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  • MJDangerous
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    Hi Hur,

    You asked me what I think about Latin American estimates, here we go !

    - The Game (1980) : 750k
    This estimate is ok to me, even a bit conservative actualy if figures claimed are true (like 200k in Argentina).

    - Flash (1980) : 250k
    Not sure it sold really enough for Gold in Brazil/Mexico. I can see it anywhere from 50k to 100k in both. Anyway, 250k looks good.

    - Greatest hits 1 (1981) : 1700k
    Very hard to tell about that one. Certifications are avalaible but they are themselves hard to understand. It sold at least 300k from 87 to 2000, that is sure. It probably sold loads in 91/92. The album was certified 3xP for sales from 94 to 2006, certainly for the Parlophone edition. That's already 300 + 180 = 480k from 87 to 2006. Let say 500k until now. Adding 81-87 sales, 650k mentionned by Hur are safe.

    In Brazil, looking at codes it sold probably 100k+ since 1999 when it was certified Plat. I do not think too this award was conservative, probably initial sales and some catalog sales are missing. 450k-500k look about correct.

    If I was estimating it myself, I would go with at least 1900k in Latin America.

    - Hot space (1982) : 300k
    That's ok to me.

    - The works : 400k
    Looks good as well.

    - A kind of magic (1986) : 400k
    Ok too, so sad we miss so many infos about those.

    - Live magic (1986) : 400k
    I'm ok with the figure of 150k in Argentina, maybe a bit high. But the total figure of 400k looks a bit low. I say that because Live albums are usualy very, very big in Brazil. Instead of 100k, it may very well be at 200k there, so I will go with 500k for the region.

    - The miracle : 300k
    Ok.

    - Innuendo (1991) : 400k
    May be a bit low, but I'm ok with this figure.

    - Greatest hits 2 (1991) : 2300k
    I pretty much agree with all the figures on this album.

    - Live at wembley ´86 (1992) : 350k
    On that live we can already see sales proportionaly high in Brazil. I agree with the figure of 350k, maybe a bit more.

    - Made in heaven (1995) : 500k
    The same as above, I agree with the figure even if it sold maybe a bit more.

    - Greatest hits 3 (1999) : 250k
    I do not think it sold much more too.

    - - Queen on fire (2004) & - Return of the champions (2005) : Ok with both

    70´s albums

    "A night at the opera" sold around 300,000 copies in Argentina according to MJD. Argentina, at the same time, represents as much as a 33% of their Latin America (a particular strong market for the band), so the album probably sold around 1,000,000 in the region.

    "A night at the opera" sold around 10 millions worldwide, while their album from 1977, "News of the world", did something like 9m+, which means 90% of what "A night" did, just like the likes of "Sheer heart attack", "Jazz", and "A day at the races" did around 40% of that, while "Queen" and "Queen 2" much less.

    So assuming 1,000,0000 for "A night at the opera", this how their other 70´s albums are likely to look like:

    -Queen: 250,000
    -Quen 2: 250,000
    -Sheer heart attack: 300,000
    -A day at the races: 400,000
    -News of the world: 900,000
    -Jazz: 400,000
    -Live killers: 300,0000


    Well, since that's purely "guess work", I can't really say that I agree or not with those figures. At least the method is fine to me, obviously nothing "sure" but for sure better than nothing. Results look realistic too.

    Good work Hur

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  • HUR
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    I forgot to post it here, but thanks to our dear friend and master of the universe, Nelson, we have a new certification from Homk kong. Actually, Queen´s "greatest hits 2" was certified platinum upon release in november 1991 (for sales of 20,000 copies).

    1981 - Greatest hits 1 - 10,000
    1991 - Greaetest hits - 20,000
    1995 - Made in heaven - 20,000

    Only this, although I imagine that both compilation sold a lot on catalog, and I expect them both to be in the range of between 50,000 and 100,000 copies up to now.

    In Singapore (thanks to Braca)

    - Greatest hits 1 - 20,000
    - A kind of magic - 20,000
    - Live magic - 40,000
    - The miracle - 20,000
    - Innuendo - 60,000
    - Greatest hits 2 - 20,000
    - Live at wembley ´86 - 20,000
    - Made in heaven - 20,000

    "A night at the opera" certified gold (10,000), and arguably based on CDs re-issues- This is asumming gold was 10,000 and platinum 20,000. If it was 7,500 and 15,000, the total amount of shipments is lower than what you see above.

