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  • EdWood
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    Queen is also doing well on Amazon in the UK. An MP3 version of Greatest Hits with a digital booklet priced at £3.99 is currently at number 32 in the top 100 MP3 album charts. Platinum Collection is at number 80. There are numerous versions of these albums on there - they still have the old EMI CDs from 2002.

    Hopefully Queen will be back in the top 75 UK album chart this week although I think sales will be split between the 2 albums above.

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  • stars200
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    US iTunes
    164. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
    194. We Will Rock You - Queen
    342. We Are the Champions - Queen
    359. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
    579. Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
    587. Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
    786. Somebody to Love - Queen
    836. Under Pressure (with Queen) - David Bowie
    1022. We Will Rock You (feat. Jessie J) - Queen

    75. Queen : Greatest Hits - Queen
    125. The Platinum Collection - Queen
    279. Greatest Hits (We Will Rock You Edition) [Remastered] - Queen
    811. Classic Queen - Queen

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  • EdWood
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    Originally posted by nucleardolphin
    Queen are having an amazing run on itunes, number 17, big boost from the Olympics and 3 albums inside the top 150, great stuff!

    http://kworb.net/itunes/
    Thats an interesting site Nucleardolphin - never seen it before - thanks for the link!

    Glad to see Queen doing well on iTunes - hopefully we may see them back in the top 75 UK albums chart this week - its not like they have to sell many copies when the number 1 album only sold 9,578!

    We Will Rock You is doing the best worldwide so far but Boh Rap is currently number 2 in Lithania! Lol

    I wonder what kind of sales this would mean worldwide on a daily basis? It would be great if iTunes could supply sales info - especially if they could do this for all the countries out there!

    They did do well at the Olympics I thought and the Freddie singalong was fantastic - a real tribute to them!

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  • nucleardolphin
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    Queen are having an amazing run on itunes, number 17, big boost from the Olympics and 3 albums inside the top 150, great stuff!

    http://kworb.net/itunes/

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  • AndiIversen
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    Australia:
    Top 50 catalogue albums: (Aria)
    #19 lw:#23 weeks:47 peak:#12 GREATEST HITS Queen

    14 UNI/UMA

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  • HUR
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    Wow great report. Great digital sales this year.

    Originally posted by EdWood
    Originally posted by HUR
    IFPI Finland has updated the sales of Greatest Hits II in that country. It is now at 149,622 copies sold, just short of being certified triple platinum.

    Link: http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/artistit/queen.
    Good find HUR - does this album still hold the record as being the best selling foreign album the Finland? Thanks
    Officially, yes. Although, Abba's Gold hasn't been updated for years, so you never know.

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  • loris39
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    Digital tracks from USA - Updated figures:

    Bohemian Rhapsody 2,517,529
    From the beginning of 2012, it has sold 189,000 downloads, while from November the figure is 217,000 downloads. So the total is 2,860,000. Perhaps it could have reached 2,900,000, if it had sold 40,000 copies for the live versions during the period November 2011-Today.

    We Will Rock You 2,203,863
    From the beginning of 2012, it has sold 146,000 downloads, while from November, the figure is 173,000 downloads. So the total is 2,458,000. So considering the live versions, it could have reached 2,500,000 units.

    Another One Bites The Dust 1,401,968
    From May 2012 to present, it has sold approximately 58,000 downloads.

    We Are The Champions 1,372,387
    From May 2012 to present, it has sold 56,000 units.

    Considering Under Pressure, which has sold 83,000 units from January 2012 to June 2012, and Fat Bottomed Girls, which has sold 10,000 copies in two weeks only.

    So this is the summary for the year 2012:
    Bohemian Rhapsody 189,000;
    We Will Rock You 146,000;
    Under Pressure 83,000 (from January to June);
    We Are The Champions 56,000 (from May to August);
    Another One Bites The Dust 58,000 (from May to August);
    Fat Bottomed Girls 10,000 (only two weeks).

    Total: 542,000

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  • EdWood
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    Originally posted by HUR
    IFPI Finland has updated the sales of Greatest Hits II in that country. It is now at 149,622 copies sold, just short of being certified triple platinum.

    Link: http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/artistit/queen.
    Good find HUR - does this album still hold the record as being the best selling foreign album the Finland? Thanks

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  • HUR
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    IFPI Finland has updated the sales of Greatest Hits II in that country. It is now at 149,622 copies sold, just short of being certified triple platinum.

