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  • I'd like to compare GYBR in US (1996 single cd version), best selling ej album of the 70's (non G.Hits album), with some other best selling 70's albums by artist, with some updated sales in august

    PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 9.368.715
    FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS 2.982.218
    AC/DC BACK IN BLACK 2,850,763
    BLACK SABBATH PARANOID 1.538.092
    JOHN*ELTON GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD 1.447.134
    PINK FLOYD WISH YOU WERE HERE 1.435.982
    LED ZEPPELIN PHYSICAL GRAFFITI 1'397'314
    ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED 1.131.175
    FRAMPTON*PETER FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE 993.935
    SPRINGSTEEN*BRUCE BORN TO RUN 871.013
    FLEETWOOD MAC FLEETWOOD MAC 863,793
    DOORS L.A. WOMAN 814.797
    JOHN*ELTON MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER 573.318
    JETHRO TULL AQUALUNG 370.465
    BOWIE*DAVID RISE & FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST 381.969
    WHO QUADROPHENIA 311.100

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    • Rocket Man: Number Ones, Elton John
      USA Top200 n59 (from81) 60weeks
      Australia n52 (from 50)

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      • Candle In The Wind 1997" turns 15 years old
        Friday, August 31 2012

        Re-written in the wake of his friend Princess Diana's car accident death on August 31, 1997, Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" was merely a maudlin tribute to Marilyn Monroe before tragedy struck.

        Elton premiered his reworking of his Monroe tribute at Diana's funeral on September 6, 1997. In the days following her death, Elton contacted his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and Beatles producer George Martin to record this new version of the single. It was released on September 13, 1997 in the UK, and a week or so later here stateside.

        Elton had lost his close friend, designer Gianni Versace, just a few months earlier that July 1997, and Elton had already been in a deep depression. Elton would only perform his new version of "Candle" once, at the Diana funeral. The single would have two A-sides, "Candle" and "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" from his then upcoming album "The Big Picture". Looking back it was kind of crass to have your own single attached to what was a charity item. "The Big Picture" itself was no big shakes on the pop charts though.

        All proceeds from the "Candle" single were earmarked for a charitable trust established in Diana's name, which would go to support charities that she had worked with in life. The single was one of the last gasps of the CD and cassingle (cassette single) phenomenon. Most every family owned at least one copy it seems, though it was kind of morbid to listen to. You bought it more for the sentiment behind it. According to figures it has sold 28,458,225 copies worldwide.(yes, but there are possibly 2 million singles not traced by soundscan or similar because available in shops not tracked. This single was sold EVERYWHERE, really. this was the power of it. It was sold also in places not usual for cd sales.)
        There was a minor dispute as to whether it was in fact a bigger seller than Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" but upon closer inspection by the Guinness World Records people it was proclaimed the bigger single. But then in 2009 the Guinness folks -- with pressure from Crosby's ghost -- decided to give them both the honor.

        Nothing has come close to it, sales-wise.

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        • Top Billboard 200
          n. 59 (from 81) 60wks
          JOHN*ELTON ROCKET MAN-NUMBER 1'S 7204 +36% (lweek 5316) TOTAL: 977780 (physical 791538: , digital: 186242)
          Physical catalog Album n.21
          Digital catalog album n.2 JOHN*ELTON ROCKET MAN-NUMBER 1'S 5038 + 651% (lweek) 671 / thanks to Amazon promo (1 day at 3,99USD it goes to n.1 on download album, but it remain then a very good seller)

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          • still not Platinum :evil:

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            • Still not platinum in Us, in Canada and Australia where it has to be plat for sales.

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              • I just Tweeted:

                @eltonjohndotcom Remind your label to re-certify your #Gold album "Rocket Man #1s" with the #RIAA. 977k in sales so it should be #Platinum

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                • The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time revealed!
                  18/10/2012

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                  By Dan Lane

                  To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, we reveal The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time!

                  Ding! Ding! One month to go! Yes, in just a little over four weeks from now we will be grabbing our balloons and party poppers to celebrate 60 glittering years of the Official Singles Chart; the institution that has kept pop fans like you and me salivating with anticipation on a weekly basis since we were knee-high to a grasshopper.

                  In the meantime, how’s about we all get our inner chart geek limbered up for the big occasion with The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time.

