French rocker Johnny Hallyday’s posthumous album sold 300,000 copies on Oct. 19 after going on sale at midnight, according to the late star’s record company Warner Music France
Fans of French rocker Johnny Hallyday, whose death last year sparked a nationwideoutpouringof emotion, queued outside record stores on Oct 18 night to get their hands on his posthumous album.
Some 800,000 copies of “Mon pays c’est l’amour” (My Country is Love) went on sale at midnight.
Warner studios said they expect Hallyday’s 51st studio album to go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes.
A hundred fans were waiting outside a store on the ChampsElysees in Paris for the muchawaited record.
The musician’s widow Laeticia Hallyday posted a message online to mark the event, signing off with “to the freedom of thinking, to your music, I love you forever”.
The cover features a blackand-white picture of France’s answer to Elvis Presley, with a hand on one hip, staring off into the distance.
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer at 74.
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and David Hallyday, and his widow Laeticia.
His last album — a mix of rock, rockabilly and blues — was caught up in the battle, with the two children demanding a right of review. Fans of the singer, whose death last year sparked a nationwide outpouring of emotion, queued outside record stores on Thursday night to get their hands on the album.
Warner, which said the sales igure did not include downloads from streaming platforms, had earlier predicted that “Mon pays c’est l’amour” (My Country is Love) would go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes of going on sale.
Hallyday’s 1999 album “Sang pour Sang” (“Blood for Blood”), sold two million after selling 230,000 copies on its irst day.
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer in December aged 74.
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and David Hallyday, and his last wife Laeticia.
Laeticia Hallyday later said she had been trying to negotiate with the pair.
“We are trying (but) it is complicated, because a lot of things have been orchestrated,” she told the TF1 television channel.
“There is a lot of hate, contempt, humiliation, lies, which hurts. It’s dificult to hear, it’s dificult to suffer that,” she added.
A flyer of the cover of Johnny Hallyday’s posthumous album during a press conference.