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  • The Italian site Queenitalia has published 2 unpublished demo in occasion of a Queen fans reunion with Dave Richards. The two tracks are "AFFAIRES" and "GRAN DAME" and you can listen to the original voice of Freddie. If you want to listen to it, please, you can visit this link:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/queenitalia ... l=IT&hl=it

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    • Brazil:

      “Entre compactos LPs, o Queen vendeu, nos ultimos cinco anos, cerca de 800 000 discos, numero forte para un conjunto extrageiro, mias uma banalidade diante de un sucesso de Roberto Carlos, qui já vendeu 2 milhóes”. (Veja, 1981).

      Argentina:

      Top Selling Albums of 1992
      1) Luis Miguel Romance 411.502
      2) Queen Greatest Hits II 315.902
      3) Ricardo Montaner En el último lugar del mundo 213.658
      4) Queen Greatest Hits 183.809
      5) Fito Páez El amor después del amor 176.391

      The Brazilian article reads that Queen sold 800,000 albums and singles in Brazil in the five years between 1976 and early 1981.

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      • Billboard top-200

        160 RE 12 Queen, Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You 7,944 398 1,595 949,839

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        • Further from USA. Here are the last Soundscan numbers I have for Queen's songs as digital downloads:

          From Chart Watch this week "The other is Queen, which has scored with "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2,233,000) and "We Will Rock You" (2,013,000)."

          Bohemian Rhapsody 2,233,000
          We Will Rock You 2,013,000
          We Are The Champions 1,243,000
          Under Pressure 1,167,000
          Another One Bites The Dust 1,156,000
          Fat Bottomed Girls 640,000
          Somebody To Love 572,000
          Killer Queen 485,000
          You're My Best Friend 455,000
          Crazy Little Thing Called Love 403,000

          Total for just 10 songs: 10,367,000 units

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          • Impressive, but it is not a surprise!
            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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            • You are right, Luca. In UK, they the 39th best selling digital act since 2005 up to now, with 1,515,000 downloads sold up to April 2010.

              France

              "Sans oublier le retour en force des Stones avec pour la première fois trois cent mille trente centimètres et l'arrivée inopinée de Queen, groupe de hard rock anglais qui a soudain éclaté avec un chiffre semblable pour son septième disque après des ventes très moyennes." (January, 1979)

              Source: Le Nouvel Observateur

              "Queen:
              En France, le Greatest Hits Vol 1 est à 500 000 exemplaires, le Vol II 1,4 millions d'exemplaires, sans parler du Live datant de 86." (2004)

              Source: "Identité du rock et presse spécialisée"

              The first article reads that Queen sold 300,000 copies with their seventh album in France. That was in 1978. But I think they mean "News Of The World".

              The second one is self explanatory: sales of 1,400,000 copies in France for "Greatest Hits 2" and 500,000 copies for "Greatest Hits 1". Book from 2003.

              Thanks to MJDangerous.

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              • Originally posted by loris39
                The Italian site Queenitalia has published 2 unpublished demo in occasion of a Queen fans reunion with Dave Richards. The two tracks are "AFFAIRES" and "GRAN DAME" and you can listen to the original voice of Freddie. If you want to listen to it, please, you can visit this link:

                http://www.youtube.com/user/queenitalia ... l=IT&hl=it
                WoW, what a surprise... It just proves that there is enough material left for one more separate album, with all those other demos with Freddie on vocals (Self made man, Robbery, I guess we are falling apart, etc...)
                Queen rulez

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                • Peru
                  unofficial
                  http://www.phantom.com.pe/top20.php

                  # 9 Queen - Absolute Greatest (CD)
                  Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                  • Thank you, Luca. Queen used to be popular in Peru back in the 70's and early 80's.

