maybe you should look again...snoop wrote:Where's is Survivor, Dangerously In Love and B'Day?
RedSimba, "Songs In The Key Of Life" is a double lp, so 10x platinum = 5 million shipped
nobody ?Spiderpig wrote:I got a question for the UKMIX chart experts : what's your estimation for the Sound Of Music soundtrack ? I only know that one version was certified gold in 1960, and another one in 1965 (the movie soundtrack), and since it's the 3rd biggest movie of all time in the US I guess it must have sold at least 3 or 4 million...
Beatles Record-Busting LP May Be All-Time Biggest
"Meet the Beatles" meets "The Beatles"
Posted Dec 21, 1968 12:00 AM
The new The Beatles double-record album (Apple SWBO 101) after one week in record stores, is the fastest selling Beatles album ever -- and probably the fastest-selling LP of any sort. It's a good bet to surpass Meet the Beatles, which sold 5.8 million copies (NB: A typo here in the article, which says "58 million", I corrected it since they mean clearly 5.8 million) , and become the Beatles' biggest album yet.
Nearly three and a half million copies have been shipped to stores so far, according to Capitol, Apple's US distributor -- and they were snapped up so fast that store owners began reordering the same day they got their first consignments.
And the Beatles single "Hey Jude" is well on its way to becoming their top selling single to date. With sales of better than 3 million in two months, "Hey Jude" is still selling about 200,000 a week, Capitol says, with no sign of slowing down. It's been Number One on the charts for the past 12 weeks.
To catch the all-time top-selling LP, the Sound of Music soundtrack, The Beatles would have to top 8 million in sales. Considering the unprecedented demand for the new Beatles offering, that's not unthinkable.
The album was given one full week of air-play before it reached the stores. This is normally thought to be poison on sales.
But rather than breeding familiarity, the advance air-play only whetted the appetite of the audience. Capitol executives all over the country received phone calls night and day from younger Beatle fans, asking them to set aside the first copy they got "so I can be the first kid at my high school with one."
The stations were similarly besieged with callers. "There was such a tremendous number of people calling to ask when it would go on sale," says Tom Donahue, program director at San Francisco rock station KSAN FM, "that our phones were all but useless."
In city after city around the country, the impact was amazing. For several days, at least half the programming on many shiners was The Beatles. A few jumped the gun, and played it before Capitol-Apple's 4:00 PM Friday, Nov. 15, release date. Lawyers representing Capitol quickly put a stop to this.
It seemed as if the only music worth hearing was the new Beatles, and some stations played the one hour, 40 minute double album continuously. San Francisco pop station KFRC's latest Top Thirty listing lists The Beatles title by title, from 1-30, perhaps the most accurate possible indication of the album's stature.
One free-enterpnsing record shop was running ads in underground papers here, reading, "**** our competitors. Buy first tape at $2.91. Receive second tape for $1.91. New Beatle tape." There were rumors of pirating in every city during the week before the record sent on sale.
Advance orders before the album went on sale came to 1.7 million, nearly half a million over any previous Capitol advance order, and though to be the largest advance order ever.
In San Francisco, Capitol distributors were telling record stores that no dealer had gotten more than 50 percent of his initial order -- so heavy was the demand -- and most, much less.
Capitol spokesmen here said those figures were off the mark, but declined to say how much, or in which direction.
Capitol record-factory men had never seen anything like the initial demand. "It's especially tricky in a thing like this," one told Rolling Stone, "where you don 't know if it's going to be two- or three- or four- or five-million, because if we don't make enough you could miss a lot of sales. But if you print too many, you can lose a pile of money.
And then The Beatles went on sale. Almost instantly, stores sold out. The Harvard Coop sold out its 1500 copies the first day. Tower Records in San Francisco too sold out 2000 in a day, got a reorder of 1500 a day laterer and sold those in 24 hours. It was the same story all across the U.S.
Capitol sold 3,301,275 copies to stores within four days of its going on sale. Though no firm figures are in yet on sales to the public, it can be assumed, that many of these are now in the hands of Beatles fans old and new.
For comparison, the two Simon and Garfunkel albums, The Graduate soundtrack and Bookends have dominated the LP charts this past year, with each pressing toward 2 million sales, The Graduate. The record setting soundtrack recording for The Sound of Music has been on the charts for nearly four years.
It is likely that The Beatles has already passed Meet the Beatles in terms of profits. Since it is a two record set, 6.6 individual records are actually on the market. The list price of the new record is $11.98. The list price of the new record is $11.98, compared with $4.79 for a Capitol LP.
The normal arrangement for royalties on recordings is five per cent to the artist. But since the Beatles own Apple their share is doubtless larger.
And it isn't just that people are buying the new album. Reports indicate that significant number of people are picking up old Beatles albums they hadn't bought the first time around -- most usually either Sargeant Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour. New demand for these two records -- both of which were still in the top One Hundred LP's bracket before the entry of the new album -- has jumped enough that Capitol is reshipping them nationally.
The Beatles went on sale before Capitol had originally intended it should. "We hadn't planned to ship it until December 1st," says Rocky Catena, the company's national marketing chief, "but we just couldn't hold off any longer."
Meanwhile, "Hey Jude" is already the 16th Beatles single to sell over a million, and figures to eclipse the best-seller to date, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which grossed about 4 million sales. Whether "Hey Jude" might rival the mid-Fifties sales of Elivs Presley and Patti Page singles is another question. Patti's "Tennessee Waltz" is send to have sold about 7 million, incredibly enough.
Among the artists who are to record "Hey Jude" are Wilson Pickett, Jose Feliciano and Bing Crosby.
A Love Supreme is even over 600k according to SS (449k and 164k for 2 different editions, that do not even cover all sales). Blue Train may be as high as ALS (in 99 it was the #9 Jazz album of the year for example). My Favourite Things was in the top 50 catalog chart this year and Giant Steps is a classic too. The first two are for sure well over 1m (even maybe 2m), the two others should be at just 1m or more. They were all avalaible on Clubs.Spiderpig wrote:thanks for this MJD, I think I'll add the Coltrane albums... do you think they could all be million sellers ? (A Love Supreme obviously is, released in 1965 btw but it certainly sold more than "Early Beatles")
and about Sketches Of Spain, do you think it could have sold 2 million ? I say that because 1960 looks kinda sad (just like Elvis at his piano )
the best selling album from the 50's ?MJDangerous wrote:I still wonder how much Kind Of Blue sold since the 4m copies concern the CD only. Could be anywhere from 6m to ... !
Depends how you consider Christmas Album versions of Elvis. Adding different editions it sold over 14 million!Spiderpig wrote:the best selling album from the 50's ?MJDangerous wrote:I still wonder how much Kind Of Blue sold since the 4m copies concern the CD only. Could be anywhere from 6m to ... !
I added the Coltrane albums, and Sketches Of Spain is now the #1 album from 1960
I think Metallica is pretty safe too. For now at least. Mamma Mia is only gaining about 5k a week, at that pace it's gonna take 20 weeks to catch DM. And by then sales of Mamma Mia must have dropped...MJDangerous wrote:So, 7 albums safe in the top 10 (at least until a long time):
Three spots to take. Britney & Kanye are the hottest albums not there yet, so they have good chances to get in. That would put one of the following two out: Mamma Mia and Metallica.