

Karalady

What a pity that great french music artist never achieve international superstarom due to language barrier And markets size, time eras, I start to listen french music because of Celine Dion’s singles, her duex is the first Top 10 album and single in English language countries?

Nathan

Pretty interesting to look at……….although I’ve never heard of him before.
30 million is incredibly respectful for French only artist

Chrysalynne Lingling

It’s very interesting seeing French acts I’m unfamiliar with on here. You should consider doing Alizée too!

Moi Lolita

Alizee outsold

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