                    Further Latin American information:

                    Argentina

                    1978
                    EMI's monthly top selling albums

                    July
                    1. News Of The World (Queen)

                    September
                    1. News Of The World (Queen)
                    2. I, Robot (Alan Parsons Project)

                    WEEKLY RANKING 1992
                    1 En El Último Lugar Del Mundo (Ricardo Montaner)
                    2. Vuela, Vuela (Magneto)
                    3. Veinte Años (Los Palmeras)
                    4. Greatest Hits II (Queen)
                    5. Joyride (Roxette)

                    WEEKLY RANKING June 14 1992
                    1. Greatest Hits II (Queen)
                    2. Bachata Rosa (Juan Luis Guerra)
                    3. Utopía (Joan Manuel Serrat)

                    WEEKLY RANKING July 12 1992
                    1. Greatest Hits II (Queen)
                    2. Física Y Química (Joaquín Sabina)
                    3. Bachata Rosa (Juan Luis Guerra)
                    4. En El Último Lugar Del Mundo (Ricardo Montaner)
                    5. Apta Para Todo Público (Gary)

                    WEEKLY RANKING February 27 1994
                    1. Aspen 102.3 Grandes éxitos (Varios).
                    2. Big Yuyo (Los Pericos)
                    3. Fear Of The Drak (Iron Maiden)
                    4. Lo Mejor De La 10 (Varios)
                    5. Busca Una Mujer (Luis Miguel)
                    6. The Sign (Ace Of Base)
                    7. Bigger, Better, Faster, More (Four Non-Blondes)
                    8. Live At Wembley ’86 (Queen)
                    9. Romance (Luis Miguel)

                    MONTHLY RANKING November 1995
                    1. Made In Heaven (Queen)
                    2. Stripped (Rolling Stones)
                    3. A Medio Vivir (Ricky Martin)
                    4. Con La Música En La (Tru La La)
                    5. Sepia, Blanco Y Negro (Vilma Palma E Vampiros)
                    6. Something To Remember (Madonna)
                    7. The Bridge (Ace Of Base)
                    8. Es De Córdoba (La Barra)
                    9. La Música De Chiquititas (Chiquititas)
                    10. Now That’s What I Called Music (Varios)

                    Chile

                    "En la cima están Michael Jackson, con 50 mil y Queen, con 57 mil. Pero toda la promoción que reciben esos artistas no les basta para vencer a Illapu, en el primer lugar con 68 mil copias vendidas. Artistas chilenos se amplía pero me..."

                    From September 1993, magazine Qué pasa. It states those and other figures:

                    Top selling acts in Chile towards 1992 and 1993:
                    Illapu 68,000
                    Queen 57,000
                    Michael Jackson 50,000
                    Paul MaCartney 17,000
                    U2 10,000

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                    • Universal are releasing Re-Mastered Editions
                      of 'Greatest Hits', & 'Greatest Hits II', on
                      Monday 3rd January 2011. At least they are in
                      the UK. I'm not sure about other Countries.

                      You can see them in this Pre-Order Chart,
                      from the UK Chain Store, WH Smith:,

                      (There are 8 Rows of CD's on the Page. 'Greatest
                      Hits' is in Row 5, & 'Greatest Hits II', is in Row 7).

                      LINK:,

                      http://smurl.name/3l2y

                      Zeus555

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                      • Recently came across this Queen award from France for sales of 500,000 copies of the LP A Night At The Opera. It looks official and as the only estimate for this release in France is 100,000 it would be confirmation ANATO did a lot better in France than we thought

                        http://www.popsike.com/Gold-disc-for...044740830.html

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                        • Below is an extract from the recent press release from Queen Productions regarding the island reissues of Queen's Greatest Hits 1 and 2

                          January 1st 2011 sees Island Records re-issue Queen’s Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 collections. Greatest Hits remains the best selling UK album of all time and combined with Greatest Hits 2 presents the definitive Queen collection. Together they form one of the seminal collections in rock history jointly selling an incredible 40 million copies worldwide.

                          Both albums have been digitally re-mastered for 2011 by Bob Ludwig, the legendary mastering engineer who has worked with U2, Coldplay and Radiohead, and come complete with refreshed sleeve notes.

                          The Greatest Hits re-issues start what is going to be a huge year for Queen, as 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.
                          So as the most reliable and accurate expert on Queen's sales figures do you think this is right HUR 40 million sounds a bit low!

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                          • MJDangerous has estimated a combined total of 54 million for both. So using his figures, it does indeed look very low.

