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  • Greatest Hits (One) (1981) - 5,795,000
    Greatest Hits II (1992) - 3,840,000
    Greatest Hits III (1999) - 665,000
    The Platinum Collection (Hits I, II, & III) (2000) - 1,685,000
    Amazing sales!
    Who is buying these Hits albums?
    Surely most Queen fans would have bought their copy years ago?
    Are these new young first-time fans?
    Will there not be a saturation figure for Hits I or will it just keep on selling?
    It is truly amazing how it keeps on selling.

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    • Irish Chart:

      #44 Absolute Greatest

      Canadian charts:

      #86 Absolute Greatest

      France Top 40 Compilations:

      #36 Greatest Hits I
      #39 Greatest Hits II

      Top 100 Best Selling Albums Of The 80s in UK:

      #83 The Work (798,000 copies)
      #78 A Kind Of Magic (805,000 copies)

      Source:

      Haven

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      • Good news - Queen are back in the UK top 75 album chart - Queen's Greatest Hits is at number 25 - no sales given but 'Death Cab For Cutie' at number 24 sold 5904 copies so Queen probably sold 5,800?

        Queen's Greatest Hits 2 is at number 47 - no figures but The Saturdays at number 98 sold 1471 copies so maybe Queen sold 3,500?

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        • Various charts...

          South Korea:

          #48 Greatest Hits

          Canada:

          #88 Absolute Greatest

          Republic of Ireland:

          #61 Absolute Greatest

          Netherlands Top 50 Back Catalogue:

          #31 A Night At The Opera

          Italy:

          #74 Greatest Hits II (seventh week in the Top-100)
          #79 Greatest Hits (second week in the Top-100)

          Italian DVD Chart:

          #10 Rock Montreal

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          • Originally posted by pierpinto
            Originally posted by nucleardolphin
            HUR, I think your posts were a huge amount of information to take it quite honestly! normally people only post a sentence or some figures, but you posted the equivalent of a chapter!! I always though find your posts fascinating but sometimes I don't know what to reply to!! please though keep posting your posts, you are the best on the website I think!
            You can say that again!

            Hur posts are great and full of interesting figures.

            Thanks again, Hur
            I would like to say that about HUR too - always full of what we are here for, stats and figures. And what is more he is a gentleman and a conscientious statistical hobbyist who doesn't let his admiration for his favourite band - with imho the top lead vocalist/personality of any group - lead him to over-exagerrate his estimations. To uncover all the research details that he does - internet or no internet - from Argentina is simply impressive.

            My time visiting this thread for the first time in months this evening has been enjoyable, so just for you HUR, from the old timer's figures, and seeing as it had been mentioned above by you and JP59:

            ANATO - end of Feb 76

            LP - 531,713
            Cassette - 69,264
            8-track - 13,517

            Now, based on this, it would seem that 1.5m is more than a certainty to me...

            And I bought it too!

            Topicel

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            • Thank you, Topicel. Very interesting sales details. Thank you for the kind words, it is nice to read that about me.

              "A Night At The Opera" has sold very well in the UK since 1977.

              Japan

              Sales during 2011 (remasters)

              Greatest Hits
              12.01.2011: 26
              19.01.2011: 39
              26.01.2011: 80
              02.02.2001: 89
              09.02.2011: 100
              16.02.2011: 138
              23.02.2011: 188
              02.03.2011: 146
              09.03.2011: 192
              16.03.2011: 227
              23.03.2011: 229
              30.03.2011: 119
              06.04.2011: 283

              Sales: 15,171

              Greatest Hits II
              12.01.2011: 34
              19.01.2001: 57
              26.01.2011: 94
              02.02.2011: 110
              09.02.2011: 118
              16.09.2011: 180
              23.02.2011: 224
              02.03.2011: 185
              09.03.2011: 237
              16.03.2011: 291
              23.03.2011: 204

              Sales: 11,261

              Queen
              16.03.2011: 87
              23.03.2011: 144

              Sales: 1,640

              Queen II
              16.03.2011: 82
              23.03.2011: 181

              Sales: 1,721

              Sheer Heart Attack
              16.03.2011: 89
              23.03.2011: 141

              Sales: 1,628

              A Night At The Opera
              16.03.2011: 73
              23.03.2011: 117
              30.03.2011: 293
              06.04.2011: 292

              Sales: 2,610

              A Day At The Races
              16.03.2011: 90
              23.03.2011: 146

              Sales: 1,567

              Those are the sales of their albums while inside the Top 300.

              "Deep Cuts" didn't chart in the Top 300.

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              • Very interesting figures Topicel and HUR - thanks!

                In the UK album charts this week as well as both Greatest Hits charting....

                159. (92) DEEP CUTS - VOL 1 1973-1976 (Queen)
                200. (RE) A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [REMASTERED] (Queen)

                Singles chart:

                192. (RE) DON'T STOP ME NOW (Queen)

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                • Queen still have both Greatest Hits albums in the UK top 75 album chart - this week....

