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  • These data are really interesting, in particular Greatest Hits at 500,000 copies in 1993. EMI declared that this album sold 155,000 copies from 1994 to 2003, so, if this information is correct, Greatest Hits is close to 700,000 copies.


    • Not sure if this information has been posted already, just watched a very entertaining programme on VH1 running through Queen's official Top20 selling UK singles. I have seen similar shows like this but this one listed official sales figures aswell!!. Below is the countdown

      1 2,300,000 Bohemian Rhapsody
      2 850,000 We Are The Champions
      3 710,000 Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie
      4 590,000 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
      5 520,000 Radio Ga Ga
      6 450,000 Don't Stop Me Now
      7 450,000 I Want To Break Free
      8 430,000 Five Live EP
      9 420,000 Killer Queen
      10 395,000 A Kind Of Magic
      11 390,000 Somebody To Love
      12 385,000 Barcelona*
      13 355,000 Living On My Own*
      14 290,000 We Will Rock You Queen+Five
      15 285,000 The Great Pretender*
      16 260,000 Heaven For Everyone
      17 235,000 Another One Bites The Dust
      18 200,000 One Vision
      19 195,000 It's A Hard Life
      20 190,000 Fat Bottomed Girls / Bicycle Race

      * Freddie Mercury Solo Hits

      Very interesting List, how accurate do you think this is, does anybody have information that confirms the totals?


      • Just found 3 Canadian Gold Sales Awards on ebay for the following Queen Lp's all selling in excess of 50,000 copies

        A Kind Of Magic
        Live Killers
        The Game


        • Queen in Austria

          Before posting anything, I need to remind what Irishguy28 once said: "Just because some numbers were revealed in some publication, doesn't necessarily mean they are accurate".

          Nevertheless, we can add to those wise words: "But sometimes, they are accurate".

          From an Austrian weekly magazine (it is all in German). The interpretation of these paragraphs is courtesy of Benny.

          "Austro-Champions. Mit Österreich verbindet sie eine besondere Geschichte der Verfallenheit. Nie wieder erreichte 2,1 Millionen Verkaufte für die 20 Alben und 39 Singles; mindestens Gold für jedes Album; die erste Band, welche die Stadthalle an zwei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen (12. und 13. Mai 1982) füllte; und schließlich unübertroffene drei der zehn meisterworbenen Alben: "Greatest Hits II" (205.000) ist nach "Brothers In Arms" von den Dire Straits (210.000) die hierzulande zweit bestverkaufte CD aller Zeiten. "Greatest Hits" (175.000) rangiert auf Platz vier, das posthume Vermächtnis "Made in Heaven" (140.000) immerhin noch auf Platz acht. Drummer Taylor: "Offenbar hat man in Österreich doch das beste Musikgespür…" (News: Politik, Geld, Szene, Leute, 1997).

          "…Der international belächelte Verkaufsmaßstab dafür: 25.000 Stück. Noch schlimmer erwischte es "Queen". Vom Freddie-Mercury-Abschiedsalbum waren 1995 i noch sensationelle 145.000 Stück verkauft worden. Das Werk gehörte damit Das Werk gehörte damit zum edlen Kreis der zehn meistverlangten CDs aller Zeiten. Der Tekkno- "und Disco- Remix von "Queen"- Hadern…" (News: Politik, Geld, Szene, Leute, 1997).

          "Als erste Gruppe füllte man an zwei Tagen die Wiener Stadthalle (12. und 13. Mai 1982), die 12.399 ebendort verkauften Tickets (1984) gelten heute ebenso als unübertroffen wie die hierzulande verkauften 2,1 Millionen Queen-Alben. Zudem rangieren mit "Greatest Hits II" (210.000 Stück), "Greatest Hits" (180.000) und "Made in Heaven" (150.000) gleich drei Queen-Epen unter den Top- ten-CDs Österreichs. Einsam statt gemeinsam. Ehe die Queen-Reunion stattfindet…" (News: Politik, Geld, Szene, Leute, 1998).

          "…Die Beatles verlassen bloß für ein 30-Minuten-Konzert die Grube. Die zumindest in Osterreich weitaus erfolgreichere Truppe Queen - nie wieder erreichte 2,1 Millionen verkaufte CDs, drei Alben in den Top 10 der heimischen All-Time-Charts - geht das Comeback im großen…" (News: Politik, Geld, Szene, Leute, 1999).

          According to this, we have the following. Here is the translation of the relevant information:

          -Queen sold 2,100,000 million albums and singles in Austria, by 1997.

          -They are best selling act ever in that country.

          -Greatest Hits: 180,000 copies sold

          -Greatest Hits II: 210,000

          -Made In Heaven: 150,000

          -All of their albums were at least gold.

          -Queen sold 12,399 tickets for their 1984 show in Vienna (highest amount achieved in that venue).

