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  • Another piece:

    "But News Of The World, catapulted by the single, We Will Rock You-We Are The Champions, sold more than 6 million albums, according to Billboard, becoming the hottest hit in Elektra-Asylum history and, as Billboard tittered, 'the first (triple platinum seller that year) that had nothing to do with the Bee Gees'". (The Spokesman Review, December 1978).

    News Of The World, 6 million worldwide and 3 million in the USA. This was apparenty reported by Billboard.

    I never saw it myself because there are some missing issues from late 1978.

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    • The Platinum Collection - Greatest Hits I, II & III celebrates its 4-year-jubilee on the Wallonian Albums Chart this week. It's the all-time longest charting album there.

      Its chart run:

      33 / 35 / 37 / 26 / 30 / 38 / - / 78 / 84 / 98 / 97 / - / 84 / 86 / 91 / 97 / - / 91 / 70 / 76 / 79 / 78 / 88 / 92 / - / 69 / 54 / 62 / 74 / 80 / 96 / 87 / 85 / - / 84 / 64 / 64 / 59 / 76 / - / 65 / 42 / 21 / 26 / 42 / 62 / 69 / 59 / 59 / 61 / 86 / 63 / 59 / 49 / 52 / 64 / 83 / - / 78 / 46 / 49 / 63 / 58 / 63 / 62 / 63 / 78 / 91 / 75 / - / 98 / 89 / - / 100 / - / 100 / - / 96 / - / 81 / 89 / 50 / 76 / 85 / 72 / - / 79 / 65 / - / 96 / - / 97 / 90 / 54 / 93 / 55 / - / 48 / 55 / 57 / 68 / 49 / 92 / 78 / - / 73 / 60 / 79 / - / 56 / 19 / 28 / 7 / 7 / 6 / 4 / 6 / 4 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 5 / 11 / 10 / 11 / 10 / 18 / 18 / 25 / 32 / 26 / 25 / 31 / 37 / 41 / 45 / 47 / 37 / 52 / 60 / 32 / 52 / 40 / 49 / 83 / 52 / 43 / 87 / 35 / 51 / 45 / 52 / 71 / 91 / 74 / 71 / 93 / 115 / 73 / 97 / 101 / 143 / 108 / 85 / 80 / 128 / 96 / 85 / 87 / 82 / 111 / 93 / 80 / 155 / 108 / 111 / 83 / 87 / 70 / 156 / 65 / 112 / 169 / 103 / 106 / 186 / 139 / 74 / 69 / 104 / 139 / 104 / 104 / 143 / 92 / 101 / 109 / 93 / 128 / 82 / 99 / 79 / 68 / 107 / 68 / 91 / 62 / 113 / 75 / 126 / 105 / 125 / 149 / 141 / 193 / 179 / 194 / 174 / 174 / 124 / 100 / 97 / 99 / 102 / 89 / 129
      Je n'ai qu'une philosophie: Être acceptée comme je suis. Malgré tout ce qu'on me dit, je reste le poing levé.

      Say no to streaming!

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      • Thank you, Timmy. It is also the longest charting album ever in Flanders during the Promuvi era (since 1995).

        The bad thing is is certification hasn't been updated in years now. It was certified platinum (50,000) in 2002 and had sold over 60,000 by early 2004.

        And I'm sure a further platinum is long due. In fact, I think the original EMI version sold 100,000 and the Universion edition should have done 30,000 (enough for a current platinum award).

        I'm not sure if I ever posted this but in Belgium, Queen's Greatest and Greatest Hits II were certified 3x platinum (150,000 copies each) back in 1992, some 24 years ago. Just imagine if those two (plus Platinum Collection) were updated this year.

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        • Originally posted by Timmy94
          The Platinum Collection - Greatest Hits I, II & III celebrates its 4-year-jubilee on the Wallonian Albums Chart this week. It's the all-time longest charting album there.
          Helped by the fact it is now a top 200 ...

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          • A bit of archives:

            Some old Brazilian albums charts, particularly from Sao Paulo, the biggest city of the country.

