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  • Megadeth :: Charts & Sales History

    Rel. date/cert. date/title/riaa shipment/soundscan/ss date

    Original Studio Albums
    1985 none Killing is my business... none 274,000 may08
    1986 1992 Peace sells but who's buying 1,000,000 636,000 may08
    1988 1998 So far, so good...so what 1,000,000 405,000 may08
    1990 1994 Rust in peace 1,000,000 818,000 may08
    1992 1994 Countdown to extinction 2,000,000 2,322,000 may08
    1994 1995 Youthanasia 1,000,000 958,000 may08
    1997 1997 Cryptic writings 500,000 801,000 may08
    1999 none Risk none 329,000 may08
    2001 none The world needs a hero none 226,000 may08
    2004 none The system has failed none 196,000 dec07
    2007 none United Abominations none 178,000 apr10
    2009 none Endgame none 150,000 may11
    2011 none Thirteen none 119,000 dec12
    2013 none Super Collider none 80,000 mar14

    Live Albums
    2002 none Rude awakening (2cd) none 79,000 dec07
    2007 none That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (2cd) none 19,000 may08
    2010 none Rust in Piece Live none 3,000 first week sales


    Other Projects
    1995 none Hidden treasures none 286,000 dec07 (out of print)
    2000 none Capitol punishment: The Megadeth years none 200,000 dec07 (out of print)
    2002 none Still, alive...and well none 26,000 dec07 (out of print)
    2005 none Greatest hits: Back to the start none 517,000 feb14
    2007 none Warchest (4cd/1dvd box) none 11,000 may08

    The DVD version of "Rude awakening" is certified Gold and has scanned 63,000 dec07.
    The DVD version of "That One Night" is certified Gold and has scanned 31,000 dec07.
    The 2DVD "Arsenal Of Megadeth" is certified Gold and has scanned 37,000 dec07.


    The RIAA album certs total 6,500,000.
    Total album Soundscan by Dec 2007 is 7,990,000.
    Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

    Let there be rock!

  • #2
    How ironic that just as they go down a more commercial route that their sales plummet.

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    • #3
      Just found this at the official Megadeth homepage.
      Might as well put it in here:

      U.S. only. Rounded to nearest 1,000. All albums with *'s beside them indicate that they were released before 5/25/91, the day that sales began being counted.


      As of December 14, 2005:

      * Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (original, out of print) - 197,000
      Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster) - 51,000
      Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster, clean version) - 6,000

      * Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? - 609,000

      * So Far, So Good...So What! - 388,000

      * Rust In Peace - 781,000

      * Rusted Pieces (video, out of print) - 36,000

      Countdown to Extinction - 2,272,000

      Exposure of a Dream (video, out of print) - 27,000

      Youthanasia - 938,000

      Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia (video, out of print) - 25,000

      Hidden Treasures (out of print) - 286,000

      Cryptic Writings - 787,000

      Risk - 322,000

      Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (out of print) - 200,000

      Behind the Music (Extended Version DVD) - 12,000

      The World Needs A Hero - 219,000

      Rude Awakening (live album, two CD version) - 66,000

      Rude Awakening (alternate versions) - 9,000

      Rude Awakening (DVD) - 56,000

      Still, Alive...& Well? - 26,000

      The System Has Failed - 171,000

      Video Hits (DVD) - 27,000

      Greatest Hits: Back to the Start - 118,000
      Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (Limited Edition) - 15,000

      http://megadeth.com/index.php?section=tidbits
      Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

      Let there be rock!

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      • #4
        Re: Megadeth US sales thread

        Originally posted by Dane
        Rude Awakening (live album, two CD version) - 66,000

        Rude Awakening (alternate versions) - 9,000

        Rude Awakening (DVD) - 56,000
        That looks kinda peculiar. Turns out it was released in 2002 on DVD and as a double CD.
        The alternate version was released in 2003 and is an edited version of both (1 CD and 1 DVD). Strange marketing...
        Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

        Let there be rock!

