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  • Lawyeris
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    Originally posted by Basil
    UK sales 1984-2005.

    Musicweek end of year charts provide the following "shop" sales that file chart returns. It doesn't include all shops (90%??). When I was retailing albums in the early 90's nobody ever asked for our sales figures. Record club sales are also excluded.

    1986 - sold 1,463,000
    What do you mean by this number in 1986? 'Cause EMI pointed that Queen in 1986 sold 1,774,991 albums in the UK alone.

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  • Lawyeris
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    I have some questions to Basil, HUR or any otherQueen fan, who knows the answers:} So:
    1. Official info says (for example, lots of Queen discography books, official Queen website, etc) that A day at the Races was released with highest (to that date) advance UK orders of half a million. So, how could it be, that ADATR was sold just 500.000 copies to this date in UK? So, maybe some people who ordered the album in advance, really didnt buy it, or this album bought just those, who ordered it in advance? But, I think, this is unbelievable and real sales of ADATR are much much bigger.
    2. I'd like to ask MJDangerous about We will rock you. You have posted here the official chart positions of Queen singles in France since 1984. And what about non-official charts till 1984? What about We Will Rock You chart success in 1978? There are lots of official sources again, that claims WWRY was No 1 in France for 12 weeks in a row (or even more) - the maximum allowed number of weeks at No 1, and then it was replaced by... We are the champions. So, is this true and how exactly many weeks WWRY and WATC were at No 1 in France, when they were released for the first time?
    By the way, talking about WWRY success in France, you forgot the KCPK PUB EVIAN REMIX, released in France, maybe Belgium too, in 2003, who was a massive hit there and was sold 614 k copies (http://www.oljo.de/eurochart_eu_chart/superhits.html - No 50). For those who dont remember it, WWRY was performed by lots of little kids:}
    3. What about the facts, that Love of my life was No 1 for staggering 12 months in Argentina (maybe in Brazil?), and the other one – once in argentinian Top 10 album chart Queen had ...10 albums?

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  • HUR
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    Hello, welcome to the forum.

    About your question, I have to say that those numbers are worldwide estimations. In the particular case of "Jazz", I have estimated (with the numbers there) 3 M between Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan, and 500 k for the rest of the world. Maybe itīs too low, but I really donīt have an idea about how many copies it sold in other places. But the 3,5 M figure is an estimation worldwide, as of the rest of the albums. Besides, I have to remember that the numbers I left for Sweden or Australia are all my own estimations based on peak positions and weeks on the charts. Most of that information is not official.

    There are other people at this forum who have worked on Queen back catalog. For example MJ Dangerous will be doing a break down like mine next soon. Other users here like Basil and Hanboo have already done such work. And of course, I put their works above mine.

    On the other hand, no problem with your English, mine is not better anyway, as you can see.

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  • EM64T
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    Hi everybody, I'm a hungarian Queen fan, with terrible english, sorry.
    One question: I see HUR very nice wordwide-sales info, very happy, I find it.
    Examplle: Jazz - 3,500,000 units
    But not calculated ALL countries, then ~4,000,000 or ~4,500,000.
    Thanks

    please answer in simple sentence

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  • HUR
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    Greatest hits 2:

    - In UK, it spent 5 weeks at number one, 18 weeks at top ten, and a total of 106 weeks on the official charts. It was certified 4 platinum at the end of 1991, after 8 weeks on the charts. And in 2000, it was given 8 platinum, for a shipment of 2.400.000 copies, but real sales seems to be bigger. Only with the numbers of music week, it is on about 2500 k in UK.

    - In Netherlands, it spent a total of 13 weeks at number one: 11 of them were in a row, between the end of 1991 and the beginning of 1992, and the other two were on May, 1992. It spent a massive 93 weeks on the charts, and was certified 5 platinum in 1997.

