France best selling albums ever:
Juste Avant by Patrick Bruel (1999)

Juste Avant by Patrick Bruel

By 1993, Patrick Bruel held the highest selling French album of all-time with his 1989 release Alors Regarde. As it often happens with such a sudden and disproportionate success, the singer suffered a strong backlash and follow up 1994 release, although selling decently for most artists, ended being a strong disappointment. Thus, Juste Avant was a pivotal album, re-installing the artist as a major seller or marking him as a one-album wonder.

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France best selling albums ever:
Innamoramento by Mylène Farmer (1999)

Innamoramento by Mylène Farmer

One of the most recognizable figure in French music scene, Mylène Farmer was in front of a difficult exercise in 1999. Indeed, meeting expectations after three consecutive million selling studio albums is still a complicated target even for such a successful artist. Innamoramento did manage to reach the coveted million plateau establishing even more the widespread appeal of the discrete singer.

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France best selling albums ever:
Play by Moby (1999)

A la Dido, the success of Moby wasn’t exactly an out of the blue event. The album Play is likely the only album ever to be an underground hit album spanning four singles over 15 months and then a crossover hit with five singles. In total it got nine singles released over a 30 months period.

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France best selling albums ever:
Summary 2000-2015

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introduction

Since almost three weeks we have been going threw all million selling albums since 2000 in France. Pre-2000 albums will shortly follow, but it is time to stop for a minute in order to summarize all results. On following pages, you will be presented with various rankings of bestselling Studio album, Foreign album, Female album etc. with short comments per section. Obviously, the comprehensive ranking is also presented, containing all 44 million sellers released during our century. Let’s go!

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France best selling albums ever:
Seul by Garou (2000)

When Seul album by Garou was released in November 2000, three of the Top 6 sellers of the year existed thanks to Notre-Dame De ParisLes Dix Commandements and Roméo Et Juliette musicals and her former partner Hélène Ségara Au Nom D’Une Femme album. All those albums sold well over a million, putting high pressure on Garou solo debut.

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