                  Elvis Presley tops the chart with combined sales of over 21.7 million singles. And despite his tragic death in 1977, Elvis’ legacy lives on strongly in the UK. Over the last decade, The King Of Rock And Roll has sold over 5.7 million albums and 2.2 million singles (this includes 1.3 million track downloads). In the last 18 months alone he has sold an incredible 317,000 albums and 333,000 track downloads.

                  Elvis scored his first UK hit way back in 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel, which peaked at Number 2. And it was a year later that he eventually landed his first UK Number 1 with All Shook Up. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s not forget that Elvis still holds the record for the most Number 1 singles, 21 in total. His biggest selling single was 1960’s It’s Now Or Never, which also hit the top spot in 2005.

                  At Number 2 in the countdown, with a combined total of 21.5 million singles is Cliff Richard.

                  Making his chart debut in 1958 with Move It, which peaked at Number 2, Cliff is the most successful British male solo artist of all time, achieving the rare feat of having a Number 1 single in five different decades. He is one of only a few artists who have taken the same song to the top of the Official Singles Chart in completely separate chart runs; Living Doll hit Number 1 upon its released in 1959, and then again nearly 30 years later in 1986 with the cast of The Young Ones TV show. Ironically, Cliff's biggest selling single of all time is his 1962 smash,The Young Ones.

                  The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, is in third place with a combined sales total of 15.5 million singles. And what was his biggest single? Earth Song. Yes, Earth Song! (Which you may remember was also the Official Christmas Number 1 of 1995, the last one before the Spice Girls hogged the festive top spot for three consecutive years!)

                  This anomaly is clearly down to the fact that Michael has two of the Top 10 biggest selling albums of all time – 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad – so the UK public were clearly moonwalking down to HMV, Woolworth’s and Our Price in force in the ‘80s to pick up the whole album, rather than what critics and fans consider to be his classic singles... Still, Earth Song?

                  Elton John (Number 4) and David Bowie (Number 5) complete the Top 5 with combined singles sales totals of 15 million and 10.7 million, respectively.

                  The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time is as follows. Did your favourite man popstar make it in? Lets us know on Twitter and Facebook.





                  ARTIST

                  COMBINED SALES

                  BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE



                  01

                  ELVIS PRESLEY

                  21.7 MILLION

                  IT'S NOW OR NEVER



                  02

                  CLIFF RICHARD

                  21.5 MILLION

                  THE YOUNG ONES



                  03

                  MICHAEL JACKSON

                  15.5 MILLION

                  EARTH SONG



                  04

                  ELTON JOHN

                  15.0 MILLION

                  CANDLE IN THE WIND '97 / SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT



                  05

                  DAVID BOWIE

                  10.7 MILLION

                  LET'S DANCE



                  06

                  PAUL McCARTNEY

                  10.3 MILLION

                  MULL OF KINTYRE / GIRLS' SCHOOL



                  07

                  ROD STEWART

                  9.9 MILLION

                  SAILING



                  08

                  STEVIE WONDER

                  9.1 MILLION

                  I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU



                  09

                  EMINEM

                  8.9 MILLION

                  LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE FT RIHANNA



                  10

                  GEORGE MICHAEL

                  7.9 MILLION

                  CARELESS WHISPER


                  © 2012 the Official Charts Company. All rights reserved

                  http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-new ... aled-1651/

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                  • Sometimes I wonder where all these numbers came from. The BPI had certified a ridiculous portion of his one hundred hit singles in UK.
                    In April 2012 the British Charts Company released the same statistics mentioning Elton with combined singles sales of 14.8 million. So in half a year he sold 200k singles in UK respectively.
                    His most successful singles (adding digital sales) have been

                    1970 Your Song (>200k)
                    1972 Rocket Man (>200k)
                    1972 Crocodile Rock (>200k)
                    1973 GYBR (16 weeks in the charts!) (>200k)
                    1974 Don´t Go Breaking My Heart ft. Kiki Dee (980k physical alone)
                    1978 Part-time Love (>200k) certified
                    1978 Song For Guy (>200k) certified
                    1983 I´m Still Standing (290k physical alone) certified
                    1983 I Guess That´s Why... (>200k)
                    1984 Sad Songs (>200k)
                    1984 Passangers (>200k) certified
                    1985 Nikita (388k physical alone) certified
                    1990 Sacrifice/Healing Hands (680k physical alone) certified
                    1992 Don´t Let The Sun Go Down On Me ft. George Michael (440k physical alone)
                    1993 True Love ft. Kiki Dee (345k physical alone)
                    1997 Candle in The Wind 1997 (4.9Million) certified
                    2002 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word ft. Blue (293k) certified
                    2005 Ghetto Gospel ft. 2Pac (278k)

                    These singles alone sold much more than 10Million copies.

