Paris: La Madeleine to hold monthly mass in homage to Johnny Hallyday

The Madeleine church in Paris will hold a monthly mass in honour of beloved French rocker Johnny Hallyday in response to the number of fans turning up to pay tribute to the singer since his death in December.

Paris: La Madeleine to hold monthly mass in homage to Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday's memorial at the Madeleine church in Paris. Photo: AFP
The mass will take place on the 9th day of every month at the church where the late singer's memorial was held on the same day in December.
Unsurprisingly the service will be slightly different from other masses and is likely to include one of the prayers that was said during Hallyday’s original memorial.
The singer’s name will also be mentioned during some readings and instead of traditional hymns, the organist is expected to play Hallyday's own songs. 
France in mourning as king of rock Johnny Hallyday dies aged 74
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“We are already on our fifth church guestbook since Johnny passed away,” Father Bruno Horaist told Le Croix
“I see people who need to express themselves, who give testimonies of affection. Many of the artist's fans come to burn candles and were frustrated at not being able to participate in the national tribute.”
The first mass in homage to Hallyday took place on January 9th, with the next set to take place on March 9th, following which Horaist said there would be a regular service on the 9th of every month.  
This isn't the first unusual tribute to France's “King of Rock”. After his death a Paris Metro station was renamed after Hallyday and France saw a boom in bizarre memorabilia linked to the singer, including a photo alleged to be Hallyday in his coffin.
Hallyday who was known as the French Elvis died of lung cancer aged 74 on December 5th 2017.
Paris renames Metro station after French rock legend Johnny Hallyday
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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.