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    I am interested in trying to determine Paul McCartney's worldwide sales solo, with the Beatles and with the Wings? He has to be the best-selling artist worldwide when considering all of his work, right?

  • #2
    Paulīs work after the Beatles is undercertified everywhere, iīve got certifications from lot of countries but they are so low in certifications levels.
    Itīs obvious that if the Beatles are the best sellers round the world if you add Paulīs sales they will be higher than any other artist.

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    • #3
      Re: Paul McCartney's WW sales - solo & w/Wings & the

      Originally posted by askew
      I am interested in trying to determine Paul McCartney's worldwide sales solo, with the Beatles and with the Wings? He has to be the best-selling artist worldwide when considering all of his work, right?
      Key
      Year of release
      Year of last certification
      Title
      riaa shipment
      soundscan sales since 1991 courtesy of Hanboo
      weeks on catalogue chart since 1982


      Paul McCartney - USA Shipments

      Original Studio Albums
      1970 1991 McCartney 2,000,000 - 264,000
      1971 1992 Ram 1,000,000 - 194,000
      1971 1972 Wildlife 500,000 - 6,000
      1973 1973 Red Rose Speedway 500,000 - 34,000
      1973 1991 Band on the Run 3,000,000 - 406,000 - 44 weeks - 1 week at Number One
      1975 1991 Venus and Mars 1,000,000 - 27,000
      1976 1976 At the Speed of Sound 1,000,000 - 35,000
      1978 1978 London Town 1,000,000 - 8,000
      1979 1979 Back to the Egg 1,000,000 - 34,000
      1980 1980 McCartney II 500,000 - 15,000
      1982 1982 Tug Of War 1,000,000 - 65,000
      1983 1984 Pipes of Peace 1,000,000 - 22,000
      1986 none Press to Play none - 12,000
      1989 1989 Flowers in the Dirt 500,000 - 66,000
      1993 1993 Off the Ground 500,000 - 346,000
      1997 1997 Flaming Pie 500,000 - 674,000
      2002 2003 Driving Rain 500,000 - 398,000
      2005 2005 Chaos and Creation 500,000 - 533,000 mar 2007
      2007 2008 Memory Almost Full 500,000



      Other Projects
      1984 1984 Regard to Broadstreet 500,000 - 38,000
      1991 none Russian Album - none - 107,000
      1991 1991 Liverpool Oratorio - none - 11,000
      1999 none Run Devil Run - none - 232,000

      Live Albums
      1977 1977 Wings Over America 1,000,000 - 20,000
      1990 none Tripping the Live Fantastic - none - 353,000
      1990 1991 Live Fantastic Highlights 1,000,000
      1991 none Unplugged - none - 218,000
      1993 none Paul is Live - none - 181,000
      2002 2003 Back in the USA 1,000,000 - 981,000

      Compilations
      1978 1978 Wings Greatest 1,000,000
      1987 ???? All the Best 2,000,000 - 946,000 - 1 week
      2001 2001 Wingspan 1,000,000 - 1,027,000

      One reason I've not posted this before is that most of the certifications are so old. The total of these certs is 24,000,000.

      There has to be one or two titles that could be updated.

      Soundscan total march 1991 to january 2006 - 7,200,000



      The DVD, Back in the USA has scanned 291,000.

      See Page One of my threads for all updates

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MIGUEL
        Paulīs work after the Beatles is undercertified everywhere, iīve got certifications from lot of countries but they are so low in certifications levels.
        Quite right Miguel. The certifications everywhere seem to be either really old - or there's no certification at all. Anyway, here are the UK ones.