    - In Switzerland, it was also big, spending 11 weeks at number one (9 of them in a row), and 53 weeks on the charts. It was also the best chart-running of 1992 (and surely the best selling album of the year)

    -In Austria, it spent 3 weeks at number one in 1992 (2 on february, and the other on may), and 47 weeks on the charts. It was the best chart-running of the 90ī. It was also given 4 platinum award.

    -In Germany, it also had an incredible chart-running, but it couldnīt reach the number one. It spent 12 weeks at number 2 during 1992, and 45 weeks at top ten. It was the second best chart-running of the year. It was also certified 4 platinum in 1993, and reached the number 19 in 1997.

    -In France, it spent 8 weeks at number one on compilation charts (I think that it would have been a number one album, if it had been let to be on the official charts), and certified diamond in 1992.

    -In Italy, it reached also number one, and had sold over 1.000.000 copies until 1992.

    -In Spain, it also spent 8 weeks at number one in 1992, and was certified 5 platinum in that same year.

    -Also number one in Finland, Hungary, and number 2 in Sweden, number 4 in Norway.

    Sales for these album are somewhere between 11 and 12 million copies in Europe.

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  • HUR
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    Well, some charts stats for Queen Greatest hits 1:

    - In UK, it spent a massive 449 weeks (until 2000), peaking at number one during 4 weeks, and 23 at top ten. It was certified 11 platinum award at the beginning of 1992 when the album was at top ten. Thank to great Basilīs research, we know that its real sales are over 5.100.000 in that country. It was also 890 weeks at top 200, and is the most weeks album there. Really impressive.

    -In USA, it was recently certified 8 platinum (for a shipment of over 8.000.000 copies). But I have the following numbers:

    2002: in december it was certified 7 platinum.
    2003: 300 k
    2004: 399 k
    2005: 416 k
    2006 (until june): 206 k

    And the re-release of 2004: 460 k

    So combining the initial shipment with the soundscans, it gives a total of over 8.700.000 copies, but I donīt know how reliabe can be these "formula".

    Besides, that album spent 280 weeks with re-release of 1992 (and 26 with the original version, and at least 8 weeks with the other one), and more than 400 weeks on the back catalog charts. It was also a top 50 with its three releases. So yes, again in this country, we are talking about an amazin album in term of real sales and charts facts.

    - In Germany, it was also number one (2 weeks) in 1981, and 23 weeks at top ten. It was certified 3 platinum in 1993, and reached the number 28 on the charts in 1997.

    Also number one in Netherlands (78 weeks on the charts), Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and other places. It was number 2 in Australia in 1981, and certified 13 platinum in 2004 (for 910.000 copies), platinum in Brazil, and was over 530.000 copies in Korea until 2002. Therefore, it seems to be a massive seller everywhere.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by Basil
    Yes, neatly researched HUR.

    Conservative figures - makes such a change from fans of different artists always inflating estimates.

    So around 120m albums. If we ever did know all the sales from every country (which we sadly never will) it may be a little more - but highly unlikely anything less!

    We would all come up with slightly different estimates on each album here and there, but what's the point? The end total would be much the same.

    Good stuff.

    Thank you a lot for your reply, Basil. If you think that my work is fine (with all those works youīve made), that is a good point for me to consider it OK.

    About the total, I have to say that I made a little mistake when I added all those number. For that reason, the "real" total is about 127 millions copies.

    It would be great to have club sales total for Queen Greatest hits 2 in UK. I have estimated 2,5 M for shop sales, and 0,3 M for music club sales. Maybe itīs more than that or maybe a little less.

    Well, and itīs the same for Classic queen in USA, if it was available in those places. And of curse, Iīm still waiting for CRIAA to upadate the Greatest hits and Classic queen shipment in Canada.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by cidermaster
    HUR,a very respectable research list indeed,Queen truely are one of the worlds biggest ever rock bands ever to walk the earth.

    Cheers Cidermaster.

    Thank you Cidermaster, youīre kind. And we agree about Queen.

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  • Basil
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    Yes, neatly researched HUR.

    Conservative figures - makes such a change from fans of different artists always inflating estimates.

