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  • Originally posted by thebigham

    USA: Top 20 New Acts Since 2000

    Compiled By Paul Grein, Yahoo! Chart Watch
    Paul posted a similar article back in July 2009 - here's a comparison…

    Rank 2009 - Rank 2014 - Artist - Sales Jul 2009 - Sales Jun 2014 - Sales 09-14
    1 - 1 - LINKIN PARK - 21,233,000 - 24,590,000 - 3,357,000
    3 - 2 - NICKELBACK - 19,414,000 - 23,057,000 - 3,643,000
    5 - 4 - RASCAL FLATTS - 19,083,000 - 22,790,000 - 3,707,000
    4 - 5 - JOSH GROBAN - 19,147,000 - 22,313,000 - 3,166,000
    2 - 6 - NELLY - 21,215,000 - 21,817,000 - 602,000
    6 - 7 - NORAH JONES - 16,728,000 - 19,013,000 - 2,285,000
    8 - 8 - ALICIA KEYS - 15,520,000 - 18,371,000 - 2,851,000
    9 - 10 - COLDPLAY - 14,426,000 - 17,834,000 - 3,408,000
    7 - 11 - 50 CENT - 15,589,000 - 16,774,000 - 1,185,000
    17 - 12 - P!NK - 9,998,000 - 16,062,000 - 6,064,000
    15 - 13 - BEYONCÉ - 10,565,000 - 15,392,000 - 4,827,000
    12 - 14 - JOHN MAYER - 11,467,000 - 14,799,000 - 3,332,000
    20 - 15 - CARRIE UNDERWOOD - 9,748,000 - 14,667,000 - 4,919,000
    10 - 16 - LUDACRIS - 13,411,000 - 14,273,000 - 862,000
    16 - 18 - KELLY CLARKSON - 10,276,000 - 13,429,000 - 3,153,000
    11 - 19 - 3 DOORS DOWN - 12,472,000 - 13,336,000 - 864,000
    19 - 20 - KANYE WEST - 9,922,000 - 12,800,000 - 2,878,000
    13 - 21 - AVRIL LAVIGNE - 11,404,000 - 12,305,000 - 901,000
    18 - 25 - EVANESCENCE - 9,965,000 - 11,257,000 - 1,292,000

    Taylor Swift, Michael Bublé & Adele are all new entries on the 2014 list.

    On the 2009 list but missing from the 2014 list…

    14. Keith Urban, 10,858,000. The country star, 41, is the oldest solo artist on the list, which just means he was a little late getting started. Urban, who was born in New Zealand, first charted with Keith Urban in 2000. His third album, 2004's Be Here, is his best-seller, with sales of 3,639,000 copies. The album spawned four top 40 hits, including "Days Go By." Top 200 rank: #159.
    My thread on Pulse: Weekly Top 10 Albums Sales Thread
    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/thre...s-sales-thread

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    • when in 2009 was that article published as he turned 42 at the end of October of that year
      "the love of a mothers life is her child/children"

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      • Originally posted by marcsgirl85
        when in 2009 was that article published as he turned 42 at the end of October of that year
        It was July 22 to be exact - I'm assuming PG overlooked KU when he compiled the 2014 list.
        My thread on Pulse: Weekly Top 10 Albums Sales Thread
        http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/thre...s-sales-thread

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        • thanks for that info so it was a couple of months before Keith's 42nd birthday
          "the love of a mothers life is her child/children"

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          • July 19 Billboard charts, I think

            http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/musi ... /12482603/

            Garth Brooks closing in on the big seven-oh (in sales)
            USA TODAY 2:15 p.m. EDT July 10, 2014

            Garth Brooks, who announced his return to recording and touring today, is the best-selling artist in the USA since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. He's sold 69.6 million albums, topping The Beatles (65.8 million), Metallica (54.42 million), Mariah Carey (54.40 million) and Celine Dion (52.2 million).

            EDIT: Updated with CORRECT Beatles total

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            • Originally posted by thebigham
              Garth Brooks, who announced his return to recording and touring today, is the best-selling artist in the USA since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. He's sold 69.6 million albums, topping The Beatles (68.5 million), Metallica (54.42 million), Mariah Carey (54.40 million) and Celine Dion (52.2 million).
              The figure of 68.5 million for The Beatles must be wrong.

              We had 65.111 million at the end of 2013 and 65.73 million in May 2014. Now it might be 65.8 million.

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              • These USA Today numbers seem off. Not updating my list until we get another update by Chart Watch.

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                • Originally posted by blackbird
                  The figure of 68.5 million for The Beatles must be wrong.
                  It has been updated:
                  An earlier version of this report included an incorrect number for The Beatles' album sales.

                  Garth Brooks, who announced his return to recording and touring today, is the best-selling artist in the USA since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. He's sold 69.6 million albums, topping The Beatles (65.8 million),
                  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/musi ... /12482603/

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                  • Almost a year now since the SoundScan RTD list leaked. Thought I'd share my estimated version of the top 100 as it currently stands.