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        • #5
          Megadeth Canadian Certifications

          So Far, So Good, So What Platinum Dec-1992 100,000
          Youthanasia Platinum Dec-1994 100,000
          Rust In Peace Platinum Jan-1995 100,000
          Cryptic Writings Gold Mar-2001 50,000
          Hidden Treasures Gold Mar-2001 50,000
          Peace Sells But Who's Buying Platinum Mar-2001 100,000
          Countdown To Extinction 3xPlatinum Mar-2001 300,000
          Rude Awakening Gold Jul-2002 50,000
          The Arsenal Of Megadeth (V) Platinum Sep-2006 10,000

          Total-860,000

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          • #6
            Megadeth UK Certifications

            Rust In Peace Silver Mar-91 60,000
            Countdown To Extinction Silver Jan-93 60,000

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            • #7
              Dane, pls change the name of this thread to "Megadeth Sales Thread"......I have added certifications from a couple of other countries as well

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              • #8
                Originally posted by will231982
                Dane, pls change the name of this thread to "Megadeth Sales Thread"......I have added certifications from a couple of other countries as well
                Done.
                The SS numbers in the 3rd post is updated too.
                Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                Let there be rock!

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                • #9
                  Finnish certification

                  Youthanasia Gold 1994 20,000

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                  • #10
                    Thought I'll post this here; seems to be the apt place!
                    This data was posted by Heh on this page http://www.ukmix.org/forums/posting.php ... &p=1125957

                    Originally posted by heh
                    Around 141,000 to date...


                    U.S. only. Sales through clubs such as BMG aren't included. Rounded to the nearest 1,000 or 100 when applicable. *'s indicate that an album was released prior to 5/25/91, so not all sales are counted.


                    As of December 19, 2007:

                    Megadeth

                    * Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (original, out of print) - 198,000

                    Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster) - 66,000

                    Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster, clean version) - 6,200

                    * Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? - 630,000

                    Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? (5.1 DVD) - 2,300

                    * So Far, So Good...So What! - 402,000

                    * Rust In Peace - 812,000

                    * Rusted Pieces (video, out of print) - 37,000

                    Countdown to Extinction - 2,316,000

                    Exposure of a Dream (video, out of print) - 27,000

                    Youthanasia - 956,000

                    Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia (video, out of print) - 25,000

                    Hidden Treasures (out of print) - 286,000

                    Cryptic Writings - 799,000

                    Risk - 328,000

                    Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (out of print) - 200,000

                    Behind the Music (Extended Version DVD) - 13,000

                    The World Needs A Hero - 225,000

                    Rude Awakening (live album, two CD version) - 69,000

                    Rude Awakening (alternate versions) - 9,700

                    Rude Awakening (DVD) - 63,000

                    Still, Alive...& Well? (out of print) - 26,000

                    The System Has Failed - 196,000

                    Video Hits (DVD) - 41,000

                    Greatest Hits: Back to the Start - 287,000

                    Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (Limited Edition) - 20,000

                    The Arsenal of Megadeth (DVD) - 37,000

                    That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (DVD) - 31,000

                    That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (CD) - 11,000

                    United Abominations: 141,000

                    Warchest (5 Disc Box Set) - 6,000

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                    • #11
                      A look at the figures over the past 2 years reveals some interesting facts. As expected, Rust In Peace heads the list with an increase of over 30K. The other old albums continue selling at almost an equal rate approx 1.9% per year!

