Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique

The National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing (French: Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique; SNEP) is the inter-professional organisation that protects the interests of the French record industry. Originally known under the acronym SNICOP,[1] the organisation was established in 1922 and has 48 member companies.

Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique
Formation1922
HeadquartersNeuilly-sur-Seine
Location
  • France
Websitesnepmusique.com

SNEP's responsibilities include collecting and distributing royalty payments for broadcast and performance, preventing copyright infringement of its members' works (including music piracy), and sales certification of silver, gold, platinum and diamond records and videos. SNEP also compiles weekly official charts of France's top-selling music, including singles and albums.

Official charts

History

The first attempt at a French national chart of best-selling records originated from a request by the American music industry magazine Billboard. The magazine's French correspondent, Eddie Adamis, compiled a top 10 list of the country's preferred format, the extended play (EP), for Billboard's "Hits of the World" column of 5 June 1961. The number 1 record was an Edith Piaf EP featuring the song "Non, je ne regrette rien". France's coverage in Billboard's "Hits of the World" continued until May 1964, when Adamis resigned from his position. The chart then resumed in June 1967, overseen by a new French correspondent, until SNICOP's involvement in late 1968. While the list continued to demonstrate the dominance of EPs, the English band Procol Harum succeeded in achieving the first French number 1 single, with their 1967 release "A Whiter Shade of Pale".[1]

SNICOP published its first national singles chart, or "Hit Parade Officiel", in October 1968, compiled by the Centre d'Information et de Documentation du Disque.[2] Earlier that year, with reference to the new chart compiler, Billboard had reported that "for the first time the main record companies are cooperating in an effort to produce a reliable sales chart which will serve the industry."[1] By July 1973, SNICOP had long been publishing a national albums chart.[2] These charts were abandoned in November 1977 due to disputes in the French music industry, leaving France without an official sales chart.[1]

The date recognised as the start of SNEP's charts in the modern era is 4 November 1984. This date marks the debut broadcast of Top 50, a television chart show on the recently launched Canal+ network.[1]

In December 2020,[3] the London-based Official Charts Company (OCC) announced it was taking over the contract from German company GfK, in compiling the French music charts for SNEP /SCPP (Civil Society of Phonographic Producers), with the OCC taking over on 1 January 2021.[4]

21st century methodology

Since September 2002, the official charts have been as follows:

  • Top 100 best sold singles
  • Top 150 best sold albums ("nouveautés") sold at full price,
  • Top 40 best compilations ("nouveautés") sold at full price
  • Top 40 best sold albums and compilations ("long" format) sold at mid-price or budget price

Criterion: The following guidelines are applied:

  • "Nouveauté" album means its first day of release is less than 2 years
  • Full price album means the catalogue price of album sold is €10 or higher
  • The albums whose release is more than 2 years and/or sale price lower than €10 are excluded from the "nouveauté" charts.
  • The albums sold at "mid-price" or "budget price" are classified in a separate chart and also includes long albums sold at discounted prices.

Certification awards

Albums

Time of issue[5] Certifications Until July 1985[6] Until 30 Jun 2006[7][Note] From 1 Jul 2006 to 30 Jun 2009[7][Notes] From 1 Jul 2009 to present[8]
1999SilverUnchanged50,00035,000Suppressed
1 Jan 1973GoldUnchanged100,00075,00050,000
19882× GoldUnchanged200,000SuppressedN/A
1 May 1980Platinum400,000[5]300,000200,000100,000
1 Nov 19882× PlatinumN/A600,000400,000200,000
1 Nov 19883× PlatinumN/A900,000600,000300,000
1 Nov 1988DiamondUnchanged1,000,000750,000500,000

^ Note: While the source provided for changes in certification-levels does not mention the changes for the silver, 2× Gold, 2× Platinum and 3× Platinum awards, the SNEP reduced the levels for those awards at the same time it reduced the levels for the Gold, Platinum and Diamond awards.

