scalcioffa wrote:Hi Basil.
You have write:
8) The Rolling Stones - 64m - 54.75m - 78,000,000.
I think that 78ml could be really the number.
A friend has sent me this list, but I don't know if it's realistic.
TOTAL = 67
Thanks scalcioffa. First here is my list with yours for comparison in brackets
England's Newest - 0.8m - (0.6)
12X5 - 0.8m - (0.8)
Now - 0.8m - (0.8)
December's Children - 1.2m - (1.0)
Flowers - 1.2m - (1.0)
Out of Our Heads - 1.5m - (1.4)
Aftermath - 1.5m - (1.2)
Between the Buttons - 1.2m - (1.2)
Satanic Majesties - 1.2m - (1.0)
Beggars Banquet - 1.7m - (2.0)
Let it Bleed - 3.0m - (3.0)
Big Hits Vol 1 - 2.5m - (2.5)
Big Hits Vol 2 - 1.5m - (1.5)
Hot Rocks - 6.7m - (6.5)
More Hot Rocks - 1.0m - (0.7)
London Years - 0.5m - (0.5)
Metamophosis - 0.5m - (0.5)
Got Live - 0.7m - (1.0)
Get Your Ya Ya's - 1.8m - (1.5)
Sticky Fingers - 4.0m - (3.0)
Exile on Main Street - 2.5m - (3.0)
Goat's Head Soup - 3.5m - (3.0)
It's Only Rock n Roll - 1.5m - (1.0)
Black & Blue - 1.5m - (1.5)
Some Girls - 6.8m - (6.2)
Emotional Rescue - 2.7m - (3.0)
Tattoo You - 4.8m - (4.2)
Undercover - 1.5m - (1.2)
Dirty Work - 1.5m - (1.2)
Steel Wheels - 2.7m - (2.6)
Voodoo Lounge - 2.1m - (2.0)
Bridges to Babylon - 1.3m - (1.3)
Love You Live - 1.0m - (1.0)
Still Life - 1.2m - (1.0)
Flashpoint - 1.0m - (0.8)
Stripped - 0.8m - (1.0)
No Security - 0.4m - (0.4)
Live Licks - 0.4m - (0.5)
Made in the Shade - 1.8m - (1.0)
Sucking in Seventies - 0.7m (0.5)
Rewind - 1.0m - (0.5)
Jump Back - 0.5m - (0.5)
Forty Licks - 2.5m - (2.5)
As you see the figures agree quite closely. A few I disagreed with. For instance Flashpoint definitely sold more than Stripped.
My information came from studying the chart performance of each album with any certification dates. Then I used available soundscan figures to gauge how each album sells annually. In addition I used information from the many Rolling Stones sites on the internet and from various books on them. Putting all this information together led to the above estimates and a total all time USA sale of 77,800,000 copies.
I was very conservative in my estimates and didn't include such things as imports - just the official USA releases.
In the end, both lists are estimates and your list is good. My total comes out a little higher - perhaps it is more current.
The USA is one of the best markets for the Rolling Stones. I can't really estimate worldwide sales, but the figure could not be higher than double the USA total - around 150 million - and is likely to be a little lower. Perhaps around 130-140 million maximum. The band's biggest strength is in concert tickets sold.