                    Rank - ALBUM TITLE - Artist - Est. Sales (m) - ( Last known actual sales & date )
                    01 - METALLICA - Metallica - 16.02 - ( 06/08/14 : 16,006,000 )
                    02 - COME ON OVER - Shania Twain - 15.57 - ( 05/18/14 : 15,566,000 )
                    03 - JAGGED LITTLE PILL - Alanis Morissette - 14.94 - ( 05/18/14 : 14,927,000 )
                    04 - 1 - Beatles - 12.39 - ( 03/30/14 : 12,351,000 )
                    05 - MILLENNIUM - Backstreet Boys - 12.25 - ( 12/29/13 : 12,241,000 )
                    06 - THE BODYGUARD - Soundtrack - 12.13 - ( 06/08/14 : 12,119,000 )
                    07 - SUPERNATURAL - Santana - 11.83 - ( 03/30/14 : 11,813,000 )
                    08 - HUMAN CLAY - Creed - 11.69 - ( 12/29/13 : 11,674,000 )
                    09 - LEGEND - Bob Marley & the Wailers - 11.58 - ( 06/08/14 : 11,554,000 )
                    10 - NO STRINGS ATTACHED - 'NSync - 11.16 - ( 12/29/13 : 11,152,000 )
                    11 - COME AWAY WITH ME - Norah Jones - 11.01 - ( 06/15/14 : 11,004,000 )
                    12 - 21 - Adele - 10.97 - ( 06/15/14 : 10,952,000 )
                    13 - THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP - Eminem - 10.87 - ( 06/08/14 : 10,860,000 )
                    14 - FALLING INTO YOU - Celine Dion - 10.84 - ( 07/28/13 : 10,821,000 )
                    15 - BABY ONE MORE TIME - Britney Spears - 10.61 - ( 07/28/13 : 10,592,000 )
                    16 - THE EMINEM SHOW - Eminem - 10.40 - ( 06/08/14 : 10,382,000 )
                    17 - CRACKED REAR VIEW - Hootie & the Blowfish - 10.31 - ( 07/28/13 : 10,291,000 )
                    18 - HYBRID THEORY - Linkin Park - 10.23 - ( 06/15/14 : 10,218,000 )
                    19 - TITANIC - Soundtrack - 10.18 - ( 07/28/13 : 10,180,000 )
                    20 - CONFESSIONS - Usher - 10.17 - ( 06/08/14 : 10,166,000 )
                    21 - BACKSTREET BOYS - Backstreet Boys - 10.14 - ( 07/28/13 : 10,134,000 )
                    22 - TEN - Pearl Jam - 10.10 - ( 03/30/14 : 10,074,000 )
                    23 - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - Pink Floyd - 9.67 - ( 06/08/14 : 9,652,000 )
                    24 - LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE - Celine Dion - 9.62 - ( 07/28/13 : 9,611,000 )
                    25 - ROPIN' THE WIND - Garth Brooks - 9.57 - ( 07/28/13 : 9,571,000 )
                    26 - GREATEST HITS - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - 9.37 - ( 03/30/14 : 9,347,000 )
                    27 - DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE - Kid Rock - 9.33 - ( 12/08/13 : 9,300,000 )
                    28 - OOPS I DID IT AGAIN - Britney Spears - 9.22 - ( 07/28/13 : 9,212,000 )
                    29 - NEVERMIND - Nirvana - 9.17 - ( 06/08/14 : 9,156,000 )
                    30 - NO FENCES - Garth Brooks - 9.01 - ( 07/28/13 : 9,011,000 )
                    31 - WIDE OPEN SPACES - Dixie Chicks - 8.88 - ( 10/27/13 : 8,841,000 )
                    32 - HELL FREEZES OVER - Eagles - 8.85 - ( 08/11/13 : 8,799,000 )
                    33 - 'NSYNC - 'NSync - 8.85 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,844,000 )
                    34 - II - Boyz II Men - 8.60 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,593,000 )
                    35 - GREATEST HITS - Journey - 8.57 - ( 06/08/14 : 8,545,000 )
                    36 - COUNTRY GRAMMAR - Nelly - 8.56 - ( 06/15/14 : 8,561,000 )
                    37 - FLY - Dixie Chicks - 8.43 - ( 10/27/13 : 8,396,000 )
                    38 - GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' - 50 Cent - 8.28 - ( 06/15/14 : 8,271,000 )
                    39 - YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU - Matchbox Twenty - 8.27 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,220,000 )
                    40 - CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Christina Aguilera - 8.26 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,251,000 )
                    41 - TRAGIC KINGDOM - No Doubt - 8.25 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,222,000 )
                    42 - GREATEST HITS - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 8.22 - ( 03/30/14 : 8,185,000 )
                    43 - DOOKIE - Green Day - 8.18 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,147,000 )
                    44 - BREATHLESS - Kenny G - 8.07 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,064,000 )
                    45 - ALL THE WAY…A DECADE OF SONG - Celine Dion - 8.02 - ( 07/28/13 : 8,008,000 )
                    46 - O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU - Soundtrack - 7.89 - ( 03/30/14 : 7,863,000 )
                    47 - THE LION KING - Soundtrack - 7.88 - ( 06/29/14 : 7,879,000 )
                    48 - ALL THE RIGHT REASONS - Nickelback - 7.85 - ( 06/15/14 : 7,834,000 )
                    49 - HITS - Garth Brooks - 7.82 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,822,000 )
                    50 - FALLEN - Evanescence - 7.81 - ( 03/30/14 : 7,788,000 )
                    51 - THE WOMAN IN ME - Shania Twain - 7.76 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,744,000 )
                    52 - 2001 - Dr Dre - 7.75 - ( 03/30/14 : 7,724,000 )
                    53 - DAYDREAM - Mariah Carey - 7.67 - ( 10/13/13 : 7,657,000 )
                    54 - UNPLUGGED - Eric Clapton - 7.66 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,643,000 )
                    55 - SIGNIFICANT OTHER - Limp Bizkit - 7.59 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,579,000 )
                    56 - CRAZYSEXYCOOL - TLC - 7.57 - ( 06/08/14 : 7,566,000 )
                    57 - SOME GAVE ALL - Billy Ray Cyrus - 7.51 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,506,000 )
                    58 - PIECES OF YOU - Jewel - 7.47 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,462,000 )
                    59 - SPICE - Spice Girls - 7.46 - ( 10/27/13 : 7,453,000 )
                    60 - SOME HEARTS - Carrie Underwood - 7.40 - ( 06/15/14 : 7,392,000 )
                    61 - MIRACLES: THE HOLIDAY ALBUM - Kenny G - 7.30 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,285,000 )
                    62 - MUSIC BOX - Mariah Carey - 7.29 - ( 10/13/13 : 7,277,000 )
                    63 - THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL - Lauryn Hill - 7.26 - ( 03/30/14 : 7,239,000 )
                    64 - GREATEST HITS - James Taylor - 7.23 - ( 03/30/14 : 7,201,000 )
                    65 - GREATEST HITS - Queen - 7.20 - ( 08/11/13 : 7,120,000 )
                    66 - JANET - Janet Jackson - 7.05 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,041,000 )
                    67 - RICKY MARTIN - Ricky Martin - 7.02 - ( 07/28/13 : 7,016,000 )
                    68 - COOLEYHIGHHARMONY - Boyz II Men - 6.97 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,973,000 )
                    69 - A DAY WITHOUT RAIN - Enya - 6.97 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,958,000 )
                    70 - LET GO - Avril Lavigne - 6.87 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,829,000 )
                    71 - FEARLESS - Taylor Swift - 6.84 - ( 07/29/14 : 6,840,000 )
                    72 - HOTSHOT - Shaggy - 6.83 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,825,000 )
                    73 - CHOCOLATE STARFISH… - Limp Bizkit - 6.78 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,762,000 )
                    74 - TIME LOVE & TENDERNESS - Michael Bolton - 6.73 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,731,000 )
                    75 - SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART - Jimmy Buffet - 6.69 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,609,000 )
                    76 - BREATHE - Faith Hill - 6.56 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,541,000 )
                    77 - CHRONICLE: 20 GREATEST H - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 6.53 - ( 06/08/14 : 6,513,000 )
                    78 - NELLYVILLE - Nelly - 6.51 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,505,000 )
                    79 - THE SIGN - Ace Of Base - 6.50 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,504,000 )
                    80 - MY OWN PRISON - Creed - 6.49 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,446,000 )
                    81 - WEATHERED - Creed - 6.48 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,458,000 )
                    82 - SUBLIME - Sublime - 6.47 - ( 06/08/14 : 6,463,000 )
                    83 - THRILLER - Michael Jackson - 6.40 - ( 06/08/14 : 6,389,000 )
                    84 - THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL - Destiny's Child - 6.36 - ( 10/27/13 : 6,347,000 )
                    85 - SONGS IN A MINOR - Alicia Keys - 6.35 - ( 06/15/14 : 6,347,000 )
                    86 - GREATEST HITS - Tim McGraw - 6.32 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,276,000 )
                    87 - BREAKAWAY - Kelly Clarkson - 6.31 - ( 06/15/14 : 6,306,000 )
                    88 - SMASH - Offspring - 6.26 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,251,000 )
                    89 - AMERICAN IDIOT - Green Day - 6.20 - ( 03/30/14 : 6,183,000 )
                    90 - UNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE - Natalie Cole - 6.20 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,196,000 )
                    91 - THE SCORE - Fugees - 6.13 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,101,000 )
                    92 - AUGUST & EVERYTHING AFTER - Counting Crows - 6.12 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,096,000 )
                    93 - NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON - Tim McGraw - 6.09 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,079,000 )
                    94 - METEORA - Linkin Park - 6.08 - ( 08/11/13 : 6,027,000 )
                    95 - HOME - Dixie Chicks - 6.06 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,054,000 )
                    96 - GREASE - Soundtrack - 6.05 - ( 03/30/14 : 6,047,000 )
                    97 - THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI - Mariah Carey - 6.05 - ( 06/08/14 : 6,042,000 )
                    98 - SIXTEEN STONE - Bush - 6.05 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,044,000 )
                    99 - BIG WILLIE STYLE - Will Smith - 6.04 - ( 07/28/13 : 6,042,000 )
                    100 - CLOSER - Josh Groban - 6.04 - ( 06/15/14 : 6,032,000 )
                    My thread on Pulse: Weekly Top 10 Albums Sales Thread
                    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/thre...s-sales-thread

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                    • http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... page=0%2C3

                      Albums:

                      8,279,000, Christina Aguilera, 1999
                      4,383,000, Stripped, 2002
                      1,712,000, Back to Basics, 2006
                      1,015,000, My Kind of Christmas, 2000
                      707,000, Burlesque (soundtrack), 2010
                      530,000, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits, 2008
                      487,000, Mi Reflejo, 2000
                      325,000, Bionic, 2010
                      290,000, Lotus, 2012
                      128,000, Just Be Free, 2001

                      Christina Aguilera has sold an impressive 17.9 million albums in the U.S.

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                      • Originally posted by thebigham
                        http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6236538/ask-billboard-taylor-swift-out-shakes-mariah-carey?page=0%2C3

                        Albums:

                        8,279,000, Christina Aguilera, 1999
                        4,383,000, Stripped, 2002
                        1,712,000, Back to Basics, 2006
                        1,015,000, My Kind of Christmas, 2000
                        707,000, Burlesque (soundtrack), 2010
                        530,000, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits, 2008
                        487,000, Mi Reflejo, 2000
                        325,000, Bionic, 2010
                        290,000, Lotus, 2012
                        128,000, Just Be Free, 2001

                        Christina Aguilera has sold an impressive 17.9 million albums in the U.S.
                        Even with the decline of album sales and the current sales climate you can't argue against Aguilera's huge decline in album sales since her peak.

                        I wish Soundscan would provide some more up-to-date figures. I'd like to see an updated top 100 soundscan album sellers - the last we had for all the top 100 was up to 2007 I think? I know we have some updated figures for those artists in the top 10/20 but a more comprehensive list would be great.

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                        • ^We are not going to get that list.

                          Record companies pay hundred of thousands of dollars to Soundscan for that info.

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                          • We may get something in 2016 to commemorate 25 years of Soundscan...wishful thinking!

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                            • ^LOL! I wish.

                              Hanboo was the one who got the Top 100 list back in 2008.

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                              • I was at Best Buy on Thursday.

                                They had Garth Brooks cds!!

                                They are being shipped out again!

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                                • Originally posted by EdWood
                                  Originally posted by thebigham
                                  http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6236538/ask-billboard-taylor-swift-out-shakes-mariah-carey?page=0%2C3

                                  Albums:

                                  8,279,000, Christina Aguilera, 1999
                                  4,383,000, Stripped, 2002
                                  1,712,000, Back to Basics, 2006
                                  1,015,000, My Kind of Christmas, 2000
                                  707,000, Burlesque (soundtrack), 2010
                                  530,000, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits, 2008
                                  487,000, Mi Reflejo, 2000
                                  325,000, Bionic, 2010
                                  290,000, Lotus, 2012
                                  128,000, Just Be Free, 2001

                                  Christina Aguilera has sold an impressive 17.9 million albums in the U.S.
                                  Even with the decline of album sales and the current sales climate you can't argue against Aguilera's huge decline in album sales since her peak.
                                  Mary J. Blige called it years ago lol.

