After five albums with his former band (Les Charts, 1989-1997) and one solo debut LP (Au Milieu Des Autres, 1999) with very moderate success, the strongly successful eponymous album from 2002 was a significant surprise. Getting close of a million sales when follow up 3 was released, the question was View More
Controversial singer Michel Sardou, second to Johnny Hallyday among bestselling French act ever overall, had an immaculate career by 2004 when he released Du Plaisir. He had yet to receive an official Diamond award for 1 million sales. Signing a new contract with Universal and being the flagship sponsor of the Star Academy season changed the story, offering the artist the so much coveted award when he was 58.
2005 stands as a truly bizarre year in French music industry. In a negative note, it saw only two million selling albums being released – Reprise Des Négociations by Bénabar and Caravane by Raphael, the first time in over a decade less than three albums made it. What stood as quite strange yet is that View More
From 2001 to Christmas 2006, Bénabar popularity kept rising and rising very steadily year after year. Ultimately, he became the flagship of the French Nouvelle scène (the “new scene”), a new sub-genre of Variety, View More
After two million selling albums in 2000 (Yannick Noah) and 2003 (Pokhara), former tennis champion – winner of Roland Garros slam in 1984 – Yannick Noah was in front of a new massive challenge in 2006, e.g. achieving a third consecutive million selling studio album.
La Voix D’Un Ange has never been certified Diamond by the SNEP organization – it hasn’t even been certified Gold (100,000 units shipped). This being said, I can confirm it sold over a million copies overall. But let’s start with Grégory Lemarchal, who won the fourth edition of TV channel TF1 massive program Star Academy.
Everything around Amy Winehouse has always been pretty special, her chart performances in France are no exception. Released in October 2006, Back To Black album needed 4 months to reach the Top 200, ultimately getting in at #172 in February 2007 – the lowest entry ever View More
Even though Mika is an English singer born in Lebanon, the fact he raised in France, Paris, made him adopted by French public right from the start. Thus, it is no surprise Life In Cartoon Motion is one of the very few View More
As far as one may remember, musicals have been hugely popular in France. They also often managed to send newcomers into super stardom. It happened with Julien Clerc (Hair), Daniel Balavoine (Starmania) or Hélène Ségara and Garou (Notre-Dame de Paris) among others. Successful musical Le Roi Soleil, View More
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