France was one of the countries where Nirvana explosion in 1992 was the most impressive. Even if their third album In Utero failed to sustain the newly gained status of the band with Nevermind, Unplugged In New York was a great come back in top form. Obviously, the passing of Kurt Cobain a few months prior this release surely helped, but it wasn’t only about the sad event.
Soundtrack success is often very binary – hit or miss. The hit may be tremendous during about a quarter along with the movie as it has been seen with Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Dirty Dancing or the Titanic soundtracks. Other soundtracks get ignored and disappear.
Celine Dion struggled to sell records in France. Yes, for real. What may seem absolutely impossible from today point of view giving the insane amount of records she sold since 1995, was true until the release of D’Eux.
Following three consecutive albums from Michael Jackson which sold well over a million each – a record for an international artist – HIStory was hugely anticipated. Priced two times the average and weirdly packaged with one half compilation and one half studio album, repeating the feat seemed a tough target.
Unlike Francis Cabrel or Patrick Bruel the artist Jean-Jacques Goldman didn’t have a signature album that sold over 2 million units. That may be why he isn’t the first one we think about when referring to monster sellers. Success-wise yet he crushes everyone.
New Kids In The Block in the US, Take That in UK… Worlds Apart in France. Yes, this isn’t a joke. If Take That success has been huge since their 1992 debut on their native UK, Worlds Apart has been a flopping band from day 1. Their debut album peaked at #88 at the time and no subsequent album ever charted. View More
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