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                                  • I've found some old SoundScan emails. I don't know if they have been posted here...

                                    BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF 1999

                                    The below table lists the sales figures, according to SoundScan,
                                    for the 52 weeks prior to January 2, 2000, for all albums that sold
                                    more than 1,000,000 copies during 1999. All figures are
                                    rounded to the nearest hundred thousand (except where more detailed figures
                                    were available). Note that figures here do *not* include sales prior to
                                    January 4, 1999, for albums released in 1998 or 1997. Nor do they include any
                                    sales after January 2, 2000. I have provided total figures for albums on both
                                    the 1998 and 1999 (and 1997, where applicable) best-seller charts below.
                                    Corrections welcome.

                                    TITLE ARTIST TOTAL 1998 SALES
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    MILLENNIUM Backstreet Boys 9,440,000
                                    ...BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 8,360,000
                                    RICKY MARTIN Ricky Martin 5,980,000
                                    COME ON OVER Shania Twain 5,620,000
                                    SIGNIFICANT OTHER Limp Bizkit 4,950,000
                                    SUPERNATURAL Santana 4,730,000
                                    DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE Kid Rock 4,260,000
                                    FANMAIL TLC 4,190,000
                                    CHRISTINA AGUILERA Christina Aguilera 3,700,000
                                    WIDE OPEN SPACES Dixie Chicks 3,460,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    'N SYNC 'N Sync 3,300,000
                                    400 DEGREEZ Juvenile 3,270,000
                                    ALL THE WAY...A DECADE OF SONG Celine Dion 2,900,000
                                    AMERICANA The Offspring 2,880,000
                                    THE SLIM SHADY LP Eminem 2,800,000
                                    THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL Lauryn Hill 2,800,000
                                    BELIEVE Cher 2,800,000
                                    98 DEGREES AND RISING 98 Degrees 2,700,000
                                    FLY Dixie Chicks 2,670,000
                                    A LITTLE BIT OF MAMBO Lou Bega 2,500,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    ASTRO LOUNGE Smash Mouth 2,500,000
                                    ENEMA OF THE STATE Blink 182 2,400,000
                                    BACKSTREET BOYS Backstreet Boys 2,300,000
                                    CALIFORNICATION Red Hot Chili Peppers 2,200,000
                                    RAINBOW Mariah Carey 2,100,000
                                    HUMAN CLAY Creed 2,100,000
                                    A PLACE IN THE SUN Tim McGraw 2,000,000
                                    14:59 Sugar Ray 2,000,000
                                    WHITEY FORD SINGS THE BLUES Everlast 2,000,000
                                    DR. DRE -- 2001 Dr. Dre 1,900,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    ON THE 6 Jennifer Lopez 1,900,000
                                    MIRRORBALL Sarah McLachlan 1,900,000
                                    RUFF RYDERS: RYDE OR DIE VOL. 1 Various Artists 1,900,000
                                    VOL. 2...HARD KNOCK LIFE Jay-Z 1,900,000
                                    ISSUES Korn 1,900,000
                                    FLESH OF MY FLESH BLOOD OF MY
                                    BLOOD DMX 1,800,000
                                    DIZZY UP THE GIRL Goo Goo Dolls 1,800,000
                                    I AM... Nas 1,700,000
                                    GREATEST HITS 2Pac 1,600,000
                                    FAITH: A HOLIDAY ALBUM Kenny G 1,600,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    FOLLOW THE LEADER Korn 1,600,000
                                    THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL Destiny's Child 1,600,000
                                    WILLENNIUM Will Smith 1,500,000
                                    GODSMACK Godsmack 1,500,000
                                    MY OWN PRISON Creed 1,500,000
                                    MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 1,500,000
                                    NOW 2 Various Artists 1,500,000
                                    5 Lenny Kravitz 1,500,000
                                    TARZAN Soundtrack 1,500,000
                                    SOGNO Andrea Bocelli 1,400,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    BACK AT ONE Brian McKnight 1,400,000
                                    BREATHE Faith Hill 1,400,000
                                    BIG WILLIE STYLE Will Smith 1,400,000
                                    SURFACING Sarah McLachlan 1,400,000
                                    THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES Rage Against The Machine 1,400,000
                                    100% GINUWINE Ginuwine 1,400,000
                                    S&M Metallica 1,400,000
                                    IT'S DARK AND HELL IS HOT DMX 1,300,000
                                    WILD WILD WEST Soundtrack 1,300,000
                                    THREE DOLLAR BILL Y'ALL Limp Bizkit 1,300,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    LIVE AT LUTHER COLLEGE Dave Matthews/Tim 1,300,000
                                    Reynolds
                                    NEVER S-A-Y NEVER Brandy 1,300,000
                                    AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO
                                    SHAGGED ME Soundtrack 1,300,000
                                    R. R. Kelly 1,300,000
                                    SITTIN' FAT DOWN SOUTH Lil' Troy 1,200,000
                                    MARY Mary J. Blige 1,200,000
                                    LET THERE BE...EVE Eve 1,200,000
                                    FOREVER Puff Daddy 1,200,000
                                    VENNI VETTI VECCI Ja Rule 1,200,000
                                    #1's Mariah Carey 1,200,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION: WWF
                                    THE MUSIC VOLUME 3 Various Artists 1,100,000
                                    SPIRIT Jewel 1,100,000
                                    NO LIMIT TOP DOGG Snoop Dogg 1,100,000
                                    RUNAWAY BRIDE Soundtrack 1,100,000
                                    ROOM 112 112 1,100,000
                                    BORN AGAIN Notorious BIG 1,100,000
                                    AFFIRMATION Savage Garden 1,100,000
                                    LONELY GRILL Lonestar 1,100,000
                                    ...AND THEN THERE WAS X DMX 1,100,000
                                    DOUBLE LIVE Garth Brooks 1,000,000
                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    B*WITCHED B*Witched 1,000,000
                                    THE MATRIX Soundtrack 1,000,000
                                    HELLBILLY DELUXE Rob Zombie 1,000,000
                                    YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY Fatboy Slim 1,000,000
                                    ENTER THE DRU Dru Hill 1,000,000
                                    TYRESE Tyrese 1,000,000
                                    IT'S REAL K-Ci & JoJo 1,000,000
                                    VOICE OF AN ANGEL Charlotte Church 1,000,000

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                                    • Thanks to Jim Radenhausen for typing this up!

                                      Billboard has finally published 2000's best sellers.
                                      Eighty-eight albums scanned 1 million, the same # that
                                      did so in 1999.

                                      USA TOP-SELLING ALBUMS 2000

                                      *-rounded off to nearest hundred-thousand
                                      (figures in parentheses are totals through the end of
                                      2000 for albums released pre-2000, for ones I know)

                                      1. N Sync- No Strings Attached- 9.9 million
                                      2. Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP- 7.9 million
                                      3. Britney Spears- Oops!...I Did it Again- 7.9 million
                                      4. Creed- Human Clay- 6.6 million (8.7 million total)
                                      5. Santana- Supernatural- 5.9 million (10.6 million
                                      total)
                                      6. The Beatles- 1- 5.1 million
                                      7. Nelly- Country Grammar- 5.1 million
                                      8. Backstreet Boys- Black and Blue- 4.3 million
                                      9. Dr Dre- 2001- 4 million (5.9 million total)
                                      10. Destiny's Child- The Writing's on the Wall- 3.8
                                      million (5.4 million total)
                                      11. 3 Doors Down- The Better Life- 3.8 million
                                      12. Chrsitina Aguilera- Christina Aguilera- 3.8
                                      million (7.5 million total)
                                      13. Limp Bizkit- Chocolate Starfish...- 3.7 million
                                      14. Dixie Chicks- Fly- 3.5 million (6.17 million
                                      total)
                                      15. Sisquo- Unleash the Dragon- 3.5 million (scanned
                                      less than 1 million in 1999)
                                      16. Faith Hill- Breathe- 3.4 million (4.8 million
                                      total)
                                      17. Various Artists- Now 5- 3.2 million
                                      18. DMX- ...And Thn There Was X- 3.1 million (4.2
                                      million total)
                                      19. Kid Rock- Devil Without a Cause- 2.8 million (7.06
                                      million total)
                                      20. Papa Roach- Infest- 2.7 million
                                      21. Celine Dion- All the Way...A Decade of Song- 2.7
                                      million (5.6 million total)
                                      22. Macy Gray- On How Life Is- 2.7 million
                                      23. matchbox twenty- Mad Season- 2.5 million
                                      24. Baha Men- Who Let the Dogs Out- 2.4 million
                                      25. Various Artists- Now 4- 2.4 million