            Brazil, Sao Paulo 1981

            March 21

            7 Queen Flash Gordon (number 14 on March 14)
            11 Queen The Game (number 20 on March 14, this album was released in August 1980)

            (The only foreign LP was the Xanadu soundtrack; all the others were local albums, mainly Various Artists albums)

            March 28

            5 Queen Flash Gordon
            9 Queen The Game
            16 Queen Love Killers

            (The only foreign LP was the Xanadu soundtrack; all the others were local albums, mainly Various Artists albums)

            April 4

            1 Varios Artists Coracao Alado
            2 Queen The Game
            3 Roberto Carlos Guerra Dos Meninos
            4 Various Artists Plumas E Paetes
            5 Queen Flash Gordon

            26 Queen Live Killers

            Source: Instituto Paulista de Pesquisas de Mercado.

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            • Sweden

              Sverigetopplistan DVDs

              #17 RE The Freddy Mercury tribute concert -6w.o.
              #18 RE An evening at the concert hall -9w.o.

              Hardrock albums

              #10 lw#10 Absolut Greatest -93 w.o.

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              • A Night at the Opera creeps back onto the BB200 this week at No.198. Don't know whats caused it, but there was an influx of old catalog studio/GH album re-entries this week (Stevie Wonder Songs in the key of Life, U2 Joshua Tree, G n R Appetite, Madonna IC, Stones Hot Rocks to name a few), so maybe some kind of ITunes, Amazon sale etc plus (for certain acts) Grammy boosts.

                BB200 (15/02/2014)
                198 Re-Entry 60 A Night At The Opera Queen

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                • Thank you, Jimmy. Interesting.

                  Brazil

                  Two further pieces of information from Jornal Do Brasil, local newspaper:

                  "Tanto que, quando pegau ou violao para cantar Crazy Little Thing Called Love (o compacto que vendeu 150.000 cópias no Brasil), e perguntou ao Morumbi se estava pronto para acomphañalo, ja sabia que a resposta seria sim". (Journal Do Brasil, March 1981)

                  Single Crazy Little Thing Called Love, 150,000 copies sold in Brazil.

                  "Mesmo com a excelente marca de 40.000 exemplaires vendidos de seu mais recente album, The Game, quantidade excepcional para o Brasil". (Journal Do Brasil, March 1981)

                  The Game, 40,000 copies.

                  The Game would go on to sell a further 90,000 units after their 1981 tour, reaching 130,000 units eventually.

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                  • USA Hard Rock Digital Chart 15-02-2014

                    1 One Metallica
                    2 Enter Sandman Metallica
                    3 Thunderstruck AC/DC
                    4 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
                    5 Back In Black AC/DC
                    6 We Will Rock You Queen
                    7 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses
                    8 Hail To The King Avenged Sevenfold
                    9 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
                    10 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin
                    12 We Are The Champions Queen
                    25 Another One Bites The Dust Queen

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                    • A really nice Queen Award from Germany confirming 500,000 sales of The Miracle listed on ebay at the moment.
                      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3710041512...84.m1423.l2648

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                      • Thank you, Slightlymad. The platinum award is from 1990.

                        Colombia

                        The newspaper El Tiempo, one of the most important in Colombia, used to carry several weekly charts back in the day: they had several sections, including one called "Modernas Internacionales" (Modern International) for foreign acts. I gathered a few old charts from 1980, 1981 and 1982. Maybe a small market, but still interesting.

                        Bohemian Rhapsody
                        26.03.1980: 21
                        02.04.1980: 19

                        Despite being released in 1976 (in Colombia), the song charted a few weeks in early 1980.

                        Crazy Little Thing Called Love
                        26.03.1980: 9 (this was the songs's third week on the chart, the first two are missing)
                        02.04.1980: 6
                        09.04.1980: 6
                        16.04.1980: 6
                        23.04.1980: 6
                        30.04.1980: 3
                        07.05.1980: 2
                        14.05.1980: 4
                        21.05.1980: 5
                        28.05.1980: 6
                        04.06.1980: 4
                        11.06.1980: missing week
                        18.06.1980: missing week
                        25.06.1980: 8
                        02.07.1980: 13
                        09.07.1980: 14
                        16.07.1980: 14
                        23.07.1980: 15

                        It kept charting some more weeks after July 23.

                        Another One Bites The Dust
                        21.11.1980: 15
                        27.11.1980: 11
                        04.12.1980: missing week
                        11.12.1980: 1

                        No further information until April 1981

                        24.04.1981: 10
                        01.05.1981: 9
                        08.05.1981: missing week
                        15.05.1981: missing week
                        22.05.1981: missing week
                        29.05.1981: 11

                        Quite a long chart performance for Another One Bites The Dust, too bad there are so many missing issues. It hit number 1.

