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Jean-Philippe Léo Smet (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ filip leo smɛt], 15 June 1943 – 6 December 2017), better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, was a French[1][2][3] rock and roll and pop singer and actor,[4] credited for having brought rock and roll to France.During a career spanning 57 years, he released 79 albums and sold more than 110 million records worldwide [2][3], mainly in the French-speaking world,making him one of the best-selling artists in France and in the world.[5] He won 5 diamond albums, 40 golden albums, 22 platinum albums and 10 Music Victories.[6] He sang nearly 1,154 songs[7] and performed 540 duets with 187 artists. Credited for his strong voice and his spectacular shows, he sometimes arrived by entering a stadium through the crowd and one time by jumping from a helicopter above the Stade de France, where he performed 9 times. Among his 3,257 shows completed in 187 tours, the most memorable were at Parc des Princes in 1993, at the Stade de France in 1998 (just after France's win in the Football World Cup) and at the Eiffel Tower in 2000, which had record-breaking ticket sales for a French artist.[citation needed] A million spectators gathered to see his performance at the Eiffel Tower, joined by 10 million near watching on TV

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