London, July 13 : Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's latest album may have received criticism in France, but it appears to be winning over music lovers' hearts in Britain.
French first lady's new album seems all set to ride high in the charts.
Pre-orders of her new record, Comme si de rien n'etait (As if Nothing Had Happened), saw her reach number five in the amazon.co.uk new releases chart, outselling artists including U2, Primal Scream and Cyndi Lauper.
As Bruni appeared in a series of television and radio interviews to promote the album last week, British pre-order online sales for her record soared more than 330 per cent in the space of just 24 hours.
Last week, over 500,000 people logged on to her website to listen to samples of the album.
"This new release is definitely generating far more interest here than her previous records and she is clearly benefiting from the platform that being a president's wife gives her as an artist. Until a few months ago, most people had never heard of her," the Telegraph quoted Damian Peachey, a spokesman for Amazon music, as saying.