                        Flash Gordon
                        12.06.1981: 10

                        There are missing charts, but Flash Gordon didn't seem to have charted much higher than number 10.

                        And here is a national Top 5 (counting local acts, foreign records sung in Spanish and also foreign records sung in other languages) where it was unusual for for international artists to chart high. Body Language surpresingly made the Top 5 in July 1982:

                        09.07.1982

                        1 Oscar Eduardo No Te Engañes
                        2 Los Nada Que Ver Linda Morena
                        3 Chas Jankel Gusto En Conocerla
                        4 Queen Body Language
                        5 Alfonso Larada El Contrato

                        4 Spanish songs, and just one in English, by Queen.

                        I don't have all the "Modern International" charts for that time, but Body Language did reach number 1.

                        No further charts from that time. It was impossible to know if Under Pressure and Las Palabras De Amor charted in the Top 10.

                        Radio GaGa and I Want To Break Free were apparently number 1 in 1984 but I couldn't find many charts from that year.

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                        • Linked from Haven.com

                          Queen's Greatest Hits has become the first album to sell over 6 million copies in the UK... Ever! Plus: The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of All Time revealed!

                          Legendary British band Queen have made chart history by becoming the first act ever to reach 6 million UK sales of an album, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

                          Queen have broken chart records after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone with their 1981 Greatest Hits album. Britain’s best-selling album of all time, a staggering one in four British households now own a copy of the iconic act’s original bestof collection featuring such classic tracks as We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust and their top-selling hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.

                          “Great news, AMAZING news from the Official Charts Company!“ guitarist Brian May told OfficialCharts.com. “Queen’s Greatest Hits which was released in 1981 has passed the 6 million mark in sales, which is incredible. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you.”

                          Queen drummer Roger Taylor adds: "Wonderful. Who would have thought it! And all due to the Great British public. Thank you. A great honour!"

                          “Becoming the first album to pass 6 million sales is a quite incredible achievement by Queen and their iconic Greatest Hits album,” comments Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company. “Ever since it was first released in 1981, this package of classic pop and rock tracks has been an indispensable item in every music fan’s record collection – perhaps THE definitive greatest hits album!”

                          A true, enduring classic, the British public continue to buy Queen’s Greatest Hits in their droves; some 33 years after its original release, the album regularly sells several thousand copies per week, particularly around the Christmas gifting period, a trusted stocking filler for British music fans.

                          Sales of the album digitally are also now racking up, having been downloaded 124,000 times in the UK to date, though Queen’s Greatest Hits is evidently still very much an essential collectors’ favourite that music lovers demand to own a coveted physical copy of.

                          Queen’s Greatest Hits leads the way, some 900,000 copies ahead of ABBA Gold as the UK’s best-selling album of all time. ABBA last year overtook The Beatles‘ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to take second place in the list.

                          And if 6 million sales isn’t enough for them, Queen’s follow-up, Greatest Hits II, which was release in October 1991 – a month before lead singer Freddie Mercury’s untimely death - also rides high at Number 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date.

                          The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of All Time are as follows:

                          1 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1981
                          2 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1992
                          3 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 1967
                          4 21 ADELE 2011
                          5 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995
                          6 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON 1982
                          7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD 1973
                          8 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 1985
                          9 BAD MICHAEL JACKSON 1987
                          10 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN 1991
                          11 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION MADONNA 1990
                          12 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1977
                          13 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 2006
                          14 STARS SIMPLY RED 1991
                          15 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN 1997
                          16 BACK TO BEDLAM JAMES BLUNT 2004
                          17 URBAN HYMNS VERVE 1997
                          18 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1984
                          19 BAT OUT OF HELL MEAT LOAF 1977
                          20 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1970
                          21 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS 2007
                          22 DIRTY DANCING ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 1987
                          23 NO ANGEL DIDO 2000
                          24 1 BEATLES 2000
                          25 CRAZY LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE 2009
                          26 WHITE LADDER DAVID GRAY 1998
                          27 TALK ON CORNERS CORRS 1997
                          28 SPICE SPICE GIRLS 1996
                          29 THE FAME LADY GAGA 2008
                          30 LIFE FOR RENT DIDO 2003
                          31 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD COLDPLAY 2002
                          32 BEAUTIFUL WORLD TAKE THAT 2006
                          33 ONLY BY THE NIGHT KINGS OF LEON 2008
                          34 HOPES AND FEARS KEANE 2004
                          35 THE JOSHUA TREE U2 1987
                          36 SCISSOR SISTERS SCISSOR SISTERS 2004
                          37 BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 1989
                          38 X&Y COLDPLAY 2005
                          39 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE 1978
                          40 JAGGED LITTLE PILL ALANIS MORISSETTE 1995