        Key
        Year of Release
        Title
        BPI shipment

        Paul McCartney UK Shipments

        Original Studio Albums
        1970 McCartney
        1971 Ram
        1971 Wildlife
        1973 Red Rose Speedway 100,000
        1973 Band on the Run 300,000
        1975 Venus and Mars 300,000
        1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
        1978 London Town 100,000
        1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
        1980 McCartney II 100,000
        1982 Tug Of War 100,000
        1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
        1986 Press to Play 100,000
        1989 Flowers in the Dirt 300,000
        1993 Off the Ground 60,000
        1997 Flaming Pie 100,000
        2002 Driving Rain 60,000
        2005 Chaos and Creation 100,000

        Other Projects
        1984 Regard to Broadstreet 300,000
        1991 Russian Album
        1999 Run Devil Run 100,000

        Live Albums
        1977 Wings Over America 100,000
        1990 Tripping the Live Fantastic 100,000
        1990 Live Fantastice Highlights
        1991 Unplugged
        1993 Paul is Live
        2002 Back in the USA 100,000

        Compilations
        1978 Wings Greatest 300,000
        1987 All the Best 900,000
        2001 Wingspan 300,000

        Many old certifications - or none if pre-1973. Also no multi-platinum for pre-1980 releases as usual. Would bet money that Band on the Run is 600 or 900k.

        Anyway, total of these certs is 4,420,000.

        From end of year sales charts he has sold over 2m during the years 1984-2004.
        See Page One of my threads for all updates

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        • #5
          Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

          link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

          Flaming Pue - 674,000
          Run Devil Run - 232,000
          Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
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          • #6
            too bad "Wings Greatest" is now out of print, that's a title I think could possibly be a bit higher than 1x. Venus And Mars spent over a year and a half on the charts and was a #1 album, as was Wings At The Speed Of Sound (#1 for 7 or 8 weeks), both should be recertified.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by NothingFails
              Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

              link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

              Flaming Pue - 674,000
              Run Devil Run - 232,000
              Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
              Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

              Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
              See Page One of my threads for all updates

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              • #8
                Thanks for the information. Frustrating that the certifications are out-of-date or missing though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by askew
                  Thanks for the information. Frustrating that the certifications are out-of-date or missing though.
                  Very frustrating. In Canada they didn't certify "Band on the Run" - this is surely a joke. His biggest selling album!

                  Mind you, they certified various Streisand albums, but not "Guilty" - another joke.

                  Same with Led Zeppelin and others. The cria is worse than the bpi!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NothingFails
                    too bad "Wings Greatest" is now out of print, that's a title I think could possibly be a bit higher than 1x. Venus And Mars spent over a year and a half on the charts and was a #1 album, as was Wings At The Speed Of Sound (#1 for 7 or 8 weeks), both should be recertified.
                    Iīve read somewhere that Wings over America (spent 88 weeks on charts) sold 4 million records, if this is truth it should be 12 platinum

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Basil
                      Originally posted by NothingFails
                      Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

                      link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

                      Flaming Pue - 674,000
                      Run Devil Run - 232,000
                      Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
                      Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

                      Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
                      No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
                      It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
                      Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

                      It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.

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                      • #12
                        I think Band on the run is his best seller, i īve read in Peter Brownīs book about The Beatles that the album sold 6M round the world, also iīve a book (spanish one) that said that in 1975 Paul recieved an award for sales of 500.000 records in England of Band on the run.
                        But the real sales we have are:

                        Certifications are
                        USA 3.000.000
                        UK 300.000
                        France 100.000

                        Sales known
                        Japan 118.000 + 7000(25th anniversary)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hanboo
                          No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
                          It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
                          Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

                          It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.
                          Thank you Hanboo. It's like the 2Pac situation - same artist under different names. Is it a similar problem with John Lennon - Plastic One Band - John & Yoko and so on?
                          See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hanboo
                            Originally posted by Basil
                            Originally posted by NothingFails
                            Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

                            link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

                            Flaming Pue - 674,000
                            Run Devil Run - 232,000
                            Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
                            Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

                            Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
                            No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
                            It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
                            Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

                            It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.
                            Wingspan definately should be certified double-platinum then.

                            One problem is that currently over half the McCartney collection is out of print domestically, even though imports are easily found, this includes smash albums like London Town, Venus & Mars and At The Speed Of Sound. I dunno if EMI is holding out to reissue them one of these days or what, but a lot of the catalog is now deleted in America.