    Korea:

    - Greatest hits 1: 536,546 (october 2002)
    - Platinum collection: 53,529 (october 2004)
    - Greatest hits I&II: 10,027
    - Platinum collection: 10,521 (december 2000)
    - Queen on fire: 3,847
    - Return of the champions: 2,403

    Also "Made in heaven" was certified platinum in 1996 (for sales of 100,000 copies). Platinum was #1 in 2003.

    Very few information, but some of those sales lead us to think that band sold rather well over the region. Certainly comparable to other great bands.

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  • HUR
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    Thank you, Edwood and Luca.

    Good, another week at the top for "Live at wembley ´86" over Sweden. I posted this while ago. Here are confirmed sales numbers for that DVD in european markets:

    UK: 323,000 (november 2007)
    Germany: 175,000 (march 2007)
    Netherlands: 160,000 (april 2005)
    Austria: 5,000 (april 2005)
    France: 108,200 (may 2005 and 2006 combined)
    Italy: 15,000 (2006 only)
    Spain: 25,000 (2005)
    Portugal: 44,000 (2003)
    Poland: 10,000 (2004)
    Denmark: 4,000 (2006)


    And based on worldwide estimations:

    Europe: 1,150,000
    UK: 330,000
    Germany: 180,000 #1 (4) (46+)
    Netherlands: 180,000 #1 (12) (78)*
    France: 130,000
    Italy: 110,000
    Spain: 40,000
    Portugal: 60,000
    Poland: 20,000
    Sweden: 20,000 #1 (3) (99)

    *#1 of 2003 (102,000 copies shipped). Also #9 of 2004, and #10 of 2005.

    Australia: 60,000+
    New Zealand: 20,000

    Japan: 50,000

    Brazil: 50,000
    Mexico: 20,000
    Argentina: 4,000+

    South Africa: 25,000

    USA: 350,000
    Canada: 25,000

    Total worldwide: 1,800,000

    Some of my estimations are a bit conservative, honestly. Yet I come up with a quite huge total.

    In Europe, it is at 1,150,000, which is a rough estimation. I think it is close to being the best selling DVD on the region (as I said a few weeks ago), but does anybody have an idea of what titles may have sold more?. I don´t know personally. Robbie wasn´t that big in neither France nor Italy. Maybe a "various artists" DVD?.

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  • borderwolf
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    Denmark
    week 35, dvd

    #10 (new)
    QUEEN
    THE FREDDIE MERCURY TRIBUT

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  • borderwolf
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    Sweden
    dvd
    week 36

    LIVE AT WEMBLEY
    confirmed at #1
    (99 weeks...)

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  • EdWood
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    In UK Singles Chart:

    126. (109) DON’T STOP ME NOW (Queen)

    UK Albums Chart:

    106. (123) GREATEST HITS (Queen)
    143. (93) GREATEST HITS I II & III (Queen)

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by nelson
    Yes, they were legend in Canada.

    Stop it.

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  • nelson
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    Yes, they were legend in Canada.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by EdWood
    On Canadian Top 100 Album Chart:

    Queen's Greatest Hits: 48 (49) 104 weeks on chart

    On US Top Pop Catalog Chart:

    Queen's Greatest Hits: 18 (13) 746 weeks on combined chart
    Still fairly high in Canada. I´m a bit surprised that "Classic Queen" isn´t charting anymore in the "hard rock" section though.

    Slight decline in USA, but it did well early this year.

    Thank you, for posting.

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  • EdWood
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    On Canadian Top 100 Album Chart:

    Queen's Greatest Hits: 48 (49) 104 weeks on chart

    On US Top Pop Catalog Chart:

    Queen's Greatest Hits: 18 (13) 746 weeks on combined chart

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  • HUR
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    From two months ago in canadian DVD chart:

    The eight Eagle Rock releases charting on SoundScan's Top 50 are:
    Live From Texas - ZZ TOP (#1)
    Live In Paris - DIANA KRALL (#20)
    One Night Only - BEE GEES (#26)
    Rock Montreal - QUEEN (#27)
    Live In Europe - THE DOORS (#28

    released last year, in october, and still inside the top 30.

