Mylène Farmer, a French pop singer-songwriter, consists of nine
studio albums, two compilation albums, two remix albums, five live
albums, fifty-five singles and eleven music video albums. Throughout her
singing career, Farmer has broken several records in terms of chart
performance and sales in France, and has also had some success in
Belgium, Switzerland and Eastern Europe and has sold over 30 million
Her debut album, Cendres de lune, was first released in April 1986. It
was re-issued in 1987, and has sold approximately 700,000 copies. It
peaked at No.10 in France, and contained the singles "Libertine", and "Tristana".
In April 1988, her second album, Ainsi soit je..., was even more
successful. It reached the top of the French album chart and contained
Farmer's first No.1 single, "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", as well as
three more Top 20 hits on the SNEP chart. The album has sold
approximately 1.8 million units to date. This was followed by Farmer's
first live album and video, En Concert, released in 1989 and became a
Top 10 hit.
Third studio album, L'Autre..., released on 9 April 1991, led by
Farmer's best-selling single, "Désenchantée", which topped the French
singles chart for nine weeks and also charted in various countries
outside France. The album had three other Top 10 hits, "Regrets", "Je
t'aime mélancolie", and "Beyond My Control". With twenty weeks atop of
the French chart and approximately 2 million copies sold, L'Autre... is
Farmer's most successful album and is the second biggest selling album
in France by a female artist.
Fourth studio album, Anamorphosée, was released on 17 October 1995, and
included the number-one hit "XXL" and the top ten singles "L'Instant X",
"California" and "Rêver". The album was also a No.1 and has sold
approximately 1.3 million copies. To promote the album, Farmer embarked
on a tour in 1996, which was recorded and released as the live album and
video/DVD Live Ã Bercy - which also reached No.1 and achieved the feat
of becoming the best-selling live album of all time in France.
Farmer's fifth studio album, Innamoramento, was released on 7 April
1999. Although it narrowly missed reaching the top spot it has sold over
1.3 million copies and achieved diamond status, as had Farmer's previous
three studio albums, making her the singer with the most number of
diamond albums in France. The album provided five top ten hits,
including "L'Âme-stram-gram", "Souviens-toi du jour" and the title track
- all of which made the Top 5. Her next live album, Mylenium Tour, was
released in 2000 and was also a success, topping the chart and has sold
On 26 November 2001, Farmer released her first "greatest hits"
compilation album entitled Les Mots. It became the best selling
compilation album of all time in France with approximately 1.5 million
copies sold. The album also contained some new material including the
songs "Les Mots" and "C'est une belle journee", both of which became Top
Farmer's Sixth and Seventh studio albums, Avant Que L'ombre... and Point
de suture were released respectively on 4 April 2005 and on 25 August
2008. They both won the NRJ Music Awards in the category "Francophone
album of the year", and each has sold in excess of half a million
copies. Point de suture gave Farmer five number-one singles. In
addition, the two DVD of Farmer's 2006 and 2009 tours, Avant Que L'ombre...
A Bercy and N°5 on Tour, had huge sales in their first weeks of release;
for example, the first one is the best-selling musical DVD of all time
in France, with over 500,000 sales.
Eighth studio album, Bleu Noir, was released in 2010, and in its first
week of release achieved a record number of downloads on the French
digital chart. The lead single of the album, "Oui mais... non", topping
the French singles chart for three weeks. The next two singles, "Bleu
Noir" and "Lonely Lisa, also reached number one.
In November 2012, Farmer released her ninth studio album "Monkey Me",
which started at number one on the French chart, selling over 147,000
units. The album was certified diamond by the SNEP and spawned three
singles: "A l'ombre", which reached number one, "Je te dis tout" and
"Monkey Me", which both ended at number three.
November 2015, Farmer's tenth album
was released, with "Stolen Car", a duet with Sting, as lead single. Both
debuted at number one on the French charts, the album performing which
was then the highest weekly sales of 2015 in France, with 109,971 sales.
As of 2017, Farmer holds the record for 15
number one singles and 46 top ten hits in France.