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Postby Benny » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:16 pm

German Album Chart

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Postby jjavier1978 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:38 pm

Austria

44 (48) 288 Gold - Greatest Hits
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Postby Mikerocha » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:42 pm

Benny wrote:
Mikerocha wrote:Thank you! :D

Just added this info to my list.

Any idea of how many platinums was "abba" in New Zealand in 1975?
Regarding New Zealand, I also have this information:

Albums
1975 ABBA No.3, 59 weeks, Platinum (I think this should have a much higher certification, MJDangerous once estimated sales of 100k)
1976 Best Of ABBA No.1 (18x), 77 weeks, Platinum x24 (= 360.000)
1976 Ring, Ring No.32, 6 weeks
1976 Waterloo No.38, 2 weeks, Gold
1976 Arrival No.1 (5x), 42 weeks, Platinum x10 (=150.000)
1978 The Album No.1 (5x), 17 weeks, Platinum x4 (=60.000)
1979 Voulez-Vous No.2, 20 weeks, Platinum
1979 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 No.3, 14 weeks
1980 Super Trouper No.5, 14 weeks (2x Platinum ???)
1982 Visitors No.19, 5 weeks

Platinum was 15k at the time. Don't know if "Best Of ABBA" sold 250k or 360k.
The January 22nd, 1977 issue of Billboard Magazine which features the Australian sales figures posted by innocenteyes says that "Best Of ABBA" sold 200k in New Zealand, and that "Arrival" shipped 150k.
It's interesting to see that ABBA's decline in popularity after 1977 was less strong in New Zealand than in Australia.
Thank you for all this info.

Yes it was shocking how their first single to "flop" was Knowing Me Knowing You while they were on tour in Australia :o

Sometimes I wonder if their disappointed the concert goers.
They didn't tour New Zealand, and that's probably why they were still able to score #1 album and #1 single after their Australin tour.
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Postby Benny » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:27 pm

Mikerocha wrote:Yes it was shocking how their first single to "flop" was Knowing Me Knowing You while they were on tour in Australia :o

Sometimes I wonder if their disappointed the concert goers.
They didn't tour New Zealand, and that's probably why they were still able to score #1 album and #1 single after their Australin tour.
I don't think that they disappointed the concert goers. The media hype around them was just so big that Australians were fed up and turned away from them. It's similar to what happened to the Bee Gees in the US after the late 70s. In New Zealand, the overexposure was probably not that big so the backlash wasn't as hard as in Australia.
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Postby Benny » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:38 pm

I made a YouTube video with a recap of the most successful ABBA covers and samples (including chart positions):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VG4dIvrEok
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Postby Mikerocha » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:48 pm

Benny wrote:
Mikerocha wrote:Yes it was shocking how their first single to "flop" was Knowing Me Knowing You while they were on tour in Australia :o

Sometimes I wonder if their disappointed the concert goers.
They didn't tour New Zealand, and that's probably why they were still able to score #1 album and #1 single after their Australin tour.
I don't think that they disappointed the concert goers. The media hype around them was just so big that Australians were fed up and turned away from them. It's similar to what happened to the Bee Gees in the US after the late 70s. In New Zealand, the overexposure was probably not that big so the backlash wasn't as hard as in Australia.
In Portugal was the opposite, by the end of their career there albums were spending almost 10 weeks at #1.
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Postby Benny » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:18 pm

ABBA - YouTube Artist Insights

There is an interesting feature on YouTube where you can view in which countries and cities the videos of an artist are watched the most. The data is from September 2014 onwards.

Here is the data for ABBA:

Total YouTube views:
644,866,060
You can see in the graphic that the views regularly rocket up each year on New Year's day, because many people watch the "Happy New Year" video.
Every day, an average 1,1 million people worldwide watch an ABBA music video on YouTube.