                            My own estimations are far more conservative. I estimate 25 for million for "Greatest Hits" and 19 million for "Greatest Hits II"; thus making it 44 million in line with that press release.

                            An incredible claim from La Stampa, with regards to Queen's popularity in Italy. It is from October 1995:

                            "Il precedente, «Innuendo», risale al febbraio 1991: e sono passati quindi cinque anni. Straordinaria la produzione discografia dei «Queen»: nella loro lunga e fortunata carriera hanno venduto nel mondo oltre 130 milioni di dischi. Soltanto dei due album «Greatest Hits 1 & 2» ne sono stati prodotti e venduti oltre 23 milioni di copie. Incredibile anche la popolarità in Italia: dal 1991 ad oggi, i «Queen» hanno venduto oltre 5 milioni di copie."

                            It reads that Queen sold 5 million copies from 1991 to 1995, in Italy.

                            I'm guessing they counted Freddie Mercury's solo stuff in order to get that figure. Not sure, but it is something I found.

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                            • Originally posted by slightlymad
                              Below is an extract from the recent press release from Queen Productions regarding the island reissues of Queen's Greatest Hits 1 and 2

                              January 1st 2011 sees Island Records re-issue Queen’s Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 collections. Greatest Hits remains the best selling UK album of all time and combined with Greatest Hits 2 presents the definitive Queen collection. Together they form one of the seminal collections in rock history jointly selling an incredible 40 million copies worldwide.

                              Both albums have been digitally re-mastered for 2011 by Bob Ludwig, the legendary mastering engineer who has worked with U2, Coldplay and Radiohead, and come complete with refreshed sleeve notes.

                              The Greatest Hits re-issues start what is going to be a huge year for Queen, as 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.
                              So as the most reliable and accurate expert on Queen's sales figures do you think this is right HUR 40 million sounds a bit low!
                              This, just a year after Absolute Greatest? Labels are so pathetic, it's hard to feel bad for the music industry when labels try to sell the same stuff for a million times.

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                              • As regards 'Greatest Hits' & 'Greatest Hits II'.

                                I think that Universal want those 2 huge Queen
                                Albums, to be seen, (from 2011 onwards), as Universal
                                Albums. That is why they are being re-issued.
                                Looking at those re-issues as being exploitative,
                                is pointless.

                                It looks like Universal will - eventually - transfer
                                all Queen Albums, (in Stores & On-Line), to
                                their Label. This will mean 'The Platinum Collection',
                                & 'Absolute Greatest', being re-issued too.
                                (Sooner or later).

                                It is best to see the re-issues, as Universal
                                'converting' the old Queen Albums - including the
                                Compilations - to their Label.

                                Zeus555

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                                • From Universal Music Poland:
                                  Reissue:
                                  March - Q, QII, SHA, ANATO, ADATR
                                  June: NOTW, JAZZ, GAme, HS, Flash
                                  September: Works, AKOM,Miracle, Innuenod, MIH

                                  July: special remaster edition Platinum Collection

                                  And will be editions:
                                  1 CD
                                  2 CD - with 5 extra songs, audio commentary about each song. And this version will be available only be one year
                                  Digital

                                  from http://www.universalmusic.pl/news.id_585


                                  So even though Universal are only releasing Greatest Hits 1 and 2, Greatest Hits 3 will presumably be included on the re-issued Platinum Collection in July next year. I'm wondering if the Third Greatest Hits may have a different tracklisting this time as it was controversial at the time with all the solo hits on there.

                                  It also says that the studio albums will be released in 2 different versions, the first as a 1CD version and the 2nd as a 2CD deluxe version with 5 extra tracks on each. No idea what they'll put on these but can't see any really interesting stuff as that will probably be kept back for a archive/anthology release.

                                  I'm wondering how well these re-issues will do not just in the UK but worldwide. Just hope they do well!

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                                  • Originally posted by While mentioning Abba Gold in the sales analysis this week, Music Week
                                    Drawing ever closer to its five millionth sale - its current tally is 4,834,564 - it strengthens its claim to third place in the all-time sales rankings behind Queen’s Greatest Hits (5,794,486) and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (5,019,206).