    So around 120m albums. If we ever did know all the sales from every country (which we sadly never will) it may be a little more - but highly unlikely anything less!

    We would all come up with slightly different estimates on each album here and there, but what's the point? The end total would be much the same.

    Good stuff.

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  • cidermaster
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    HUR,a very respectable research list indeed,Queen truely are one of the worlds biggest ever rock bands ever to walk the earth.

    Cheers Cidermaster.

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  • HUR
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    Well, there I have ended up my break down. Some of those numbers can seem high, and other ones low, but I left them as an idea about Queen real sales:

    Queen: 1.500.000
    Queen 2: 1.000.000
    Sheer heart attck: 2.000.000
    A night at the opera: 8.000.000
    A day at the races: 3.500.000
    News of the world: 7.500.000
    Jazz: 3.500.000
    Live killers: 3.500.000
    The game: 7.000.000
    Flash Gordon: 2.000.000
    Hot space: 3.000.000
    The works: 4.500.000
    A kind of magic: 5.000.000
    Live magic: 2.000.000
    The miracle: 4.000.000
    Innuendo: 5.000.000
    Live at wembley: 3.500.000
    Made in heaven: 7.500.000
    Queen on fire: 500.000
    Greatest hits 1: 23.000.000
    Greatest hits 2: 18.000.000
    Greatest hits 3: 2.500.000
    Greatest hits 1 and Greatest hits 2: 2.000.000
    Platinium collection: 4.000.000
    Queen rocks: 1.000.000
    Other releases: 2.000.000

    Total: 127.000.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    Other stuff:

    26-The best 1

    -France: 100 k

    27-The best 2

    -France: 200 k

    28-In vision

    -Japan: 160 k

    29-Queen jewels

    -Japan: 1300 k
    -Taiwan: 25 k (number one on international charts)
    -Honk kong: 10 k

    Worldwide sales: 1.300.000 +

    30-Queen jewels 2

    -Japan: 100 k

    30-Stone cold classic

    -USA: 100 k
    -Canada: ?


    Total for those relases: 2.000.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    Compilations:

    20- Greatest hits 1

    -UK: 5100 k
    -Netherlands: 400 k
    -Germany: 1750 k
    -Spain: 300 k
    -Italy: 200 k
    -France: 300 k
    -Switzerland: 270 k
    -Austria: 200 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 900 k

    -USA: 8700 k
    -Canada: 700 k

    -Japan: 147 k (it sold that during its there entries)

    -Australia: 910 k

    Other numbers:
    -Brazil: 500 k (certified 250 k only in cdīs)
    -Korea: 530 k
    -Denmark: 100 k
    -Finland: 38 k
    -New Zealand: 145 k

    -Estimation worldwide: 23.000.000 copies

    21-Greatest hits 2

    -UK: 2800 k
    -Netherlands: 600 k
    -Germany: 2500 k (certified 2000 k in 1993, and reached number 19 in 1997)
    -Spain: 800 k (600 k cdīs only)
    -Italy: 1100 k (1000 k until 1992)
    -France: 1500 k (certified 1000 k in 1992)
    -Switzerland: 270 k
    -Austria: 220 k
    -Sweden: 300 k
    -Rest of Europe: 1200 k

    -USA: 3260 k
    -Canada: 800 k (certified 500 k in 1993, and more than 400 on back catalog charts)

    -Japan: 20 k

    -Australia: ?

    Some other numbers:
    -Argentina: 500 k (certified in 2002, but it is said to be over 1000 k)
    -Brazil: 750 k (certified 500 k for cdīs)
    -Mexico: 250 k
    -New Zealand: 150 k
    -Belgium: according to a Queen site (with archive and old articles), it was the second best selling album of 1992
    -Finland: 132 k
    -Denmark: 250 k
    -Czech republic: 60 k
    -Hungary: number one, and 78 weeks on the charts.