Fanbase overview - Top countries:

1 United States 63,480,284 total views
2 Brazil 47,404,805 total views
3 United Kingdom 34,302,759 total views
4 Mexico 31,022,476 total views
5 Poland 24,051,084 total views
6 Italy 21,094,019 total views
7 Vietnam 20,657,065 total views
8 France 20,042,190 total views
9 Spain 19,314,619 total views
10 Canada 15,318,114 total views

Germany is only at number 52, due to the fact that most ABBA videos are blocked in that country.

Fanbase overview - top cities:

1 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico 6,899,135 total views
2 London, United Kingdom 6,692,105 total views
3 Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 6,613,880 total views
4 São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil 6,287,223 total views
5 Warsaw, Poland 4,956,923 total views
6 Santiago, Chile 4,908,841 total views
7 Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam 4,326,690 total views
8 Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina 4,279,680 total views
9 Budapest, Hungary 4,116,151 total views
10 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel 3,543,943 total views

Top Tracks

1 Dancing Queen 105,400,612 total views
2 Mamma Mia 61,059,424 total views
3 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 58,725,046 total views
4 The Winner Takes It All 55,452,946 total views
5 Fernando 37,280,563 total views
6 Happy New Year 33,032,331 total views
7 Money, Money, Money 30,012,649 total views
8 Knowing Me, Knowing You 28,574,784 total views
9 S.O.S.24,440,409 total views
10 I Have A Dream 20,028,322 total views

This list isn't entirely correct, though. Both "Chiquitita" and "Take A Chance On Me" are missing, they should be in the top 10 as well.

source:
https://www.youtube.com/yt/artists/insi ... 3A46%3A24Z
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Postby jcguzman » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:55 pm

Thanks Benny.

Dancing Queen by far the biggest on You Tube
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Postby Mikerocha » Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:29 am

Today was the 40th anniversary of the release of Fernando in th UK.

Wow. 1976 was big for them. Yes they have mega hits, but for people unaware of their music they clearly know their two biggest (or all the big) hits which were Fernando and Dancing Queen.
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Postby Benny » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:57 am

Mikerocha wrote:Today was the 40th anniversary of the release of Fernando in th UK.

Wow. 1976 was big for them. Yes they have mega hits, but for people unaware of their music they clearly know their two biggest (or all the big) hits which were Fernando and Dancing Queen.
It's funny that nowadays, "Fernando" isn't regarded as one of their most popular songs. "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and "Mamma Mia" on the other hand, which sold a lot less than "Fernando" at the time, have gained popularity over the decades and are now more popular (in terms of download figures, YouTube views etc.).
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Postby Benny » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:02 am

jcguzman wrote:Thanks Benny.

Dancing Queen by far the biggest on You Tube
Yes, and that's the case in almost every country. One exception is France, where "Gimme Gimme Gimme" has the most views.

I just realized that "Chiquitita" is missing in the list of their most viewed songs, it has 41 million views on Vevo.
"Take A Chance On Me" is missing as well.
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Postby jcguzman » Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:33 pm

Chiquitita was a huge smash in South America and Spain.It should be huge in the región regarding You Tube.
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Postby LinaLit » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:52 am

I have a little question about "Hasta Manana" chart positions.
Have this song any chartruns in 1974 in any country or only in 1976 (in Australia & New Zealand) ?
Wiki's page gives ABBA # 1 peak position in Sweden and # 30 in Italy to this song, but I'm not sure in the correctness of this information.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasta_Ma%C3%B1ana
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Postby Benny » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:44 am

LinaLit wrote:I have a little question about "Hasta Manana" chart positions.
Have this song any chartruns in 1974 in any country or only in 1976 (in Australia & New Zealand) ?
Wiki's page gives ABBA # 1 peak position in Sweden and # 30 in Italy to this song, but I'm not sure in the correctness of this information.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasta_Ma%C3%B1ana
It was released as a single in a few countries. It reached number 2 in South Africa and number 30 in Italy in 1974. In 1976, it was a number 16 hit in Australia and went to number 9 in New Zealand.