                                      26. Outkast- Stankonia- 2.4 million
                                      27. Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Californication- 2.3
                                      million (4.5 million total)
                                      28. Backstreet Boys- Millennium- 2.3 million (11.7
                                      million total)
                                      29. Sting- Brand New Day- 2.2 million (scanned less
                                      than 1 million in 1999)
                                      30. Jay Z- Vol. 3...Life and Times of S. Carter- 2.2
                                      million
                                      31. Joe- My Name is Joe- 2.1 million
                                      32. Kid Rock- The History of Rock- 2 million
                                      33. R. Kelly- TP-2.com- 1.9 million
                                      34. Eiffel 65- Europop- 1.9 million
                                      35. Toni Braxton- The Heat- 1.8 million
                                      36. Madonna- Music- 1.8 million
                                      37. Limp Bizkit- Significant Other- 1.8 million (6.75
                                      million total)
                                      38. Shaggy- Hotshot- 1.8 million
                                      39. Marc Anthony- Marc Anthony- 1.7 million (scanned
                                      less than 1 million in 1999)
                                      40. Sade- Lovers Rock- 1.7 million
                                      41. Jay Z- The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000-)- 1.7
                                      million
                                      42. B.B. King/Eric Calpton- Riding With the King- 1.6
                                      million
                                      43. Britney Spears- ...Baby One More Time- 1.6 million
                                      (9.96 million total)
                                      44. Pink- Can't Take Me Home- 1.6 million
                                      45. U2- All That You Can't LEave Behind- 1.6 million
                                      46. Tim McGraw- Greatest Hits- 1.6 million
                                      47. Shania Twain- Come on Over- 1.5 million (13.6
                                      million total)
                                      48. 98 Degrees- Revelation- 1.5 million
                                      49. Lenny Kravitz- Greatest Hits- 1.5 million
                                      50. D'Angelo- Voodoo- 1.5 million

                                      51. Mystikal- Let's Get Ready- 1.5 million
                                      52. Savage Garden- Affirmation- 1.4 million (2.5
                                      million total)
                                      53. Various Artists- Now 3- 1.4 million
                                      54. Jagged Edge- J.E. Heartbreak- 1.4 million
                                      55. Bon Jovi- Crush- 1.3 million
                                      56. Soundtrack- Mission: Impossible 2- 1.3 million
                                      57. Enema of the State- Blink-182- 1.3 million (3.7
                                      million total)
                                      58. Jessica Simpson- Sweet Kisses- 1.3 million
                                      59. Ja Rule- Rule 3:36- 1.3 million
                                      60. Soundtrack- Romeo Must Die- 1.3 million
                                      61. Moby- Play- 1.3 million
                                      62. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony- BTNHResurrection- 1.2
                                      million
                                      63. Lil Bow Wow- Beware of Dog- 1.2 million
                                      64. Billy Gilman- One Voice- 1.2 million
                                      65. Big Tymers- I Got That Work- 1.2 million
                                      66. Dido- No Angel- 1.2 million
                                      67. Enrique Iglesias- Enrique- 1.2 million (scanned
                                      less than 1 million in 1999)
                                      68. No Doubt- Return of Saturn- 1.2 million
                                      69. Eminem- The Real Slim Shady LP- 1.2 million (4
                                      million total)
                                      70. Soundtrack: Charlie's Angels- 1.2 million
                                      71. Dixie Chicks- Wide Open Spaces- 1.1 million (6.9
                                      million total)
                                      72. Creed- My Own Prison- 1.1 million (4.8 million
                                      total)
                                      73. Godsmack- Godsmack- 1.1 million (2.6 million
                                      total)
                                      74. Ricky Martin- Sound Loaded- 1.1 million
                                      75. Bloodhound Gang- Hooray For Boobies- 1.1 million

                                      76. Lonestar- Lonely Grill- 1.1 million (2.2 million
                                      total)
                                      77. Vertical Horizon- Everything You Want- 1.1 million
                                      78. Charlotte Church- Dream a Dream- 1.1 million
                                      79. George Strait- Latest Greatest Straitest Hits- 1.1
                                      million
                                      80. Lil Kim: The Notorious Lil K.I.M.- 1.1 million
                                      81. Whitney Houston: Whitney- The Greatest Hits- 1
                                      million
                                      82. Godsmack- Awake- 1 million
                                      83. Korn- Issues- 1 million (3 million total)
                                      84. Various Artists- Ruff Ryders, Vol. 2- 1 million
                                      85. A Perfect Circle- Mer De Noms- 1 million
                                      86. Tim McGraw- A Place in the Sun- 1 million
                                      87. Cypress Hill- Skull & Bones- 1 million
                                      88. Aaron Carter- Aaron's Party (Come Get it)- 1
                                      million

                                      Comment


                                      • SoundScan: Top 98 Albums of 2002

                                        From Billboard magazine:

                                        7.607.925 01 EMINEM - Eminem Show
                                        4.916.073 01 NELLY - Nellyville
                                        4.121.396 02 AVRIL LAVIGNE - Let Go
                                        3.690.413 01 DIXIE CHICKS - Home
                                        3.498.497 01 SOUNDTRACK - 8 Mile
                                        3.144.947 05*PINK - M!ssundaztood
                                        3.099.216 01 ASHANTI - Ashanti
                                        3.054.736 01 ALAN JACKSON - Drive
                                        2.909.499 01 SHANIA TWAIN - Up
                                        2.736.049 01*SOUNDTRACK - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

                                        2.661.000 01 NORAH JONES - Come Away With Me
                                        2.645.000 01 CELINE DION - A New Day Has Come
                                        2.569.000 05 JOSH GROBAN - Josh Groban
                                        2.451.000 01 VARIOUS - Now Vol.9
                                        2.445.000 01 ELVIS PRESLEY - 30 #1 Hits
                                        2.338.000 01*CREED - Weathered
                                        2.139.000 02**LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory
                                        2.089.000 01 FAITH HILL - Cry
                                        2.071.000 08*PUDDLE OF MUDD - Come Clean
                                        2.019.000 01 TOBY KEITH - Unleashed
                                        2.001.000 01 KENNY CHESNEY - No Shoes, No Shirt, No
                                        Problem

                                        1.977.000 03*LUDACRIS - Word Of Mouf
                                        1.951.000 03*SHAKIRA - Laundry Service
                                        1.921.000 02*NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up
                                        1.856.000 14 JOHN MAYER - Room For Squares
                                        1.764.000 01 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - The Rising
                                        1.714.000 02 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - Justified
                                        1.714.000 06*NO DOUBT - Rock Steady
                                        1.694.000 02 VARIOUS - Now 11
                                        1.673.000 02 CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Stripped
                                        1.668.000 02 SHERYL CROW - C'mon, C'mon
                                        1.653.000 02 TIM MCGRAW - Tim Mcgraw & The Dancehall
                                        Doctors
                                        1.636.000 01 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - Busted Stuff
                                        1.527.000 02 ROLLING STONES - Forty Licks
                                        1.509.000 01*SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity
                                        1.506.000 02 VARIOUS - Now Vol.10
                                        1.500.000 01 SANTANA - Shaman
                                        1.488.000 10*ENRIQUE IGLESIAS - Escape
                                        1.423.000 03*USHER - 8701
                                        1.411.000 01*JA RULE - Pain Is Love
                                        1.374.000 01*ALICIA KEYS - Songs In A Minor
                                        1.364.000 07*P.O.D. - Satellite
                                        1.331.000 01 JAY-Z - Blueprint Vol.2 :the Gift...
                                        1.307.000 01 JENNIFER LOPEZ - J To Tha L-o!:the
                                        Remixes
                                        1.305.000 01 P.DIDDY - We Invented The Remix
                                        1.288.000 06*KID ROCK - Cocky
                                        1.284.000 02 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - By The Way
                                        1.284.000 05 JENNIFER LOPEZ - This Is Me Then
                                        1.252.000 02 KORN - Untouchables
                                        1.231.000 26*MICHELLE BRANCH - Spirit Room
                                        1.169.000 06*NAS - Stillmatic
                                        1.154.000 02**ENYA - A Day Without Rain
                                        1.126.000 01*BRITNEY SPEARS - Britney
                                        1.110.000 02 LINKIN PARK - Reanimation
                                        1.104.000 03 BARRY MANILOW - Ultimate Manilow
                                        1.104.000 01 BIG TYMERS - Hood Rich
                                        1.095.000 23 NAPPY ROOTS - Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
                                        1.094.000 05 VANESSA CARLTON - Be Not Nobody
                                        1.038.000 01 MUSIQ - Juslisen
                                        1.028.000 03 MISSY ELLIOTT - Under Construction
                                        1.025.000 02 CAM'RON - Come Home With Me
                                        1.020.000 04 ROD STEWART - Great American Songbook
                                        1.001.000 02*MARY J. BLIGE - No More Drama
                                        1.000.000 02 BRANDY - Full Moon
                                        1.000.000 04 2PAC - Better Dayz

