Johnny Hallyday
Number of songs: 34 | Total weeks on charts: 418
Appearing in a total number of: 79 charts | Total period running: 6829 days

Jean-Philippe Smet, known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, French pronunciation: ​[dʒɔ.niɛ] (born 15 June 1943, Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France) is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he has been called "the French Elvis". He was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a "golden couple" for 20 years. Hallyday has completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He announced his retirement from performing on 3 December 2007, saying that he would retire in 2009, after a farewell tour. However, Hallyday announced in March 2012 that he would perform in Los Angeles on 24 April, in Quebec City on 10 July and in New York City on 7 October, and he has continued to tour throughout the world (including Europe, North America, and Asia) through 2014. 

Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of the Francophone world of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Guyana, Southeast Asia and Africa thus earning the nickname "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" in English-speaking countries. 
Nevertheless, at an international level he is still considered as the only non-Anglophone rock musician having a large international reputation. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997.
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Johnny Hallyday in the news
Johnny Hallyday: France's 'Elvis Presley' Dies At 74 (06/12/2017) Vivendi Organizes Major Music Event In Conakry On September 26, 2015 (14/09/2015)
Foreigner's Mick Jones Nominated To Songwriters Hall Of Fame (15/10/2012) Foreigner's Mick Jones Nominated To Songwriters Hall Of Fame (13/10/2012)
My Love Affair Announces The Release Of Justin Bieber's Intimate Live@Home Performance On June 18, 2012 (16/06/2012) Charles Aznavour's New Album, Aznavour Toujours, To Be Released Digitally On August 30, 2011 (20/07/2011)
Capitol/EMI To Digitally Release Charles Aznavour's New Duets Collection 'Duos,' On February 10, 2009 (19/01/2009) Charles Aznavour To Receive 'Lifetime Achievement Award' At MIDEM (23/09/2008)
Eagle Records To Release Rare Johnny Hallyday Live At Montreux 1988 (14/04/2008) Montreal singer-songwriter Chantal Chamandy to perform before the pyramids in Egypt on September 7 (25/08/2007)
Marley's Ghost Enlists Van Dyke Parks, R. Crumb to Get 'Spooked' on Band's Eighth CD Out on Feb. 21, 2006 (17/11/2005) Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Black Eyed Peas and Toby Keith Join Live 8 Concert Line-Up In Philadelphia; Russell Simmons Signs On As Producer! (27/06/2005)
Linkin Park & Destiny's Child Join Live 8 Concert Lineup in Philadelphia (17/06/2005)
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