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  • HUR
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    Yes, sometimes I complain about Queen and other acts being undercertified, but compared to someone loke Neil Young or David Bowie, to name two, Queen´s certifications look massive really. Hopefully, we will ever able to have more sales numbers for Brazil and Mexico.

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  • borderwolf
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Originally posted by borderwolf
    Originally posted by HUR
    Here is a very ambitious proyect. I want to know how much Queen sold in Latin America.

    Combining all, it looks like Queen sold around 12,500,000 in Latin America, while adding missin titles (like other compilations, and live albums like "Queen at the beeb"), probably around 13 millions overall.
    Well done, HUR, it seems a great work!
    Thank you, Luca.
    Unfortunately is impossible to do the same thing for Neil Young in Latin America. He is not a good seller like Queen and in two years of researchs I found practically nothing about his charts or sales (I imagine very low sales), in spite of his long career...

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by borderwolf
    Originally posted by HUR
    Here is a very ambitious proyect. I want to know how much Queen sold in Latin America.

    Combining all, it looks like Queen sold around 12,500,000 in Latin America, while adding missin titles (like other compilations, and live albums like "Queen at the beeb"), probably around 13 millions overall.
    Well done, HUR, it seems a great work!
    Thank you, Luca. So MJD, reading again your explanation, what is the reason why Queen don´t chart that much on the mid-price charts in France?. I mean, if the fact that their catalog is available through music club isn´t factor, do you have and idea as to why they don´t perform that well on that chart?.

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  • borderwolf
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Here is a very ambitious proyect. I want to know how much Queen sold in Latin America.

    Combining all, it looks like Queen sold around 12,500,000 in Latin America, while adding missin titles (like other compilations, and live albums like "Queen at the beeb"), probably around 13 millions overall.
    Well done, HUR, it seems a great work!

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  • bestiamodesta
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    this week queen performance in the world...

    Australia

    Album
    Greatest Hits 33

    DVD
    Greatest Hits 8
    Live at wembley 17


    Canada

    Album
    Greatest hits 49


    Chile

    DVD
    Rock Montreal 5



    Estonia

    Album
    Platinum Collection 44

    DVD
    Live at wembley 9
    Video Hits II 23

    Germany

    DVD
    Live at wembley 14


    Italy

    DVD
    Live at wembley 13

    Norway

    DVD
    Video Hits I 7
    Rock Montreal 9


    New Zeland

    DVD
    Rock Montreal 10


    Nederland

    DVD
    Rock Montreal 28


    Sweden

    DVD
    Live at wembley 1


    Hungery

    DVD
    Live in europe 15

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Thank you, MJD, So does that mean that Queen sell a lot on catalog through clubs in France?. Could that be one of the reasons why their album aren´t on the official mid-price chart as much as other classic bands?. I don´t see Floyd or the Beatles in the club sales chart. Queen charted with their "Greatest hits 3", "Greatest hits 1", "Platinum collection", "Made in heaven" and a couple of others. So Queen does sell in France. Does that make you change their overall total sales over there?.
    That chart (of the Club Dial) is very different from a chart like the official one of IFOP. An album can enter right to the top 10 and then disappear from the chart for 1 year. It depends a lot from the price of each album.
    For example, Queen's GH III isn't charted anymore because it is priced 'normaly' again, at 22€. At the moment, Led Zeppelin I is at 9,99€, the result is impressive : #3 in the main chart. You never know which artist may re-enter or drop out.

    That said, The Beatles have only 2 real albums avalaible on the Club Dial - Sgt Pepper's & Abbey Road, they cost 22-23€ each, Pink Floyd only have one - Dark Side Of The Moon. Which is true in the US is also in France : To buy a Beatles/Pink Floyd album, you should go out to a retailer.

