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Postby Benny » Tue May 01, 2012 6:23 pm

The Visitors (Deluxe Edition) is new at number 75 in Germany.
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Postby zeus555 » Fri May 04, 2012 10:08 pm

'THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION'

Has anyone any idea why Universal have delayed the
Triple ABBA Release of 'The Essential Collection',
until Monday 3rd September? (But only in the UK -
maybe Ireland, too).

(By 'Triple Release', I mean that it is being released
in 3 ways - A 2 CD + DVD version, a 2 CD version, &
a DVD version).

It was supposed to be released on Monday 21st May!
Outside of the UK, they are still getting it in May, but
it is September here. This has never, ever happened
before.....Such a big delay between a UK ABBA release,
& a Global ABBA release.

UK ABBA Fans are just wondering what is significant
about September for ABBA, in the UK, that is not
significant for ABBA outside of the UK. It is the 20th
Anniversary of 'Gold' being released - but, it was
released in September 1992, in the rest of Europe, too.


ABBA LINK - HMV

http://goo.gl/zF1f4

ABBA LINK - AMAZON.uk

http://goo.gl/WzlLN


'GOLD' - 5 MILLION UK SALES

In the meantime, The OCC tell me that 'Gold' has
just about reached 5 Million UK Sales, now. They
say they may announce this next Week. It is only
the 3rd Album to sell 5 Million, (or more), in the
UK. It is also the first by a non-UK Act.

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Postby AndiIversen » Fri May 04, 2012 11:04 pm

BB Top Catalog albums:
2 56 189 ABBA GOLD-GREATEST HITS 1355 -3 1393 5341021

BB Catalog Physical albums:
8 179 168 152 ABBA ICON 1152 1 1137 101778

BB Catalog Digital albums:
18 20 103 75 ABBA GOLD-GREATEST HITS 797 0 794 207083

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Postby AndiIversen » Fri May 04, 2012 11:08 pm

Australia:
top 50 Catalogue albums chart:

tw:26 lw:23 ti:85 hp:5 18 HITS Abba <P>2 UNI/UMA

tw:43 lw:- R/E hp:12 ABBA GOLD ABBA <P>11 PDR/UMA
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Postby AndiIversen » Fri May 04, 2012 11:10 pm

Swiss albums top 100 chart:

#97 re-entry ABBA Gold GH (10 Plat) 264 weeks
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Postby AndiIversen » Fri May 04, 2012 11:41 pm

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UK albums chart:

#62 new 1 week ABBA The Visitors

#83 (lw #83) 84 weeks ABBA 18 Hits

#90 (lw #120) 844 weeks ABBA Gold GH


Catalogue top 40 album chart:

#6 new The Visitors ABBA
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Postby AndiIversen » Sat May 05, 2012 4:56 am

Ireland:

Top 100 Individual Artist Albums

lw:23 tw:30 18 HITS ABBA POLYDOR weeks on:40
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Postby AndiIversen » Sat May 05, 2012 5:11 pm

Belgium (Wa)

Ultratop Mid price albums:

#7 (lw#6) ABBA Gold GH (78 weeks) 6Plat. (peak#1)

Belgium (Fl)

Ultratop Mid price albums:

#16 (lw#18) ABBA Gold GH (59 weeks) 6Plat. (peak#4)
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Postby AndiIversen » Sun May 06, 2012 11:06 pm

South Korea:

Gaon Charts:

Gaon International Albums chart:

#73 Best of ABBA new ABBA
#76 The Definitive Collection new ABBA
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Postby AndiIversen » Sun May 06, 2012 11:22 pm

Germany:

Combined Albums chart:
#91 re-entry The Visitors ABBA
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Postby zeus555 » Mon May 07, 2012 12:59 pm

'The Essential Collection' will now be released in
Germany in June - to tie-in with an ABBA TV Special.

The release has now been delayed, until September,
in the entire rest of the World.