    Link: http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/artistit/queen.

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  • AndiIversen
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    Czech Republic/Slovakia:

    IFPI Hitparáda - TOP 20 Hudební video:
    #10 (lw:#13) Live at Wembley stadium/DVD -47 weeks, peak:#1-

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  • AndiIversen
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    Belgium:

    Ultatop FL:
    #55 (lw:#68) Greatest Hits Collection: I, II, III
    #171 re-entry Greatest Hits

    Ultratop WA:
    #43 (lw:#52) Greatest Hits Collection: I, II, III
    #170 re-entry Greatest Hits
    #173 re-entry Hreatest Hits II

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  • AndiIversen
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    Denmark:

    Hitlisten top 20 Bit-Album
    #17 re-entry Absolute Greatest -11 weeks, peak:#16-

    top 10 Musik DVD:
    #6 (lw:#10) Live at Wembley stadium -26 weeks, peak:#2-

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  • HUR
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    Courtesy of the RIAJ, here are some official Queen certifications in Japan, from 1989:

    The most surprsing thing is about Greatest Hits, originally released in 1981.

    A 1994 version of Greatest Hits (released in June that year) was certified gold in May 1995, just ten months later. This means it shipped more than 100,000 copies in less than a year.

    Another reissue, from November 2001, also went gold in April 2004. For a further 100,000 copies.

    Certifications in Japan

    Albums

    Greatest Hits (1994) – 100,000 (Gold, May 1995)
    Greatest Hits (2001) – 100,000 (Gold, February 2004)
    Made In Heaven – 200,000 (Platinum, January 1996)
    Queen Rocks – 100,000 (Gold, November 1998)
    Greatest Hits III – 100,000 (Gold, February 2004)
    In Vision – 100,000 (Gold, January 2001)
    Queen Jewels – 1,000,000 (Diamond, March 2004)
    Queen Jewels II – 100,000 (Gold, February 2005)

    Physical Singles

    I Was Born To Love You – 100,000 (Platinum, February 2004)

    Mastertones (already known)

    I Was Born To Love You – 500,000 (Double Platinum, September 2006)
    We Will Rock You – 500,000 (Double Platinum, April 2009)

    Both released in February 2004.

    Full Downloads

    I Was Born To Love You – 100,000 (Gold, May 2010).

    The full downloads version of I Was Born To Love You is available since May 2007. It sold 100,000 copies in three years.

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  • nucleardolphin
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    Amazing! Queen really do rock!!

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  • EdWood
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    Queen aren't doing too bad in North America at the moment.

    In Canada, Absolute Greatest climbs into the top 40 album chart at number 37 compared to 47 last week.
    Queen's Greatest Hits in the USA falls to 87 in the Billboard top 200 album chart.

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  • GUS
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    7 million in Soundscan! Great!!!

    Now, which would be the proper certification for GH considering it was released before the start of SS era?

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  • EdWood
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    Queen's Greatest Hits in the USA is proving to be one of the biggest catalogue albums in Soundscan history! I can't believe it hasn't topped the Catalogue charts yet. Nowhere near as big relatively as it has done in the UK and several other countries but I am impressed that it is still doing very well.

    Especially when you consider that there is also Greatest Hits - We Will Rock You Edition, Classic Queen, Greatest Hits 1 and 2, The Platinum Collection, Stone Cold Classics and Absolute Greatest available.


    I've also seen that Greatest Hits 2 is now available in the states - this was never available before Universal/Island Records reissued it as America got Classic Queen instead.

    I hope it gets re-certified soon!

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  • HUR
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    Thank you, Loris. I admit I have some doubts about We Will Rock You, perhaps 400,000 sales is pushing it a little bit. But it was really a massive seller.

    I think they sold between 1,750,000 and 2,000,000 videos in the UK during the VHS era, before the DVD format was available.

    That would be nearly 3,000,000 music videos overall.

    I wish I had more sales details.

    This in the USA:

    Queen's 1992 album Greatest Hits tops the 7 million mark in sales this week. It's the second best-selling greatest hits album by a British act in Nielsen SoundScan history (which dates to 1991). It trails only the Beatles' 1, which has sold 12,072,000 copies. (Note: I'm counting Eric Clapton's Unplugged as a live album, not a greatest hits set, though it obviously functioned as both. It has sold 7,622,000 copies.) Queen's Freddie Mercury died on Nov. 24, 1991. Clearly, his music lives on.