                  36. (25) GREATEST HITS [REMASTERED] (Queen)
                  56. (47) GREATEST HITS II [REMASTERED] (Queen)

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                  • UK Top 40 Mids:

                    Greatest Hits #39

                    USA I-Tunes Top 10 Rock Albums:

                    Greatest Hits #9

                    USA I-Tunes Top 100 Albums:

                    Greatest Hits #44

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                    • Originally posted by loris39
                      South Korea:

                      #48 Greatest Hits
                      Thank you for the weekly updates, Loris.

                      "Greatest Hits" has been doing very well in South Korea this year, after reaching #3.

                      Apart from that, "Don't Stop Me Now" has been charting in the singles chart for the past few weeks. Here are its weekly chart positions (with exact sales):

                      South Korea

                      Digital sales

                      Don't Stop Me Now
                      16.04.2011: 70 (5,739)
                      23.04.2011: 19 (11,869)
                      30.04.2011: 76 (4,005)
                      07.05.2011: 80 (4,054)
                      14.05.2011: 87 (3,711)
                      21.05.2011: 117 (2,802)
                      28.05.2011: 129 (3,550)
                      04.06.2011: 133 (3,657)

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                      • Italian chart
                        - album:


                        #54 Greatest Hits II
                        #79 Greatest Hits I


                        - dvd:


                        #9 Rock Montreal

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                        • Good news! Queen's Greatest Hits has increased its sale and is now at number 29 in UK charts - up from number 36.

                          Whilst 44. (56) GREATEST HITS II [REMASTERED] (Queen)

                          Other sales and charts positions were as follows:

                          9245 Black Country Communion (23)
                          5577 Neil Young (38)

                          2295 Paul McCartney (88)
                          1895 Paul McCartney (108)


                          So I would estimate, Queen Greatest Hits sold between 7000-8000 and Greatest Hits 2 sold ~4500.

                          Anyone have any estimates for their total UK sales for these albums so far in 2011? HUR?

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                          • This week on US billboard charts:

                            140 RE-ENTRY 209 Greatest Hits, Queen

                            As far as I know the last time Queen had a re-entry into the Billboard 200 earlier this year, it was the We Will Rock You Edition of Greatest Hits. I think the version that is charting now is the old 1992 version that has been certified 8 times platinum (but which should by now be probably certified diamond with all the catalog sales since the last certification).

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                            • Edwood how is your Dry Cleaning Company doing nowadays,i here you turned over $3 million dollars last year,lol!!!!!!!!!
                              You can never have enough luxury lemon drizzle cake

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                              • Are you insane? :-?

                                Mods bad him...

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                                • Originally posted by EdWood
                                  This week on US billboard charts:

                                  140 RE-ENTRY 209 Greatest Hits, Queen

                                  As far as I know the last time Queen had a re-entry into the Billboard 200 earlier this year, it was the We Will Rock You Edition of Greatest Hits. I think the version that is charting now is the old 1992 version that has been certified 8 times platinum (but which should by now be probably certified diamond with all the catalog sales since the last certification).

                                  -- Queen: At No. 140, the band's 1992 album "Greatest Hits" re-enters with 4,000 (up 105%), likely owed to Father's Day promotions. Coincidentally, the act's SoundScan-era cumulative album sales tally surpasses the 20 million mark this week as well. (Certainly, the group sold many millions more before SoundScan was established in 1991.) Since 1991, Queen's biggest selling album is this "Greatest Hits," which has shifted 6.9 million copies and is currently the 68th best-selling album since 1991.

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                                  • Yes EdWood i am insane,infact beyond insane!!!!!

                                    But hey your Company is doing very well!!!!!!!
                                    You can never have enough luxury lemon drizzle cake

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                                    • Originally posted by argentino78
                                      -- Queen: At No. 140, the band's 1992 album "Greatest Hits" re-enters with 4,000 (up 105%), likely owed to Father's Day promotions. Coincidentally, the act's SoundScan-era cumulative album sales tally surpasses the 20 million mark this week as well. (Certainly, the group sold many millions more before SoundScan was established in 1991.) Since 1991, Queen's biggest selling album is this "Greatest Hits," which has shifted 6.9 million copies and is currently the 68th best-selling album since 1991.
                                      Many thanks for this message: it's very interesting! By the end of October 2010, Greatest Hits was 6,807,000 copies, now it's 6,9 million: it's quite surprising! The total of Queen albums - even if we don't know whether Five Lives and the albums feat Paul Rodgers are included - by the end of 2010 was 19,818,000 copies, while now the tally surpasses 20 million copies. That means that the catalogue is doing better than last year.

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                                      • A great Hotdog should be served with Onions,English Mustard and Luxury Ketchup!!!!!!!!!
                                        You can never have enough luxury lemon drizzle cake

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                                        • With the help of Slightymad, I have managed to gather more Queen related information on the music video charts in the UK.

                                          Queen's number one music videos on the British charts from 1981 to 1992

                                          Greatest Flix (6 weeks)
                                          We Will Rock You (4 weeks)
                                          Live In Rio (3 weeks)
                                          Who Wants To Live Forever (1 week)
                                          Live In Budapest (1 week)
                                          Rare Live (1 week)
                                          Greatest Flix II (14 weeks)
                                          Live At Wembley (3 weeks)

                                          Total weeks at #1: 33 weeks

                                          For the whole period between March 1981 and 1992, Queen achieved 8 number one music videos in the UK.