    Queen have 11 albums avalaible, but A Night At The Opera and Platinum Collection aren't avalaible. That's the same story for U2, many of their albums are avalaible, but their classic album (Joshua Tree) and their best ofs 80-90 & 90-00 aren't. AC/DC have almost all their albums avalaible, including their Live.
    Muse, which are very often on French catalog chart aren't avalaible (except Black Holes), while the Doors, Radiohead, Young's Harvest or Tracy Chapman eponymous album are.
    So while in the US, the difference between acts/albums avalaible or not on club is obvious in regard to their soundscan, we can't really argue the same in France, most biggest catalog sellers according to IFOP charts are avalaible on Clubs.

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  • HUR
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    Here is a very ambitious proyect. I want to know how much Queen sold in Latin America. First step, what about their official certifications and numbers reported over the press?. César1989, from this forum, provided a couple of certifications for Queen in Colombia recently!!!. Thanks to César, Juan Cristóbal, and Braca, of course.

    Brazil

    1984 - The works - 100,000
    1986 - A kind of magic - 100,000
    1987 - Greatest hits 1 - 250,000 (1999)
    1991 - Greatest hits 2 - 500,000 (1997)
    1992 - Live at wembley ´86 - 100,000 (2001)
    2007 - Collection - 70,000 (december 2007, queenonline)

    Mexico

    1980 - The game - 100,000
    1981 - Greatest hits 1 - 250,000
    1991 - Innuendo - 150,000 (july 1992)
    1991 - Greatest hits 2 - 250,000
    1995 - Made in heaven - 100,000

    Argentina

    1988 - A night at the opera - 90,000
    1988 - Greatest hits 1 - 300,000 (november 2000)
    1990 - Live magic - 60,000
    1991 - Innuendo - 60,000
    1991 - Greatest hits 2 - 507,000 (1999)
    1992 - Live at wembley ´86 - 60,000
    1995 - Made in heaven - 120,000 (2001)
    1999 - Greatest hits 3 - 60,000

    They sold 850,000 copies in CDs only from december 1991 to november 2001.

    Colombia

    - Flash - 15,000 (gold)
    - Hot space - 30,000 (platinum)
    - The works - 60,000 (2 platinum) #1 (3)
    - A kind of magic - 30,000 (platinum)

    Also two local compilation: "Ultimate collection" certified platinum in 1998 (30,000) and peaked at #2; and "Grandes éxitos" certified gold (10,000), and peaked at #18 in 2002. Not complete, of couse, buy it is something.

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    -The Game (1980)

    According to Fedepeti, it sold 200,000 copies in Argentina. It was a massive number one over the country, as was the single “Another one bites the dust”. Certified gold in Mexico, even “Innuendo” (a smaller seller worldwide) sold 150,000 in months, so I go with at least 150,000 for this country too.
    Based on how strong their tour was in Brazil (and considering they were the first major english band to play in the country, drawing 261,000 people at the Morumbi stadium), I think that we have enough reasons to argue this album sold at least enough for a platinum album in Brazil (which would be 250,000 copies).
    Also in Colombia, the single “Another one bites the dust” was #4 on the charts.

    Brazil: 250,000
    Mexico: 150,000
    Argentina: 200,000

    I will estimate this album at 750,000 for the entire region.

    - Flash (1980)

    Certified gold in colombia, for sales of 15,000 copies, we don´t know much about this album, except for the fact this was their lowest selling during the decade. I will assume a minimum of 100k for both Brazil and Mexico (enough for a gold) and 30k for Argentina.

    Brazil: 100,000
    Mexico: 100,000
    Argentina: 30,000
    Colombia: 15,000

    So around 250,000

    - Greatest hits 1 (1981)

    This album was strangely certified five times platinum in Argentina (300,000 copies shipped) for the english version, that was released in 1988. It was certified in november 2000. So that makes it an average of 25 k by year. This album was first released in 1981, and Latin America had its own edition, with the song “Love of my life” included (taken from “Live killers”). Adding catalog sales for the missing periods (between 1983 and 1987), and since its last certification from november 2000 up to now, we can pretty much assume this album sold 550-600k on catalog. With its initial sales (it was number one in 1981), it should be at about 650-700k in Argentina.