                    Not credited for Elton is the Single Perfect Day (various artists) (1555k) certfied 2xPlatinum 1998

                    Besides Ellie Goulding´s version of Your Song sold 700k units.

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                    • I agree. Same things with album

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                      • due to Caesars Palace gigs Elton re-entered in Billboard Catalog this week

                        # 38 Rocket Man: Number Ones (sales in US 2012 as a catalog seller: 44 - 104,100 - ROCKET MAN: NUMBER ONES - Elton John)


                        Near to year´s end the album arrives in other charts
                        Irish Top 100 Albums
                        Re 68 ROCKET MAN THE DEFINITIVE HITS ELTON JOHN MERCURY 88

                        And all the time in the ARIA Charts (no new accreditation yet)

                        91 94 ELTON JOHN – Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

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                        • The Million Sellers – the UK’s biggest ever selling singles revealed!
                          04/11/2012

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                          By Dan Lane

                          To mark the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart next week, the Official Charts Company are publishing a hardback book – The Million Sellers. To celebrate its launch, today we unveil the complete list of the UK’s best selling singles ever. And yes, there may be some Whigfield in there!

                          2012 looks set to be the biggest ever year for singles sales in the UK, however it still takes something special for a record to join the hallowed ‘Million Sellers Club’. Since the Official Singles Chart began in 1952, an estimated 32,000 tracks have entered the chart, though only 123 of them have ever broken through the million copies sales barrier. And here for the first time we reveal them, and show how this decade we are entering a new era of the super hit.

                          And may we point out, in just what other record collection in the world can Teletubbies and Bob The Builder sit so rightfully alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson? Oh yes.

                          The Million Sellers






                          TITLE

                          ARTIST

                          YEAR OF RELEASE

                          SALES (MILLION)



                          1

                          SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND 97

                          ELTON JOHN

                          1997

                          4.90




                          2

                          DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?

                          BAND AID

                          1984

                          3.69



                          3

                          BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

                          QUEEN

                          1975

                          2.36



                          4

                          MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL

                          WINGS

                          1977

                          2.00



                          5

                          YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

                          JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

                          1978

                          2.00



                          6

                          RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING

                          BONEY M

                          1978

                          2.00



                          7

                          RELAX

                          FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

                          1983

                          2.00



                          8

                          SHE LOVES YOU

                          THE BEATLES

                          1963

                          1.90



                          9

                          UNCHAINED MELODY/(THERE'LL BE BLUEBIRDS OVER) THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER

                          ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN

                          1995

                          1.86



                          10

                          LOVE IS ALL AROUND

                          WET WET WET

                          1994

                          1.85

                          © 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.


                          Sir Elton John’s double A-Side Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind ’97 tops the chart with sales of over 4.9 million copies. The single was released in September 1997 to pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales who had been killed in a car accident the previous month. It sold 658,000 copies on its first day on sale, and 1.5 million copies during its first week on sale, making it the UK’s biggest and fastest selling single ever.

                          http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-new ... aled-1685/

                          Note that Candle in the Wind 1997 is 4,9 million in uk for OFFICIAL CHARTS, but 9xplatinum (5.400.000)

                          This single was an event, and it was sold in multiple kind of shops not covered by the usual sales tracking system (the same for soubdscan in US).
                          So it's possible to estimate at least other 2/300.000 copies sold.

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                          • The first single under 1 million mark is?

                            From OCC Million Sellers book (as posted on Buzzjack),

                            "One of the most interesting sections was the 'almost a million' section which details 13 more singles that were within 50k of 1 million as of May 2012.

                            990k Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
                            990k Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan - Especially For You
                            990k Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
                            980k Tornadoes - Telstar
                            980k Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace
                            980k Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
                            980k Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
                            980k Cliff Richard and The Shadows - The Next Time/Bachelor Boy
                            975k Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
                            960k UB40 - Red Red Wine
                            960k Pussycat - Mississippi
                            950k Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5
                            950k The Beatles - Help!

