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  • The Who :: Charts & Sales History

    Key
    year of release
    year of latest riaa certification
    title
    riaa shipment
    soundscan total since 1991

    US Shipments

    Studio Albums
    1965 none My Generation
    1967 none Happy Jack (A Quick One)
    1968 none The Who Sell Out
    1969 1993 Tommy - 2LP - 2,000,000 - 684,000 jan 2006
    1971 1993 Who's Next - 3,000,000 - 863,000 jan 2006
    1973 1993 Quadrophenia - 2LP - 1,000,000
    1975 1993 The Who by Numbers - 1,000,000
    1978 1993 Who Are You - 2,000,000
    1981 1981 Face Dances - 1,000,000
    1982 1982 It's Hard - 500,000
    2006 none Endless Wire

    Other Studio Albums
    1974 1974 Odds & Sods - 500,000
    1985 none Who's Missing
    1987 none Two's Missing

    Soundtracks
    1975 1975 Tommy - 2LP - 500,000
    1979 1979 The Kid's Are Alright - 2LP - 1,000,000
    1979 none Quadrophenia - 2LP

    Major Compilations
    1971 1993 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy - 1,000,000
    1981 1993 Hooligans - 2LP - 500,000
    1983 1993 Greatest Hits - 2,000,000
    1988 1993 Who's Better Who's Best - 500,000
    1994 2002 30 Years of Maximum R&B - 4CD - 125,000 - 92,000 dec 2003
    1996 2002 My Generation/Very Best Of - 500,000
    1999 2008 20th Century Masters - 1,000,000 - 917,000 mar 2007
    2002 2008 The Ultimate Collection - 2CD - 500,000
    2004 none Then & Now

    Live Albums
    1970 1993 Live at Leeds - 2,000,000
    1984 none Who's Last - 2LP
    1990 none Join Together - 2CD
    1996 none Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 - 2CD
    2000 none BBC Sessions

    Other Compilations
    1968 none Magic Bus
    1974 none Magic Bus/My Generation - 2LP
    2002 none My Generation Deluxe - 2CD

    Lots and Lots of double albums on this list. Could be the most for any band!

    In 1993 their whole catalogue seems to have been updated by the riaa. This shows what shipment levels were reached - BUT it doesn't show us the shipment level.

    In other words, a title certified Platinum in 1993 could have shipped anywhere between 1,000,000 and 1,999,999 at that time.

    We have no idea, therefore, if any of these titles are due an update.

    However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.

    Their riaa total is 20,625,000

    Hanboo has kindly provided a much needed soundscan total of

    6,100,000 from mar 1991 - jan 2006.

    Allowing for the lack of updates and uncertified titles, their maximum US album sales look to be in the 30 to 35 million range.

    Note that 2 Gold compilations (Who's Better and My Generation) never actually charted on the billboard200.
    See Page One of my threads for all updates

  • #2
    Key
    year of release
    year of latest BPI certification
    title
    BPI shipment


    UK Shipments

    Studio Albums
    1965 1988 My Generation - 100,000
    1966 none A Quick One
    1968 none The Who Sell Out
    1969 none Tommy
    1971 none Who's Next
    1973 1973 Quadrophenia - 100,000
    1974 1974 Odds & Sods - 60,000
    1975 1976 The Who By Numbers - 100,000
    1978 1978 Who Are You - 100,000
    1981 1981 Face Dances - 60,000
    1982 none It's Hard
    2006 none Endless Wire

    Here we go yet again. The bpi figures are virtually worthless. Nothing certified before 1973 - except the later re-issues of My Generation. And nothing updated. Utter crap. :evil:

    Soundtracks
    1975 none Tommy
    1979 1979 The Kids Are Alright - 60,000
    1979 none Quadrophenia

    Major Compilations
    1971 none Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
    1975 1976 The Story of The Who - 100,000
    1988 1988 Who's Better Who's Best - 100,000
    1994 none 30 Years of Maximum R&B
    1996 1996 My Generation/Very Best Of - 100,000
    2002 2002 The Ultimate Collection - 100,000
    2004 none Then & Now

    Live Albums
    1970 none Live at Leeds
    1984 none Who's Last
    1990 none Join Together
    1996 none Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
    2000 none BBC Sessions
    2003 none Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    Other Compilations
    1985 none The Who Collection (Impression)
    1988 1988 The Who Collection (Stylus) - 100,000



    See Page One of my threads for all updates

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    • #3
      Just had time to start this - will and on soundscan and UK stuff asap.
      See Page One of my threads for all updates

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      • #4
        Thanks, Basil!

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        • #5
          Thanks Basil!

          I'm not surprised that "Who's Next" is their biggest album. It's such a classic, I love tracks like Behind Blue Eyes, Baba O Riley and the magneficent Wont Get Fooled Again.
          Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

          Let there be rock!

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          • #6
            Thanks, basil, any idea on the Kinks sales? Would not be very high in terms of album sales, I know, they would have sold a few million singles around the Globe, though.
            They did not sell many, but they were one of the best - God save the Kinks!

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            • #7
              Thanks Basil!
              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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              • #8
                Thanks for the Who. I agree with Blackcat. We need a topic about the Kinks sales.

                Both groups are one of the reasons that I love the British rock scene of the sixties.
                10 Years of my DVD Collection (2000-2010)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ZiggyStardust
                  Thanks for the Who. I agree with Blackcat. We need a topic about the Kinks sales.

