CSPC: Johnny Hallyday Popularity Analysis

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

We can clearly see that the earlier albums generated sales of tons of compilations. Since they came out in a singles era, it is natural to see that they have pick up many sales when the album format started to grow, in this case through various best of albums. Derrière L’Amour and Gang include several of the most iconic live songs of Johnny, which is illustrated with the 4,3 million sales of live / music video packages they drove.

The overall leader is Le Pénitencier. The cult album, strongly supported by the title track which adapts the AnimalsHouse of the Rising Sun, generated more than 4,2 million sales of compilations. This is exactly the same tally as Céline Dion‘s D’Eux pure album sales in France, the highest selling album ever in the country. As many as 8 studio albums drove at least 1 million sales of compilations while Orphan songs are responsible for more than 5 million purchases. All those figures would generally make us believe that we are talking about an international star, but Johnny sold nearly 90% of his records in France alone.

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Nathan Abramson

I counted 10 million less. Are you counting EP’s as singles?

orange

Hi MJD!
I’ve read that Mon pays c’est l’amour has already sold 890,000 (!!!) copies in France in the weeks since its release. Of course, given the circumstances and Johnny Hallyday’s stature that doesn’t actually feel too surprising, but comprehensively speaking, how do you see it performing in the long-run compared to the rest of his discography? Also, do you have a ballpark figure of how much his CSPC results may have increased in the year since his passing?

orange

Thank you! I wasn’t aware of all the TV promotion, that does sound a bit ridiculous haha.
If he sold that much in 2 weeks, he must have totally crushed his own record of highest first-week sales in France, which is fantastic but it seems like it would be impossible for that to happen if he were still alive.

Grendizer

I’ve just gone through it, too quickly, but I’m going to look at it more carefully. That’s already the best level of Johnny sales research I’ve ever seen. This is a titanic job and must be difficult, as there is so much missing data. I am fairly familiar with Johnny’s career and have read quite a few books, some of which contain first-hand accounts. His artistic directors, record company heads. Everyone agrees that some times were more difficult. 66/67,74/75,81/84. Concerts were not always full and the hits were rarer. Outside, from what I’ve seen, it’s not always reflected in your… Read more »

Rell

France Gall has died. I believe she’s among those who had the most successful french songs abroad in the 60’s, isn’t she ?

PHILIPPE

Je vous suis très reconnaissant pour la qualité de votre travail. Fan de Johnny depuis toujours, je savais qu’il cumulait des chiffres de ventes impressionnants. Pouvoir précisément connaître les chiffres de tous ses opus est incroyable……… Grâce à vous, certains peuvent mesurer l’impact de cette immense star qui restera gravé à jamais dans notre cœur…..

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