Johnny Hallyday’s posthumous album hits No 1

Huge CD and vinyl sales propel Mon Pays C’est L’Amour to top of French charts

Johnny Hallyday, the leather-trousered “French Elvis” who died last year, didn’t believe in resurrection. But from beyond the grave, the musician has managed to miraculously restore life to a dying record and CD industry.

Almost a year after hundreds of thousands of people watched the star’s white coffin escorted down the Champs Élysées in Paris by 700 bikers at his funeral, Hallyday’s posthumous album, Mon Pays C’est L’Amour (My Country is Love), has hit No 1 in the French album charts and become one of the biggest music phenomenons of the year.

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