                                        968.000 04 SOUNDTRACK - Spider-man
                                        966.000 01 DISTURBED - Believe
                                        944.000 01 ALANIS MORISSETTE - Under Rug Swept
                                        938.000 23 JACK JOHNSON - Brushfire Fairytales
                                        915.000 03 KYLIE MINOGUE - Fever
                                        906.000 03 NIRVANA - Nirvana
                                        904.000 02 VARIOUS - Totally Hits 2002
                                        897.000 26 JIMMY EAT WORLD - Jimmy Eat World
                                        888.000 02*INCUBUS - Morning View
                                        859.000 04 JA RULE - Last Temptation
                                        858.000 04 JAMES TAYLOR - October Road
                                        851.000 25 HOOBASTANK - Hoobastank
                                        847.000 07*MARTINA MCBRIDE - Greatest Hits
                                        818.000 02 B2K - B2k
                                        815.000 06 GOOD CHARLOTTE - Young & The Hopeless
                                        811.000 02*VARIOUS - Now Vol.8
                                        808.000 04 TWEET - Southern Hummingbird
                                        802.000 10*INDIA.ARIE - Acoustic Soul
                                        800.000 15 SOUNDTRACK - I Am Sam
                                        798.000 02 JAY-Z & R.KELLY - Best Of Both Worlds
                                        788.000 04 RASCAL FLATTS - Melt
                                        777.000 43 RASCAL FLATTS - Rascal Flatts
                                        771.000 03**U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behin
                                        761.000 05 COLDPLAY - Rush Of Blood To The Head
                                        758.000 09*TOBY KEITH - Pull My Chain
                                        756.000 29*SOUNDTRACK - Shrek
                                        741.000 18 VARIOUS - Now That's What I Call Xmas
                                        740.000 20*OUTKAST - Big Boi & Dr. Dre Present...
                                        731.000 03 MARIAH CAREY - Charmbracelet
                                        723.000 09*CRAIG DAVID - Born To Do It
                                        717.000 07 PAUL MCCARTNEY - Back In The U.s. Live 2002
                                        716.000 04 AEROSMITH - O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith
                                        711.000 22*FAT JOE - Jealous Ones Still Envy
                                        711.000 41 DEFAULT - Fallout

                                        First column indicates scanned US sales for the period
                                        Dec 31, 2001 to Dec 29, 2002 rounded to the nearest
                                        hundred thousand (except the first 10).

                                        Second column indicates highest chart position.

                                        An asterisk (*) indicates that the listed album first
                                        charted in 2001, two asteriks: 2000.

                                        Comment


                                        • Top 200 albums for the year 2003

                                          1) INT 50 CENT GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'
                                          6535809
                                          2) BNTE JONES*NORAH COME AWAY WITH ME
                                          5137468
                                          3) WAR LINKIN PARK METEORA
                                          3478361
                                          4) WNDU EVANESCENCE FALLEN
                                          3364738
                                          5) LAF OUTKAST SPEAKERBOXX-LOVE
                                          3089849
                                          6) COL BEYONCE DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE
                                          2527485
                                          7) JIVE KELLY*R. CHOCOLATE FACTORY
                                          2439536
                                          8) DBV DUFF*HILARY METAMORPHOSIS
                                          2405544
                                          9) DRMW KEITH*TOBY SHOCK N Y'ALL
                                          2324437
                                          10) CAP COLDPLAY RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
                                          2183997
                                          11) RCA AIKEN*CLAY MEASURE OF A MAN
                                          2100814
                                          12) ARNV JACKSON*ALAN GRT HITS V2 (LTD)
                                          2051766
                                          13) COL VA-NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSI VOL. 14
                                          2016013
                                          14) COL DIXIE CHICKS HOME
                                          2005329
                                          15) UNIV 3 DOORS DOWN AWAY FROM THE SUN
                                          1984084
                                          16) LAVA KID ROCK COCKY
                                          1953422
                                          17) EPIC CHICAGO SOUNDTRACK
                                          1921528
                                          18) AGVP PAUL*SEAN DUTTY ROCK
                                          1911987
                                          19) WAR CHER VERY BEST OF CHER
                                          1851905
                                          20) RCA CLARKSON*KELLY THANKFUL
                                          1843395
                                          21) ARI LAVIGNE*AVRIL LET GO
                                          1834645
                                          22) EPIC GOOD CHARLOTTE YOUNG & THE HOPELESS
                                          1827129
                                          23) MERN TWAIN*SHANIA UP!
                                          1820636
                                          24) CAP CHINGY JACKPOT
                                          1809626
                                          25) WAR GROBAN*JOSH CLOSER
                                          1768603

                                          26) RCA AGUILERA*CHRISTINA STRIPPED
                                          1735649
                                          27) J KEYS*ALICIA DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS
                                          1707006
                                          28) DRMW KEITH*TOBY UNLEASHED
                                          1698498
                                          29) J VANDROSS*LUTHER DANCE WITH MY FATHER
                                          1661913
                                          30) EPIC DION*CELINE ONE HEART
                                          1661018
                                          31) DBV LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK
                                          1635024
                                          32) DEF LUDACRIS CHICKEN & BEER
                                          1586295
                                          33) DEF JAY-Z BLACK ALBUM
                                          1585037
                                          34) JIVE SPEARS*BRITNEY IN THE ZONE
                                          1580037
                                          35) EPIN AUDIOSLAVE AUDIOSLAVE
                                          1567093
                                          36) JIVE TIMBERLAKE*JUSTIN JUSTIFIED
                                          1565810
                                          37) EEG METALLICA ST. ANGER
                                          1547723
                                          38) BADB BAD BOYS II SOUNDTRACK
                                          1515646
                                          39) AAM CROW*SHERYL VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW
                                          1488859
                                          40) J STEWART*ROD VOL.II-GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
                                          1484557
                                          41) CAP VARIOUS NOW 12
                                          1481365
                                          42) INT G-UNIT BEG FOR MERCY
                                          1470398
                                          43) ARI MCLACHLAN*SARAH AFTERGLOW
                                          1456692
                                          44) COL MAYER*JOHN ROOM FOR SQUARES
                                          1369705
                                          45) TVT LIL JON & EAST SIDE BOYZ KINGS OF CRUNK
                                          1367269
                                          46) INT EMINEM EMINEM SHOW
                                          1355067
                                          47) DEF ASHANTI CHAPTER II
                                          1343490
                                          48) COL MAYER*JOHN HEAVIER THINGS
                                          1296226
                                          49) V2 WHITE STRIPES ELEPHANT
                                          1295774
                                          50) ATLG MATCHBOX TWENTY MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE
                                          1272042

                                          51) ARI DIDO LIFE FOR RENT
                                          1266789
                                          52) RCA MATTHEWS*DAVE SOME DEVIL
                                          1232297
                                          53) ROAD NICKELBACK LONG ROAD
                                          1222332
                                          54) EPIC LOPEZ*JENNIFER THIS IS ME...THEN
                                          1200776
                                          55) EEG FABOLOUS STREET DREAMS
                                          1193920
                                          56) J STEWART*ROD VOL.I-GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
                                          1190525
                                          57) INT 2PAC RESURRECTION
                                          1189165
                                          58) LAVA SIMPLE PLAN NO PADS, NO HELMETS.. JUST BAL
                                          1172228
                                          59) EEG STAIND 14 SHADES OF GREY
                                          1162539
                                          60) UNIV NELLY NELLYVILLE
                                          1102401
                                          61) INT 8 MILE SOUNDTRACK
                                          1083112
                                          62) BNA CHESNEY*KENNY NO SHOES NO SHIRT NO PROBLEMS
                                          1079769
                                          63) WAR GROBAN*JOSH JOSH GROBAN
                                          1068228
                                          64) CURB MCGRAW*TIM TIM MCGRAW & THE DANCEHALL DOC
                                          1049492
                                          65) UNIV GODSMACK FACELESS
                                          1038707
                                          66) INT LIMP BIZKIT RESULTS MAY VARY
                                          1022227
                                          67) INT NO DOUBT SINGLES COLLECTION
                                          1009803
                                          68) ATLG LIL' KIM LA BELLA MAFIA
                                          1006980
                                          69) GEFN BLINK 182 BLINK 182
                                          1006782
                                          70) EEG ELLIOTT*MISSY MISDEMEANOR UNDER CONSTRUCTION
                                          995537
                                          71) WAR TRAPT TRAPT
                                          994860
                                          72) JIVE KELLY*R. VOL. 1-R IN R&B COLLECTION
                                          950652
                                          73) LYST RASCAL FLATTS MELT
                                          949366
                                          74) DEF DMX GRAND CHAMP
                                          933000
                                          75) CAP BEATLES LET IT BE...NAKED
                                          912046

                                          76) DRMW ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
                                          894150
                                          77) WAR BRANCH*MICHELLE HOTEL PAPER
                                          893891
                                          78) AAM STING SACRED LOVE
                                          889395
                                          79) UME VARIOUS NOW 13
                                          886849
                                          80) GEFN BUFFETT*JIMMY MEET ME IN MARGARITAVILLE-ULTI
                                          886364
                                          81) J STUDDARD*RUBEN SOULFUL
                                          873456
                                          82) DEF CASH*JOHNNY MAN COMES AROUND
                                          851522
                                          83) EEG EAGLES VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
                                          818988
                                          84) CAP RADIOHEAD HAIL TO THE THIEF
                                          815126
                                          85) BNA LONESTAR GREATEST HITS
                                          814185
                                          86) UNJJ JOHNSON*JACK ON & ON
                                          813671
                                          87) WAR FLEETWOOD MAC SAY YOU WILL
                                          799852
                                          88) GEFN BLIGE*MARY J. LOVE & LIFE
                                          787416
                                          89) UNBG AALIYAH I CARE 4 U
                                          782188
                                          90) EPIC GINUWINE SENIOR
                                          773257
                                          91) ARI SANTANA SHAMAN
                                          753600
                                          92) ARI NEPTUNES NEPTUNES PRESENT CLONES
                                          741972
                                          93) ATLG KID ROCK KID ROCK
                                          737313
                                          94) DRMW A.F.I. SING THE SORROW
                                          732274
                                          95) DEF 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS SOUNDTRACK
                                          731736
                                          96) AAM BLACK EYED PEAS ELEPHUNK
                                          719367
                                          97) J TYRESE I WANNA GO THERE
                                          714684
                                          98) J LENNOX*ANNIE BARE
                                          712291
                                          99) DRMW ISLEY BROTHERS BODY KISS
                                          709775
                                          100) J MONICA AFTER THE STORM
                                          708775