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                          • Originally posted by HUR
                            Colombia

                            The newspaper El Tiempo, one of the most important in Colombia, used to carry several weekly charts back in the day: they had several sections, including one called "Modernas Internacionales" (Modern International) for foreign acts. I gathered a few old charts from 1980, 1981 and 1982. Maybe a small market, but still interesting.
                            Hernan, wich words used you for that research? Or better, do you have some links?
                            Thare was also the album chart?
                            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                            • Originally posted by borderwolf
                              Originally posted by HUR
                              Colombia

                              The newspaper El Tiempo, one of the most important in Colombia, used to carry several weekly charts back in the day: they had several sections, including one called "Modernas Internacionales" (Modern International) for foreign acts. I gathered a few old charts from 1980, 1981 and 1982. Maybe a small market, but still interesting.
                              Hernan, wich words used you for that research? Or better, do you have some links?
                              Thare was also the album chart?
                              For example, here is one (page 7): http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=N ... page&hl=es

                              There was no album chart that I could find, only several singles charts (including this one for foreign records sung in English). I haven't checked it all. The name of the section was "Los Triunfadores", that is a good key word. Obviously, I don't take these charts as official.

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                              • Apparently sales of Greatest Hits I are really around 5,374,000 in UK because sales have been added on from Hits I,II and PC.
                                Alan Jones in September 2009 said,
                                "The decision was made, right or wrong, to share out the sales pro rata. As Greatest Hits I, II and III together have sold 1,680,000, individual tallies for all three have been allocated an extra 560,000 sales. By the same token, Greatest Hits I and II’s combined sales of 132,000 have been split, with an extra 66,000 being added to each".
                                One assumes this process has continued.

                                So Platinum Collection has zero sales even though it is certified 5 times platinum.

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                                • Given the news about Greatest Hits reaching 6 million (as per OCC's own calculations), maybe I should sum up what I said on a number of ocassions:

                                  With the 2011 reissue being over 200,000 by now, I estimate Greaest Hits has shipped more than 5,100,000 on its own, including both shops and clubs.

                                  Greatest Hits I & II (double box set) has shipped around 200,000 and Platinum Collection (triple box set) has done 1,800,000 overall.

                                  Combine all, and the total shipments should be 7,100,000, a massive total.

                                  Greatest Hits II had shipped almost 2,700,000 by 2010, based on my estimations. Plus some 90,000 coming from the 2011 reissue. This would takes us to 4,790,000 adding further sales from both Greatest Hits I & II and Platinum Collection.

                                  If you do this trick (I'm not saying it should be done), Queen's overall albums sales are probably comparable to The Beatles' in their homeland.

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                                  • From Daily Telegraph.

                                    "British rock band Queen's Greatest Hits has become the first album to reach six million UK copies sold.
                                    Queen's Greatest Hits compiles 17 songs from the first 11 years of the band's career. The album was an instant success in the UK, topping the charts for four weeks upon its release, and has gone on to spend 476 weeks in the UK charts. It was also a success abroad, being certified eight times platinum in the US, and selling 25 million copies worldwide. An estimated one in three families owns a copy of Greatest Hits in Britain.
                                    Queen were formed in London in 1970 by May, Taylor, and singer Freddie Mercury. Bassist John Deacon was added in 1972, and this quartet would continue to play together until Mercury died in 1991. The band is estimated to have sold between 150 and 300 million albums, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001".

                                    Between 150m and 300m - a wide margin of error.

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                                    • I can confirm that the minimum British sales for the reissue of Greatest Hits (released in 2011) were 199,762 copies by January 18 2014. But there are 3 months missing from August to November 2013 (plus the last 3 weeks).

                                      It is safe to say that Greatest Hits has sold at least some 210,000 copies in the UK since reissued in 2011, more than 3 years ago.