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                                    • Originally posted by irishguy28
                                      Originally posted by While mentioning Abba Gold in the sales analysis this week, Music Week
                                      Drawing ever closer to its five millionth sale - its current tally is 4,834,564 - it strengthens its claim to third place in the all-time sales rankings behind Queen’s Greatest Hits (5,794,486) and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (5,019,206).
                                      With Queen's Greatest Hits 1 being reissued in January with remastered sound, I wonder how long it will take to be become the UK's first 6 million seller?!

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                                      • Originally posted by braca
                                        The EMI sales figure i received via a contact I have at RIANZ not sure if EMI has bothered to officially certify them.
                                        EMI new Zealand had in December 2003 the following sales figures:
                                        QUEEN - GOLD / PLATINUM SALES
                                        December 2003

                                        Greatest Hits 142,436 9 x Platinum

                                        Greatest Hits 2 151,458 10 x Platinum

                                        Greatest Hits 3 16,732 1 x Platinum


                                        Platinum Collection 20,652 1 x Platinum



                                        Live At Wembley 17,208 1 x Platinum

                                        Updated numbers. New Zealand by the end of 2008. Courtesy of Dean Scapolo:

                                        Greatest Hits 1: 163,000 (21,000 copies from 2004 to 2008)

                                        Greatest Hits 2: 162,000 (11,000 copies)

                                        Live At Wembley '86: 23,000 (6,000 copies)

                                        Greatest Hits 3: 20,000 (3,000 copies)

                                        Platinum Collection: 37,000 (17,000 copies)

                                        DVDs (Unofficial certifications)

                                        Greatest Video Hits 1 3X Platinum (15,000 copies)

                                        Greatest Video Hits 2 2X Platinum (10,000)

                                        Queen On Fire 2X Platinum (10,000)

                                        Queen Rock Montreal 1x Gold (2,500)

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                                        • Thanks for these figures, HUR. Greatest Hits I and Greatest Hits II will surely achieve the 11th Platinum in New Zealand.

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                                          • Here below is a release schedule from Queen's new record label, Universal/Island Records for next year. It looks like being an expensive one for Queen fans No idea what 'Forever Queen' is yet...

                                            1 January:
                                            all albums online
                                            3 January:
                                            remaster GH I and GHII
                                            new QOL
                                            24 Feburary
                                            Launch Party - Open exhibition. Exhibition maybe in other countries.
                                            14 March:
                                            Standard and delux edition of first 5 albums. Delux: remaster and 5 new songs and track by track audio comentary by Bri and Roger. And Queen Royal Edition 1973-1976 (five albums in one)
                                            6 June:
                                            remaster Platinium Collection
                                            second part of albums and Royal Edition 1977-1982(five albums in one)
                                            June
                                            BBC document
                                            5 September:
                                            third part of albums and Royal Edition 1984-1995(five albums in one)
                                            14 November
                                            Forever Queen - 1 CD and 2 CD version
                                            12 March 2012
                                            Live album remasters

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                                            • Originally posted by loris39
                                              Thanks for these figures, HUR. Greatest Hits I and Greatest Hits II will surely achieve the 11th Platinum in New Zealand.
                                              I think the total for "Greatest Hits" is just from 1984 to 2008, without any sales for the period between 1981 and 1983. In my opinion, its total sales should be more than 200,000 copies. It went to #1 in 1981 during 5 weeks and 17 weeks Top 10.

                                              Updated Soundscan totals for the following DVDs. Sales in USA:

                                              Live At Wembley '86: 399,000
                                              Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl: 105,000
                                              Queen Rock Montreal: 131,000

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                                              • It will be interesting to see if Queen are in the end of year Top 50 selling album and singles artist charts here in the UK, it must be one of the quietest years ever for the band in the UK.

                                                Does anybody know if Thank God It's Christmas charted this year?. One of Queen's biggest mistakes was to release TGIC without a video, especially as in 1984 they produced some of their best videos, Radio GaGa, I Want To Break Free and It's A Hard Life, a great video could have turned TGIC from a minor hit into a Top 10 smash!

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                                                • No, it didn't chart, and I really don't think Queen will be in the Top 50 selling artists of the year this year, I'm afraid.

