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
Coming out of nowhere in May 2010, newcomer Zaz quickly gained attention thanks to her atypical hit Je Veux and its parent album, Zaz. Entering at #11, the intergenerational appeal of the album sent it to #1 in its 6th week where it remained for 9 weeks. Loved by View More
Sometimes even record breaking sales do not need explanations. The album and its singles connected with people, it’s as simple as that. The album 21 by Adele is one of them.
This sophomore effort registered some of the best results seen in decades in the UK, Canada, the US and Australia, among other countries. The story was no different in France where the LP reached highs unseen by an english-language release in nearly 20 years. More precisely since Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous album was released in 1991.
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