                                      By August 3 2013, Platinum Collection (2011 reissue) was on 69,934.

                                      From November 30 2013 to January 18 2014, Greatest Hits II sold 10,918 (incuding 1,002 copies on the last week counted).

                                      I forgot to post the latest Canadian news. Icon reached a new peak last week: number 15. And it also passed the 40,000 mark (40,432 according to Soundscan), which would be the equivalent of a modern gold award.

                                      Canada Albums

                                      15 (20) Queen Icon (40,432 copies sold so far)

                                      Canada Catalogue Albums

                                      52 (40) Queen Absolute Greatest (108,621 sold)
                                      56 (61) Queen Greatest Hits (544,595 sold)

                                      Canada Music Videos

                                      24 (23) The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (3,800 sold)
                                      38 (26) Live At Wembley (4,798 sold)

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                                      • Due to this morning's publicity Greatest Hits (2011 remaster) has jumped up to no. 27 on UK iTunes chart.

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                                        • Originally posted by HUR
                                          Originally posted by borderwolf
                                          Originally posted by HUR
                                          Colombia

                                          The newspaper El Tiempo, one of the most important in Colombia, used to carry several weekly charts back in the day: they had several sections, including one called "Modernas Internacionales" (Modern International) for foreign acts. I gathered a few old charts from 1980, 1981 and 1982. Maybe a small market, but still interesting.
                                          Hernan, wich words used you for that research? Or better, do you have some links?
                                          Thare was also the album chart?
                                          For example, here is one (page 7): http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=N ... page&hl=es

                                          There was no album chart that I could find, only several singles charts (including this one for foreign records sung in English). I haven't checked it all. The name of the section was "Los Triunfadores", that is a good key word. Obviously, I don't take these charts as official.
                                          Thanks!
                                          Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                          • It also (Greatest Hits) is at number 43 on the UK Amazon albums chart (music not MP3). I can see this easily re-charting in the UK top 75 album charts this week. I think it's been out of the top 75 for only 2 weeks previously.

                                            Correction - its now at number 13 on the Amazon UK album charts.

                                            It was previously at number 167 - a change of +1184% and even the 1994 CD version is now at number 256 up from 1888 although why anyone wold spend £16.44 on this old unremastered version compared to just £5.00 for the new remastered version is beyond me.

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                                            • Hard Rock Digital Songs USA - 22/02/2014
                                              1 Kryptonite 3 Doors Down
                                              2 Wanted Dead Or Alive Bon Jovi
                                              3 Welcome To The Jungle Guns N' Roses
                                              4 Re-Entry Carry On Wayward Son Kansas
                                              5 Re-Entry Paradise City Guns N' Roses
                                              6 Re-Entry Here I Go Again Whitesnake
                                              7 Re-Entry Fat Bottomed Girls Queen
                                              8 Re-Entry Black Betty Ram Jam
                                              9 Last Resort Papa Roach
                                              10 Re-Entry You Give Love A Bad Name Bon Jovi
                                              11 Re-Entry Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
                                              12 Thunderstruck AC/DC
                                              13 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen

                                              I wonder why the sudden spike in sales for FBG, it is a great track though

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                                              • Originally posted by HUR
                                                Given the news about Greatest Hits reaching 6 million (as per OCC's own calculations), maybe I should sum up what I said on a number of ocassions:

                                                With the 2011 reissue being over 200,000 by now, I estimate Greaest Hits has shipped more than 5,100,000 on its own, including both shops and clubs.

                                                Greatest Hits I & II (double box set) has shipped around 200,000 and Platinum Collection (triple box set) has done 1,800,000 overall.

                                                Combine all, and the total shipments should be 7,100,000, a massive total.
                                                What a non-sense these 6M 7M or 5M should be the figure, depending the interpretation but not 6 !!
                                                why Universal has certified separately GH1 inseatd of upgrading the 1992 certification this is stupid

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                                                • Yes, a true nonsense. Although according to the OCC, Greatest Hits is still the best selling album ever even without Greatest Hits I & II and Platinum Collection added.

                                                  If you combine the individual compilations with both the double and triple box set, Greatest Hits would be on 7 million and Greatest Hits II on 4.8 million or so.

                                                  It looks as though one of the biggest supporters of that approach has changed his mind. I'm talking about Edu, who always liked that way of counting records in these particular cases.