    -Estimations worldwide: 18.000.000 copies

    22- Greatest hits 3

    -UK: 600 k
    -Netherlands: 100 k
    -Germany: 300 k
    -Spain: 70 k
    -Italy: 300 k
    -France: 100 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: ?
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 20 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 2.500.000 copies

    23-Greatest hits 1 and Greatest hits 2 (box set)


    -UK: 50 k
    -Netherlands: 100 k
    -Germany: 250 k
    -Spain: 50 k
    -Italy: ?
    -France: 100 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 700 k
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 40 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 2.000.000 copies

    24-Platinium collection

    -UK: 1360 k (according to music week last year)
    -Netherlands: 220 k (certified 200 k in 2005)
    -Germany: 150 k
    -Spain: 197 k
    -Italy: 420 k
    -France: 300 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: ?
    -Sweden: ?
    -Total Europe: 3200 k

    -USA: 417 k
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: ?

    -Australia: 70 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 4.000.000 copies

    25-Queen rocks

    -UK: 300 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 150 k
    -Spain: 70 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: 100 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 150 k

    -USA: ?
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 20 k

    -Australia: 35 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 1.000.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    17- Live at wembley

    -UK: 600 k
    -Netherlands: 70 k
    -Germany: 250 k
    -Spain: 300 k
    -Italy: 400 k
    -France: 350 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 600 k
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 7 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 3.500.000 copies

    18- Made in heaven

    -UK: 1500 k
    -Netherlands: 240 k
    -Germany: 1100
    -Spain: 280 k
    -Italy: 600 k
    -France: 650 k
    -Switzerland: 170 k
    -Austria: 100
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Total Europe by now: 5200 k

    -USA: 500 k
    -Canada: 100 k

    -Japan: 400 k

    -Australia: 70 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 7.500.000 copies

    Iīm not happy with this number, because as I read in several press articles from 1997, that album was on about 10 millions copies. Maybe thsoe sales were inflated, or maybe my estimations are so low. But here some information from those years: the album was number in at least 14 countries, and platinim or multi-platinum in at least 20 countries (between them, Argentina, Belgium, Korea, Honk Kong, South Africa, 2 platinum in Czec republic, 3 platinum in New Zeland, Portugal, and others).

    19-Queen on fire:

    -UK: 100 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 100 k
    -Spain: 50 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: ?
    -Switzerland: ?
    -Austria: ?
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 100 k

    -USA: ?
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 20 k

    -Australia: ?


    -Estimations worldwide: 500.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    13- A kind of magic

    -UK: 1200 k (number one, 16 weeks at top ten)
    -Netherlands: 100 k
    -Germany: 700 k
    -Spain: 400 k (200 k only in cdīs)
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: 200 k
    -Switzerland: 120 k
    -Austria: 50 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 1000 k (500 k since 1991)
    -Canada: 50 k

    -Japan: 13 k

    -Australia: 50 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 5.000.000 copies


    14- Live magic

    -UK: 600 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 250 k
    -Spain: 200 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: ?
    -Switzerland: 50 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 150 k

    -USA: ? (not released until 1991)
    -Canada: ?

    -Japan: 2 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 2.000.000 copies

    15- The miracle

    -UK: 600 k
    -Netherlands: 150 k
    -Germany: 800 k (8 weeks st number one, 19 weeks at top ten. Certified 500 k in 1990)
    -Spain: 300 k (160 k only in cdīs)
    -Italy: 300k (number 3, and top 20 of the year-end charts of 1989)
    -France: 200 k
    -Switzerland: 50 k
    -Austria: 40 k (number one. Certified gold)
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 500 k
    -Canada: 50 k

    -Japan: 20 k

    -Australia: 50 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 4.000.000 copies

    16- Innuendo

    -UK: 600 k
    -Netherlands: 150 k (certified platinium in 1991)
    -Germany: 700 k (6 weeks at number one in 1991, and 12 weeks at top ten. Certified 500 k in 1992)
    -Spain: 250 k (130 copies only in cdīs)
    -Italy: 500 k (400 k in 1991)
    -France: 350 k
    -Switzerland: 120 k
    -Austria: 50 k
    -Sweden: 50
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 900 k
    -Canada: 50 k