Sales only

Time of issue[9] Certifications Until 30 Oct 1988 From 1 Nov 1988 to 28 Feb 1991 From 1 Mar 1991 to 30 Apr 2005 1 May 2005 to 30 Jun 2009 From 1 Jul 2009 to 17 Mar 2013[8] From Mar 2013 to Jan 2016[10]
1 July 1985Silver250,000200,000125,000100,000SuppressedN/A
1 January 1973Gold500,000400,000250,000200,000150,00075,000
1 May 1980Platinum1,000,000800,000500,000300,000250,000150,000
2 January 1997DiamondUnchangedUnchanged750,000[Note]500,000400,000250,000

^ Note: Diamond-award represented 750,000 units from 2 January 1997 until 30 April 2005.

Sales + streaming

Time of issue[6] Certifications From Jan 2016 to Apr 2018[6][Note] Since 27 Apr 2018[6][Note]
January 2016Gold10,000,000 streams
== 66,666 units
15,000,000 streams
== 100,000 units
Platinum20,000,000 streams
== 133,333 units
30,000,000 streams
== 200,000 units
Diamond35,000,000 streams
== 233,333 units
50,000,000 streams
== 333,333 units

^ Note: The SNEP originally converts digital downloads into streaming figures using a 1 download = 150 streams formula. "==" indicates the units equivalent of certifications with the (downloads + (streams / 150)) formula.

Videos

Time of issue[11] Certifications Before Jul 1, 2009 After Jul 1, 2009[8] After Jan 1, 2018[6]
1989Gold10,0007,5005,000
Platinum20,00015,00010,000
2× Platinum40,00030,00020,000
3× Platinum60,00045,00030,000
Diamond100,00060,00040,000

Sales charts: Significant milestones and achievements

Artists: Most number-one hits

Number Artist Songs
15 Mylène Farmer[12] "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", "Désenchantée", "XXL", "Slipping Away (Crier la vie)", "Dégénération", "Appelle mon numéro", "Si j'avais au moins...", "C'est dans l'air", "Sextonik", "Oui mais... non", "Bleu noir", "Lonely Lisa", "À l'ombre", "Stolen Car", "City of Love"
7 Céline Dion[13] "Pour que tu m'aimes encore", "Je sais pas", "The Reason", "My Heart Will Go On", "Sous le vent", "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)", "Encore un soir"
6 Rihanna[14] "Don't Stop the Music", "Man Down", "We Found Love", "Diamonds", "The Monster", "Work"
Johnny Hallyday[15] "Tous ensemble", "Marie", "Mon plus beau Noël", "La Loi du silence", "Ça n'finira jamais", "Je te promets",
5 Michaël Youn1 "Stach Stach", "Le Frunkp", "Fous ta cagoule", "Mauvaise foi nocturne", "Parle à ma main"
Shakira[16] "Whenever, Wherever", "Hips Don't Lie", "Beautiful Liar", "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", "Je l'aime à mourir"
4 Daft Punk[17] "One More Time", "Get Lucky", "Starboy", "I Feel It Coming"
David Guetta[18] "Gettin' Over You" , "Sweat", "Dangerous", "This One's for You"
Elton John[19] "Sacrifice", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997"
Garou[20] "Belle", "Seul", "Sous le vent", "La Rivière de notre enfance"
Maître Gims[21] "J'me tire", "Game Over", "La même", "Bella ciao"[22]
Pharrell Williams[23] "Get Lucky", "Blurred Lines", "Happy", "Feels"[24]
Stromae[25] "Alors on danse", "Papaoutai", "Formidable", "Tous les mêmes"
3 Adele[26] "Someone Like You", "Skyfall", "Hello"
Booba[27] ”OKLM”, “Elephant”, “DKR”
Britney Spears[28] "...Baby One More Time", "Womanizer", "Scream & Shout"
Crazy Frog[29] "Axel F", "Popcorn", "We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)"
Florent Pagny[30] "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer", "Ma liberté de penser"
François Feldman[31] "Les Valses de Vienne", "Petit Frank", "Joy"
Lady Gaga[32] "Poker Face", "Bad Romance", "Perfect Illusion"
Madonna[33] "La Isla Bonita", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Hung Up"
Michael Jackson[34] "Black or White", "You Are Not Alone", "You Rock My World"
Tragédie[35] "Hey Oh", "Sexy pour moi", "Gentleman"