                            The same section also mentions three 2012 songs as being close to the million, Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe, fun ft Janelle Mottae - We Are Young and David Guetta ft Sia - Titanium."

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                            • MOST TOP 10 ALBUMS ON THE BILLBOARD 200

                              Rolling Stones 36

                              Frank Sinatra 33

                              Barbra Streisand 32 "Release Me"

                              The Beatles 30

                              Elvis Presley 27

                              Madonna 20 "MDNA"
                              Bob Dylan 20 "Tempest"

                              Paul McCartney 18 "Kisses on the Bottom"

                              Elton John 17 "The Union"
                              George Strait 17 "Here For A Good Time"
                              Bruce Springsteen 17 "Wrecking Ball"
                              Neil Diamond 17 "Hot August Night"

                              Johnny Mathis 16
                              Mariah Carey 16 "MCIIY"
                              Rod Stewart 16 "Merry Christmas, Baby" *new*

                              Dave Matthews 15 "Away From The World"

                              Garth Brooks 14 "Ultimate Hits"
                              Prince 14 "Lotus Flow3r"
                              Tim McGraw 14 "Emotional Traffic"
                              Van Halen 14 "Different Kind of Truth"
                              The Beach Boys 14 "That's Why God Made the Radio"
                              R Kelly 14 "Write Me Back"

                              Santana 13 "Guitar Heaven"
                              Barry Manilow 13 "15 Minutes"
                              Jay Z 13 "Watch The Throne"
                              Toby Keith 13 "Hope On The Rocks" *new*

                              Eric Clapton 12
                              Chicago 12
                              Alan Jackson 12 "Thirty"

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                              • A way to read this: apart from THE ROLLONG STONES and the BEATLES / MC CARTNEY, Elton is the 1t English Artist in a chart usually dominated by American Artist.
                                It's not easy for an english artist to enter Bilboard 200 chart, the best example is Robbie Williams and Oasis. They never had a consistent chart succes in US

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                                • This week in the UK Charts

                                  Dance Singles Top 40

                                  Pos Wks Title

                                  34 7 ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE, ELTON JOHN



                                  ...and US Dance/Club Play Songs

                                  43 7 Good Morning to the Night, Elton J. vs. PNAU

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                                  • Australia Albums

                                    n.42 RE Rocket Man (double) (a shame it is not certified PLAT or double)
                                    98 ELTON JOHN VS PNAU – Good Morning To The Night

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                                    • Rolling Stone Readers' Poll

                                      best ej Song
                                      http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictu ... e-20121128

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                                      • Tiny Dancer - a song for Lily-MaeOver 200 Irish singers and musicians have got together to record a version of “Tiny Dancer” in aid of the Sunni Mae Trust, a charity inspired by a four year old girl, Lily-Mae Morrison, who has Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer http://www.eltonfan.net/cgi-bin/news/vi ... l=viewnews

                                        n.1 in IRISH CHART today, the biggest selling non-Xfactor single in the last 6 years

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                                        • On iTunes

                                          62. Elton John - Step Into Christmas


                                          UK Singles Charts

                                          75 RE 22 Step Into Christmas Elton John

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                                          • This week catalog sales in US

                                            Total TW LW Artist Title

                                            72 126 134 JOHN*ELTON ROCKET MAN-NUMBER 1'S 3.106 10 2.823 1.009.395

                                            Rocket Man - Number Ones exceeded the million level

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                                            • Cant believe that he sold more than MJ in usa

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                                              • Originally posted by chartobserver
                                                This week catalog sales in US

                                                Total TW LW Artist Title

                                                72 126 134 JOHN*ELTON ROCKET MAN-NUMBER 1'S 3.106 10 2.823 1.009.395

                                                Rocket Man - Number Ones exceeded the million level
                                                Great! Thanks!

                                                I wish Paul Grein would go back to commenting each week when albums cross a certain level.

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                                                • Originally posted by boskokid
                                                  Cant believe that he sold more than MJ in usa
                                                  ...and for elton TOTAL consider that many 70's albums were under-certified. AND also LION KING-10 millions sales are not in the total sum you consider
                                                  ;-)

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                                                  • As of week 49 (2012) in Billboard Catalog charts...

                                                    # 36 - 124,754 - ROCKET MAN: NUMBER ONES - Elton John

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