                                          101) ISL JOHN*ELTON GREATEST HITS 1970-2002
                                          703266
                                          102) RCNA MCBRIDE*MARTINA GREATEST HITS
                                          700106
                                          103) COL TRAIN MY PRIVATE NATION
                                          698745
                                          104) ATLG JEWEL 0304
                                          687436
                                          105) INT TRICE*OBIE CHEERS
                                          687405
                                          106) COL CONNICK*HARRY JR. HARRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
                                          686657
                                          107) BMGH PRESLEY*ELVIS 2ND TO NONE
                                          683598
                                          108) EPIC CHEVELLE WONDER WHAT'S NEXT
                                          682812
                                          109) BMGH PRESLEY*ELVIS ELVIS 30 NO. 1 HITS
                                          679387
                                          110) MOT MCDONALD*MICHAEL MOTOWN
                                          677240
                                          111) INT T.A.T.U. 200 KM/H IN THE WRONG LANE
                                          674889
                                          112) EPIC B2K PANDEMONIUM!
                                          672450
                                          113) DRMW WORLEY*DARRYL HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?
                                          664932
                                          114) RCNA MCBRIDE*MARTINA MARTINA
                                          657744
                                          115) WAR JAHEIM STILL GHETTO
                                          653666
                                          116) VRGN ROLLING STONES FORTY LICKS
                                          647575
                                          117) INT 50 CENT NEW BREED
                                          646509
                                          118) CAP SNOOP DOGG PAID THA COST TO BE DA BOSS
                                          644055
                                          119) ARNV BROOKS & DUNN RED DIRT ROAD
                                          640531
                                          120) CAP BEACH BOYS SOUNDS OF SUMMER: VERY BEST OF
                                          630731
                                          121) COL NAS GOD'S SON
                                          630657
                                          122) TILI VARIOUS WORSHIP TOGETHER:I COULD SING
                                          628513
                                          123) CAP VA-NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CHRI SIGNATURE COLLECTION
                                          627379
                                          124) DEF JA RULE LAST TEMPTATION
                                          626590
                                          125) VRGN PERFECT CIRCLE THIRTEENTH STEP
                                          626068

                                          126) LAF PINK MISSUNDAZTOOD
                                          622491
                                          127) COL JAGGED EDGE HARD
                                          621416
                                          128) RAZ KIDZ BOP KIDS VOL. 3-KIDZ BOP KIDS
                                          621174
                                          129) WNDU DAREDEVIL SOUNDTRACK
                                          620810
                                          130) WAR MADONNA AMERICAN LIFE
                                          620431
                                          131) CAPN URBAN*KEITH GOLDEN ROAD
                                          619444
                                          132) RCA AMERICAN IDOL FINALISTS SEASON 2-ALL TIME GREATEST LOV
                                          618830
                                          133) EPIC KORN TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR
                                          610912
                                          134) CAP BEATLES BEATLES 1
                                          605487
                                          135) COL BOW WOW BOW WOW: UNLEASHED
                                          601800
                                          136) DBV CHEETAH GIRLS EP SOUNDTRACK
                                          598687
                                          137) EEG MRAZ*JASON WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME
                                          598352
                                          138) WAR MATRIX RELOADED SOUNDTRACK
                                          595415
                                          139) ATLG LED ZEPPELIN HOW THE WEST WAS WON
                                          588349
                                          140) COL ATARIS SO LONG ASTORIA
                                          579807
                                          141) CAP PRESLEY*LISA MARIE TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
                                          576074
                                          142) COL STREISAND*BARBRA MOVIE ALBUM
                                          569183
                                          143) WAR TAYLOR*JAMES BEST OF JAMES TAYLOR
                                          567127
                                          144) MCAN STRAIT*GEORGE HONKYTONKVILLE
                                          560673
                                          145) WSM VA-GRAMMY NOMINEES 2003 GRAMMY NOMINEES 2003
                                          556636
                                          146) CAP COLDPLAY PARACHUTES
                                          547222
                                          147) ISL MARLEY*BOB & WAILERS LEGEND-BEST OF
                                          544846
                                          148) WAR RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BY THE WAY
                                          541849
                                          149) MOT RICHIE*LIONEL DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
                                          541276
                                          150) CURB MCGRAW*TIM GREATEST HITS
                                          540825

                                          151) UME VARIOUS NOW 11
                                          540482
                                          152) CAP PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
                                          538148
                                          153) DEF CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE SOUNDTRACK
                                          537497
                                          154) WAR SEAL SEAL IV
                                          537053
                                          155) RCA FOO FIGHTERS ONE BY ONE
                                          532381
                                          156) LAF PINK TRY THIS
                                          532004
                                          157) INT TUPAC BETTER DAYZ
                                          530217
                                          158) DBV LIZZIE MCGUIRE TV SOUNDTRACK
                                          530064
                                          159) CAP SEGER*BOB GREATEST HITS
                                          527637
                                          160) OCTJ MAROON 5 SONGS ABOUT JANE
                                          525464
                                          161) COL MAYER*JOHN ANY GIVEN THURSDAY
                                          522811
                                          162) COL MIDLER*BETTE SINGS THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY SON
                                          520264
                                          163) DEF JAY-Z BLUEPRINT 2: GIFT & THE CURSE
                                          517868
                                          164) INO MERCY ME ALMOST THERE
                                          507796
                                          165) UNIV NELLY DA DERRTY VERSIONS-REINVENTION
                                          506425
                                          166) WAR LINKIN PARK HYBRID THEORY
                                          506190
                                          167) AAM MYA MOODRING
                                          505808
                                          168) LAF YOUNGBLOODZ DRANKIN' PATNAZ
                                          504482
                                          169) BADB BAD BOY'S DA BAND TOO HOT FOR T.V.
                                          501792
                                          170) VAGR DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL MARK-A MISSION-A BRAND-A SCAR
                                          493991
                                          171) WAR RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS GREATEST HITS
                                          493644
                                          172) COL SIMPSON*JESSICA IN THIS SKIN
                                          491965
                                          173) DRMW FLOETRY FLOETIC
                                          490232
                                          174) UNIV MURPHY LEE MURPHY'S LAW
                                          490123
                                          175) UNRF BANNER*DAVID MISSISSIPPI: THE ALBUM
                                          486820

                                          176) WAR BUBLE*MICHAEL MICHAEL BUBLE
                                          485493
                                          177) WAR HILL*FAITH CRY
                                          481575
                                          178) MCAN STRAIT*GEORGE FOR THE LAST TIME-LIVE FROM TH
                                          464151
                                          179) UNSO NICHOLS*JOE MAN WITH A MEMORY
                                          463757
                                          180) BNA CHESNEY*KENNY GREATEST HITS
                                          462476
                                          181) INT QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE SONGS FOR THE DEAF
                                          459428
                                          182) HOL FREAKY FRIDAY SOUNDTRACK
                                          459103
                                          183) EEG METALLICA METALLICA
                                          459091
                                          184) RAZ KIDZ BOP KIDS VOL. 4-KIDZ BOP KIDS
                                          453750
                                          185) GEFN COLD YEAR OF THE SPIDER
                                          451570
                                          186) COL MONTGOMERY GENTRY MY TOWN
                                          447960
                                          187) COL CASH*JOHNNY 16 BIGGEST HITS
                                          447919
                                          188) WAR DEFTONES DEFTONES
                                          443627
                                          189) WAR DISTURBED BELIEVE
                                          443569
                                          190) ATLG T.I. TRAP MUZIK
                                          441591
                                          191) ARI BONE CRUSHER ATTENCHUN!
                                          441022
                                          192) MOT BADU*ERYKAH WORLDWIDE UNDERGROUND
                                          440737
                                          193) J BUSTA RHYMES IT AIN'T SAFE NO MORE
                                          440575
                                          194) DEF FREEWAY PHILADELPHIA FREEWAY
                                          437183
                                          195) ROUN KRAUSS*ALISON LIVE
                                          433501
                                          196) RCA HEADLEY*HEATHER THIS IS WHO I AM
                                          428472
                                          197) DEF DIPLOMATS DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY
                                          426372
                                          198) LAVA UNCLE KRACKER NO STRANGER TO SHAME
                                          417340
                                          199) WAR FLEETWOOD MAC VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC
                                          417281
                                          200) DEF L.L. COOL J 10
                                          416887

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                                          • SoundScan's TOP 200 Selling Albums of 2005

