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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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  • HUR
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    Some posts above, I left my list of all number one albums I have collected from diffrent sources. Plaese, if someone has some number one to add, post them here.

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by Classicrock
    What is this "Jewel" release in Japan all about? What are the tracks?
    Why availalbe only in Japan?
    Oh sorry, I hadnīt seen your question. Well, Queen jewels was a japanese compilation realise, due to a TV program in that country, called "Pride", whose author decided to use Queen songs in it. The main song was "I was born to love you", and other ones which appeard on that TV program. Of course, EMI Toshiba realsed, when it started, these compilation. They also re-relesed all Queen back catalog. there, and two DVDīs in that same year. The album was 3 weeks at number one.

    The tracklist included the same songs we all know: "Bohemian rhapsody", "We will rock you", "We are the champions", "Crazzy little thing called love", "Another one bites the dust", "Radio ga-ga", "The show must go on", "Under pressure", and others.

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  • HUR
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    Thank you MJ Dangerous, I really didīt know that figure from Mexico, very good information. And itīs incredible the success of Greatest hits in Canada, and also Classic queen. Both albums should be re-certified.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    There, I made my own breakdown for Queen Greatest hits 2, some posts above. Please, if someone has more information (specially for Asian markets, ans other places that I donīt have) or wants to make some corrections, post them here.
    I only know that in Mexico it sold AT LEAST 250.000 copies. It was certified for this but I don't know when and I don't know if it has received higher certifications since this one. So take this number as a minimum.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Thank you MJ Dangerous. Yes I know that some figures are higher than that. In Canada, Greatest hits 1 spent more than 400 weeks on catalog charts. And for Japan it sold 147.000 copies their three entries on the charts (in 1981, 1986 and 2001), but sales are bigger as you said. If your estimations are right, it gives about 20 M in those 13 countries. How are your estimations for the rest of the world?. There is no many information avaible from other places. Thank you for your answer.
    I don't have other informations but I estimate his WW sales at a minimum of 27 millions, more likely over 28 millions.

    BTW, GH1 spent now over 500 weeks on catalog charts

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  • Classicrock
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    What is this "Jewel" release in Japan all about? What are the tracks?
    Why availalbe only in Japan?

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  • HUR
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    There, I made my own breakdown for Queen Greatest hits 2, some posts above. Please, if someone has more information (specially for Asian markets, ans other places that I donīt have) or wants to make some corrections, post them here.

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  • HUR
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    Thank you MJ Dangerous. Yes I know that some figures are higher than that. In Canada, Greatest hits 1 spent more than 400 weeks on catalog charts. And for Japan it sold 147.000 copies their three entries on the charts (in 1981, 1986 and 2001), but sales are bigger as you said. If your estimations are right, it gives about 20 M in those 13 countries. How are your estimations for the rest of the world?. There is no many information avaible from other places. Thank you for your answer.

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  • MJDangerous
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Well, here I leave my breakdown about Greatest hits 1, in selected countries:

    UK: 5,1 M (Basilīs numbers)

    USA: 8,5 M

    GER: 1,7 M

    NET: 0,4 M (estimated)

    AUS AND NEW ZEL: 1 M

    CAN: 0,3 M

    BRA: 0,25 M

    SPA: 0,2 M

    SWISS: 0,25 M

    AUS: 0,2 M

    KOR: 0,5 M

    JAP: 0,147 M


    If those numbers are right, that gives a total of 18,5 M in only 13 countries. And it has to add sales from countries in which the album was huge, like Argentina, South Africa and others. And it has to update figures for most countries like Canada, Japan, Austria, and a lot more.

    Can I "dream" with a 25 M figure worldwide?. I would like to hear opinions from specialists here What do you think?.
    Hur I think that 3 of those sales are 'fake' : Canada, Brazil, Japan. It sold sure MUCH more in those countries.
    In Canada it is an incredible catalog seller even more than in USA, it is selling like an album charted in the bottom of the top 100 every week. It was certified 300k in 1994, it sold by now an absolute minimum of 800000 copies, I think that this is more around 1 million.
    In Brazil I can't believe that this album have so low sales. Sales in this country are much higher than what people are thinking, this is a market stronger than the Italian or the Spanish market for example.
    About Japan, it sold 147k in a few weeks and without import sales, I estimate his sales easily over 500k in this country.

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  • HUR
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    Here, I leave my list of all nunber one albums that I have.

    Queen number one albums

    - "A night at the opera": UK (4 weeks), Netherlands (9 weeks), Finland, Australia (2 weeks), Japan (on international charts).

    - "A day at the races": UK (1 week), Netherlands (5 weeks), Japan (1 weeks).

    - "News of the world": Netherlands (5 weeks), France (3 weeks), Japan (on international charts).

    - "Jazz": Japan (on international charts)

    - "The game": UK (2 weeks), USA (5 weeks), Canada, Argentina, Japan (on international charts).

    - "Flash Gordon": Austria (2 weeks).

    - Greatest hits 1: UK (4 weeks), Netherlands (4 weeks), Austria (4 weeks), Germany (2 weeks), Spain (1 week), Japan (on international charts).

    - "Hot space": Austria (2 weeks)

    - "The works": Netherlands (2 weeks)

    - "A kind of magic": UK (1 week)

    - "The miracle": UK (1 week), Netherlands (3 weeks), Switzerland (2 weeks), Austria (1 week), Germany (8 weeks), Finland.

    - "Innuendo": UK (2 weeks), Netherlands (4 weeks), Switzerland (8 weeks), Germany (6 weeks), Italy.