                                                  But just wait for the promotional activity surrounding their move from EMI to Universal early in 2011 - next year should see a pronounced uptick in their sales!!!

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                                                  • May i be the first to wish all my fellow Queen fans a Merry Christmas and what promises to be a happy and wonderfully exciting Queen filled 2011

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                                                    • Hey HUR, how many albums have Queen sold now worldwide do you think? MJD hasnt updated his website for a long time now. Maybe they aren't at number 7 on his all time list anymore...

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                                                      • According to Chart Watch by Paul Grein:

                                                        http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_ ... sic-video/

                                                        "Queen has sold 19,818,000 albums since 1991. Of course, they sold many millions more in the 18 years before that. The band first cracked The Billboard 200 in November 1973."

                                                        But I don't know if this figure comprises also the sales of the band with Paul Rodgers. The estimation regarding Queen + Paul Rodgers was 112,000 copies by september 2009.

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                                                        • Thanks, Loris!
                                                          Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                                          • Originally posted by loris39
                                                            According to Chart Watch by Paul Grein:

                                                            http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_ ... sic-video/

                                                            "Queen has sold 19,818,000 albums since 1991. Of course, they sold many millions more in the 18 years before that. The band first cracked The Billboard 200 in November 1973."

                                                            But I don't know if this figure comprises also the sales of the band with Paul Rodgers. The estimation regarding Queen + Paul Rodgers was 112,000 copies by september 2009.
                                                            Great news, hopefully Queen will top the 20 million mark next year at some point. Does anybody know if Hollywood Records are going to release the remastered back catalogue in America that Universal are going to release worldwide next year?

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                                                            • Thank you, Loris. Great figure.

                                                              I think that "Five Live" (which sold 358,000 copies, according to Soundscan) isn't counted in the above total. This means that Queen have probably sold more than 20 million, regardless of whether their collaborations with Paul Rodgers are counted or not.

                                                              Originally posted by nucleardolphin
                                                              Hey HUR, how many albums have Queen sold now worldwide do you think? MJD hasnt updated his website for a long time now. Maybe they aren't at number 7 on his all time list anymore...
                                                              According to MJDangerous:

                                                              Singles sales
                                                              1 Elvis Presley 140m
                                                              2 The Beatles 140 m
                                                              3 Elton John 120 m
                                                              4 Michael Jackson 100m
                                                              5 Madonna 95m
                                                              6 Rolling Stones 85m
                                                              7 Bee Gees 85m
                                                              8 Stevie Wonder 80m
                                                              9 Rod Stewart 60m
                                                              10 ABBA 60m
                                                              11 Queen 55m
                                                              12 Whitney Houston 55m
                                                              13 Jackson5/The Jacksons 45m

                                                              Act - Album sales (last update)
                                                              The Beatles - 349,1m (April 2010)
                                                              Michael Jackson - 232,7m (April 2010)
                                                              Elvis Presley - 231,0m (April 2010)
                                                              Pink Floyd - 204,7m (September 2010)
                                                              Madonna - 195,7m (April 2010) - Some ongoing updates ATM
                                                              The Rolling Stones - 190,3m (April 2010)
                                                              Elton John - 180,2m (December 2010)
                                                              Queen - 173,5m (May 2010)
                                                              Led Zeppelin - 171,4m (November 2010)
                                                              U2 - 167,6m (November 2010)
                                                              AC/DC - 158,3m (November 2010)
                                                              The Eagles - 153,9m (November 2010)

                                                              Albums and singles

                                                              The Beatles 490m
                                                              Elvis Presley 370m
                                                              Michael Jackson 330m
                                                              Elton John 300m
                                                              Madonna 280m
                                                              The Rolling Stones 275m
                                                              Frank Sinatra 250m
                                                              Queen 225m
                                                              Bee Gees 215m
                                                              Pink Floyd 215m
                                                              Celine Dion 210m
                                                              Rod Stewart 200m
                                                              Whitney Houston 190m
                                                              Mariah Carey 190m
                                                              Abba 190m
                                                              U2 190m

                                                              MJDangerous estimated the singles sales for the main countries, so I personally rounded up the figures to get some approximated totals.

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