    Source: Chart Watch.

    Greatest Hits reached 7,000,000 sold in the Soundscan era.

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  • loris39
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    Hi Hernán, when I said that, in my opinion, Queen were unlikely to have sold 2,000,000 VHSs in UK only, it was because I didn't know the figures very well. The numbers you posted underline that it is quite probable they have reached that sum.
    Also, your estimations don't include Wembley, Box of Flix and Freddie Mercury's Tribute (and other stuff), that is to say three great sellers.
    However, it would be very interesting to know Queen's tendency also in the rest of the world. Perhaps the figure of 5,000,000 or 6,000,000 VHSs is not so exaggerated, even if they estimated 4,000,000 a while ago.

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  • HUR
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    Hello Lee,

    There is already a topic about Freddie Mercury: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=46890. Although I didn't add much in there. Perhaps I can post some stuffs eventually, but let's use it when necessary.

    Originally posted by loris39
    I think the figure of 2,000,000 VHSs sold worldwide is very small. On the other hand, 2,000,000 only in UK is very big.
    I remember that, a while ago, you posted an article claiming Greatest Flix II had sold 300,000 copies only in UK: an impressive number.
    I suppose also Wembley, Box of Flix and Greatest Flix I could have sold a good amount, but it's difficult they could have reached 2,000,000 units only in UK.
    Queen were the most successful video acts in the UK during the eighties and early nineties.

    Between 1981 and 1992, they achieved nothing less than 8 number one music videos and accumulated 33 weeks at the summit. On both accounts more than any other act. Not much to explain.

    The market started to really grow toward the last part of the eighties, between 1987 and 1989. There was significant drop in the cost of VHS and, as a result, sales exploided with retail turnover doubling every year for three consecutive years between 1987, 1988 and 1989.

    From what I have seen, Queen sold about 170,000 music videos during 1987 alone, a raise compared to other years, reflecting this whole market's growth. I would expect their annual total sales to have been equalled or improved in subsequent years because, after all, they were still an ongoing brand and new music videos were being released.

    For example, a version of Greatest Flix, released in October 1984, had sold 54,566 VHS videos and 2,523 Beta videos by early 1988. Thus giving us a running total of 57,089 copies in a bit more than three years.

    But the most significant detail: Greatest Flix sold 23,944 in 1987 alone (out of 57,089 between 1984 and early 1988). So as much as 41% was achieved in just that year, illustrating the market’s growth.

    I'm nearly sure similar sales numbers were reached in subsequent years: I would imagine 25,000 to 40,000 sold annually during 1988, 1989 and 1990. And obviously, there would have been a significant upstick around the time of Freddie Mercury's passing, toward late 1991, 1992 and 1993.

    We Will Rock was an even stronger title back then, charting inside the Top 10 just about every year: it made Top 5 appearences in late 1990, for instance, six years after it was released (it came out in 1984).

    Sales in 1991 and 1992 were tremendous. In the book Understanding Popular Music (from 1994), Greatest Flix II was claimed to have reached sales of 300,000 by 1994, meaning it sold that many in just three years after peaking at number one during 13 weeks toward the last part of 1991 and early 1992 (becoming the best selling music video of 1992).

    According to a Chartwatch issue from 1993 (number 44), 4 Queen music videos made the annual Top 6 based on chart points and they monopolized the Top 4 during a single week in early 1992 (they occupied the first four positions with Greatest Flix II, Box Of Flix, We Will Rock You and Greatest Flix).

    And in a sales year end ranking, posted by New Musical Express, Queen had as many as 5 titles in the annual Top 10 of 1992:

    1 Greatest Flix II
    3 We Will Rock You
    5 Box Of Flix
    8 Queen At Wembley
    10 Greatest Flix

    They did equally great in 1991 for obvious reasons.

    This also further proves how big We Will Rock You was still then: the third best selling video of 1992.

    According to another Chartwatch issue of 1994, Queen were listed as the eighth most successful music video act of 1993 based in points. Surprisingly, Live In Rio finsihed at number 10 on the year end chart and We Will Rock You (an eternal seller) was at number 30. That shows their massive back catalogue sales: a random video, like Live In Rio, suddenly turned into a big selling record once again.