          I think the individual numbers that were reported are definitely correct.

          "Greatest Hits II" went triple platinum in early 1994 (150,000 copies sold) and eventually quadruple platinum in 1997 (200,000 copies). Based on that, a total of 210,000 by 1998 would make sense.

          "Greatest Hits" achieved its triple platinum in 1994 (150,000 copies sold) and then quadruple platinum in 2000 (200,000 copies). On that basis, I think 180,000 sales by 1998 are fine.

          About "Made In Heaven", it went double platinum (more than 100,000 copies sold) a month after its release; I would say that with its further shipments towards the end of 1995 and then in 1996, the total of 150,000 is correct. By comparison, it sold 1,500,000 copies in Germany and that market is like ten times as big as Austria or so (Queen were equally popular in both, I would say).

          All very impressive.


          • Korea
            weekly shipments chart

            1 Greatest Hits I (2011 Remastered)

            2 Greatest Hits II (2011 Remastered)

            (10 and 11 on combined chart)
            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


            • Originally posted by borderwolf
              weekly shipments chart

              1 Greatest Hits I (2011 Remastered)

              2 Greatest Hits II (2011 Remastered)

              (10 and 11 on combined chart)
              Great and iconic albums never die


              • Great to see Freddie celebrated on google's front page today for his 65th birthday! Queen appear to be more relevant now than at any other time in history, as well as Brian May performing with Lady gaga at the MTV awards, what a great performance that was!


                • Also remember that the last 5 remastered Queen studio albums have been released today. Although the bonus tracks could be alot better I'm looking forward to hearing the improved sound.

                  I'm also wondering if they will do any better in the UK at least than the last 2 batches - will the extra bit of promotion due to it being Freddie's 65th birthday make a difference in their sales.

                  Also very impressive Austrian sales HUR - good find there as always!


                  • Thank you, Edwood. I'm glad at least one person liked it.

                    About Netherlands.

                    Originally posted by loris39
                    These data are really interesting, in particular Greatest Hits at 500,000 copies in 1993. EMI declared that this album sold 155,000 copies from 1994 to 2003, so, if this information is correct, Greatest Hits is close to 700,000 copies.
                    Yes, it is very interesting.

                    In Netherlands, Queen sold plenty of compilations between 1994 and early 2004. Courtesy of EMI Marketing Netherlands:

                    Greatest Hits: 155,481 copies sold
                    Greatest Hits II: 174,580
                    Greatest Hits I & II: 119,774
                    Queen Rocks: 28,487
                    Greatest Hits III: 66,791
                    Platinum Collection: 138,379

                    Total for those albums: 683,492 copies sold

                    The total for "Greatest Hits" is likely to be for the 1994 reissue, which came out during the second half of the year.

                    If "Greatest Hits" had indeed sold 500,000 by early 1993, I would say that it has definitely sold 700,000 copies by now. We have 155,481 copies during something like ten years (from 1994 to 2004); leaving several years missing: mainly most of 1993 and part of 1994 (when the album was still charting and selling well) and seven years and a half for the period betwen 2004 and September 2011.

                    It is also interesting to note that Queen's "Greatest Hits II" was certified quintuple platinum in 1997 (500,000 copies sold) but it is likely to have reached that mark several years before; not to mention that it sold 174,580 copies between 1994 and 2004, many of which were definitely achieved after it was awarded with its last platinum certification.


                    • Dutch chart - Albums:

                      #76 Innuendo
                      #90 Platinum Collection
                      #95 A Kind Of Magic

                      Dutch chart - DVD:

                      #21 Live At Wembley

                      Belgium chart (Flanders) - Albums:

                      #54 Platinum Collection
                      #96 A Night At The Opera

                      Belgium chart (Flanders) - DVD:

                      #4 Live At Wembley

                      Belgium chart (Wallonia) - Albums:

                      #68 Platinum Collection

                      Belgium chart (Wallonia) - DVD:

                      #1 Live At Wembley

                      Irish chart - DVD

                      #3 Live At Wembley


                      • "Innuendo" reentry at #86 and "A kind of magic" at #91 this week in Spain


                        • Originally posted by davidalic
                          "Innuendo" reentry at #86 this week in Spain
                          Yay! Re-issue?


                          • Originally posted by davidalic
                            "Innuendo" reentry at #86 and "A kind of magic" at #91 this week in Spain
                            It was Freddie's anniversary last week I think.


                            • Originally posted by davidalic
                              Originally posted by davidalic
                              "Innuendo" reentry at #86 and "A kind of magic" at #91 this week in Spain
                              It was Freddie's anniversary last week I think.
                              Possible. So there should be more albums by the end of November.


                              • Portugal
                                dvd chart, week 37

                                2 (New) LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM - QUEEN
                                Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


                                • "Live At Wembley" also reentered the Music video chart in the UK

                                  UK Music Video chart this week

                                  2 Queen Live At Wembley Stadium

                                  Here are some of its weekly chart positions (chart history). They are obviously incomplete.