    - Greatest hits 2: UK (5 weeks), Netherlands (13 weeks), Switzerlands (11 weeks), Austria (3 weeks), Italy, Finland, Spain (8 weeks), France (4 weeks), Hungary, Canada.

    - "Live at wembley": Italy

    - "Made in heaven": UK (1 week), Netherlands (4 weeks), Switzerland (9 weeks), Austria (9 weeks), Germany (10 weeks), Finland, Denmark, Spain (2 weeks), Italy, Sweden.

    - "In vision" (japanese only release): Japan (on international charts).

    Platinium collection: South Africa, Korea, France (on mid price charts).

    Queen jewels: Japan (3 weeks), Taiwan (on international charts).

    So, they had 18 different numnber one albums (counting japanese international charts)

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  • HUR
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    Greates hits 2

    Here my breakdown about this album.

    Europe
    UK 2.500.000 (estimated, shop sales only)
    Netherlands 500.000 (1997)
    Swistzerlands 250.000
    Austria 200.000 (1997)
    Germany 2.500.000 (estimated)
    Finland 132.000 (2003)
    Italy 1.000.000 (1992)
    Spain 700.000 (estimated)
    Chez. Republic 60.000
    France 1.500.000
    Sweden 200.000 (estimeted)
    Denmark 250.000

    South America

    Brazil 500.000 (1999)
    Argentina 500.000(2002)
    Mexico 250.000

    Classic Queen (only for USA and Canada)

    USA 3.200.000
    Canada 500.000 (1993)

    Well, it has to say that the album was huge in most european countries. It was number one in the following countries: UK (5 weeks), Netherlands (13 weeks), Switzerland (11 weeks), Austria (3 weeks), Italy, Spain (8 weeks), Hungary, France (4 weeks). It was also at number 2 in Germany (12 weeks at that positions), and Sweden, and number 4 in Norway.

    About South America, in Brazil, I have to say that sales were bigger than 500.000 copies. It was certified 2 platinum award in 1999, but in Brazil those certifications are given for cdīs sales (as I understand). I think that sales there must be close to million copies. And itīs the same for Argentina, where itīs said to be over one million copies. Dispite that, I still prefere those conservative figures.

    For Canada, the album has been more than 400 weeks on back catalog. charts, so sales are higher than 500.000 copies.

    I also took two figures from a Queen site: I have 150.000 copies for New Zeland, and 280.000 for Australia. But I havenīt confirmed.

    The album was probably huge in another small countries, like Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Estonia, and others. And I donīt have figures for Asian countries and other places. Therefore, if I could get some more figures, or update some of aboveīs numbers, sales for this album could be at very big number.

    Only with the figures that I have, sales are over 15 millions copies.

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  • HUR
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    Well, here I leave my breakdown about Greatest hits 1, in selected countries:

    UK: 5,1 M (Basilīs numbers)

    USA: 8,5 M

    GER: 1,7 M

    NET: 0,4 M (estimated)

    AUS AND NEW ZEL: 1 M

    CAN: 0,3 M

    BRA: 0,25 M

    SPA: 0,2 M

    SWISS: 0,25 M

    AUS: 0,2 M

    KOR: 0,5 M

    JAP: 0,147 M


    If those numbers are right, that gives a total of 18,5 M in only 13 countries. And it has to add sales from countries in which the album was huge, like Argentina, South Africa and others. And it has to update figures for most countries like Canada, Japan, Austria, and a lot more.

    Can I "dream" with a 25 M figure worldwide?. I would like to hear opinions from specialists here What do you think?.

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  • HUR
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    Here, a link with the article which appeard on "Los 40 principales" in 2004:

    http://www.los40.com/articulo/noticias/ ... not_5/Tes/

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  • HUR
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    Originally posted by john2000
    Originally posted by HUR
    Hello Nelson, here I leave a link:

    http://www.emimusic-spain.com/

    And the diamond award was at that moment 1 M, I donīt if itīs low than that nowaday.
    It was not a "real" Diamond award, they receive it for all their discogrpahy (3M CDs). it's not like an official AFYVE certification (even if its' true)
    Yes, of course, it was for all their albums in cdīs, and they were given by EMI. I donīt know how "official" we can considere them, but I think they are true.

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  • john2000
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    Originally posted by HUR
    Hello Nelson, here I leave a link:

    http://www.emimusic-spain.com/

    And the diamond award was at that moment 1 M, I donīt if itīs low than that nowaday.
    It was not a "real" Diamond award, they receive it for all their discogrpahy (3M CDs). it's not like an official AFYVE certification (even if its' true)

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  • HUR
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    Hello Nelson, here I leave a link:

    http://www.emimusic-spain.com/

    And the diamond award was at that moment 1 M, I donīt if itīs low than that nowaday.

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  • nelson
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    Originally posted by HUR
    For example in the case of Queen, they were given 3 diamonnd awards for their sales in Spain in 2004. So in that moment, EMI gave those numbers.
    Hello, Hur, can you give me the link?
    And how many units for diamond in Spain?
    Thanks.

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  • HUR
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    Hello Nelson. Well, I donīt have any other figure, sorry. My friend gave me those figures because he knew Iīm a Queen fan. I even donīt know if they are true, although they seem to be right.

    But anyway, you could visit EMIīs pages from different countries (or others labels) from time to time and search for some artists, and maybe you find something. For example in the case of Queen, they were given 3 diamonnd awards for their sales in Spain in 2004. So in that moment, EMI gave those numbers.

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