    Also certified platinum in Mexico (250,000 copies), and Brazil (250,000). This last certification was given in 1999. Even if I can´t prove it, it is rather obvious that it was certified for the english version, as much as it was in Argentina. I mean, it is just a question of common sense, it can´t have sold twice as much in Argentina as it did in both Mexico and Brazil combined even if they were particularly big in Argentina. Argentina just can´t have such a big lead over the other markets. But because I can´t prove it, I go like this:

    Brazil: 350,000
    Mexico: 250,000+
    Argentina: 650,000+

    So around 1,700,000 for Latin America. Easily one of the best selling albums ever in the region. Personally, I think this album sold 500k+ in both Mexico and Brazil, which would make more sense in regards to its sales in Argentina. But, no source to back it up.



    - Hot space (1982)

    It was a top ten in Colombia, and went platinum over the country (for 30,000). It didn´t sell much more than “Flash” in the rest of the world, so I will go with similar sales figures to the previous album. So:

    Brazil: 100,000
    Mexico: 100,000
    Argentina: 30,000
    Colombia: 30,000

    So it sold around 300,000 in the region.

    - The works

    This album was #1 during 3 weeks in Colombia, and went on to be certified 2 times platinum there (60,000 copies shipped). It was so strong an album, that both “Radio Ga-Ga” and “I want to break free” were #1 singles. The former during 3 weeks, while the second one during 2 weeks. In Brazil, it was certified gold (for sales of 100,000 copies), and was released months before the rock festival “Rock in rio”, which brought the band to play there for the second time. They played in front of 250,000 people during two concerts in Rio Du Janeiro, at the Maracana stadium. The single “I want to break free” was a #1 there. Based on how strong it was in Colombia (and seeing the context where it was released), the certification may look on the low side. We don´t know if there were further awards, but just the fact it was gold. I will estimate it as follows: 150,000 copies for Brazil.
    Argentina and Mexico are unknown, yet I will go with the typical numbers (looking at other album with similar sales numbers): 100,000 for Mexico and 60,000 for Argentina (which would enough for a platinum). I do that because albums with similar sales in both markets, like “Innuendo”, sold about that.

    Brazil: 150,000
    Mexico: 100,000
    Argentina: 60,000
    Colombia: 60,000

    A strong selling album for the band. I will estimate at 400,000 copies.


    - A kind of magic (1986)

    This album was certified gold in Brazil, as the previous one, and sold at least 100,000. Because “The works” had a similar succes, I will estimate it too at 150,000 in the country. In Colombia, it went #3, and was certified platinum (30,000 copies shipped). Argentina and Mexico, same as above, so:

    Brazil: 150,000
    Mexico: 100,000
    Argentina: 60,000
    Colombia: 30,000

    So this album sold about 400,000

    - Live magic (1986)

    Another difficult, like most here. It was certified platinum in Argentina on february 2001, but just for its sales since 1990 (year when the CD came out). So adding catalog sales for the years missing (from 1987 to 1990, and also from early 2001 up to now), we can pretty much say (based on average of copies sold) that it did about 120k+ on catalog. Then adding some initial sales (released in 1986), I will estimate it at 150,000. No information for Brazil and Mexico, but 100k in both is what it probably sold comparing it to others and looking how big it was in Argentina.


    So it sold about 400,000 in Latin America.

    - The miracle

    Very little information on this one, except for the fact it was #1 in Chile during three weeks, with at least 4 months inside the top ten. So very huge, which makes this album look like it sold well. I will estimate it at 300,000 for the region.


    - Innuendo (1991)
    Some good information for this one. It was certified gold, and was at 150,000 copies sold, in Mexico by july 1992, 17 months after its worldwide release. By now, it should easily be at 200,000 over there.
    In Argentina, it received a platinum award (for sales of 60,000 copies) not so long ago, so its total should stand like this. I will say 60,000+. It was also #1 in Chile (while the single “Innuendo” peaked at #2 on the charts based on airplay).
    Brazil should be 100,000 at least based on previous sales figures.

    So:
    Brazil: 100,000+
    Mexico: 200,000
    Argentina: 60,000+
    Chile: #1

    So around 400,000 copies.