In Sweden, it was not released as a single and thus didn't chart on the official chart. However, it reached number one on the "Tio i topp" chart which was a weekly voting-based radio chart:

http://home.zipworld.com.au/~callisto/sweden.html
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Postby LinaLit » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:20 pm

Benny, thanks for the answer.
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Postby Mikerocha » Mon May 02, 2016 3:03 pm

Photos describing each ABBA era

Ring Ring (1973)
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Waterloo (1974)
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Abba (1975)
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Greatest Hits (1975/76)
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Arrival (1976)
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The Album (1977)
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Voulez Vous (1979)
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Greatest Hits Vol.2 (1979)
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Gracias Por La Musica (1980)
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Super Trouper (1980)
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The Visitors (1981)
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The Singles: The First Ten Years
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Postby Lewis17 » Mon May 02, 2016 4:33 pm

^ This is fine in ABBA's General Artists Discussion thread, but why post it here as well :-?
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Postby Benny » Sat May 07, 2016 2:55 pm

40 years ago this week, 'Fernando' was the number one song in several countries:

UK Singles Chart week ending 8/5/76

1 2 7 FERNANDO Abba
2 1 9 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME Brotherhood Of Man
3 3 8 JUNGLE ROCK Hank Mizell

German Singles Chart week ending 8/5/76

1 3 6 fernando abba
2 2 15 mississippi pussycat
3 1 12 rocky frank farian

Australian Singles Chart week ending 8/5/76

1 1 8 fernando abba
2 2 13 bohemian rhapsody queen
3 6 4 december '63 four seasons

Irish Singles Chart week ending 8/5/76

1 1 fernando abba
2 16 Save Your Kisses For Me brotherhood of man
3 5 Love Really Hurts Without You billy ocean

Swiss Singles Chart week ending 8/5/76

1 1 8 fernando abba
2 2 5 save your kisses for me brotherhood of man
3 3 6 rocky frank farian
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Postby Benny » Sat May 14, 2016 1:34 pm

Billboard Magazine has published a list of the 10 most successful Eurovision songs in the US. 'Waterloo' is at number 3.

1) Volare, Domenico Modugno, 1958, no.1
2) Love Is Blue, Paul Mauriat, 1968, no.1 (instrumental cover of Vicky Leandros’ Eurovision entry 'L’amour est bleu')
3) Waterloo, ABBA, 1974, no.6
4) Eres tú, Mocedades, 1973, no.9
5) Al Di Là, Emilio Pericoli, 1961, no.6 (cover version of Betty Curtis’ Eurovision entry)
6) Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit, Gina G, 1997, no.12
7) Save Your Kisses For Me, Brotherhood Of Man, 1976, no.27
8) Say Wonderful Things, Patty Page, 1963, no.81 (cover version of Ronnie Carrol’s Eurovision entry which reached number 91 in the US)
9) Beg, Steal Or Borrow, New Seekers, 1972, no. 81
10) Knock, Knock Who’s There, Mary Hopkin, 1972, no.92

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/ ... ew-seekers
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Postby zeus555 » Sun May 15, 2016 10:26 am

Benny - The Billboard List of the biggest ESC Songs in the USA Charts is very interesting.

EUROVISION SONGS IN THE USA -- (BILLBOARD CHARTS)

1)... 'Waterloo' is the only ESC Winning Entry to reach the USA Top 10. If we add in its Sales on
Singles Disc & ABBA Albums, & Downloads, it is certainly the biggest selling ESC Song. I know that
it was recently revealed to be the World's 3rd most Downloaded ESC Winner. It has over 450,000
Download Sales & around 250,000 of them are from the USA. The only 2 ESC Winning Songs to have
more Downloads than 'Waterloo' are 'Euphoria' by Loreen, which won for Sweden in 2012. That has
1,100,000 Download Sales, & 2010’s German Winner, 'Satellite', by Lena Meyer-Landrut, with 644,000
Download Sales. This Data is for Downloads, from 21 Countries, since 2004. But 'Waterloo' has done
very well to reach 450,000+ Downloads as it has sold Millions on ABBA Albums since 1974, with about
30 to 31 Million Sales on 'ABBA Gold' alone. The 2 ESC Winners, that have more Downloads, have sold
a tiny fraction of what 'Waterloo' has sold on other Formats.