                      Read as
                      Album; Increase(2005-2007); % increase

                      Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (original, out of print) - 1000 0.5%

                      Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster) - 15000 29.4%

                      Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster, clean version) - 200 3.3%

                      Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? - 21000 3.4%


                      So Far, So Good...So What! - 14000 3.6%


                      Rust In Peace - 31,000 4.0%


                      Rusted Pieces (video, out of print) - 1000 2.8%

                      Countdown to Extinction - 44,000 1.9%

                      Exposure of a Dream (video, out of print) - NA

                      Youthanasia - 18,000 1.9%


                      Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia (video, out of print) - NA

                      Hidden Treasures (out of print) - NA

                      Cryptic Writings - 12,000 1.5%


                      Risk - 6,000 1.9%


                      Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (out of print) - NA

                      Behind the Music (Extended Version DVD) - 1,000 8.3%


                      The World Needs A Hero - 6,000 2.7%


                      Rude Awakening (live album, two CD version) - 3,000 4.5%


                      Rude Awakening (alternate versions) - 700 7.8%


                      Rude Awakening (DVD) - 7,000 12.5%


                      Still, Alive...& Well? - NA

                      The System Has Failed - 25,000 14.6%


                      Video Hits (DVD) - 14,000 51.9%


                      Greatest Hits: Back to the Start - 169,000 143.8%

                      Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (Limited Edition) - 5,000 33.3%

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                      • #12
                        neat analysis Will.

                        And I see Dane has updated the 3rd Post again. Thanks!
                        See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dane
                          Rel. date/cert. date/title/riaa shipment/soundscan/ss date

                          Original Studio Albums
                          1985 none Killing is my business... none 270,000 dec07
                          1986 1992 Peace sells but who's buying 1,000,000 630,000 dec07
                          1988 1998 So far, so good...so what 1,000,000 402,000 dec07
                          1990 1994 Rust in peace 1,000,000 812,000 dec07
                          1992 1994 Countdown to extinction 2,000,000 2,316,000 dec07
                          1994 1995 Youthanasia 1,000,000 956,000 dec07
                          1997 1997 Cryptic writings 500,000 799,000 dec07
                          1999 none Risk none 328,000 dec07
                          2001 none The world needs a hero none 225,000 dec07
                          2004 none The system has failed none 196,000 dec07
                          2007 none United Abominations none 141,000 dec07

                          Live Albums
                          2002 none Rude awakening (2cd) none 79,000 dec07
                          2007 none That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (2cd) none 11,000 dec07

                          Other Projects
                          1995 none Hidden treasures none 286,000 dec07 (out of print)
                          2000 none Capitol punishment: The Megadeth years none 200,000 dec07 (out of print)
                          2002 none Still, alive...and well none 26,000 dec07 (out of print)
                          2005 none Greatest hits: Back to the start none 307,000 dec07
                          2007 none Warchest (4cd/1dvd box) none 6,000 dec07


                          The RIAA album certs total 6,500,000.
                          Total album Soundscan by Dec 2007 is 7,990,000.
                          Kinda interesting that this band has higher SS figure than RIAA shipment, even though they released 4 albums pre-SS!

                          One obvious reason is that during the past 10 years they've had several albums selling 200-300K without reaching Gold.

                          According to MJ's Columbia thread the Megadeth catalog was still available at Columbia House by late 1996, so some of their titles might be under-certified.
                          Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                          Let there be rock!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dane
                            Kinda interesting that this band has higher SS figure than RIAA shipment, even though they released 4 albums pre-SS!

                            One obvious reason is that during the past 10 years they've had several albums selling 200-300K without reaching Gold.

                            According to MJ's Columbia thread the Megadeth catalog was still available at Columbia House by late 1996, so some of their titles might be under-certified.
                            That's the case with quite a few bands. Slayer's SS total is at least double the amount listed by the RIAA. As with Megadeth, this is probably due to the band having several albums not quite reaching the required amount for Gold status.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Priestfan
                              Originally posted by Dane
                              Kinda interesting that this band has higher SS figure than RIAA shipment, even though they released 4 albums pre-SS!

                              One obvious reason is that during the past 10 years they've had several albums selling 200-300K without reaching Gold.