    - Greatest hits 2 (1991)
    Simply their biggest selling album in the region (maybe not, if their “Greatest hits 1” is heavily undercertified or if there are missing sales). It is certified 2 platinum award in Brazil in 1997, which means it should be very close to its third award by now, adding back catalog sales. So roughly 750,000.
    In Argentina, it went diamond back in 1999, one of the three english album to be awarded with that certification. It had actually sold 507,000. With its strong catalog sales, which are at least as strong as those of Brazil, it is around 650,000 by now.
    In Mexico, it was also platinum (250,000). However, we don´t know the date. It was released in 1991, same year as “Innuendo”. Based on the fact that “Innuendo” was at 150,000 by july 1992, and “Greatest 2” was a much stronger success back then, I assume this album was certified platinum back in 1992 or 1993 too. So it should really be at about 500,000 copies by now (enough for a further platinum), which would put it quite at the same level as both Argentina and Brazil (actually, there is no way it sold so low compared to Argentina).

    Brazil: 750,000
    Argentina: 650,000
    Mexico: 500,000+

    That makes it about 1,900,000 in just three markets, which would mean it sold 2,300,000 in Latin America.

    - Live at wembley ´86 (1992)
    This album was certified gold in Brazil, for sales of 100k+. According to the codes on the brazilian topic created by Automaticbr, it is obvious this one sold around 125,000 in Brazil. Also certified platinum in Argentina (was shown on the previous capif site, not now). I will estimate it at 100,000 for Mexico, which is on the low side (considering “Innuendo” sold 200k, and “Live at wembley” sold about the same worldwide and it is a far stronger catalog seller in most markets).

    Brazil: 125,000
    Argentina: 60,000+
    Mexico: 100,000

    So around 350,000 over the region. Good result for a 2Cds album.


    - Made in heaven (1995)
    Another one with good information, although strangely not certified in Brazil. According to a billboard magazine (from an issue on february 1996, a few months after its release), this album had been certified platinum in Argentina and gold in Mexico.
    By now, we know for a fact it sold enough a further platinum in Argentina, which means 120,000, back in 2001. So in Mexico, it may very well have sold more that what was indicated on billboard (it was still selling). So I will put at 200,000 for Mexico, because on a worldwide basis “Made in heaven” was bigger than “Innuendo” (twice as big in Argentina) and that one sold 200+k too in Mexico.
    No information for Brazil. According to MJD, many albums (studio ones I mean though) sold twice as much in Brazil as they did in Argentina. However, because Argentina was a particularly big market for the band, I will estimate it at just 100,000 copies for Brazil.

    So around 500,000 overall.


    - Greatest hits 3 (1999)
    Certified platium Argentina. Nothing about Brazil and Mexico, but I assume it sold at least enough for a gold award on both countries.

    So about 250,000 copies sold for that (relatively) poor album.

    - Queen on fire (2004)

    It sold at least 10,000 copies in Brazil, and reached #19 in the argentinian nightfortly chart (retail sales). Around 40,000 copies sold.

    - Return of the champions (2005)

    It sold 15,000 copies in Brazil (reached #9 on the local charts, compoled by a newspaper from San Pablo). Also charted at #49 in Argentina (very poor), so it is at 30,000 in Latin America.

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    70´s albums

    "A night at the opera" sold around 300,000 copies in Argentina according to MJD. Argentina, at the same time, represents as much as a 33% of their Latin America (a particular strong market for the band), so the album probably sold around 1,000,000 in the region.

    "A night at the opera" sold around 10 millions worldwide, while their album from 1977, "News of the world", did something like 9m+, which means 90% of what "A night" did, just like the likes of "Sheer heart attack", "Jazz", and "A day at the races" did around 40% of that, while "Queen" and "Queen 2" much less.

    So assuming 1,000,0000 for "A night at the opera", this how their other 70´s albums are likely to look like:

    -Queen: 250,000
    -Quen 2: 250,000
    -Sheer heart attack: 300,000
    -A day at the races: 400,000
    -News of the world: 900,000
    -Jazz: 400,000
    -Live killers: 300,0000

    Combining all, it looks like Queen sold around 12,500,000 in Latin America, while adding missin titles (like other compilations, and live albums like "Queen at the beeb"), probably around 13 millions overall.

