Can you post Soundscan figures for every format sales ( including singles)to weighs on the era's biggest selling artists. Some artists like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey could see their sales dramatically increase in doing so.Basil wrote:Using all these figures, we can compile the following list of current and estimated totals.
Down to about 25 million, I believe the list is complete. Below 25 million, there are many artists missing for which I have no figures. Therefore these are not ranked - they are just there for interest.
1 - Garth Brooks - 66m
2 - The Beatles - 52m
3 - Celine Dion - 47.2m
4 - Metallica - 47m
5 - Mariah Carey - 43m
6 - George Strait - 41m
7 - Kenny G - 34m
8 - Alan Jackson - 33m
9 - Pink Floyd - 32.6m
10 - Shania Twain - 32m
11 - Tim McGraw - 31m
12 - U2 - 30m
13 - Pearl Jam - 29.8m
14 - Back Street Boys - 29.5m
15 - Eric Clapton - 28.5m
16 - Britney Spears - 28m
17 - N'Sync - 27.6m
18 - Aerosmith - 27.4m
19 - Reba McEntire - 27m
20 - Dave Matthews - 26.5m
Madonna - 24.8m
The Eagles - 24.4m
Elton John - 24m
Dixie Chicks - 23m
Whitney Houston - 22.9m
AC/DC - 22m
Led Zeppelin - 22m
Guns n Roses - 21.7m
Janet Jackson - 18.3m
Michael Jackson - 17m
Van Halen - 16.4m
TLC - 15.2m
Ozzy Osbourne - 15m
Def Leppard - 14m
Bon Jovi - 13.8m
Destiny's Child - 13.6m
Spice Girls - 11.8m
Brandy - 11.5m
Kiss - 8.3m
Iron Maiden - 4.6m
Alice Cooper - 3m
Whitesnake - 2m
America - 1.7m
Sorry it's not possible at the moment rikta.rikta wrote:Can you post Soundscan figures for every format sales ( including singles)to weighs on the era's biggest selling artists. Some artists like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey could see their sales dramatically increase in doing so.
Do you know the Book Of Golden Records by Joseph Murrells? If not, look out for it, has a lot of data on records of the earlier years.Basil wrote:1900 - 1949?
OK, no riaa or soundscan figures for albums actually released then. Proper albums only appeared from 1947 onwards - before that they were box sets of 78 rpm records.
However, like the 1950's, material from this time still sells in the form of re-issues.
The Robert Johnson 2CD box from the 1930's went platinum, and material by artists like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Peggy Lee and dozens of others from the mists of time sells fine on CD. Anyone got soundscan information on these!!
Many thanks Herkenrath. I'm glad you're enjoying the statistics on this thread. A few points to coverHerkenrath wrote:This thread gets better and better. Some of the info is invaluable.
Question time: "Yellow Submarine"; does it include sales of the "Yellow Submarine Songtrack" released n 1999? Do you have SoundScan figures of Beatles CDs with sales of under 1 million as well?
It's indeed amazing to see the Beatles' albums from the 60s still sell like that, considering that they're fairly high priced to this day (sometimes more expensive than new CDs by current acts) and do not offer that much in terms of package and remastering (in fact, they're pretty poor compared to other acts). That makes these sales even more astounding.
What about The Police - Synchronicity ? No over 396.000 ?Basil wrote:1983 - Madonna's 396,000 is the top figure. Not many other candidates - ZZ Top, Def Leppard - none likely to be over 1,000,000. Conclusion is that nobody buys music released in 1983! Must have been a very bad year.
Are you sure that Bonnie Rait with Nick Of Time don't do better ? It stay in charts all 1991 and 1992 year...Basil wrote:1989 - Another bad year. Something wrong with music in 1989. Janet Jackson probably the highest figure as not many are missing.
I've looked very closely at all the candidates for 1983. I don't think that any album has exceeded 1m soundscan sales. The most likely best sellers are ZZ Top - Eliminator, Def Leppard - Pyromania, and maybe, as you suggest The Police - Synchronicity. Lionel Richie and Flashdance are not in the running as they had virtually stopped selling by 1991. It remains a mystery why no album from 1983 sells very much now.MJDangerous wrote:What about The Police - Synchronicity ? No over 396.000 ?Basil wrote:1983 - Madonna's 396,000 is the top figure. Not many other candidates - ZZ Top, Def Leppard - none likely to be over 1,000,000. Conclusion is that nobody buys music released in 1983! Must have been a very bad year.
And Flashdance Soundtrack ? Or Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie ?
