phoenix83 wrote:For me some of the most impressive:
1. Artist album with the most weeks ever at No 1 in the US and UK (46 weeks total; previous record holder = Thriller with 45 wks)
I passionately follow charts for 30 years and I have never absolutely never heard of this combined UK/US albums list before some of Adele's fans here mentioned it. Using same logic you can create countless "records" calculating what album spent the most weeks as #1 in the US/Germany or US/France, US/Japan, US/Canada, US/Mexico, US/Italy, UK/France, UK/Italy ... or you can combine 3 countries or 4, 5, 6...
For someone who has passionately followed charts for 30 years, you seem painfully unaware of the fact that success on the US and UK charts are seen as the pinnacle by most artists. These are the countries which have produced the majority of influential artists since the charts began, and are 2 of the biggest music markets in the world (along with Japan and, recently, Germany). Certainly if an album spends 20+ more weeks in both countries it's an exceptional feat.
In any case let's play your game (list courtesy of Arab); Weeks for 21 at No 1
38 – Belgium (Flanders)
36 - New Zealand - all time record
34 – Ireland, - all time record
33 - Canada - all time record
32 – Australia - all time record for solo artist
31 - Netherlands - all time record
23 – UK, US
21 – France
14 – Belgium(Wallonia), Switzerland
13 – Norway
11 – Denmark,
10 – Finland
9 – Poland
8 – Germany, Mexico
5 – Italy
3 – Czech Republic
2 – Austria, Brazil, Sweden, Hungary
1 – Greece TOTAL WKS AT NO 1: 375
This list doesn't include Argentina or South Africa either, where 21 has hit No 1.
21 is without a doubt the most successful artist chart album in the history of the English-speaking world. If you can provide me with stats showing that Thriller spent cumulatively longer at No 1 in all countries of the world, fine. But it will surely be very close.
phoenix83 wrote:2. Most dominant week on the US charts ever by a solo artist of either gender (3 of the top 7 singles, 2 of the top 4 albums in the week after the Grammies) *
you completely ignore Michael Jackson's domination in 2009 which was the biggest chart domination ever in the music history. Only for example, in the week ending June 28, 2009 (based on 3+ days sales) MJ had 3 best-selling albums in the US in one week (previous record was set in 1964 when The Beatles held 3 of the top 4 spots - 1st, 2nd and 4th place.) and he also had 50 songs in the top 200 Hot Digital Songs chart (6 in the top 10, 11 in the top 20, 21 in the top 50, 31 in the Top 100). If he was allowed to chart on the CURRENT charts (Hot100/BB200) with his catalog songs/albums in the week after his death he would have 3 songs (Billie Jean, Thriller, Man In The Mirror) in the Hot 100's top 10 and 3 albums in the Billboard 200's top 5 (#1, #2 and #3) in the same week. Nevertheless his unprecedented domination was reported and acknowledged by Billboard. By the way for 7 consecutive weeks, Michael Jackson had 3 of the top 5 best-selling albums in the US etc. etc.
So why did Billboard state that Adele had joined the Beatles as the only artist to have 3 top ten singles and 2 top five albums concurrently ?
Plus you are talking about posthumous achievements which generally are discounted - i.e. in the UK a big emphasis was made that Adele was the first living
artist to have 2 top 5 singles and 2 top 5 albums concurrently since the Beatles. Because everyone knows that after a famous artist's death, their sales will skyrocket so it's not a comparable situation with the normal charts.
phoenix83 wrote:4. Most successful solo album of all time in the UK by virtually every measure (4.28+ million sales, breaking Thriller's record of 4.27 million sales; 23 wks at No 1 breaking Elvis' GI Blues = 22 wks, etc.)
This so-called official figure for "Thriller" reported by OCC is only for RETAIL
sales. Both Madonna and Michael Jackson scored massive non-retail sales for which record companies payed taxes. Ignoring legal non-retail sales is complete nonsense but whatever...
Claiming that "Thriller" sold only 4,27 million copies in the UK (ignoring legal non-retail sales) is the same as claiming that "Come On Over" by Shania Twain sold 15,5 million copies (reported by SoundScan) even though album was certified 20× Platinum based on complete actual sales.
Anyway Adele's "21" is definitely the most dominant album ever in the UK and it is only matter of time when will pass actual "Thriller" and "Bad" sales figures.
Has it taken you this long to bring up the "club vs retail" sales argument? 21 passed Thriller in the UK more than a week ago, people were expecting this much earlier. Internet piracy/Spotify/iTunes cherrypicking/ability to listen to tracks on YouTube has affected 21 to a huge extent as well so please don't bring up such arguments.
Oh and incidentally, I am a huge Michael Jackson fan (Billie Jean is my favourite song of all time), but I am also a person who appreciates what Adele is doing for the music industry and I'm not going to live in the past and pretend that MJ holds every record going and will do so indefinitely.
I suggest you move on as well.