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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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            • Thanks HUR.All the best buddy and happy holidays.

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              • Some great info there, thanks HUR!! how come the Rolling Stones have suddenly jumped to 190 million album sales? also I thought U2 would be a little higher by now. Good to AC/DC doing so well, but how come Frank Sinatra has sold so many records when he isn't on either of the albums or singles lists. Anyway, it was a great read, so thanks again!

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                • Originally posted by nucleardolphin
                  Some great info there, thanks HUR!! how come the Rolling Stones have suddenly jumped to 190 million album sales? also I thought U2 would be a little higher by now. Good to AC/DC doing so well, but how come Frank Sinatra has sold so many records when he isn't on either of the albums or singles lists. Anyway, it was a great read, so thanks again!
                  I have no real insight as to this but my impression was always that nobody really knows; that the sales figures from his early career in the 40's and 50's on Columbia and Capitol have been lost. Any totals for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are probably educated guesses in many respects.
                  101 Albums | 501 Songs

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                  • With both Greatest Hits 1 and Greatest Hits 2 released on January 3rd, how do you guys think it will sell/chart in the UK in its first week? After Christmas, all the albums out there at the moment will suffer huge falls.

                    Both hits albums seem to be climbing steadily on most online stores charts so I predict at least top 40 placings for both albums.

                    I will also stick my neck out on the line, but with Queen moving to Universal and all the promotion and anniversaries set for this year and the release of 'Forever Queen' (whatever that is) in November, I think Queen will sell approx. 1m albums just in the UK in 2011. Absolute Greatest sold nearly 600K on its own in 2009 so I think this is possible...Thoughts anyone??

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                    • I think Sinatra has definately sold more than 100 million albums, singles I wouldn't know, same as Bing Crosby and Julio Inglesias, I really wouldn't know where to start!
                      Im not sure that Queen will sell many albums this year in the UK unless this film is released. Absolute Greatest was released only a year ago in November, it seems a bit lame releasing ANOTHER compilation surely, I mean how many can they push out. However, when this film comes out I think it will help create a whole new generation of fans, I hope! I just pray that its good!

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                      • Soundscan sales. USA numbers for two DVDs:

                        We Will Rock You: 186,000
                        Greatest Video Hits: 123,000

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                        • Queen in the Dutch Charts
                          Singles
                          78 RE 4 Queen | Thank God It's Christmas (Week 52)
                          89 78 5 Queen | Thank God It's Christmas (Week 1)
                          Albums
                          90 RE 21 Queen | Absolute Greatest (Week 1 - 2011)

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                          • edit- wrong topic

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                            • This is probably my best Queen find ever. From a book called Understanding Popular Music.

                              UK sales:

                              Greatest Flix II: 300,000 copies

                              "In UK the boom in “sell-through” video came late in the 1980s, after the cost of movies on VHS dropped below ten pounds, with retail turnover virtually doubling every year for three consecutive years between 1987 and 1989. This growth has now slowed considerably, though in overall terms the market is still expanding at a steady ten per cent per year, making it worth well over 375 million (pounds) last year alone (Whalley, 1992). Examples of major sales include Picture Music International, EMI's video company, selling some 300000 copies of the Queen's Greatest Flix 2 compilation, Pavarotti—Three Tenors and In Bed With Madonna, the biggest-selling MVs in the UK in 1991, both sold hundreds of thousands of units" (Understanding Popular Music, 1994).

                              Impressive sales. Let's remember that it sold nearly 160,000 copies as DVD, released as "Greatest Video Hits II".

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                              • Hi everyone, as you know Greatest Hits 1 and Greatest Hits 2 is being re-released today throughout the world!

                                I was just wondering what anyone thinks the performance of these 2 albums will be like in the next few weeks, bearing in mind there aren't too many other big releases for a few weeks, plus all the big Christmas sellers will be 'running out of steam'.

                                I think they may get into the UK top 40 album charts this week. I also think Greatest Hits 1 will become the album with the most weeks on the UK album charts - I think its only 3-4 weeks behind 'Rumours' and 'Bat Out Of Hell'

                                What do you think HUR? Also HUR thanks as always for all the interesting sales/charts figures provided for Queen. That Greatest Flix 2 figure is very interesting. Do you have a link to MJDangerous new updated sales estimates as you showed Queen at 173.5m albums sold? Thanks and hope you had a good Christmas/New Year..

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                                • Celebratory Mastermind the other night was brilliant. The guy was dressed as Freddie in jump suit & then just stormed it. He got like the highest specialist subject score ever...21 points i think it was on Queen.