    -Japan: 41 k

    -Australia: 50 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 5.000.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    9- The game

    -UK: 300 k
    -Netherlands: 70 k
    -Germany: 400 k (number 2)
    -Spain: 100 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: 50 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 4200 k (5 weeks at number one)
    -Canada: 500 k (5 weeks at number one)

    -Japan: 75 k

    -Australia: 100 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 7.000.000 copies

    10- Flash

    -UK: 150 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 400 k
    -Spain: 50 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: ?
    -Switzerland: ?
    -Austria: 40 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 150 k

    -USA: 500 k
    -Canada: 50 k

    -Japan: 68 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 2.000.000 copies

    11- Hot space

    -UK: 300 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 300 k
    -Spain: 100 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: 300 k
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 40 k
    -Sweden: 100 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 800 k
    -Canada: 100 k

    -Japan: 60 k

    -Australia: 50 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 3.000.000 copies

    12- The works

    -UK: 1000 k (number 2 during 3 weeks, and 25 weeks at top ten)
    -Netherlands: 100 k (certified gold, but 2 weeks at number one)
    -Germany: 400 k (number 3, and 14 weeks at top ten)
    -Spain: 200 k
    -Italy: 100 k
    -France: 200 k
    -Switzerland: 80 k (number 3, and third best chart-running of 1984)
    -Austria: 70 k (number 2, 36 weeks at top ten, and the second best chart-running of 1984)
    -Sweden: 100 k
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 800 k
    -Canada: 150 k

    -Japan: 67 k

    -Australia: 100 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 4.500.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    5- A day at the races.

    -UK: 500 k (number one)
    -Netherlands: 150 k (5 weeks at number one in 1977)
    -Germany: 300 k (certified 250 k)
    -Spain: 50 k
    -Italy: 50 k
    -France: 50 k (It didnīt chart)
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 1200 k (number 5 in 1977, certified 1000 k in 2002)
    -Canada: 150 k (certified 100 k in 1977)

    -Japan: 200 k (number one)

    -Australia: 100 k (number 8 in 1977)

    Estimations worldwide: 3.500.000 copies


    6- News of the world

    -UK: 500 k
    -Netherlands: 200 k (5 weeks at number one in the last weeks of 1977)
    -Germany: 600 k
    -Spain: ?
    -Italy: ?
    -France: 600 k (3 weeks at number one, and 16 weeks at top ten)
    -Switzerland: 50 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 4200 k (number 3 in 1978, and 13 weeks at top ten. Certified 4000 k in 2002, and sold more then 800 k since 1991)
    -Canada: 400 k (certified 300 k in 1978)

    -Japan: 84 k

    -Australia: 100 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 7.500.000 copies


    7- Jazz

    -UK: 500 k
    -Netherlands: 150 k (certified 100 k in 1979)
    -Germany: 400 k
    -Spain: ?
    -Italy: ?
    -France: 200 k
    -Switzerland: 50 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 1300 k (certified in 1978)
    -Canada: 200 k (number 3 at the end of 1978)

    -Japan: 106 k

    -Australia: 50 k

    -Estimations worldwide: 3.500.000 copies

    8- Live killers

    -UK: 200 k
    -Netherlands: 50 k
    -Germany: 400 k
    -Spain: ?
    -Italy: ?
    -France: ?
    -Switzerland: 25 k
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: ?
    -Rest of Europe: 200 k

    -USA: 1200 k (certified 1000 k in 2002, sold over 500 k since 2002)
    -Canada: 50 k

    -Japan: 56 k

    -Australia: ?