    Please, those that hate estimations and sales guesses, only read the certifications posted above which are all true.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by nelson
    Originally posted by HUR
    "Made in heaven" was cetified 6 times platinum in Italy, at least by february 1996, when it was still selling (10 weeks at #1 over there). Those albums combined spent a huge total amount of weeks at the top spot, a massive 29 weeks at that position.
    It's just initial shipment because of their last successful 1 million seller. So shops had great expectation. Which has nothing to do with chart. weekly sales were different to initial shipments. Probably when it's 10 weeks at #1 still didn't sold even 60-70% of initial shipment (600k).
    I don´t agree with you. I mean, we don´t know if it was immediately certified 6 platinum in Italy, all what we know is they it had sold that much at least by february 1996. The album was released on november 1995, so it may have taken a couple of months to achieve that status. Still 10 weeks at #1 (ncluding the last seven of 1995, even the entire Christmas month) isn´t enough to sell that much?. I mean, you want me to believe it hasn´t sold any other copy (well, shipped) since february?. Obviously, it has sold about 700,000 copies by now, and that´s a conservative estimation.

    Thank you, MJD, So does that mean that Queen sell a lot on catalog through clubs in France?. Could that be one of the reasons why their album aren´t on the official mid-price chart as much as other classic bands?. I don´t see Floyd or the Beatles in the club sales chart. Queen charted with their "Greatest hits 3", "Greatest hits 1", "Platinum collection", "Made in heaven" and a couple of others. So Queen does sell in France. Does that make you change their overall total sales over there?.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by EdWood
    HUR, it looks like Queen must be one of the best selling International album acts in Italy. Do you know how Queen compare in total sales to other acts there?
    Hello Edwood. Well finally. In my opinion, after checking some of my sales figures and estimations, only Pink Floyd sold more than Queen. The highest I come up with them is over 8m+ overall, including three possibly million sellers.

    Queen sold around 6m+ with all their releases agter 1980, when they started selling album on the back of "The game" and never stopped since. Before that, there wasn´t much of a chart action to be honest, woth albums like "A day at the races" only peaking at #16 (and 7 weeks in), which is relatevily good but not huge anough. However, like Zago said it takes a while until some big international acts became big so it was normal.

    I think that both U2 and Dire Straits were huge (and are still) with 5 millions albums sold each, which denotes their big success, but in my opinion not quite enough to be at the same level as Freddie and the guys.

    Genesis, the Rolling Stones and Bee Gees all sold at least 3 million, and Led Zeppelin over 2 millions. I think that the fab four sold hugely, but not as much as Queen.

    If we count solo acts, only Madonna has sales to be ahead of them, even if I think that her certifications are exaggerated or "made up" by her fans because they look too high. But they were even accepted by someone as respected as MJD, so they mean something, I gueess.

    Freddie Mercury as an act (counting Queen and his solo work) may be the best selling act ever in Italy thugh.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Queen "Greatest hits 3" is curently at #75 at a french charts (which is apparently based on club sales). Posted by our friend MJDangerous.

    MJD, could please explain us what that chart is meant to represent?. Is it the french equivalent for Britania or Columbia House?.
    Yes, that's exactly what it is. Club Dial is one of the 2 music club which represent almost all sales in France by that way, just like Columbia House/BMG Music Club in the US a few years ago.

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  • nelson
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    They have no competitor on DVD chart.
    Just like other rock bands.

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  • borderwolf
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    Originally posted by borderwolf
    Up to #5

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  • borderwolf
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    Norway
    mid-price, week 35

    1 GREATEST HITS 1 - QUEEN

    3 LIVE AT WEMBLEY 1986 - QUEEN

    4 GREATEST HITS 2 - QUEEN

    8 LIVE KILLERS - QUEEN

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  • nelson
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    Originally posted by HUR
    "Made in heaven" was cetified 6 times platinum in Italy, at least by february 1996, when it was still selling (10 weeks at #1 over there). Those albums combined spent a huge total amount of weeks at the top spot, a massive 29 weeks at that position.
    It's just initial shipment because of their last successful 1 million seller. So shops had great expectation. Which has nothing to do with chart. weekly sales were different to initial shipments. Probably when it's 10 weeks at #1 still didn't sold even 60-70% of initial shipment (600k).

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