                              According to MJ's Columbia thread the Megadeth catalog was still available at Columbia House by late 1996, so some of their titles might be under-certified.
                              That's the case with quite a few bands. Slayer's SS total is at least double the amount listed by the RIAA. As with Megadeth, this is probably due to the band having several albums not quite reaching the required amount for Gold status.
                              I don't think you can compare Slayer with Megadeth. They're not in the same league when it comes to commercial success. Slayer only had 4 albums reach Gold.

                              Motörhead has 0 sales according to the RIAA... so obviously smaller bands (commercially speaking) has higher SS sales than RIAA certs indicate.

                              Megadeth has 6 Gold albums, 5 Platinum albums and 1 double Platinum album.
                              Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                              Let there be rock!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Dane
                                Originally posted by Priestfan
                                Originally posted by Dane
                                Kinda interesting that this band has higher SS figure than RIAA shipment, even though they released 4 albums pre-SS!

                                One obvious reason is that during the past 10 years they've had several albums selling 200-300K without reaching Gold.

                                According to MJ's Columbia thread the Megadeth catalog was still available at Columbia House by late 1996, so some of their titles might be under-certified.
                                That's the case with quite a few bands. Slayer's SS total is at least double the amount listed by the RIAA. As with Megadeth, this is probably due to the band having several albums not quite reaching the required amount for Gold status.
                                I don't think you can compare Slayer with Megadeth. They're not in the same league when it comes to commercial success. Slayer only had 4 albums reach Gold.

                                Motörhead has 0 sales according to the RIAA... so obviously smaller bands (commercially speaking) has higher SS sales than RIAA certs indicate.

                                Megadeth has 6 Gold albums, 5 Platinum albums and 1 double Platinum album.
                                Well, I guess you can compare Megadeth with Pantera. They have 7 Gold albums, 5 Platinum albums and 1 double Platinum album for a RIAA total of 7 million. Their SS total is significantly higher than this. Around the same as Megadeth's or perhaps higher.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Priestfan
                                  Originally posted by Dane
                                  Originally posted by Priestfan
                                  Originally posted by Dane
                                  Kinda interesting that this band has higher SS figure than RIAA shipment, even though they released 4 albums pre-SS!

                                  One obvious reason is that during the past 10 years they've had several albums selling 200-300K without reaching Gold.

                                  According to MJ's Columbia thread the Megadeth catalog was still available at Columbia House by late 1996, so some of their titles might be under-certified.
                                  That's the case with quite a few bands. Slayer's SS total is at least double the amount listed by the RIAA. As with Megadeth, this is probably due to the band having several albums not quite reaching the required amount for Gold status.
                                  I don't think you can compare Slayer with Megadeth. They're not in the same league when it comes to commercial success. Slayer only had 4 albums reach Gold.

                                  Motörhead has 0 sales according to the RIAA... so obviously smaller bands (commercially speaking) has higher SS sales than RIAA certs indicate.

                                  Megadeth has 6 Gold albums, 5 Platinum albums and 1 double Platinum album.
                                  Well, I guess you can compare Megadeth with Pantera. They have 7 Gold albums, 5 Platinum albums and 1 double Platinum album for a RIAA total of 7 million. Their SS total is significantly higher than this. Around the same as Megadeth's or perhaps higher.
                                  I know Pantera formed in the 80's, but they didn't really have mainstream success until the 90's. Their BB200 chart debut was in 1992... Their first Gold record was in 1993.
                                  So most of their album sales is tracked by Soundscan.

                                  Megadeth was succesful pre SS era with chart debut in 1986 and first Gold record in 1988.
                                  Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                  Let there be rock!

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                                  • #18
                                    Argentina
                                    weekly shipments chart 03/05/2009 - 09/05/2009

                                    #17 Megadeth: Greatest Hits
                                    (MEGADETH)
                                    Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                    • #19
                                      09 NE 01 Megadeth, Endgame 44,696 44,791
                                      36 09 02 Megadeth, Endgame 12,833 -71 44,696 57,624
                                      68 36 03 Megadeth, Endgame 8,640 -33 12,833 66,264
                                      105 68 04 Megadeth, Endgame 5,583 -35 8,640 71,847
                                      142 105 05 Megadeth, Endgame 3,948 -29 5,583 75,795
                                      149 142 06 Megadeth, Endgame 3,258 -17 3,948 79,053
                                      156 149 07 Megadeth, Endgame 3,225 -1 3,258 82,278
                                      181 156 08 Megadeth, Endgame
                                      Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                      Let there be rock!

