By Lauren Kreisler
Swedish superstars ABBA have further underlined their position as musical legends, with their Gold album becoming only the third 5-million-seller in UK chart history. According to latest Official Charts Company sales data, the quartet’s Gold - Greatest Hits has passed the 5 million mark in the past week.
The achievement puts the album alongside alongside Queen’s Greatest Hits and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as one of only three albums to reach such an elevated sales level.
Gold - Greatest Hits marks 20 years since its initial release this October, having racked up eight weeks at Number 1 since it was first released in 1992. ABBA are one of the all-time great singles artists, having racked up nine Number 1s and another 10 Top 10s in the UK’s Official Singles Chart, since their debut hit Waterloo in 1974.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says, “This is another incredible record in a career of extraordinary achievements for ABBA, who are unquestionably one of British music fans’ all-time favourite acts. Over the past 20 years, one in every five households has bought a copy of Gold, which is a truly remarkable statistic.
“ABBA are true chart superstars here in the UK – and this latest record adds to their legendary status.”
ABBA’s landmark has been reached after Adele’s 21 broke into the all-time UK Official Albums Chart Top 5 for the first time last month, behind Oasis’s What’s The Story Morning Glory. The two albums are among a list of five other albums to have sold more than 4m copies in the UK, the others being Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
ABBA Gold is just 46,000 copies behind The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's.
The UK’s Official Biggest Selling Albums of all-time Top 10
01 GREATEST HITS (1981) - QUEEN
02 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEART’S CLUB BAND (1967) - THE BEATLES
03 GOLD - GREATEST HITS (1992) - ABBA
04 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY (1995) - OASIS
05 21 (2011) – ADELE
06 THRILLER (1982) - MICHAEL JACKSON
07 BROTHERS IN ARMS (1985) - DIRE STRAITS
08 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1973) - PINK FLOYD
09 BAD (1987) - MICHAEL JACKSON
10 GREATEST HITS II (1991) - QUEEN
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Agreed. However, I think it is definitely more than 600,000 (500,000 is probably too conservative). Also, while I think 800,000 copies is rather high, it shouldn't be ruled out altogether. I remember seeing some Abba's sales somewhere, not sure where. It is true it may be their smallerst market, but they did have some decent successes.Benny wrote:HUR, thanks you for your reply! I found the following information regarding the sales of "Gold" in the "Italian certifications" thread (mostly estimations):
- 250.000 copies sold in 1992
- 50.500 copies sold in 2008
- 41.942 copies in 2009
- it received a gold certification (30.000 copies) in 2010 for sales since 2009.
A sales total of 400.000 copies until 1999 using the quadruple gold certification from Billboard with gold equalling 100.000 copies (before 1994) could be realistic. Add (almost) 100.000 copies sold in 2008 & 2009 and we have a total of half a million copies. I don't think that it sold that much between 2000 and 2007, people were buying "The Definitive Collection" instead (it reached number 10 in late 2001). So I guess the Italian sales total for "Gold" is between 500k and 600k (not 800k, that number is way too high).
Perhaps it's not reflected in chart positions but if you ask french people, who were around in the 1970 when ABBA were big, about their biggest hits, I Do would come right after Money x3, Gimme x3 and Fernando.prici900 wrote:I am not too sure I do x 5 was one of Abba's biggest hits in france
Not exactly true, it is far from being their most familiar track in France, even among those who were around in the 70's. It at least comes right after "Dancing Queen","Fernando", "Waterloo", "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!", "Money, Money, Money", "The winner takes it all" and "Take a chance on me" and possibly "Super trouper" too.innocenteyes wrote:Perhaps it's not reflected in chart positions but if you ask french people, who were around in the 1970 when ABBA were big, about their biggest hits, I Do would come right after Money x3, Gimme x3 and Fernando.prici900 wrote:I am not too sure I do x 5 was one of Abba's biggest hits in france
I don't think that the younger generation will be very familiar with this song very well but 50-60 year old people definately know about I Do x5.
I've never understood why it was excluded from ABBA Gold as it's one of their biggest hits worldwide (bar in the UK and Ireland).
Perhaps the fourth then, as I just stated in my post lol.kevin1989 wrote:I admit most of them know the song, but it's not the first one nor the second nor the third that comes to their mind when talking about the ABBA songs they remember of.
ABBA single sales in France are more than respectful, they are fantastic, not many non-french speaking artist can claim such high sales.prici900 wrote:Abba's Sales are fantastic -
I am also glad to see that the Abba worldwide Chart list is being updated again (After a year of being dormant).
Intresting that Trent has added the follwing informtion about Abba sales in France
Waterloo - Gold - sales reported to be 417,000
Fernando - Gold - sales reported to be 602,000
Money, Money, Money - Gold - sales reported to be 550,000
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Gold - sales reported to be 583,000
Super Trouper - Gold - sales reported to be 392,000
Total Abba sales in France are listed as 5,476,000 singles and 3,109,423 albums. So Abba sold less than a third LP'S and Singles in France than they did in England despite both countries having roughly the same size populations.
What these single sales do tell us that Fernando was a massive seller in nearly every country and it also seems to be the country where MMM and GGG sold the most copies.