Again I have done some research on 1989. It was a strange year anyway. Only one album was certified for more than 6 million copies, and this was Pump by Aerosmith. This had the best soundscan sales just beating Janet Jackson with 1,363,000 copies scanned. This is still very poor compared to 1988 and 1990. The only other albums that just may have reached 1m copies are Kenny G - Live, Chicago - Greatest Hits 82-89 and Don Henley - End Of Innocence. Bonnie Riatt and Phil Collins could possibly be in the range 0.5 to 1m. However, like 1983, 1989 contained no albums at all that sell well today. Even the "top album" Rhythm Nation only sold 17,395 copies in 2004!MJDangerous wrote:Are you sure that Bonnie Rait with Nick Of Time don't do better ? It stay in charts all 1991 and 1992 year...Basil wrote:1989 - Another bad year. Something wrong with music in 1989. Janet Jackson probably the highest figure as not many are missing.
And soundscan sales of Phil Collins, But Seriously ?
Thank you very much for these figures! Invaluable!Basil wrote:
Many thanks Herkenrath. I'm glad you're enjoying the statistics on this thread. A few points to cover
- I have the Joseph Murrells book, which is unique and very useful.
- Yellow Submarine Sales are for the original soundtrack. The 1999 Songtrack is the only Beatles CD I don't have a recent figure for. It sold 140,000 before dropping off the chart in 1999. A decent estimate is that is has now sold what it shipped - about 0.5m.
- Hanboo posted all the Beatles Soundscan figures for me earlier this year. Other ones were
Please Please Me - 772,000
With the Beatles - 563,000
Beatles For Sale - 594,000
Let It Be - 1,032,000
Let It Be Naked - 1,027,000
Past Masters Vol One - 772,000
Past Masters Vol Two - 1,098,000
The catalogue came out on CD in 1987 and early 1988. Between then and 1991 when Soundscan started, sales must have been at their peak as Beatles Fans got their hands on CD versions at last. It makes their sales since 1991 even more remarkable - the total is 52m. Between 1987 and 1991 it must have been many more millions.
As you say, they are full priced - no extras and not available through record clubs.
The Yellow Submarine Soundtrack was certified for 1 million in 1991, but has scanned more than a million since - due for a re-certification!
One unfortunate thing is that the riaa combines UK and US versions of their albums for certification. In many cases, although the title is the same, the contents are so altered that they are really very different albums. The quirky nature of the riaa is just one of those things.
Will be posting Part Four shortly which I hope you'll also find of interest.
My question regarding these two records: are these soundscan figures? Probably not, as both records had been deleted in 1987.Forgot I have 2 more Beatles figures for albums that were only on vinyl/cassette
20 Greatest Hits - 821,000
Hollywood Bowl - 11,000
Thank you Automatic for the figures. My current estimate for total soundscan sales on page one of this thread was 47.2m. Your figures, when added to the french albums comes to 47.1m, so I'm pretty pleased about that.AutomaticBR wrote:Hi Basil! I got some stats on Celine Dion, maybe you can update your database. Those sales are until the W/E 09/01/2005
Celine Dion 2,324,000
The Colour of my love 4,455,000
Falling into you 10,786,000
Let's talk about love 9,368,000
There are special times 4,578,000
The Collector's series vol.1 827,090
A New day has come 3,153,000
One heart 1,735,000
A New day - Live in Las Vegas 311,120
Also, "All the way - A Decade of song" has sold 7,104,000 until the end of February of 2005.
As we can see, her certifications are REALLY late, specially for "All the way". Just add to those numbers her sales at BMG Music club and you will see how her certifications are late
Juan, didn't you ask this question on page one of this thread? I did reply.juan wrote:hi basil and hanboo.
looking for bee gees soundscan figures.the bee gees have been selling very well since 91 in the us.bee gees greatest have sold even more than sat night fever since 91,thanks in advance .
The figures for albums are on page one of this thread andMasterRegal wrote:Anyone have the numbers for all Backstreet Boys albums and singles?
Thanks Herkenrath. The non-CD Beatles catalogue was not deleted in 1987. The were still available through US distributors until the early 90's. These are therefore Soundscan figures. It means that the rest of their US only albums, plus the 70's compilations will also have soundscan figures, albeit very small ones. So, we don't have the full Beatles soundscan figures yet, although we now have at least 95% of them.Herkenrath wrote:Basil wrote:Forgot I have 2 more Beatles figures for albums that were only on vinyl/cassette
20 Greatest Hits - 821,000
Hollywood Bowl - 11,000
My question regarding these two records: are these soundscan figures? Probably not, as both records had been deleted in 1987.
Do you happen to know how many copies of George Harrison's triple-LP "All Things Must Pass" have been sold? Bit tricky.