After eight up and down studio albums from 1974 to 1988 with mostly average sellers, Alain Souchon finally made it big at almost 50 in 1993 thanks to C’Est Déjà Ca album. Such unusual career path generated a lot of curiosity when follow up Au Ras Des Pâquerettes was released in November 1999.
From late 1985 to 1987 both groups from Toulouse city, Gold and Images, released respectively five and four Top 10 hits and sold over two million single each in the process. They both quickly disappeared from the music scene yet.
After Moby and Dido, this the the third international 1999 release that waited the 00s to break the main audience. Just like the other two, the very slow start hasn’t prevent the album from getting numerous weeks at #1.
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.
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!
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 Paris – Les Dix Commandements and Roméo Et Juliette musicals and her former partner Hélène SégaraAu Nom D’Une Femme album. All those albums sold well over a million, putting high pressure on Garou solo debut.
After three pretty unknown albums – minus Saga Africa hit following Davis Cup victory celebration – the Yannick Noah eponymous fourth record was far from being a A-List release. With such a context, debuting at #27 was quite fine.
The first major musical to be released on the back of Notre-Dame De Paris success, Roméo Et Juliette had some heavy work to do in order to compete with its illistruous predecessor. Lead single Aimer was a solid first step, spending six weeks at #2.
After two albums that sold a mere 200,000 copies collectively, Gérald De Palmas was needing a serious boost. That boost was named Jean-Jacques Goldman who wrote the hit J’En Rêve Encore, used as lead single for the artist third album, Marcher Dans Le Sable.
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