    -Estimations worldwide: 3.500.000 copies

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  • HUR
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    Well, I will start a break down with the Queen back catalog. Most of the following numbers are based on estimations due to lack of information. Dispite that, I know much more now than when I first enterd at this page, so first of all, I have to thank to all people here, like MJ Dangerous, Basil, Colin, Hanboo, John 2000, Mario, Enno, Indi, and a lot more.

    1- Queen

    -UK: 150 k
    -USA: 800 k
    -Japan: 24 k (charted in 1975 and 2004)

    Estimated worldwide: 1.500.000 copies.


    It didnīt chart in most countries, but with more than 30 years of back catalog sales that number seems to be right (or at least I think so).

    2- Queen 2

    -UK: 200 k
    -USA: 500 k
    -Japan: 56 k
    -Norway: number 18 on the charts

    Estimation worldwide: 1.000.000 copies

    3- Sheer heart attack

    -UK: 500 k
    -USA: 800 k
    -Japan: 104 k
    -Netherlands: number 6
    -Norway: number 9
    -Australia: number 19
    -France: number 24
    -Spain: number 18

    Estimation worldwide: 2.000.000 copies


    4- A night at the opera

    -UK: 1200 k
    -Netherlands: 300 k (9 weeks at number one in 1976, charted again in 1992)
    -Germany: 700 k (certified 500 k in 1993).
    -Spain: 200 k (number 2, 18 weeks on the charts, and the best selling album of 1976 accordind to a spanish press article)
    -Italy: 50 k (it never charted until 2005 with the re-release)
    -France: 100 k (flopped in 1976, but a very decent back catalog seller)
    -Switzerlands: 70 k (certified 50 k in 1992)
    -Austria: 25 k
    -Sweden: 50 k
    -Rest of Europe: 300 k

    -USA: 3500 k (certified 3000 k in 2002)
    -Canada: 200 k

    -Japan: 200 k

    -Australia: 300 k (2 weeks at number one at the end of 1975, and the fourth best selling album of 1976)

    Estimation worldwide: 8.000.000 copies.

    Some charts facts:

    - In UK, it was at number one during 4 weeks between the end of 1975 and the beginning of 1976. According to the Queenīs archivist (in his book "As it began) it sold over 500.000 copies in its first 8 weeks. It was 50 weeks on the official charts, and 93 on the biggest one available since 1994. It was also one of the 30 best selling albums of the 70ī and in the top 100 of the best selling albums compiled in 1987.

    - In USA, it had a very good chart-running during 1976, peaking at number 4 (three weeks at that position), and seven at top ten. It was surely one of the big seller between 1976 and 1977. It sold more than 981.000 copies since 1991, and will pass the million mark this year. For that reason, 3.500.000 copies can be a very godd picture of its real sales.


    I will post some other estimations. Of course these is nothing official, bit still a very good idea about some Queen worldwide sales.

    Iīm looking forwrd to comments or opinions about this numbers from people here, due to most of them are estimations. And besides, I also wait for claims about this break downs being fake.










































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  • HUR
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    Well, here an interesting break down of Live at wembley DVD, which had very good sales worldwide:

    UK: 255 k
    Netherlands: 115 k
    Switzerland: 3 k
    Austria: 5 k
    Germany: 150 k
    Denmark: 5 k (number 2 this year)
    Spain: 25 k
    Portugal: 44 k
    Italy: 60 k
    France: 110 k
    Sweden: 5 k (number 3 in 2003, and many weeks on the charts)
    Poland: 10 k
    Norway: 4 k (number 3 in 2003)
    Greece: 5 k
    Ireland: number 2 in 2003, 5 k?
    Czec. Rep.: ?
    Hungary: ?
    Finland: ?

    USA: 250 k
    Argentina: 8 k
    Brazil: 10 k
    Mexico: 20 k

    Australia: 60 k
    New Zeland: 10 k

    Japan: 27 k


    Total for those countries: 1.184.000 copies.

    Estimated worldwide: 1.300.000 copies.