                                          Overall, they had more number one music videos than any other act during those ten years, and more weeks at the top than any other act.

                                          Queen's number one music videos from 2002 to 2011

                                          The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (3 weeks)
                                          Greatest Video Hits (2 weeks)
                                          Live At Wembley '86 (16 weeks)
                                          Greatest Video Hits II (1 week)
                                          Queen On Fire (2 weeks)
                                          Return Of The Champions (1 week)

                                          At least 14 chart topping music videos in the UK. With nine years missing between 1993 and 2001 (although they didn't release that many music videos during that time; "Champions Of The World" was #2 in 1995 from what I could see).

                                          According to most Queen fansites from ten years ago, Queen were supposed to have had as many as 9 number one music videos between 1981 and 2000. We know 8 of them now and there may be a further chart topping video apparently.

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                                          • A slew of re/new entries in the bottom half of the midweek Top 100 today!

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                                            • Originally posted by irishguy28
                                              A slew of re/new entries in the bottom half of the midweek Top 100 today!
                                              Care to elaborate Irishguy28? Chart positions?

                                              Thanks

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                                              • Japanese Top 30 Western Albums:

                                                #26 News Of The World
                                                #28 Jazz
                                                #29 The Game

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                                                • Billboard reports that with the 7/2/11 charts, Queen's SoundScan album sales crossed the 20 million mark.

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                                                  • Re-entry this week in the Canadian top 100 album charts:

                                                    Absolute Greatest up to number 89 from 101 last week. It has spent 27 weeks on the album chart...

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                                                    • So if Queen have sold 20 million in the US since 1991, how many albums have they sold in total in the US up to now? HUR?!

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                                                      • I would say Queen have sold 45-46 million albums in the USA in their career to date...

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                                                        • Does anyone know of any UK album chart positions this week as Queen weren't in the top 100? :-?

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                                                          • Originally posted by nucleardolphin
                                                            So if Queen have sold 20 million in the US since 1991, how many albums have they sold in total in the US up to now? HUR?!
                                                            Queen: 750,000
                                                            Queen II: 750,000
                                                            Sheer Heart Attack: 500,000
                                                            A Night At The Opera: 3,000,000
                                                            A Day At The Races: 1,000,000
                                                            News Of The World: 4,000,000
                                                            Jazz: 1,500,000
                                                            Live Killers: 1,000,000
                                                            The Game: 4,000,000
                                                            Flash Gordon: 500,000
                                                            Greatest Hits: 9,000,000
                                                            Hot Space: 800,000
                                                            The Works: 600,000
                                                            A Kind Of Magic: 1,000,000
                                                            The Miracle: 500,000
                                                            Innuendo: 500,000
                                                            Classic Queen: 3,500,000
                                                            Live At Wembley: 500,000
                                                            Five Live: 400,000
                                                            Greatest Hits I & II: 1,000,000
                                                            Made In Heaven: 300,000
                                                            Live Magic: 250,000
                                                            Queen Rocks: 75,000
                                                            Greatest Hits III: 150,000
                                                            Platinum Collection: 700,000
                                                            Greatest Hits We Will Rock You: 1,000,000
                                                            Others: 700,000

                                                            The total is nearly 38 million albums sold. For many albums (like "Sheer Heart Attack", "A Night At The Opera", "News Of The World", "Live Killers" and others), I'm going by their certifications. Some of those will have sold some extra tens of thousands, all of which would push their albums sales to 40 million or close. So I think Queen sold 37 to 40 million in that country.

                                                            "Greatest Hits" has moved more than a million since its last award. I assume about 9 million, which is fine; but it could be a bit smaller.

                                                            "A Kind Of Magic" sold nearly 600,000 copies since Soundscan began tracking albums sales in USA. I think it easily sold 300,000 during 1986.

                                                            "Queen" was Gold (500,000 copies) in 1977; plus, it sold 116,000 according to Soundscan (1991 to 2005).

                                                            Billboard reported sales of 2 million for "Jazz" in 1979 in the Warner Music markets (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand).

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                                                            • Very interesting figures, HUR.
                                                              But I would like to do some reflections...
                                                              A while ago, you posted some Billboard articles about "The Game" and "Hot Space" here:

                                                              http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1638714

                                                              Those articles adfirmed that "The Game" sold more than 4,000,000 at September 1982 and "Hot Space" 800,000 at September 1982. And if we consider Soundscan figures, it seems that "Hot Space" is close to the Platinum, while "The Game" should be about 4,500,000, like "News of The World".

                                                              Why does "Made in Heaven" have only 300,000 copies? It was certified Gold in March 1996.

                                                              In my opinion, "Sheer Heart Attack" is about 1,000,000 copies.

                                                              With regard to the "Greatest Hits + We Will Rock You Edition", they have abundantly exceeded 10,000,000 albums, according to the last data. I assume they have sold about 10,200,00 copies.

                                                              Thank you also for the figures about Champions Of The World!

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