                                  Live At Wembley
                                  20.06.1992: 1
                                  27.06.1992: 1
                                  04.07.1992: 1
                                  21.06.2003: 1
                                  28.06.2003: 1
                                  05.07.2003: 1
                                  12.07.2003: 1
                                  19.07.2003: 1
                                  26.07.2003: 1
                                  02.08.2003: 1
                                  09.08.2003: 1
                                  16.08.2003: 1
                                  23.08.2003: 1
                                  30.08.2003: 1
                                  06.09.2003: 2
                                  13.09.2003: 1
                                  20.09.2003: 1
                                  27.09.2003: 1
                                  04.10.2003: 1
                                  11.10.2003: 1
                                  18.10.2003: 2
                                  25.10.2003: 3
                                  01.11.2003: 5
                                  08.11.2003: 5
                                  15.11.2003: 10
                                  22.11.2003: 7
                                  29.12.2003: 13
                                  06.12.2003: 17
                                  13.12.2003: 14
                                  20.12.2003: 14
                                  27.12.2003: 14

                                  The VHS version spent 3 weeks at #1 in 1992, after the CD was released in May. However, the video had already been released in late 1990, although it didn't make it to the top.

                                  The music DVD came out in June 2003, and spent 16 weeks at #1.

                                  Overall, it reached the top during 19 weeks. It also charted very well during 2004, 2005, 2006, and even in subsequent years.

                                  Its cumulative chart weeks are obviously amazing, with some high points in some of the years I mentioned: 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and so on.

                                  Here are its annual sales from 2003 to 2008 (net shipments figures):

                                  Queen - Live At Wembley 86 (DVD)
                                  2003: 142,943
                                  2004: 69,470
                                  2005: 69,270
                                  2006: 32,788
                                  2007: 16,613
                                  2008: 15,434
                                  Total: 346,518

                                  I imagine that with further sales in recent years, and all of its VHS sales from the nineties, it will have sold 400,000 copies at least. But I wouldn't be surprised if its total sales are over 500,000 or so.

                                  For example, Queen used to sell many music videos in the UK during the nineties. For instance, "Greatest Flix II" sold 300,000 copies by 1994.


                                  • HUR, your a star! how many dvd's do you have to sell in the UK to achieve platinum status then?


                                    • Korea
                                      weekly shipments (international)

                                      5 Live At Wembley Stadium (Limited Delux...

                                      12 Made In Heaven (2CD Deluxe, 2011 Remas...

                                      13 Innuendo (2CD Deluxe, 2011 Remaster)

                                      14 The Works (2CD Deluxe, 2011 Remaster)

                                      15 The Miracle (2CD Deluxe, 2011 Remaster...

                                      16 A Kind Of Magic (2CD Deluxe, 2011 Rema...

                                      20 Deep Cuts Volume 3

                                      90 Greatest Hits I (2011 Remaster)
                                      Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


                                      • Belgium
                                        17 september

                                        Live At Wembley Stadium (certified Gold)
                                        at # 2 in Flanders and # 1 in Wallonia
                                        Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


                                        • In UK album chart this week - thanks go to Haven idea on sales unfortunately...Kind Of Magic just failed to scrape into the top 100 - not bad for a 25 year old album...

                                          109. (NEW) A KIND OF MAGIC [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          113. (NEW) THE WORKS [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          126. (NEW) INNUENDO [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          143. (NEW) THE MIRACLE [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          144. (NEW) MADE IN HEAVEN [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          155. (NEW) DEEP CUTS - VOLUME 3 (1984-1995) (Queen)
                                          159. (140) GREATEST HITS [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                                          190. (RE) GREATEST HITS I II & III - THE PLATINUM COLLECTION [REMASTERED] (Queen)


                                          • DVD Charts Live At Wembley:

                                            UK - #6
                                            Spain - #9
                                            Sweden - #4
                                            Denmark - #9
                                            New Zealand - #6
                                            Switzerland - #6
                                            Austria - #2
                                            Portugal - #2
                                            Australia - #4
                                            Ireland - #8
                                            Netherlands - #17
                                            France - #2
                                            Germany -#1


                                            • Queen reunion at London Olympics?
                                     ... story.html

                                              Queen drummer Roger Taylor is hoping for a reunion with the band's former frontman Paul Rodgers as part of next year's London Olympic Games.

                                              Rodgers took on vocal duties alongside Taylor and guitarist Brian May for five years from 2004 under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers, following the death of original frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991.

                                              The collaboration ended in May, 2009, and the trio hasn't played together since - but now Taylor is keen to reteam with the singer for a "special" event such as the 2012 sporting extravaganza.

