Despite the controversy, the emotion and expectation are always there… even Before its release this Friday, the album posthume de Johnny Hallyday, My country is love, was already a multi-platinum – it is safe to take at least 100 000 copies, according to the label Warner Music France. Over 60 000 discs have already been pre-ordered on the Internet and almost as many are already reserved in the stores, according to figures advanced by The Parisian. Not less than 800 000 copies of My country is love will be put in place in the shelves of the different stores of the Hexagon. In total, this is not less than 300 000 copies of which have passed in barely a day. A triple platinum in less than 24 hours, a never-before-seen ?

fans the most loyal of the “taulier” chose the night to acquire his latest opus : from 0: 01 a.m. Friday, they were about two hundred to get the precious sesame, some in multiple copies, and in the three available editions (CD single, CD collector limited edition with booklet and vinyl) in the Fnac Champs-Elysees in Paris, specially opened for the occasion. For some of them, in tears, the moment was even stronger than the last time they had had an appointment with Johnny, it was the December 9, 2017, the day on which it was paid a vibrant tribute popular, the Champs-Élysées up to the church of the Madeleine, by hundreds of thousands of fans.

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They were about two hundred to get the precious sesame in the Fnac Champs-Elysees in Paris.


“We even had to curb the enthusiasm of the traditional channels,” explained at a press conference Thierry Chassagne, the boss of the record label. Some of the formats were to open their doors at midnight so that fans can buy their Grail, and the streaming platform, Deezer has installed a structure in front of the station paris Saint-Lazare to enable them to hear for free the 11 titles of the album on the square.

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the dread of The leak

according To Le Parisien, an outstanding feature has been put in place to avoid leaks. “The warehouses of online commerce sites like Amazon have been delivered in a CD at the last moment, in the form of folds anonymous, and each brand is committed to send customer orders to the last time this Thursday, so that they do not arrive prior to Friday by the station,” says the daily.

At this rate, the album’s posthumous Johnny a chance right from the start as the best start of the year, without doubt in front of one of the Enfoirés, which has passed recently to 129 000 copies in a week. Beat the last record set by Renaud, with nearly 290 000 in sales in a few days for his comeback in 2016 ? In the end, her album was completed at more than 700 000 copies… (730 000 album sales or equivalent sales with the listening in streaming, editor’s NOTE). A figure reasonably attainable for the latest installment of Johnny, who had sold 400,000 copies with the same love and almost 500 000 with to Stay alive.

“It was a lot of crying…”

Still, this last witness artistic is done in the pain. Physical pain first, since Johnny had recorded the tracks in full disease. Three in the United States in the spring of 2017, the rest in France, from September. “He has a lot preserved, told Maxim Nucci, alias Yodelice, who has worked as producer and composer on the album. It was great, class, there has not been a time when he complained. And most importantly, at no time does we were made to feel that this album… it was his last. “And after the artist’s death, in December, the team completed the work in tears. “It was scary, it was very difficult to work on his voice, on his texts, continues Yodelice. We cried a lot, I never thought I would experience something as difficult as making music. “

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Grief, finally, since the disk has been the starting point of a family conflict between the elders and Laeticia, the widow of the singer. Starting last February, David Hallyday distances itself from the project, implying that he disapproves of the release of an album that his father would not have done. And then, with his sister Laura, he claims a right to look at the famous album, while challenging the will of their father. Warner proves that Johnny had validated his songs, the justice dismisses the elders on the issue, while the trial is still running on the legacy…

so It is only Laeticia, which will ensure the promotion of the last record of her husband, giving several interviews in the days to come. The latest news, David, himself, would be “heartbreaking” the chosen title on the cover, he would have discovered like everyone else, by the press. According to a relative quoted by the Gala, he finds that his father would not have appreciated this title, My country is love…, that sounds like a response from Laeticia to the latest controversies on the real place of residence of the rocker.

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