Universal have not explained what is significant,
(for ABBA), in September, around the World, that means
that every Country, except Germany, has to wait until
then for 'The Essential Collection'.

Nor why they chose May as the original Date, for
every Country. Only to change their minds.

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Postby Benny » Mon May 07, 2012 7:15 pm

In Spain, the deluxe edition of "The Visitors" is new at number 94 on the album chart.

Can't believe that Germany already gets "the Essential Collection" three months before the rest of the world :o. The German TV special will air on Vox on Saturday, June 2nd. Vox is not among the biggest TV channels in Germany, does the record company think that the impact will be that significant ??? In the past years, bigger channels like ZDF or RTL aired Abba specials / Abba-themed shows and the effect on the music charts was not that big.
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Postby zeus555 » Mon May 07, 2012 11:22 pm

I have now double checked the latest information
about 'The Essential Collection'.

1) It is released in Germany on Friday 25th May.

2) The idea is that the 4 Hour ABBA Documentary, on
Saturday 2nd June - VOX TV - will help to promote
the CD & DVD release. (There will also, most likely,
be TV Adverts for 'The Essential Collection', on top
of this).

3) Everywhere else has to wait until September
for the CD & DVD.

4) There are rumours of an International ABBA
TV Special, in the Autumn. That all 4 members
will be in it - together.

5) Is this the reason, for the delay of the 2012
Compilation, until September?

6) It is all just a rumour - at present.

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Postby AndiIversen » Thu May 10, 2012 2:34 am

South Korea:

Gaon International albums chart:

#36 new ABBA The Visitors (deluxe ed.)
#40 new ABBA Ring Ring
#43 new ABBA Arrival (deluxe ed.)
#45 new ABBA Super Trouper (deluxe ed.)
#46 new ABBA The Album (deluxe ed.)
#47 new ABBA Waterloo
#49 new ABBA ABBA
#50 new ABBA Voulez-Vous (deluxe ed.)
#51 new ABBA More ABBA Gold
#52 (up23) The Definitive Collection
#96 (down22) Best of ABBA
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Postby LostAvenger » Thu May 10, 2012 2:37 am

^ Based on shipments.
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Postby AndiIversen » Thu May 10, 2012 6:20 pm

ö3 Austria top75 albums:
#72 (lw#65) ABBA Gold GH (87 weeks)

Australia:
top50 Catalogue Albums:
tw:26 lw:26 weeks86 peak5 18 HITS Abba <P>2 UNI/UMA
tw:47 lw:43 weeks29 peak12 ABBA GOLD ABBA <P>11 UMA
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Postby HUR » Thu May 10, 2012 8:52 pm

LostAvenger wrote:^ Based on shipments.
Yes, and still important.
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Postby zeus555 » Fri May 11, 2012 7:26 pm

My main 'Contact' at The OCC, (Official Charts Company), has E-mailed
to explain why The OCC never released a proposed 'Announcement'
today, to say that 'Gold' is the only the 3rd Album to reach 5 Million
UK Sales. (The equivalent of about 25,365,000 USA Sales).

It is because Universal have asked them to hold off - until next Week.

There is a good reason for this. I can't say anything - incase the
reason they are asking for a delay does not happen!

In the latest UK Top 200 - W/E 12th May:,

1) 'The Visitors' fell from No.62 OUT of the Top 200.

2) '18 Hits' rose from No.83 to No.78.

3) 'Gold' fell from No.90 to No.101 - just missing
out on its 649th Top 100 Week.