                                                  But here are some of Edu's recent tweets about the whole issue:

                                                  "not exactly true : OCC added 1/3 of sales of GH1&2 and PlatinumCollection to sales of original GH" (he mentioned this after someone raised the point about Greatest Hits reaching 6 million as per the OCC).

                                                  "sadly OCC (or someone for them) uses dubious methods to 'calculate' UK sales instead of searching labels royalties archives".

                                                  "OCC should tell people that sales of GH1&2 and ThePlatinumCollection in UK were used to make GH reach 6m...".

                                                  I'm a bit surprised.

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                                                  • Italy

                                                    We Will Rock You Queen Universal Music UNI 1977-10-25 ORO 6/2014

                                                    (Gold)

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                                                    • 2/22 Billboard 200

                                                      81 New 1 The Royal Sessions, Paul Rodgers

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                                                      • This week, Greatest Hits has come back in the UK Top-75, at #63.

                                                        I think the remastered version has already exceeded 220,000 copies (76,000 in 2011, 62,000 in 2012 and 75,000 in 2013).
                                                        In 2014 it has approximately reached 11,000/12,000 units.

                                                        As to Italy, I'm pleased that Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, We Are The Champions and now We Will Rock You, have sold more than 60,000 digital downloads alltogether. This figure concerns the period from 2009 to now.

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                                                        • Thank you, Loris.

                                                          Back to the Top 75 this week.

                                                          220,000 is a good total for the remastered, especially considering how disappointed we all felt in January 2011 when it failed to chart in the British Top 100 (Greatest Hits II didn't even make the Top 200 in its first week).

                                                          I know we are tired of trying to figure the Greatest Hits puzzle, but we seem to have overall:

                                                          1981-1993 - 3,300,000 (certified 11x platinum in January 1992)
                                                          1994-2010 - 1,700,000 (these are net shipments total, courtesy of Jimmypages59)
                                                          2011-2014 - 220,000 (the real shipment is surely slightly higher)

                                                          The grand total could potentially be 5,220,000.

                                                          What we need to know (and we probably won't until it gets recertified by their company) is:

                                                          -What was the net shipment total by December 1993? We know it reached 3,300,000 in 1992, but did all those copies pass the "return test"?

                                                          -Were there late returns in 2010/2011 after Greatest Hits was deleted by EMI and the band switched to Universal Music?

                                                          If there were some returns (I'm almost sure that, if any, they were quite small given how strong this album is), the net total could be a bit smaller than 5.22 million. That is why I often claim, for the sake of things, 5.1 million (the equivalent of 17x platinum).

                                                          As for Greatest Hits II, we would have:

                                                          1991-2000 - 2,400,000 (certified 8x platinum in March 2000, probably pushed by Greatest Hits III, released in late 1999)
                                                          2001-2010 - 300,000 (net shipments total, thanks to Jimmypages59)
                                                          2011-2014 - 100,000

                                                          Apparently 2,800,000.

                                                          How the OCC gave that album 3.2 million sales (3.9 million includes part of Greatest Hits I & II and Platinum Collection) is something I still don't understand very well.

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                                                          • Hey Guys

                                                            Just an Update, Ive been looking for nearly 10 years online and scouring around for a project I did many years ago that I kinda continued and I came to an conclusion that Queens Record Sales as of 1st Jan 2014 is between 285 and 325 million (inc Singles). Including 50-60 million in the USA and in the UK 25-28 million and Since Fred Died They have sold more or less double.

                                                            Can Anyone else add to this conclusion to the date

                                                            Thanks

                                                            Matt

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                                                            • Originally posted by imputanium
                                                              Hey Guys

                                                              Just an Update, Ive been looking for nearly 10 years online and scouring around for a project I did many years ago that I kinda continued and I came to an conclusion that Queens Record Sales as of 1st Jan 2014 is between 285 and 325 million (inc Singles). Including 50-60 million in the USA and in the UK 25-28 million and Since Fred Died They have sold more or less double.

                                                              Can Anyone else add to this conclusion to the date

                                                              Thanks

                                                              Matt
                                                              285m is too high, let alone 325m. How did you come to these conclusions and what is your breakdown.

                                                              If you were to over estimate their US albums at around 50m and European albums around 90m, it would still be impossible to get another 145m Album and Single sales from the rest of the world, to get to 285m, never mind another 185m to get to 325m.

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