                  Both groups are one of the reasons that I love the British rock scene of the sixties.
                  Yes, Kink's You Really Got Me and Who's My Generation are both essential in the development of Hard Rock.
                  Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                  Let there be rock!

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Who Sales

                    Originally posted by Basil
                    However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.
                    Not mega, but very decent. Their Soundscan total in January 2006 was 6.1 million units.
                    Selling about 500K a year, the number must now be close or over 7 million.
                    Not bad for a band that only released one new studio album in the last 20 years!

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                    • #11
                      Re: The Who Sales

                      Originally posted by Hanboo
                      Originally posted by Basil
                      However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.
                      Not mega, but very decent. Their Soundscan total in January 2006 was 6.1 million units.
                      Selling about 500K a year, the number must now be close or over 7 million.
                      Not bad for a band that only released one new studio album in the last 20 years!
                      Much thanks Hanboo!

                      And thanks for everyone's appreciation.

                      I've now added UK Sales (2nd post) and further updated US Sales (1st post).

                      If jimmypages is reading this, is there any chance of UK sales info? (because the bpi stuff is so USELESS!)
                      See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                      • #12
                        Canadian Shipments

                        Key
                        year of release
                        year of latest BPI certification
                        title
                        BPI shipment

                        Studio Albums
                        1965 None My Generation
                        1966 None A Quick One
                        1968 None The Who Sell Out
                        1969 None Tommy
                        1971 None Who's Next
                        1973 None Quadrophenia
                        1974 None Odds & Sods
                        1975 1976 The Who By Numbers - Gold - 50,000
                        1978 1979 Who Are You - Platinumx2 - 200,000
                        1981 None Face Dances
                        1982 1982 It's Hard - Gold - 50,000
                        2006 None Endless Wire

                        Soundtracks
                        1975 None Tommy
                        1979 1979 The Kids Are Alright - Gold - 50,000
                        1979 None Quadrophenia

                        Compilation Albums
                        1971 None Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
                        1975 None The Story of The Who
                        1988 1990 Who's Better Who's Best - Gold - 50,000
                        1994 None 30 Years of Maximum R&B
                        1996 None My Generation/Very Best Of
                        2002 None The Ultimate Collection
                        2004 None Then & Now

                        Videos
                        2004 2005 The Who Live At The Isle Of Wright - Platinum - 10,000

                        Most of the albums haven't been certified in decades! (Except of course, for the odd DVD release). Pretty much similar to the UK.

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                        • #13
                          dvd
                          "Who's Better, Who's Best"

                          certified platinum (but CRIA web-site wrote 20.000 copies...) in Canada in march 2008
                          Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                          • #14
                            Norway
                            week 20
                            dvd chart

                            Who's better, who's best
                            debuted at #7
                            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                            • #15
                              Italy
                              dvd chart

                              AT KILBURN 1977
                              debut 9
                              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                              • #16
                                Billboard
                                6 december
                                dvd chart

                                1 The Who At Kilburn 1977
                                Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by borderwolf
                                  Billboard
                                  6 december
                                  dvd chart

                                  1 The Who At Kilburn 1977
                                  I like that. What can I say?

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                                  • #18
                                    Sweden
                                    dvd chart, week 48

                                    #11 (new)
                                    / 1/ THE WHO
                                    AT KILBURN 1977
                                    Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                    • #19
                                      U.K.
                                      DVD Music Video Chart - Sunday 23 November 2008
                                      This Week (Last Week) Artist -Title (Weeks in Chart)


                                      06 (NE) The Who - Live At Kilburn 1977 (1 week)

                                      (daveyboy at haven)
                                      Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                      • #20
                                        Spain
                                        dvd chart, week 48

                                        #15 (new)
                                        / 1/ THE WHO
                                        AT KILBURN 1977
                                        Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                        • #21
                                          New Zealand

                                          #10 (new)
                                          THE WHO
                                          AT KILBURN 1977
                                          Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by borderwolf
                                            New Zealand

                                            #10 (new)
                                            THE WHO
                                            AT KILBURN 1977
                                            wow, 1977 still sold something in 09.

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                                            • #23
                                              Thanks to Borderwolf:

                                              2m at pulse:

                                              Top Catalog Albums
                                              Week Ending 1/11/09

                                              Wks Rank Scans
                                              On Label 2W LW TW * Artist Title TW LW % RTD

                                              1 GEFN 77 WHO WHO'S NEXT 2,170 1,305 66 974,835

                                              2 GEFN 134 186 WHO ULTIMATE COLLECTION 1,445 2,186 -34 683,307



                                              Originally posted by Basil
                                              1971 1993 Who's Next - 3,000,000 - 863,000 jan 2006
                                              I think that "Who's Next" could be re-certified.

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                                              • #24
                                                Thanks everybody for postin the charts.

                                                And I agree ThunderRoad,The Who sales must be recertified.

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                                                • #25
                                                  2m at pulse:

                                                  U.S.A.
                                                  Top DVD Music Videos
                                                  Week Ending 1/11/09

                                                  Wks Rank Scans
                                                  On Label 2W LW TW * Artist Title TW LW % RTD


                                                  8 IMEN 11 8 10 WHO AT KILBURN 1977 1,185 1,764 -33 30,973
                                                  Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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