1 All the singles recorded under one of his pseudonyms or as member of his bands are included

Artists: Most weeks at number one

Weeks Artist Details by songs1
40 Céline Dion 12 ("Pour que tu m'aimes encore") + 7 ("Je sais pas") + 13 ("My Heart Will Go on") + 3 ("Sous le vent") + 1 ("Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serai celle-là)") + 4 ("Encore un soir")
37 Garou 18 ("Belle") + 3 ("Sous le vent") + 11 ("Seul") + 5 ("La Rivière de notre enfance")
Michael Youn2 10 ("Stach Stach") + 7 ("Le Frunkp") + 8 ("Fous ta cagoule") + 5 ("Mauvaise foi nocturne") + 7 ("Parle à ma main")
33 Pharell Williams 8 ("Get Lucky") + 6 ("Blurred Lines") + 22 ("Happy") + 2 ("Feels")
30 Mylène Farmer 5 ("Pourvu qu'elles soient douces") + 9 ("Désenchantée") + 1 ("XXL") + 1 ("Slipping Away (Crier la vie)") + 1 ("Dégénération") + 1 ("Appelle mon numéro") + 1 ("Si j'avais au moins...") + 1 ("C'est dans l'air") + 1 ("Sextonik") + 3 ("Oui mais...Non") + 1 ("Bleu Noir") + 1 ("Lonely Lisa") + 1 ("À l'ombre") + 2 ("Stolen Car") + 1 ("City of Love")
26 Elton John 3 ("Sacrifice") + 7 ("Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me") + 10 ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight") + 6 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997")
25 Crazy Frog 13 ("Axel F") + 7 ("Popcorn") + 5 ("We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)")
23 Florent Pagny 8 ("N'importe quoi") + 9 ("Savoir aimer") + 6 ("Ma Liberté de penser")
21 Adele 4 ("Someone like you") + 6 ("Skyfall") + 11 ("Hello")
Ed Sheeran 17 ("Shape of You)" +4 ("Perfect")
Stromae 10 ("Alors on danse") + 4 ("Papaoutai") + 6 ("Formidable") + 1 ("Tous les mêmes")
20 Jordy 15 ("Dur dur d'être bébé") + 5 ("Alison")
Lou Bega 20 ("Mambo n°5 (a Little Bit of...)")
Patrick Fiori 18 ("Belle") + 2 ("4 Mots sur un piano")
Shakira 4 ("Whenever, Wherever") + 1 ("Hips Don't Lie") + 2 ("Beautiful Liar") + 6 ("Waka Waka [This Time for Africa]") + 7 ("Je l'aime à mourir")

1 Songs performed as duets and trios are included
2 Songs performed within Brastisla Boys and Fatal Bazooka bands and as Alphonse Brown included

Artists: Most top 10 hits

Artist Number
Mylène Farmer 57
Johnny Hallyday 38
David Guetta 27
Booba 23
Madonna 22
Rihanna 22
Maître Gims 19
Michael Jackson 19
Celine Dion 18
Lady Gaga 16
Britney Spears 13
Jean-Jacques Goldman 13
Katy Perry 13

Artists: Most top 50 entries

Artist Number
Johnny Hallyday 78
Mylène Farmer 60
Madonna 59
David Guetta 51
Rihanna 37
Michael Jackson 36
Celine Dion 35

