aez wrote: aez wrote:
thebigham wrote:Top Certified Female Artists by the RIAA:
Barbra Streisand: 71.5xp
Mariah Carey: 61xp
Whitney Houston: 54xp
Shania Twain: 47xp
Celine Dion: 47xp
mmmm.... maybe, but the ACTUAL number of albums shipped (as at September 2005)is
1 - Barbra Streisand - 67.25m
2 - Mariah Carey - 59m
3 - Madonna - 58m
4 - Whitney Houston - 52.5m
5 - Celine Dion - 47m
6 - Shania Twain - 41.5m
7 - Reba McEntire - 39.5m
8 - Britney Spears - 31m
9 - Linda Ronstadt - 30.67m
10 - Janet Jackson - 25m
I've been on holiday.
For most countries in the world, a certification means the number of albums shipped.
In the USA and Canada there is a different system.
If the album is a 2CD set, they call is 2 UNITS. If it gets a Gold Record Award - which is for 500,000 sales - it has actually only sold 250,000 copies.
Take Barbra Streisand. She had a 4CD box set "For the Record". When it got a gold award it had not shipped 500,000, it had shipped 125,000 copies.
So she sold 125,000 copies of the box set
, but as each box contained 4CD's, the riaa counted it as 500,000!! and so made it a Gold Record.
If you have a 10 CD box set that goes Gold, it has only sold 50,000 copies.
So, my list is the total of actual
albums shipped whether they are 2CD 3CD sets or whatever.
For further info check out
http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.p ... 47&start=0
If it's not clear, please let me know and I will explain further.
Cheers - Basil