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Postby AndiIversen » Tue May 15, 2012 3:52 pm

Czech Republic:

IFPI CR Hitparáda - TOP 20 Hudební video (top20 music video):

#14 lw:#11 ABBA Visitors(Deluxe Edition)+DVD peak:#10 3 weeks
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Postby prici900 » Tue May 15, 2012 4:09 pm

Abba thoughts – :D

I was recently looking at Wikipedia (I know not the most reliable of sources) – and are generally amazed at the claims that are made for some artist album sales, For example – Spice girls first LP – has said to have sold 28 million – this really can’t be the case as although it did sell well – it did not sell as well as Gold which we can easily make a case for selling at least that amount if not more. One of the more surprising LP claims comes in the form of the Bee Gees – Spirits having flown – here we have a case of let’s just double what it may have sold. The new claim is for 30 million. In 1979 it had sold slightly less than Abba’s Voulez- Vous in England so say a sale of 800,000 and it has certified sales of 4 million in the USA. It was Massive around the world but not sales that would get it to 30 Million – it just is not possible – in fact on the Bee gees life stores DVD and their official biography sales of 13 – 16 million (which is more believable). I am a fan of the Bee Gees and have a fair number of their Studio Albums (If you take out Saturdays night Fever as being a Bee Gees LP) then Spirits having flown is their biggest seller – they did not have any more big selling Studio LPs.

So what’s the point to all this? The point is that when I go and look at Abba on Wikipedia – it’s like we can’t be bothered to big up Abba’s achievements – which we can source to some degree. For example Abba’s almost forgotten greatest hits Vol 2 – sold nearly a million in Japan, 1.2 Million in England was big in Canada and would have been a big hit in the South American countries – due to their recent success with Chiquitita there. – What mention does this have of sales on Wikipedia – nothing except acknowledgment that it was a big seller in Japan? I think we should all make an effort to get sales next to Abba’s LP’s on that site – just like they have with Gold – as we are in the position where there is quite a bit of source material that shows how much some records sold. Abba are in danger of having their sales achievements of being talked down whilst other groups (the Spice girls and the Bee Gees) are having theirs routinely exaggerated.
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Postby AndiIversen » Tue May 15, 2012 4:34 pm

prici900 wrote:
So what’s the point to all this? The point is that when I go and look at Abba on Wikipedia – it’s like we can’t be bothered to big up Abba’s achievements – which we can source to some degree. For example Abba’s almost forgotten greatest hits Vol 2 – sold nearly a million in Japan, 1.2 Million in England was big in Canada and would have been a big hit in the South American countries – due to their recent success with Chiquitita there. – What mention does this have of sales on Wikipedia – nothing except acknowledgment that it was a big seller in Japan? I think we should all make an effort to get sales next to Abba’s LP’s on that site – just like they have with Gold – as we are in the position where there is quite a bit of source material that shows how much some records sold. Abba are in danger of having their sales achievements of being talked down whilst other groups (the Spice girls and the Bee Gees) are having theirs routinely exaggerated.
I feel the same way. A lot of ABBA's sales seem missing/ skipped, I need to mention the huge spanish-speaking territories sales for both ORO Grandes Exitos (the spanish versin of Gold) and also for Gracias por la Musica are MIA; both releases saw great sales but sadly we'd likely never see numbers for those (apart from the 750k sold in Argentina and 370k in Mexico for Gracias according to UM Ar and UM Mexico and the 100k by Promusicae in Spain), not to mention that the spanish versions were released in many non-spanish speaking terrietories as well (like Japan for ex.).
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Postby zeus555 » Wed May 16, 2012 3:09 pm

'The Essential Collection'.....

I see that amazon are listing Track 11, on CD 1,
as 'Bang-A', instead of 'Bang-A-Boomerang'!

And they have not even Listed the DVD's Tracks -
yet. I notice that it, (DVD), has dropped to £11 in
price. It was £12.70 last Week.

1) As you can see, they now have better photos of
the 3 versions.

LINK:,

http://goo.gl/Ty18j

A) The 2 CD + DVD version, looks like it will be in
a sort of tall, narrow, 'Book' Form - like the
1994 'Thank You For The Music' Box Set.

B) The 2 CD version will be in the form of an ordinary CD case.

C) And the DVD version will, (of course), be in a normal DVD case.