                            Do you have Soundscan numbers for either Band On The Run or Tug Of War? Those are my fave albums of his that are still available in the US domestically
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Basil
                              Paul McCartney UK Shipments

                              Original Studio Albums
                              1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
                              1978 London Town 100,000
                              1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
                              1980 McCartney II 100,000
                              1982 Tug Of War 100,000
                              1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
                              that one's a REAL shocker. Despite "Say Say Say" being a #1 in the US, Pipes Of Peace was McCartney's lowest selling album period up to that point in 1983, yet in the UK, it outsold Tug Of War, Back To The Egg and London Town, all of which are regarded as far superior albums.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by NothingFails

                                Wingspan definately should be certified double-platinum then.
                                Wingspan is double platinum, but as a double CD it has only shipped 1m copies.
                                See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by NothingFails
                                  Originally posted by Basil
                                  Paul McCartney UK Shipments

                                  Original Studio Albums
                                  1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
                                  1978 London Town 100,000
                                  1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
                                  1980 McCartney II 100,000
                                  1982 Tug Of War 100,000
                                  1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
                                  that one's a REAL shocker. Despite "Say Say Say" being a #1 in the US, Pipes Of Peace was McCartney's lowest selling album period up to that point in 1983, yet in the UK, it outsold Tug Of War, Back To The Egg and London Town, all of which are regarded as far superior albums.
                                  The Pipes of Peace came out in November and the title track was a UK Number One over Christmas. This single wasn't even released in the US.

                                  Paul's UK and US singles were often different and when they were the same their chart performances could very widely - Mull of Kintyre for instance, the Americans really didn't like that one (nor did I).

                                  Hanboo has provided a whole bunch of soundscan data which I've now put on the list of US album sales. Third Post, Page One.
                                  See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                                  • #18
                                    Hi there
                                    Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                    Would be appreciated !
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                                    http://paulmccartney.forumactif.com

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Pajorige
                                      Hi there
                                      Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                      Would be appreciated !
                                      Hi and welcome Pajorige.

                                      You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

                                      Cheers - Basil
                                      See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Basil
                                        Originally posted by Pajorige
                                        Hi there
                                        Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                        Would be appreciated !
                                        Hi and welcome Pajorige.

                                        You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

                                        Cheers - Basil
                                        Basil, the link doesn't work.

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by evaorig
                                          Originally posted by Basil
                                          Originally posted by Pajorige
                                          Hi there
                                          Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                          Would be appreciated !
                                          Hi and welcome Pajorige.

                                          You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

                                          Cheers - Basil
                                          Basil, the link doesn't work.
                                          Sorry evaorig, it wasn't a link, I'd just underlined it. Deleted that now just in case it caused any confusion. Best just to scroll up this page to get to third post.
                                          See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by Basil
                                            Originally posted by evaorig
                                            Originally posted by Basil
                                            Originally posted by Pajorige
                                            Hi there
                                            Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                            Would be appreciated !
                                            Hi and welcome Pajorige.

                                            You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

                                            Cheers - Basil
                                            Basil, the link doesn't work.
                                            Sorry evaorig, it wasn't a link, I'd just underlined it. Deleted that now just in case it caused any confusion. Best just to scroll up this page to get to third post.
                                            Thanks Basil, I clearly didn't read it right LOL!

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by Basil
                                              Originally posted by Pajorige
                                              Hi there
                                              Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
                                              Would be appreciated !
                                              Hi and welcome Pajorige.

                                              You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

                                              Cheers - Basil
                                              Thank you so much Basil !!!!!!!
                                              "Paul McCartney Forumactif"
                                              http://paulmccartney.forumactif.com

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                                              • #24
                                                Is it true that Mull Of Kintyre is still the best selling single in the UK who's sales have not been boosted by an event of some kind? For example, Elton's Candle In The Wind 1997 disc obviously sold well because of Princess Di's sad death, Bohemian Rapsody was a hit all over again in 1991 because of Mercury's sad passing, and Band Aid 1984 was a big hit because of the Ethopia famine.

                                                I reckon Mull of Kintyre could be construed as the UK's biggest selling single in terms of its sales not being boosted by other events - the genuine UK number one, if you like!!
                                                They did not sell many, but they were one of the best - God save the Kinks!

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                                                • #25
                                                  "Mull of Kintyre" was the best selling in UK for 7 years...1977/1984.
                                                  The "Band aid" broke the record.
                                                  I heard that "Mull" was now the 4th all time best selling single in UK...
                                                  More than 2.5 millions sales if i'm correct.
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