Robbie wrote:Apologies if this has been asked before- does the French charts include downloads? The sales for the number 1 are very low if downloads are included.
Yes, it does. They've been included since February 2011.
This is indeed correct.....
Timmy94 wrote:At the time Mylene Farmer was No. 1 with such low sales, the French Single Chart only included 100 positions, though the chart was only physical-based which had the effect that when physical sales started to get worse (in France physical single sales are still higher in terms of population than in other countries), the No. 100 single was sold 30 or less times.
When downloads were included, the chart was extended to 200 positions as the No. 100 single sells a few hundred copies now.
.....as is, I think, everything here except the line I have highlighted. Apart from the occasional act (eg Mylene Farmer) who can still shift a lot of physical singles, I get the very definite impression now that very few physicals now sell in France, for the following reasons:
The physicals-only top 100 continued to run alongside the new combined chart for about a year, ceasing in February 2012 - probably because less than a hundred different singles were then selling physically in a week! There had been occasional reports of very low sales - for example, Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" was revealed to have sold a total of NINE
copies in a week (about a year after it was originally released) in which it was the number 100 physical single in France!
A separate downloads-only top fifty has also been published since the combined chart began, and still is. But now it is almost identical to the combined chart - from which it can be deduced that very few hit tracks are even released on a physical format in France (or they are selling so few that no improvement arises in the overall position!)
This week, the only differences between the top fifty downloads and the top fifty of downloads and physicals combined are as follows:
05 RAYOS DE SOL - JOSE DE RICO FEATURING HENRY MENDEZ
06 WHISTLE - FLO RIDA
07 TACATA - TACABRO
05 TACATA - TACABRO
06 RAYOS DE SOL - JOSE DE RICO FEATURING HENRY MENDEZ
07 WHISTLE - FLO RIDA
36 LIVE MY LIFE - FAR EAST MOVEMENT
37 WIDE AWAKE - KATY PERRY
38 VIDEO GAMES - LANA DEL REY
39 MA VIE AU SOLEIL - KEEN'V
40 I CAN ONLY IMAGINE - DAVID GUETTA FEATURING CHRIS BROWN AND LIL WAYNE
41 ZUMBA HE ZUMBA HA - DJ MAM'S
42 MY NAME IS STAIN - SHAKA PONK
43 DOWN THE ROAD - C2C
44 LE SENS DE LA VIE - TAL
45 JE PRENDS LE LARGE - TAL
46 DANCE AGAIN - JENNIFER LOPEZ FEATURING PITBULL
47 SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE
48 PUMPED UP KICKS - FOSTER THE PEOPLE
49 ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE
50 AVANT QU'ELLE PARTE - SEXION D'ASSAUT
36 DOWN THE ROAD - C2C
37 LIVE MY LIFE - FAR EAST MOVEMENT
38 WIDE AWAKE - KATY PERRY
39 VIDEO GAMES - LANA DEL REY
40 MA VIE AU SOLEIL - KEEN'V
41 I CAN ONLY IMAGINE - DAVID GUETTA FEATURING CHRIS BROWN AND LIL WAYNE
42 ZUMBA HE ZUMBA HA - DJ MAM'S
43 MY NAME IS STAIN - SHAKA PONK
44 Z DANCE - COLLECTIF METISSE
45 LE SENS DE LA VIE - TAL
46 JE PRENDS LE LARGE - TAL
47 DANCE AGAIN - JENNIFER LOPEZ FEATURING PITBULL
48 SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE
49 PUMPED UP KICKS - FOSTER THE PEOPLE
50 ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE
tracks highlighted in dark red are the only ones from the downloads-only top fifty whose physical sales have enabled them to overtake those just above to get a higher position in the combined chart, while the one
in blue must have strong physical sales, enabling it to be top fifty overall for a fourth week despite never being in the downloads-only top fifty.
So these would appear to be the only three
physical singles currently selling in any significant quantity (and probably still not very many at all!) in France.....