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French rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalised

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, has been hospitalised with breathing problems, his entourage confirmed Friday.

French rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalised
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Celebrity magazine Voici had reported that France's answer to Elvis Presley checked into a private hospital in western Paris early Monday morning.
   
“He is expected to go home shortly, the situation has been stabilised,” a source close to the 74-year-old singer told AFP.
   
A musical icon known simply as “Johnny” at home, Hallyday has sold more than 100 million records in his decades-long career.
   
He announced in March that he was being treated for cancer but said his life was not in danger.
 
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Hallyday's manager Sebastien Farran sought to reassure fans earlier this month, saying: “He's fighting this, and he'll be out to show you that soon.”
   
He expressed hope that Hallyday would return to the stage — he has already announced a tour for 2019 — adding that the crooner was finishing a new album.
   
The star's early concerts in the 1960s prompted scenes of hysteria similar to those seen at shows by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as the rock 'n' roll revolution swept the Western world.
   
Hallyday is also known for an eventful private life and a row over his decision to dodge French taxes by taking up residence in Switzerland.
   
His major hits, almost always sung in French, include local versions of Presley's “Hound Dog”, “Let's Twist Again” by Chubby Checker and “Bebop a Lula” by Gene Vincent.

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Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day

French rocker Johnny Hallyday's posthumous album sold 300,000 copies on Friday after going on sale at midnight, the late star's record company Warner Music France told AFP.

Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day
Fans of the late French singer Johnny Hallyday buy albums on Friday. Photo: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP
Fans of the singer, whose death last year sparked a nationwide outpouring of emotion, queued outside record stores on Thursday night to get their hands on the album.
 
Warner, which said the sales figure did not include downloads from streaming platforms, had earlier predicted that “Mon pays c'est l'amour” (My Country is Love) would go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes of going on sale.
 
Hallyday's 1999 album “Sang pour Sang” (“Blood for Blood”), sold two million after selling 230,000 copies on its first day.
 
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer in December aged 74.
 
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and DavidHallyday, and his last wife Laeticia. Laeticia Hallyday on Friday said she had been trying to negotiate with the pair.
 
“We are trying (but) it is complicated, because a lot of things have been orchestrated,” she told the TF1 television channel.
 
“There is a lot of hate, contempt, humiliation, lies, which hurts. It's difficult to hear, it's difficult to suffer that,” she added.