CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Amoureux De Paname (1975) – 6,000 equivalent albums

Hexagone / Amoureux de Paname – 20,000

Laisse Béton (1977) – 120,000 equivalent albums

Laisse Béton – 300,000
Adieu Minette – 70,000
La Boum – 30,000

Ma Gonzesse (1978) – 30,000 equivalent albums

C’est mon dernier bal – 25,000
Ma Gonzesse – 50,000
J’ai la vie qui m’pique les yeux – 25,000

Marche A L’Ombre (1980) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Marche à l’ombre – 150,000
It is not because you are – 50,000

Le Retour de Gérard Lambert (1981) – 12,000 equivalent albums

Mon beauf’ – 40,000

Morgane De Toi (1983) – 107,000 equivalent albums

Dès que le vent soufflera – 125,000
En cloque – 80,000
Morgane de toi – 50,000
Doudou s’en fout – 100,000

After a slow start Renaud took off thanks to the hit Laisse Béton. He directly entered French culture history as it popularized the verlan, an argot consisting of reversing syllables. It remains widely talked up to this day.

His albums started to do well from then on but no song really did wonders in physical single format, although Marche à l’ombre was a decent seller.

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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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?


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

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