                                              Taylor tells Rolling Stone, "I wouldn't rule it out. In fact I read the other day Paul said he wouldn't mind doing something. If something came up as special, we could maybe do that, maybe the Olympics or something.

                                              "I certainly wouldn't rule it out and he is a wonderful singer, there's no doubt about that."

                                              Queen could fill a spot vacated by the Rolling Stones after Mick Jagger recently dismissed speculation the classic rockers would kick off their 40th anniversary celebrations with a performance at the Olympics.
                                              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


                                              • Czech
                                                dvd chart, week 37

                                                Live At Wembley Stadium
                                                # 1
                                                Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll


                                                • Originally posted by nucleardolphin
                                                  HUR, your a star! how many dvd's do you have to sell in the UK to achieve platinum status then?
                                                  In total, 50,000 copies are needed for a music video to reach platinum.

                                                  Very nice to see Queen's "Live At Wembley '86" at the top of the German chart last week. A German source had let me know that, a few days before the chat was published in this site; but I just wasn't sure.

                                                  Queen's chart stats in Germany are impressive. Charts began in April 1991 (on a fortnightly basis), and most of the VHS you see here had already been released before.


                                                  VHS-video charts (date of entry, peak position, total weeks):
                                                  01.04.1991: Live At Wembley 2 - 85
                                                  01.12.1991: Greatest Flix II 1 - 120
                                                  15.01.1992: Live In Budapest 7 - 24
                                                  15.02.1992: Greatest Flix 2 - 60
                                                  15.02.1992: We Will Rock You 2 - 37
                                                  15.03.1992: The Miracle 13 - 8
                                                  01.04.1992: Live In Rio 9 - 26
                                                  01.04.1992: Rare Live 8 - 22
                                                  15.05.1992: Box Of Flix 4 - 26
                                                  04.12.1995: Champions Of The World 3 - 52
                                                  28.12.1998: Queen Rocks The World 6 – 8

                                                  We need to note that "Greatest Flix" was released in 1981; "We Will Rock You" in 1984; "Live In Rio" in 1985; "Live In Budapest" in 1987; "Rare Live" and "The Miracle EP" in 1989. Plus, "Live At Wembley" was released in late 1990; which means that it would most likely have reached #1 in that year if there had been a chart to capture its chart positions.

                                                  Queen did very well in 1992, with three Top 10 music video inside the annual ranking.

                                                  Top Music Videos 1992
                                                  1. Queen Greatest Flix II
                                                  2. Roxette The Videos
                                                  3. Queen Greatest Flix
                                                  4. ZZTop Greatest Hits
                                                  5. Abba Gold
                                                  6. Queen Live At Wembley
                                                  7. Genesis A History
                                                  8. AC/DC Live At Donington
                                                  9. Eric Clapton Unplugged
                                                  10. Pink Floyd The Wall

                                                  DVD-Video charts:
                                                  22.07.2002: The Freddie Mercury tribute concert 5 - 7
                                                  04.11.2002: Greatest Video Hits 1 - 28
                                                  23.06.2003: Live At Wembley 1 - 45
                                                  17.11.2003: Greatest Video Hits II 4 - 6
                                                  02.11.2004: Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl 1 - 33
                                                  11.11.2005: Return Of The Champions (Queen & Paul Rodgers) 2 – 30
                                                  07.11.2007: Queen Rock Montreal 2 – 84

                                                  If I'm counting right, Queen spent at least 701 weeks in the German Music video chart from April 1991 to now. And most of their videos were released before 1991.

                                                  In April 2006, this is how the all time ranking looked like based in points:

                                                  Most Successful Home Video Artists
                                                  1- Kelly Family
                                                  2- Queen

                                                  Official certifications:

                                                  Greatest Video Hits: 75,000 (Triple Gold)
                                                  Live At Wembley: 200,000 (Quadruple Platinum)
                                                  Greatest Video Hits II: 50,000 (Platinum)
                                                  Queen On Fire: 125,000 (Quintuple Gold)
                                                  Return Of The Champions: 25,000 (Gold)
                                                  Queen Rock Montreal: 50,000 (Platinum)

                                                  Total shipments: 525,000 copies

                                                  Most of their videos were certified in 2008, when both Brian May and Roger Taylor visited the country.

                                                  Adding "The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert", other videos (such as "A Night At The Opera", "Live In Japan"), and back catalogue sales for the past three years, I think Queen will have sold nearly 600,000 Music DVDs.

                                                  And their VHS sales still remain unknown. I imagine how much would "Greatest Flix II" have sold, for instance; the same aplies to "Live At Wembley" (VHS), "Greatest Flix" or "Champions Of The World", which had impressive success on the charts.


                                                  • "Live At Wembley (25th Anniv.)" leaves the German Albums Chart this week after having spent 40 weeks on it (Gold as album, 4x Platinum as DVD).
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