                                            1. CAREY*MARIAH EMANCIPATION OF MIMI 4,968,606
                                            2. 50 CENT MASSACRE 4,852,744
                                            3. CLARKSON*KELLY BREAKAWAY 3,496,192
                                            4. GREEN DAY AMERICAN IDIOT 3,360,394
                                            5. BLACK EYED PEAS MONKEY BUSINESS 3,037,251
                                            6. COLDPLAY X&Y 2,615,280
                                            7. RASCAL FLATTS FEELS LIKE TODAY 2,511,209
                                            8. STEFANI*GWEN LOVE.ANGEL.MUSIC.BABY 2,505,390
                                            9. WEST*KANYE LATE REGISTRATION 2,413,580
                                            10. GAME DOCUMENTARY 2,275,646
                                            11. VARIOUS NOW 20 2,059,767
                                            12. KILLERS HOT FUSS 2,040,933
                                            13. VARIOUS NOW 19 1,971,716
                                            14. NICKELBACK ALL THE RIGHT REASONS 1,957,189
                                            15. CHESNEY*KENNY ROAD & THE RADIO 1,817,196
                                            16. JOHNSON*JACK IN BETWEEN DREAMS 1,758,058
                                            17. URBAN*KEITH BE HERE 1,713,571
                                            18. FALL OUT BOY FROM UNDER THE CORK 1,654,320
                                            19. SYSTEM OF A DOWN MEZMERIZE 1,645,980
                                            20. UNDERWOOD*CARRIE SOME HEARTS 1,636,689
                                            21. HILL*FAITH FIREFLIES 1,531,656
                                            22. CIARA GOODIES 1,530,368
                                            23. GORILLAZ DEMON DAYS 1,528,489
                                            24. SUGARLAND TWICE THE SPEED OF 1,510,879
                                            25. KEITH*TOBY HONKYTONK UNIVERSITY 1,446,821

                                            26. NOW 18 NOW 18 1,400,063
                                            27. EMINEM ENCORE 1,385,256
                                            28. EMINEM CURTAIN CALL 1,381,896
                                            29. LEGEND*JOHN GET LIFTED 1,377,246
                                            30. MATTHEWS*DAVE BAND STAND UP 1,333,781
                                            31. YOUNG JEEZY LET'S GET IT 1,314,291
                                            32. JONES*MIKE WHO IS MIKE JONES? 1,288,377
                                            33. BUBLE*MICHAEL IT'S TIME 1,229,916
                                            34. WILSON*GRETCHEN HERE FOR THE PARTY 1,214,383
                                            35. USHER CONFESSIONS 1,210,379
                                            36. THOMAS*ROB SOMETHING TO BE 1,206,436
                                            37. 3 DOORS DOWN SEVENTEEN DAYS 1,204,330
                                            38. CHARLES*RAY GENIUS LOVES COMPANY 1,196,040
                                            39. FOO FIGHTERS IN YOUR HONOR 1,144,881
                                            40. DUFF*HILARY MOST WANTED COLLECTION 1,125,198
                                            41. KELLY*R. TP.3 RELOADED 1,110,854
                                            42. VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FRM & INSPRD BY GET RICH 1,103,354
                                            43. MADONNA CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR 1,102,802
                                            44. CHESNEY*KENNY BE AS YOU ARE 1,078,559
                                            45. IL DIVO IL DIVO 1,053,483
                                            46. LUDACRIS RED LIGHT DISTRICT 1,041,939
                                            47. KEITH*TOBY VOL. 2-GREATEST HITS 1,023,188
                                            48. TWAIN*SHANIA GREATEST HITS 1,018,991
                                            49. WEEZER MAKE BELIEVE 995,790
                                            50. DESTINY'S CHILD DESTINY FULFILLED 987,393

                                            51. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE 982,117
                                            52. GUNS N'ROSES GREATEST HITS 974,315
                                            53. MCCARTNEY*JESSE BEAUTIFUL SOUL 972,672
                                            54. FANTASIA FREE YOURSELF 972,230
                                            55. AUDIOSLAVE OUT OF EXILE 968,981
                                            56. WILSON*GRETCHEN ALL JACKED UP 947,388
                                            57. LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ CRUNK JUICE 945,990
                                            58. MCBRIDE*MARTINA TIMELESS 929,512
                                            59. BLIGE*MARY J. BREAKTHROUGH 922,397
                                            60. MAROON 5 SONGS ABOUT JANE 894,767
                                            61. ADKINS*TRACE SONGS ABOUT ME 882,850
                                            62. YING YANG TWINS UNITED STATE OF ATLANTA 874,038
                                            63. PUSSY CAT DOLLS PCD 857,952
                                            64. BIG & RICH HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR 857,945
                                            65. AKON TROUBLE 852,673
                                            66. CASH*JOHNNY LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH 847,645
                                            67. DISTURBED TEN THOUSAND FISTS 844,525
                                            68. MCGRAW*TIM LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING 840,385
                                            69. NINE INCH NAILS WITH TEETH 838,920
                                            70. ENYA AMARANTINE 836,052
                                            71. BOW WOW WANTED 833,430
                                            72. SYSTEM OF A DOWN HYPNOTIZE 831,680
                                            73. U2 HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOM 828,722
                                            74. FRANKIE J ONE 817,792
                                            75. SHAKIRA FIJACION ORAL 804,924

                                            76. FOXX*JAMIE UNPREDICTABLE 799,425
                                            77. STEWART*ROD VOL. 4-GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK 791,351
                                            78. BON JOVI HAVE A NICE DAY 785,268
                                            79. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA SOUNDTRACK 773,150
                                            80. JENNINGS*LYFE LYFE 268-192 767,954
                                            81. DESTINY'S CHILD #1'S 766,058
                                            82. BECK GUERO 758,023
                                            83. T.I. URBAN LEGEND 751,894
                                            84. STONE*JOSS MIND BODY & SOUL 751,222
                                            85. CHESNEY*KENNY WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN 750,004
                                            86. DADDY YANKEE BARRIO FINO 747,412
                                            87. BENTLEY*DIERKS MODERN DAY DRIFTER 745,924
                                            88. PAISLEY*BRAD TIME WELL WASTED 744,893
                                            89. LIFEHOUSE LIFEHOUSE 740,100
                                            90. SIMPSON*ASHLEE I AM ME 735,718
                                            91. COMMON BE 734,944
                                            92. RAY SOUNDTRACK 727,143
                                            93. STRAIT*GEORGE SOMEWHERE DOWN IN TEXAS 722,059
                                            94. PRETTY RICKY BLUE STARS 712,279
                                            95. STRAIT*GEORGE 50 NUMBER ONES 710,833
                                            96. LOPEZ*JENNIFER REBIRTH 708,509
                                            97. PAPA ROACH GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER 706,798
                                            98. BACKSTREET BOYS NEVER GONE 703,827
                                            99. CROSSFADE CROSSFADE 702,319
                                            100. WHITE STRIPES GET BEHIND ME SATAN 701,342

                                            101. VARIOUS NOW 17 700,813
                                            102. VARIOUS VOL. 4-TOTALLY COUNTRY 695,117
                                            103. OMARION O 694,633
                                            104. MARIO TURNING POINT 685,030
                                            105. SMITH*WILL LOST & FOUND 681,403
                                            106. BROWN*CHRIS CHRIS BROWN 676,219
                                            107. ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS MOVE ALONG 672,166
                                            108. COLE*KEYSHIA WAY IT IS 664,892
                                            109. BIG & RICH COMIN' TO YOUR CITY 663,156
                                            110. KEYS*ALICIA UNPLUGGED 663,134
                                            111. URBAN*KEITH GOLDEN ROAD 656,507
                                            112. STAIND CHAPTER V 653,628
                                            113. GARDEN STATE SOUNDTRACK 651,729
                                            114. CROW*SHERYL WILDFLOWER 650,627
                                            115. VALENTINO*BOBBY DTP PRESENTS BOBBY VALENTINO 643,441
                                            116. KEM ALBUM II 637,374
                                            117. LARRY THE CABLE GUY RIGHT TO BARE ARMS 633,644
                                            118. SIMPLE PLAN STILL NOT GETTING ANY 630,452
                                            119. SPRINGSTEEN*BRUCE DEVILS & DUST 598,902
                                            120. MUDVAYNE LOST & FOUND 598,772
                                            121. ELLIOTT*MISSY COOKBOOK 596,649
                                            122. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER 588,814
                                            123. SNOOP DOGG R&G (RHYTHM) 585,442
                                            124. TURNER*TINA ALL THE BEST 580,523
                                            125. WALL*PAUL PEOPLE'S CHAMP 576,568