Songs: Most weeks at number one

Weeks Song Artist Year
22 "Happy"[36] Pharrell Williams 2013
20 "Mambo nº 5 (A Little Bit of...)"[37] Lou Bega 1999
18 "Belle"[38] Daniel Lavoie, Patrick Fiori & Garou 1998
"Despacito"[39] Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee 2017
17 "Les Rois du monde (Roméo et Juliette)"[40] Philippe D'Avilla, Damien Sargue & Grégori Baquet 2000
16 "7 Seconds"[40] Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry 1994
15 "Dur dur d'être bébé!"[40] Jordy 1992
"Living on My Own"[41] Freddie Mercury 1993
"Ces Soirées-là"[42] Yannick 2000
"Dragostea Din Tei"[43] O-Zone 2004
"Un Monde Parfait"[44] Ilona Mitrecey 2005
"Prayer in C"[45] Lilly Wood and the Prick 2014
"Shape of You"[46] Ed Sheeran 2017
13 "Les Démons de minuit"[47] Images 1986
"Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison"[48] Licence IV 1987
"Gangsta's Paradise"[49] Coolio (feat. L.V.) 1995
"Freed from Desire"[50] Gala 1997
"My Heart Will Go On"[51] Céline Dion 1998
"Axel F"[52] Crazy Frog 2005
"Mignon Mignon"[53] René la Taupe 2010

Songs: Biggest jump to number one

Position Song Artist Date
97 "Lonely Lisa" Mylène Farmer July 9, 2011
70 "Relax, Take It Easy" Mika July 7, 2007
67 "Hung Up" Madonna November 12, 2005
64 "Baila morena" Zucchero February 25, 2006
64 "Gettin' Over You" David Guetta & Chris Willis (feat. Fergie & LMFAO) June 19, 2010
60 "Zidane y va marquer" Cauet July 15, 2006
49 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup September 14, 2002
47 "Nolwenn Ohwo!" Nolwenn Leroy January 28, 2006
26 "Spaceman" Babylon Zoo March 9, 1996
21 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Madonna January 25, 1997

Songs: Most weeks in the top 10

Weeks Song Artist Year
37 "Happy" Pharrell Williams 2013
36 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran 2017
35 "Chandelier" Sia 2014
31 "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" Céline Dion 1995
"Belle" Patrick Fiori, Garou & Daniel Lavoie 1998
"Moi... Lolita" Alizée 2000
30 "L'Envie d'aimer" Daniel Lévi 2000
"This Girl" Kungs & Cookin' on 3 Burners 2016
29 "I Feel It Coming" Daft Punk & The Weeknd 2016
"Despacito" Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee 2017
28 "Un Monde parfait" Ilona Mitrecey 2005
"Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)" Enrique Iglesias & Nâdiya 2008
"Prayer in C" Lilly Wood and the Prick & Robin Schulz 2010
"Human" Rag'n'Bone Man 2016
27 "Ça m'énerve" Helmut Fritz 2009
"Formidable" Stromae 2013

Sales and streaming charts: Significant milestones and achievements

Songs: Most weeks at number one

Weeks Song Artist Year
15 "Shape of You"[46] Ed Sheeran 2017
13 "Despacito"[39] Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee 2017
12 "Bande organisée"[54] Jul featuring Sch, Naps, Kofs, Elams, Solda, Houari and Soso Maness 2020
11 "Réseaux"[55] Niska 2017

Artists: Most number-one hits

Number Artist Songs
9 Booba[56] "Petite fille", "Madrina", "Sale Mood", "PGP", "Médicament", "Arc-en-ciel", "5G", "Ratpi World", "Mona Lisa"
5 Damso[57] "Mwaka Moon", "Ipséité", "Smog", "La Loi du silence", "Rêves bizarres", "Tricheur"
4 Aya Nakamura[58] "Djadja", "Copines", "Jolie nana", Plus jamais
4 SCH[59] "Bande organisée", 9 1 1 3, "Mother Fuck", "Marché noir"
3 PNL[60] "A l'ammoniaque", "91's", "Au DD"
3 Jul[59] "Toto et Ninetta", "Bande organisée", "Mother Fuck"

Artists: Most top 10 hits

Artist Number
Ninho[61] 32
Niska[62] 26
Damso[57] 23
Booba[56] 22
PNL[60] 14

See also

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