    I took minimum some estimations (like Sweden, Norway, Denmark and others). Dispite that, I think that the only very debatable number is about Italy, but the DVD spent 16 weeks at number one according to Musica e Dischi in 2005, and 9 weeks at that position in the other Italian charts, and there has to remember that it was released in 2003. By the way, 60 k for a DVD in Italy means 2 platinum awards.

    Sales for Europe are on about 790.000 copies.

    What do you think about this break down?. If someone has more information, or thinks some numbers are too high, please post your comments here.

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  • HUR
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    Yes, I have forgotten that one, that single was also released in other european countries, with no many success.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Thank yoy MJ Dangerous, impressive information as always, very good. Iīs incredible the chart success of "We are the champions" as a single in France: on the pre-official charts, it was number one with "We will rock you" in 1978. But it has three re-releases after that, like in 1993 (when it was number 14), in 1998 (when it was number 10), and again in 2003 (reaching this time the number 29).

    And there has to remember, that the pathetic crazy frog cover of these song this year was also number one.
    Yes as well as the cover of "We Will Rock You" by Forever Young was a massive hit in 2003 (used a a spot TV) :

    03/05/2003 : 10-2-2-3-2-4-4-4-4-4-5-8-9-10-9-11-14-17-27-38-38-50

    Always in 2003, a double cover single Another Brick In The Wall/We Are The Champions by Will Rock U Kids was charted several months in the top 100 but peaked under the Top 50 at #61.

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  • HUR
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    Thank yoy MJ Dangerous, impressive information as always, very good. Iīs incredible the chart success of "We are the champions" as a single in France: on the pre-official charts, it was number one with "We will rock you" in 1978. But it has three re-releases after that, like in 1993 (when it was number 14), in 1998 (when it was number 10), and again in 2003 (reaching this time the number 29).

    And there has to remember, that the pathetic crazy frog cover of these song this year was also number one.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    I have a question for French charts experts here (that is, MJ Dangerous ): according to infodisc page, "The show must go on" single was at number one in 1992 during 2 weeks, but, as far as I remember from other sites, it was number 2, not number one. Does anybody know the correct position?.

    On the other side, according to figures from that same page, Queen is well over 5 millions copies in France, only below a few international bands (like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, U2, Super tramp, Dire Straits, The Rolling stones), but that seems to be too much for a band like Queen which, for the information I have, was not a really a big band there (at least, in term of peak positions and weeks on the charts). So I donīt understand well enough which is their real success there. Does anybody have an idea about how big Queen is in France?. I hope somebody can help me. Thank you in advance.
    Singles peak positions in the site Infodisc are not officials, they are a strange mixture between various charts... The official single chart exist since 1984, here runs of Queen's singles :

    11/11/1984 I Want To Break Free 15 16 15 10 9 11 13 14 14 15 16 21 23 35 45 43
    04/05/1986 A Kind Of Magic 31 21 22 21 14 15 7 8 5 5 8 9 10 19 17 22 30 29 33 49
    14/03/1992 The Show Must Go On 34 10 9 7 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 5 3 5 4 9 6 14 19 24 35
    01/08/1992 Bohemian Rhapsody 29 31 23 26 17 15 23 15 17 18 23 32 25 30 39
    31/10/1992 We Are The Champions 36 32 25 26 24 19 19 19 19 24 30 29 47 29 31 32 36 42 48 45 44
    19/06/1993 Somebody To Love 36 20 28 18 16 23 22 36 21 32 24 37 37
    03/07/1993 We Are The Champions (2) 20 15 23 14 20 19 20 29 26 25 25
    28/10/1995 Heaven For Everyone 29 30 17 19 19 13 16 11 8 16 18 23 22 25 27 45 47 31
    09/03/1996 You Don't Fool Me 33 23 18 22 17 17 19 15 14 16 17 19 21 30 31 44
    01/08/1998 We Are The Champions (3) 22 10 10 10 13 19 29 40 43
    17/05/2003 We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions 29 30 33 36 40 49 46
    20/12/2003 Another One Bites The Dust/We Will Rock You 49 48

    Queen has not a huge success which all his albums, but the band still VERY popular in France and selling 100-200k of many albums + a few big sellers permit them to be between the most successful bands ever. "Greatest Hits 2" was a massive success selling well over 1 million copies, News Of The World and Made In Heaven sold each 600-700k, Live At Wembley, Platinum Collection, Greatest Hits 1 and Innuendo are all well over 300k, this mean already almost 4 millions albums sold.
    In term of popularity in France, Queen is definitly in the top 10 biggest bands, maybe Top 5 or even Top 3.


