Jean-Michel André Jarre is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, known for organizing outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays, large projections and fireworks. His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène which sold an estimated 12m copies. In 1979, Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. As of 2004, Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People’s Republic of China and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event for a Moscow concert which was attended by 3.5m people.
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