2)... Although 'Nel blu dipinto di blu', ('Volare'), was a USA No.1 for Italy's Domenico Modugno in 1958, it only
came 3rd in that Year's ESC. However, it sold so well for him & people who covered it, (as 'Volare'), that it
is definitely the biggest selling ESC Entry on Singles Disc - if we add all of the Hit versions together - such as
Dean Martin's & Bobby Rydell's. With the Domenico Modugno original selling the most of all. It is estimated
that it has sold over 22 Million copies, when all of the cover versions are added in.

3)... The only other ESC Song to reach No.1 in the USA was 'Love Is Blue', by Paul Mauriat & his Orchestra, in 1968.
The Vicky Leandros original, ( 'L’amour est bleu'), finished 4th in the 1967 ESC. It was the Luxembourg Entry. The UK
Won that Year with 'Puppet On A String' by Sandie Shaw, but I've seen the writers of her winning entry say that they felt
that Vicky Leandros had the best ESC entry in 1967. (Vicky went on to Win the 1972 ESC with 'Après Toi', when she again
entered for Luxembourg).

4)... 'Eres tú', by Mocedades was 2nd, (for Spain), in the 1973 ESC. It lost to 'Tu te reconnaîtras' ('You'll Recognize Yourself'),
the Luxembourg Entry by Anne-Marie David. However, 'Eres tú' was a bigger Hit than the Winner in the Global Charts. Although it was not a hit in the UK, despite being one of the most beautiful songs that I've ever heard. The 1973 Winning Entry was a No.13 Hit in the UK, with English lyrics & the Title 'Wonderful Dream'.

5)... In 1974 The Netherlands came 3rd in the ESC with Mouth & MacNeal's 'I See A Star'. It was a No.8 Hit in the UK Charts.
However, they had a Global Hit in 1972 with 'How Do You Do', which reached No.8 in the USA & sold a Million there. Oddly,
it did absolutely nothing in the UK, despite being sung in English & being a very catchy Pop Song.

6)... Australia's Gina G. entered the ESC for the UK in 1996, with 'Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit'. It only came 8th in the Final,
but it was a far bigger UK & Global Hit than that Year's Winner, (from Ireland). So catchy, that it managed to reach No.12
in the USA, even though the ESC was not shown there.

ABBA AND BROTHERHOOD OF MAN IN THE WORLD'S YEAR END BEST SELLING SINGLES -- (1974 & 1976)

7)... 'Save Your Kisses For Me' Won the 1976 ESC for Brotherhood Of Man. It & 'Waterloo' are the only ESC Winning Songs
to reach the USA Charts. It is often claimed that 'Save Your Kisses For Me' is the biggest selling ESC entry. It sold over a
Million in the UK & an estimated 6 Million copies Globally. 'Waterloo' sold around 5,500,000 as a Single, but with Download
Sales added in, that too has sold over 6 Million. Also, 'Waterloo' has sold 10's of Millions of copies on ABBA Albums, and
Brotherhood Of Man were not very good at selling Albums. One Global Chart Site has 'Waterloo' as the World's 4th biggest
Single of 1974. The Brotherhood Of Man Hit is 12th for 1976 - beaten by 2 ABBA Hits - 'Dancing Queen', (1st), & 'Fernando',
(5th). 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', by Elton John & Kiki Dee, was the World's 4th biggest Single of 1976 on that Site.

Another Global Chart Site has 'Waterloo' in 3rd place for 1974. The Brotherhood Of Man Hit is 3rd for 1976, with 'Fernando'
in 2nd place & 'Dancing Queen' 4th. However, none of 'Dancing Queen's 1977 Points//Sales are added in, (for the USA & Canada), and the ABBA Hit would be 1st for 1976, with its 1977 Points added in. 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' is the World's No.1 Single for 1976, on that Site - but it would be 2nd if 'Dancing Queen' had its 1977 Sales & Points added in, with 'Fernando' 3rd & 'Save Your Kisses For Me' in 4th place.