    BTW, "Greatest Hits 1" is "new" this week in the Swedish chart at #57.

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  • HUR
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    I have a question for French charts experts here (that is, MJ Dangerous ): according to infodisc page, "The show must go on" single was at number one in 1992 during 2 weeks, but, as far as I remember from other sites, it was number 2, not number one. Does anybody know the correct position?.

    On the other side, according to figures from that same page, Queen is well over 5 millions copies in France, only below a few international bands (like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, U2, Super tramp, Dire Straits, The Rolling stones), but that seems to be too much for a band like Queen which, for the information I have, was not a really a big band there (at least, in term of peak positions and weeks on the charts). So I donīt understand well enough which is their real success there. Does anybody have an idea about how big Queen is in France?. I hope somebody can help me. Thank you in advance.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by cidermaster
    Out of interest the sales of Queens greatest hits in USA at 7m,is that per unit,or for each disc.
    Night At The Opera,on that album i remember seeing in the past on 2 or 3 occassions it sold well over 500,000 by spring of 76.They seemed very reliable sources at the time.

    Cheers Cidermaster.

    Hello, thank you cidermaster. Well, about "A night at the opera", it was 3 platinum award in USA in 2002. Since 1991, it surely is over 1 million copies. And about Greatest hits, there has to say that it is a single disc.

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  • cidermaster
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    Out of interest the sales of Queens greatest hits in USA at 7m,is that per unit,or for each disc.
    Night At The Opera,on that album i remember seeing in the past on 2 or 3 occassions it sold well over 500,000 by spring of 76.They seemed very reliable sources at the time.

    Cheers Cidermaster.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by bestiamodesta
    I got really much chart/certification/chart fact about queen.

    I'm collecting Queen chart since 1995... I'll post here soon what i got!

    I'm mad about the Queen!

    BestiaModesta

    Iīm really looking forward to your work, it would be very interesting to see it.

    About Queen charts news, it has to say that "Live at wembley", Greatest video hits 1, "Queen on fire", and Greatest video hits 2 were at top four of the best selling dvdīs last week. "Live at wembley" keeps on being the number one at this week.

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  • bestiamodesta
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    I got really much chart/certification/chart fact about queen.

    I'm collecting Queen chart since 1995... I'll post here soon what i got!

    I'm mad about the Queen!

    BestiaModesta

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  • HUR
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    Hello Bestiamodesta, thank you for your answer. But there are some mistakes there: in Germany, "A kind of magic" was not number one, it peaked at number 4; and the same for "The works" in Italy, because it was also number 4 there. And from Australia, for the information I have Greates hits 1 was number 2.

    And for Hungary, I had forgotten that Greatest hits 2 was number one, I will add it to my list.

    Well, about DVD charts, Greatest video hits 1 was number 2 in three different moments, in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

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  • bestiamodesta
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    Some other number one queen album:

    A Kind of Magic: Germany
    Made in Heaven: New Zeland, Sweden
    Greatest Hits I: Canada, New Zeland, Australia
    Greatest Hits II: Hungary
    Live at Wembley: Italy (4)
    The Works: Italy (4)

    Some other number one Queen DVD:

    Greatest Video Hits I: UK, Australia
    Live at Wembley: UK, Netherland, Germany, Italy, Australia, Austria, France, New Zeland
    Greatest Video Hits II: UK
    Live at the Bowl: UK, Netherland, Germany, Italy, Austria

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