As regards 'Gold's International Sales - They have
been given as 28 Million since about 2005. We've
had its Sales added to since then - by the 'Mamma
Mia!' Film, in 2008.

I know that it sold around 1,800,000 in 2008. Then
we have its 2006 to 2007 Sales, & its 2009 to 2012 Sales.

I'd say that it is already on at least 31 Million Global Sales.....

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Postby AndiIversen » Wed May 16, 2012 4:15 pm

O3 Austria top40 albums:

#61 lw:#72 Gold Abba weeks:88
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Postby prici900 » Thu May 17, 2012 4:40 pm

ITALY – what happened to ABBA’ sales here? :evil:

Italy – I have no idea what happened to Abba in Italy – one of their worse preforming counties in terms of sales – No number ones and only one number two (albeit the 4th biggest seller in 1976 in the form of SOS). Only three top ten hits overall -and big gaps in-between having a hit.

1976 was Abba’s best year in Italy with Fernando also making number 6 and being the 18th best seller of the year – Dancing queen could only make the 89th best seller of the year and number 14 in the charts.

It’s not as if Italy did not like pop music as the Buggels very Abbaesque “Video killed the radio star” was number one in Italy for eons and dull pop music like Take That also made if big there.

The worldwide Abba revival has borne some fruits for Abba in Italy – mostly in the form of Abba Gold (Sales around 100,000) and made either number 9 or number 2 – depending where you look.

In Abba’s entire stunning sales career I can’t think of a country where they performed worse. In a county that gave the world Belosconi (they like their ‘characters’ apparently) Abba were largely ignored.

Interestingly although Italy had a population of some 60 million they did not buy too many records in the 1970’s – this is because it is largely a poor country and one that did not have may record shops and the ones that they did have were poorly organized. Sweden had a population of some 8 million in the 1970’s they consumed a lot more records – this highlights that the size of the population in a developed country does not always mean this will translate into big music sales.

As for Abba in Italy, I take the philosophical view that this is one country that at best you could say that Abba had some moderate success –At worse the country where they had the least success in Europe – However the success that Abba had in countries where they broke the sales rules (Massive LP sales in both Australia and Sweden – relative to the size of the population of the countries) more than makes up for the Abba’s short-comings in Italy.
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Postby zeus555 » Thu May 17, 2012 6:01 pm

Ian - Here are ABBA's Peak Positions, from a
different Italian Chart. The Hits that failed to
Chart are listed too. As you can see, 'Mamma Mia'
only reached No.53, in 1976. However, it was a No.12
Italian Hit, as an October 2008 Download - due to
the 'Mamma Mia!' Film. 'SOS' was a No.1 Hit, in this
Chart.

1974: Hasta Mañana (Andersson,B - Anderson,S - Ulvaeus,B) - [#34]
1974: Honey Honey (Andersson,B - Anderson,S - Ulvaeus,B)
1974: Waterloo (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B) - [#16]
1976: I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do (Andersson,B - Anderson,S - Ulvaeus,B) - [#48]
1976: Mamma Mia (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B) - [#53]
1976: S.O.S. (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B) - [#1]
1976: Dancing Queen (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B) - [#15]
1976: Fernando (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B) - [#5]
1977: Knowing Me Knowing You (Andersson,B - Andersson,U - Ulvaeus,B)
1977: Money Money Money (Andersson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1978: The Name Of The Game (Anderson,B - Anderson,S - Ulvaeus,B)
1978: Take A Chance On Me (Anderson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1978: Summer Night City (Andersson - Ulvaeus)
1979: Chiquitita (Anderson,B - Ulvaeus,B) - [#31]
1979: I Have A Dream (Andersson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1979: Voulez Vous (Andersson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1980: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Anderson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1981: Lay All Your Love On Me (Andersson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1981: Super Trouper (Anderson,B - Ulvaeus,B)
1981: The Winner Takes It All (Anderson,B - Ulvaeus,B) - [#23]


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