ABBA AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN

Some Brotherhood Of Man Fans say that ABBA copied off the UK Group, due to BHOM having Hits as early as 1970. But
BHOM had a different line up in 1970, & they were trying to sound like the USA Group - The Fifth Dimension. Their 1976
ESC Entry was more in the style of Tony Orlando & Dawn than ABBA. Indeed, 'Save You Kisses For Me' is very similar to
Dawn's Global 1973 Hit 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree'. Both Hits sold about 6 Million Globally. Dawn's
Hit was the World's Best Selling Single of 1973, on one Global Chart Site, & the 2nd Best Seller of 1973, on another Global
Chart Site. (Beaten by George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' on that Site). BHOM did not start to copy off ABBA until 1977,
when 'Oh Boy, (The Mood I'm In'), was a Hit, & the even more ABBA sounding 'Angelo' followed that one into the UK etc.
Charts.....Then we had 'Figaro' in 1978.....

THE WINNING SONG FROM THE 2016 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

As for the Winning Entry for 2016 - '1944' by Jamala, from the Ukraine - I think that it is dreadful, & far too serious & gloomy
to have Won. I'm not even sure if she can actually sing! I can see it being one of the least successful ESC Winning Songs ever,
as I cannot imagine that many people outside the Ukraine will buy it. It certainly won't do anything at all in Russia, as the whole Contest has ended up in Political controversy. It would be better if we could all forget our anger towards other Nations & just judged the ESC on how good the actual Songs are - as it was always meant to be..... Politics ought to have no place in the Voting - or in the Songs - at all. How innocent the 1974 ESC now seems, with ABBA Winning, Gigliola Cinquetti coming 2nd for Italy, Mouth & MacNeal in 3rd place for The Netherlands, & the UK's Olivia-Newton-John in 4th place. Then all 4 of those Songs reached the Top 11 in the UK Charts - ABBA at No.1, Gigliola & Mouth & MacNeal reaching No.8, & Olivia peaking at No.11. That sort of UK Chart success, from the ESC, will never, ever happen again, as the standard of most of the Songs has fallen so much.....

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Postby Benny » Sun May 15, 2016 11:48 am

Thank you Colin, very interesting post! I had no idea that 'Waterloo' has sold 250k downloads in the US, not bad at all.

ABBA were mentioned a few times on the ESC last night and this has led to a huge climb for 'ABBA Gold' on iTunes (it is listed twice there):

Worldwide iTunes Album Chart
60 +45 ABBA - ABBA Gold
65 +339 ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits
It would be at number 25 if the two versions were combined.

European iTunes Album Chart
30 +3 ABBA - ABBA Gold
98 +299 ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits
It would be at number 18 if the two versions were combined.
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Postby Nameless » Thu May 19, 2016 12:30 pm

Interesting stats on download sales for Waterloo....250,000 in US. I think about 100,000 in UK. So only 100,000 in the rest of the world?

Any other download figures?

I doubt if Waterloo sold 5.5m copies and very much doubt Brotherhood of Man sold 6m globally.

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Postby Mikerocha » Fri May 20, 2016 12:47 am

Thanks to digital era, and singles sales are not longer pendent on stock, can we guess how many digital songs they sell per month worldwide?

They must sell anywhere between 10,000-20,000 songs monthly at least all over the world.
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Postby Benny » Fri May 20, 2016 7:40 pm

UK
73 (RE) ABBA Gold

Germany
93 (RE) ABBA Gold
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Postby Nameless » Sat May 21, 2016 10:34 am

Why is GOLD back in the British and German charts?

I've seen this link on ABBA's sales http://abbalatestreleases.blogspot.co.u ... -sell.html

Looking at the singles, Dancing Queen and Fernando seem ok...but the rest either too high Waterloo, SOS or too low, The Name of the Game, Does Your Mother Know...

All estimates I've seen put singles (not downloads) on 50-60 million
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