(AFP) – Rappers Jul, Ninho and Orelsan make up the podium of the most listened to musical artists in 2021, according to the annual ranking of the Snep (National Union of Phonographic Publishing), obtained Thursday evening by AFP.
These figures compiled by the Official Charts Company for the Snep combine physical sales – CDs, vinyls – downloads and listenings on streaming platforms.
The Normand Orelsan, forced to postpone several dates of his new tour from January to April, due to the pandemic, dominates the ranking with his only album “Civilization” released in mid-November, and which already has more than 338,000 sales.
The album “Mesdames” by Grand Corps Malade, released in 2020 and which has just been reissued, still climbed to second place with 285,000 sales, followed by “Beside you” by Les Enfoirés (235,000).
But in the total number of albums sold (or listened to on the platforms), the hyper-productive Marseillais Jul wins by far with 549,000 cumulative sales for his 8 albums appearing in the top 200, including three released in 2021.
Great success also for the meteorite of French rap Ninho, who takes second place in the ranking by artists with 422,000 sales for 3 albums, including his latest “Jefe” (“chef” in Spanish), released on December 3.
The rest of the ranking still gives pride of place to urban rap and Marseille, with in particular SCH whose 5th album “JVLIVS II” has sold more than 230,000 copies, or even Naps, author of one of the hits of the summer with “La kiffance”.
On the variety side, the long-awaited “30” by British singer Adele, released on November 19, totaled 203,000 sales and listenings at the end of December, while Vianney took 7th place in the ranking with “Don’t wait” (172,000).
The famous album “Versus” by the duo Vitaa & Slimane, leading in 2020 with 417,000 sales, is still a hit in 9th position, ahead of Soprano’s “Star Hunter”.