JOHNNY HALLYDAY

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

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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.

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