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                                      • #20
                                        Argentinian Certifications

                                        Countdown To Extinction (Original Release) - Gold - 30,000
                                        Youthanasia (Original Release) - Gold - 30,000
                                        Youthanasia (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                        Rust In Peace (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                        Countdown To Extinction (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                        Cryptic Writings (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                        Arsenal Of Megadeth (DVD) - Platinum - 8,000

                                        Total = 148,000

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                                        • #21
                                          Thanks for the update!!!
                                          But that's the way I like it baby I don't want to live forever
                                          and don't forget the joker

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                                          • #22
                                            Hi guys, I just found this board accidently while surfing
                                            I'd like to share the more updated soundscan, I combined soundscan from May 28, 2008 & December 19, 2007 plus April 4, 2010 for the last 2 records.
                                            Source is from Megadeth official board.

                                            As of May 28, 2008

                                            * Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (original, OOP) - 198,000
                                            Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (2002 Remaster) - 70,000
                                            Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! (2002 remaster, clean version) - 6,200
                                            * Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? - 634,000
                                            * So Far, So Good...So What! - 405,000
                                            * Rust In Peace - 818,000
                                            Countdown to Extinction - 2,322,000
                                            Youthanasia - 958,000
                                            Hidden treasure - 286,000 (OOP)
                                            Cryptic Writings - 801,000
                                            Risk - 329,000
                                            The World Needs A Hero - 226,000
                                            The system has failed - 198,000

                                            As of April 4, 2010

                                            United abominations - 178,000
                                            Endgame - 125,000

                                            Total album sales since soundscan era : 7,554,200


                                            None album catalog

                                            As of May 28, 2008
                                            Capitol punishment - 200,000
                                            Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (CD Version) - 318,000
                                            Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (CD + DVD) - 20,000 (OOP)
                                            Warchest (5 Disc Box Set) - 11,000

                                            As of December 19, 2007
                                            Rude Awakening (live album, two CD version) - 69,000
                                            Rude Awakening (alternate versions) - 9,700
                                            Rude Awakening (DVD) - 63,000
                                            Still, Alive...& Well? (out of print) - 26,000
                                            Video Hits (DVD) - 41,000
                                            The Arsenal of Megadeth (DVD) - 37,000
                                            That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (DVD) - 31,000
                                            That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (CD) - 11,000

                                            Total none album sales since soundscan : 836,700

                                            Other info : Peace sells, So far so good so what and Rust in peace were certified gold prior to soundscan era, with peace sells certified platinum in early 1992.
                                            Killing is my business sold 100,000 in first year of it release, source is from Megadeth behind the music DVD

                                            that's all

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                                            • #23
                                              Thanks, Rattlehead
                                              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                              • #24
                                                ^^ np mate

                                                Originally posted by will231982
                                                Argentinian Certifications

                                                Countdown To Extinction (Original Release) - Gold - 30,000
                                                Youthanasia (Original Release) - Gold - 30,000
                                                Youthanasia (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                                Rust In Peace (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                                Countdown To Extinction (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                                Cryptic Writings (2004 Release) - Gold - 20,000
                                                Arsenal Of Megadeth (DVD) - Platinum - 8,000

                                                Total = 148,000
                                                Btw, its kind of weird that the remasters series sold better in Argentina than the original :-?

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                                                • #25
                                                  Canada
                                                  from amazon.ca

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                                                  Release Date: Sep 7 2010
                                                  Available for Pre-order


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                                                  Release Date: Sep 7 2010
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