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                                  • Originally posted by Edwood
                                    I was just wondering what anyone thinks the performance of these 2 albums will be like in the next few weeks, bearing in mind there aren't too many other big releases for a few weeks, plus all the big Christmas sellers will be 'running out of steam'.

                                    I think they may get into the UK top 40 album charts this week. I also think Greatest Hits 1 will become the album with the most weeks on the UK album charts - I think its only 3-4 weeks behind 'Rumours' and 'Bat Out Of Hell'
                                    If anything, I think the only album with a chance of making the Top 40 is the first collection, "Greatest Hits". But not so much their "Greatest Hits II".

                                    But I'm not sure because they haven't been heavily advertised, as far as I know, and there are some big price cuttings for plenty of albums (which generated some strange jumps last week, and will likely continue this week).

                                    As for your prediction of Queen selling a million this year, it is all down to how successful the movie will be. But they are going to release it next year, I think. So I don't think they will sell a million in 2011, it is too much and very optimistic.

                                    I may be pessimistic at times, and have been proven wrong before (with "Absolute Greatest", I wasn't expecting anything good in UK); but here, I'm being realistic, in my opinion. By comparison, Abba sold more than million albums between the second half of 2008 and 2009, and that was because of the movie Mamma Mia which broke some records. I see Queen selling about that many, if their film happens to be as successful as that one (which I find very unlikely if you ask me).

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                                    • 'Greatest Hits' was 195th best selling artist album of 2000-09 in UK with sales of ~816,000

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                                      • Thank you, Rollingbob. It sold that many without a third of the "Platinum Collection", no?

                                        Edwood, here the link to MJDangerous' breakdown: http://fanofmusic.free.fr/index.php?m=C ... rs&Act=143

                                        The figure for "Greatest Flix II" is great in UK. A total of 300,000 copies, by 1994, is impressive. I would say that as far as music videos are concerned, Queen are one of the very best selling acts ever in UK (and all over Europe).

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                                        • Originally posted by HUR
                                          Thank you, Rollingbob. It sold that many without a third of the "Platinum Collection", no?

                                          Edwood, here the link to MJDangerous' breakdown: http://fanofmusic.free.fr/index.php?m=C ... rs&Act=143

                                          The figure for "Greatest Flix II" is great in UK. A total of 300,000 copies, by 1994, is impressive. I would say that as far as music videos are concerned, Queen are one of the very best selling acts ever in UK (and all over Europe).
                                          Thank you HUR, much appreciated

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                                          • Absolute Greatest has finished 2010 with 133,000 copies, for a total amount of 678,000 copies in UK.

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                                            • Originally posted by EdWood
                                              I think they may get into the UK top 40 album charts this week.
                                              Unlikely, given that I is at #135 and II is at #186 in the current midweek chart!

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                                              • Originally posted by irishguy28
                                                Originally posted by EdWood
                                                I think they may get into the UK top 40 album charts this week.
                                                Unlikely, given that I is at #135 and II is at #186 in the current midweek chart!
                                                I think so far there has been terrible promotion from Queen's new record company, Universal/Island Records here in the UK. Without promotion this is where the albums end up! :x Lets hope they rise over the week and their positions improve alot!

                                                I think probably Universal is taking a long-term approach to Queen and their sales/success levels, not just over 2011 but over their entire contract which may be 5-10 years or even longer. I expect when any anniveraries start popping up this year as its their 40th year, we SHOULD start hearing alot more.. :-?

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                                                • Originally posted by EdWood
                                                  I think so far there has been terrible promotion from Queen's new record company, Universal/Island Records here in the UK.

                                                  I think probably Universal is taking a long-term approach to Queen
                                                  They have only just come into UMG hands, and as far as I know, are not yet re-released physically. Anyways, the schedule of promotion and milestones for the year has already been published (and was posted here on this website) so I think you're being far too disapproving far too early!

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                                                  • Originally posted by irishguy28
                                                    Originally posted by EdWood
                                                    I think so far there has been terrible promotion from Queen's new record company, Universal/Island Records here in the UK.

                                                    I think probably Universal is taking a long-term approach to Queen
                                                    They have only just come into UMG hands, and as far as I know, are not yet re-released physically. Anyways, the schedule of promotion and milestones for the year has already been published (and was posted here on this website) so I think you're being far too disapproving far too early!
                                                    Looking on Amazon the 2011 Remasters of the GH 1 & 2 albums were released on the 3rd Jan.

                                                    It seems like a strange strategy as they are likely to dampen the sales of the studio album re-releases when they appear in a couple of months.
                                                    101 Albums | 501 Songs

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