    Most Successful Music Video Acts
    8 Queen

    Most Successful Videos
    10 Live In Rio
    30 We Will Rock You

    After 1996, Queen stopped selling in massive quantities, except perhaps for their residual back catalogue sales. A similar decline happened in recent years, from about 2008. It took until 2002 for them to make an impact again and totally recover.

    From what I know and have seen, and some estimations, I suggest some of these cumulative sales totals for UK:

    VHS

    Greatest Flix – 250,000
    We Will Rock You – 400,000
    The Works EP – 35,000
    Live In Rio – 100,000
    Who Wants To Live Forever – 35,000
    Live in Budapest – 45,000
    The Magic Years Vol. 1 – 40,000
    The Magic Years Vol. 2 – 35,000
    The Magic Years Vol. 3 – 35,000
    The Magic Years Vol. 1-3 – 15,000
    Rare Live – 50,000
    Greatest Flix II – 325,000
    Champions Of The World – 50,000

    Estimated sales for these 13 music videos is 1,415,000.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Greatest Flix sold even more than 250,000, the crucial moment was in 1991 and 1992.

    As mentioned by Loris39, Queen At Wembley and Box Of Flix will have sold massively well in the UK; part of that is proven with the 1992 year end. I don't know how much they sold.

    Any suggestions or information about it?

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  • slightlymad
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    A question for Hernan, as our resident Queen expert would you consider starting a seperate thread for sales of Freddie Mercury's solo releases? Thought it would be nice to have all the info in one place and this could be added to when we get the Re-Issue of Barcelona in September. I know this will involve alot of work on your behalf but i think all us Freddie fans would appreciate it!

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  • loris39
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    I think the figure of 2,000,000 VHSs sold worldwide is very small. On the other hand, 2,000,000 only in UK is very big.
    I remember that, a while ago, you posted an article claiming Greatest Flix II had sold 300,000 copies only in UK: an impressive number.
    I suppose also Wembley, Box of Flix and Greatest Flix I could have sold a good amount, but it's difficult they could have reached 2,000,000 units only in UK.

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  • HUR
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    Thank you, Loris. I said 10,000,000 overall on more than one occasion. But yes, about 12,000,000 is perfectly feasible.

    The problem is knowing what VHS would sell during the eighties and nineties worldiwde, especially in Europe.

    I have been able to see some UK sales numbers from about that time, coming from reliable sources, and I can tell you that Queen easily sold more VHS (from 1981 to 2000) than DVDs (from 2002 to 2012) in their homeland, clearly more. But that doesn't mean the same escenario occurred in other countries, like Germany or Italy, where they dominated the local markets back then. They didn't lack chart success, I just don't know what sales were like in those two countries, or France, Spain, Netherlands. I have some USA stats, but that is it.

    It comes down to whether the following sentence was right or not and what was it referring to:

    "Queen are firmly established as the biggest selling music video cassette artists of all time, having sold olver 2 million tapes to date".

    It comes from the press release of Champions Of The World, in November 1995.

    It is obvious they can't have been claiming that Queen were the best selling music video act on a worldwide basis because other acts had sold more than 2,000,000 by then, including Michael Jackson and Madonna.

    Queen being the best selling music video act in England (not worldwide) makes far more sense, they certainly were (at least by 1995 and perhaps they still are to this date). But then in that case: did they really sell 2,000,000 in the UK alone by 1995? I have seen some fascinating numbers but I'm not sure if I can get there with my estimates, to be honest.

    Or maybe that press release, like many others, was just wrong.

    Admittedly, a worldwide total of 2,000,000 sounds a bit small, for such a successful video act at least; but as a UK tally, it sounds like a bit high in the same way.

    What do you think?

    I will try to post some UK estimations.

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  • loris39
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    Thank you, Hernán. Great numbers. I've noticed that Rock Montréal has significantly increased from the last estimation you made. I think that in Italy it has probably sold more than 30,000 copies, as it appears at least 10 times every year into the top-20 DVD Chart. I suspect it could have sold even more than 40,000 copies, but maybe my estimation is inflated.

    If we count also the VHSs, do you think that Queen have sold 12,000,000 music videos?

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  • AndiIversen
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    Originally posted by HUR

    In particular, Live At Wembley sold very well. I wouldn't be surprised if those titles reached sales of 5,000 to 15,000 each.
    I believe so too, they kept on selling yet some remain undercertified.

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