                                            126. MAYER*JOHN HEAVIER THINGS 575,011
                                            127. LIL' WAYNE CARTER II 559,359
                                            128. JAY-Z/LINKIN PARK COLLISION COURSE 558,604
                                            129. HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS SILENCE IN BLACK & WHITE 558,423
                                            130. RIMES*LEANN THIS WOMAN 557,475
                                            131. THREE 6 MAFIA MOST KNOWN UNKNOWN 553,663
                                            132. GROBAN*JOSH CLOSER 552,609
                                            133. KEYS*ALICIA DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS 550,620
                                            134. IL DIVO CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 544,369
                                            135. BLACK EYED PEAS ELEPHUNK 541,693
                                            136. SANTANA ALL THAT I AM 534,159
                                            137. COOK*DANE RETALIATION 531,783
                                            138. JONES*NORAH COME AWAY WITH ME 531,431
                                            139. VARIOUS 2005 GRAMMY NOMINEES 530,951
                                            140. KORN SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE 530,807
                                            141. KRALL*DIANA CHRISTMAS SONGS 530,041
                                            142. SEETHER KARMA & EFFECT 529,018
                                            143. NELLY SUIT 528,817
                                            144. MCENTIRE*REBA REBA #1'S 526,931
                                            145. AC/DC BACK IN BLACK 526,778
                                            146. BROOKS & DUNN HILLBILLY DELUXE 515,268
                                            147. BEACH BOYS SOUNDS OF SUMMER: VERY BEST OF 513,634
                                            148. LOS LONELY BOYS LOS LONELY BOYS 503,405
                                            149. NALICK*ANNA WRECK OF THE DAY 496,101
                                            150. PAISLEY*BRAD MUD ON THE TIRES 491,497

                                            151. PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 488,735
                                            152. COLDPLAY RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD 487,902
                                            153. KIDZ BOP KIDS VOL. 7-KIDZ BOP KIDS 486,710
                                            154. GREEN DAY INTERNATIONAL SUPERHITS! 483,119
                                            155. BEATLES BEATLES 1 481,831
                                            156. EVANS*FAITH FIRST LADY 481,520
                                            157. MOTLEY CRUE RED WHITE & CRUE 473,186
                                            158. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE PLANS 473,127
                                            159. 112 PLEASURE & PAIN 467,512
                                            160. YAYO*TONY THOUGHTS OF A PREDICATE FELON 460,911
                                            161. LAMBERT*MIRANDA KEROSENE 460,393
                                            162. EAGLES VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES 459,984
                                            163. ROLLING STONES BIGGER BANG 459,620
                                            164. EVANS*SARA REAL FINE PLACE 456,216
                                            165. SEGER*BOB GREATEST HITS 456,193
                                            166. DISNEY DISNEYMANIA 3 449,259
                                            167. CREED GREATEST HITS 449,024
                                            168. KEANE HOPES & FEARS 447,573
                                            169. MCCARTNEY*PAUL CHAOS & CREATION IN THE BACK Y 447,505
                                            170. BEE GEES NUMBER ONES 446,108
                                            171. PAUL*SEAN TRINITY 444,137
                                            172. MARS VOLTA FRANCES THE MUTE 442,525
                                            173. CHARLES*RAY VERY BEST OF RAY CHARLES 442,242
                                            174. LAVIGNE*AVRIL UNDER MY SKIN 438,570
                                            175. TUPAC LOYAL TO THE GAME 438,540

                                            176. MONTGOMERY GENTRY YOU DO YOUR THING 434,998
                                            177. QUEEN GREATEST HITS 434,515
                                            178. DAY*HOWIE STOP ALL THE WORLD NOW 434,356
                                            179. BICE*BO REAL THING 433,387
                                            180. KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 8 432,827
                                            181. CELTIC WOMAN CELTIC WOMAN 432,041
                                            182. STREISAND*BARBRA GUILTY PLEASURES 428,904
                                            183. WONDER*STEVIE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 427,928
                                            184. MCGRAW*TIM GREATEST HITS 424,391
                                            185. BREAKING BENJAMIN WE ARE NOT ALONE 420,997
                                            186. DEF LEPPARD ROCK OF AGES 420,030
                                            187. WOMACK*LEE ANN THERES MORE WHERE THAT CAME FR 414,641
                                            188. DEGRAW*GAVIN CHARIOT-STRIPPED 408,428
                                            189. WEST*KANYE COLLEGE DROP OUT 407,333
                                            190. OFFSPRING GREATEST HITS 401,228
                                            191. CASH*JOHNNY 16 BIGGEST HITS 399,546
                                            192. SLIM THUG ALREADY PLATINUM 399,404
                                            193. SANTANA*JUELZ WHAT THE GAME'S BEEN MISSING 397,639
                                            194. TWISTA DAY AFTER 397,316
                                            195. STEWART*ROD STARDUST...GRT AMER SNGBK V3 396,225
                                            196. AVENGED SEVENFOLD CITY OF EVIL 396,095
                                            197. LONGEST YARD SOUNDTRACK 396,063
                                            198. MESSINA*JO DEE DELICIOUS SURPRISE 394,121
                                            199. JONES*NORAH FEELS LIKE HOME 394,013
                                            200. SIGEL*BEANIE B.COMING 393,427

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                                            • thanks for those
                                              "the love of a mothers life is her child/children"

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                                              • Agree with marcsgirl85: thanks Chris!!!
                                                Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                                • Originally posted by thebigham
                                                  SoundScan's TOP 200 Selling Albums of 2005

                                                  1. CAREY*MARIAH EMANCIPATION OF MIMI 4,968,606
                                                  The best year of Soundscan, EVER!
                                                  Oh I won't ask for much this Christmas, I won't even wish for snow

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                                                  • music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/chart-watch-11-million-adele-fans-cant-be-wrong-185443712.html

                                                    Chart Watch: 11 Million Adele Fans Can't Be Wrong

                                                    By Paul Grein, Yahoo! Chart Watch

                                                    In the sales tracking week that ends Sunday night, Adele's 21 will top the 11 million mark in U.S. sales. That news is at once not really surprising (the album has been a blockbuster since it was released in 2011) and utterly astounding (in an era when albums are hard-pressed to sell 2 or 3 million copies, how on earth has an album gotten to 11 million?)

                                                    And if 21 can sell 11 million in such a challenging sales environment for full-length albums (there’s the understatement of the year), what might it have sold if it had been released around the turn of the millennium, when albums were selling like hotcakes? Between April 1999 and December 2002, 10 albums topped the 10 million mark in U.S. sales, based on Nielsen SoundScan data.

                                                    There was little reason to think that 21 would become a blockbuster when it was released in February 2011. Adele’s previous album, 19, had been a solid hit, but it hadn’t even sold 1 million copies. (Its sales on the eve of the release of 21: 930K.) Only one of the songs from 19 made Billboard's Hot 100: “Chasing Pavements,” which peaked at #21 (there's that number again!). 19 had, however, brought Adele two Grammys: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. (In addition, “Chasing Pavements” was nominated for Grammys for Record and Song of the Year.)

                                                    21 logged 24 weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200 and spawned three #1 singles: “Rolling In The Deep,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire To The Rain.” 21 was the best-selling album of both 2011 and 2012. This marked the first time in Nielsen SoundScan history (which dates to 1991) that an album was the top-seller two years running.

                                                    The album’s biggest sales week came in February 2012, when it sold 730K copies in the first full week following the 54th Grammy Awards. Adele won six Grammys that night, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. (The tune-in was greater than usual due in large part to Whitney Houston's shocking death the day before the show.)

                                                    So why did the album become such a blockbuster? The obvious answer is that it had broad appeal to fans of pop, R&B and adult contemporary.

                                                    Beyond that, many believe that the album did so well because it stood apart from prevailing musical trends, which emphasize flashy images and bombastic beats. Some even think Adele’s full figure helped set her apart. It reinforced the idea that she’s real and authentic.

                                                    The week of the album’s U.S. release, Ethan Smith of The Wall Street Journal wrote, “In more ways than one, Adele is the anti-Lady Gaga. The unapologetically full-figured Adele emphasizes substance over style.”

                                                    Writing in The Independent newspaper in the U.K. the following week, Guy Adams expanded on that point. “There are two approaches to the business of being noticed by today’s record-buying public. The first, showcased by Lady Gaga at the recent Grammys, revolves around oodles of hype and ever-more preposterous wardrobe selections. The second, adopted by Adele at this year’s Brit (Awards), is more understated: It requires a simple black dress and the confidence to let your music do the talking.”

                                                    In January 2012, Tris McCall of The Star-Ledger in New Jersey came up with an explanation for Adele’s appeal that was almost lyrical. “Adele’s soul-inflected pop appealed to Baby Boomers nostalgic for Etta James, Carole King and ‘Dusty in Memphis.’ It also appealed to teens struggling with the first sting of heartbreak, hipsters who missed Amy Winehouse, traditionalists weary of synthesizers and vocal effects, and non-pop fans who simply found it refreshing to hear a singer belt out her blues with conviction … 21 wasn’t niche-marketed. It was made for everyone and—surprise!—everyone listened.”

                                                    At a certain point, the album became a phenomenon. You had to check it out if you wanted to be part of the cultural conversation. As industry pundit Bob Lefsetz put it, “We all gravitate to that which is huge because we want to feel part of society, we want to belong.”

                                                    21 took a bit longer to sell the last million copies than it did to sell the first 10 million copies (combined), but that’s to be expected.

                                                    Here are the numbers, for you data freaks: 21 topped 1M in U.S. sales in April 2011, 2M that June, 3M that August, 4M that October and 5M that December.

                                                    It topped 6M in January 2012, 7M that February, 8M that March, 9M that May and 10M that November.

                                                    How can I be so certain that the album will top the 11 million mark this week? The album’s sales stood at 10,999,000 last week, and it is selling about 3K copies a week.

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