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.
The main problem is that the compilation is called "ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits", not "ABBA Gold: their greatest hits in the UK only". You just need to look at the tracklist to see how they only focused on the UK's chart performances.prici900 wrote:If gold was based on Abba's best selling singles around the world 1 do x 5 would replace lay all your love on me or Thank you for the music and Ring Ring would also make Gold I think.
To be honest I would love I have a dream not to have made Gold and have had Eagle on there but Hey Ho - I bet we all have our own versions of Gold in mind.
Here I agree with Prici900.prici900 wrote:Please don't misunderstand what I am getting at when I make my posts - I believe that Abba were consistantly sucessful in most countries where records were sold - in that they are one of the few acts to have a level of success in most countries.
Abba's success (like Queen, the Bee Gees and the Beatles) was down to the talented members of the group not down to the talents of outsiders.
Back in the seventies and early eighties, the levels were like this:prici900 wrote:Abba Sales in Hong kong - see website LP'S ONLY -
IFPI Hong Kong Sales Awards?
it seems the year is when the sales award was awared:
I could be wrong, but as far as I know, the levels were actually like this:prici900 wrote:Israel - population in the 1970's was about 4 million +
I would love to know more about Abba's sucess in this country as I heard that they were extremely popular here -
What I do know is that GGG made number 1 in 1979
and Gold sold 20,000+ to get a Platinum award
Silver - for Arrival which I believe is some 5,000+
Gold award for- Abba - The Album - some 10,000
Gold award for - Super Trouper some 10,000
Well, some 'outrageous claims' are also being made for most of the oldest acts, with Abba being a prime example of that (along with other acts, of course).prici900 wrote:I suppose that's one thing we forget about is that sales awards have decreased at the same time that outrageous sales claims are being made for current artists.
If HUR sees this than you better be preparedprici900 wrote:As discussed with Hur I do not believe that Abba’s career total is 370 million (At the very least 120 million too many) but I do believe that Abba sold more records than the Bee Gees, Queen, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac
If you see my above message, I think I was kind. My socials are improving.Benny wrote:If HUR sees this than you better be preparedprici900 wrote:As discussed with Hur I do not believe that Abba’s career total is 370 million (At the very least 120 million too many) but I do believe that Abba sold more records than the Bee Gees, Queen, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac
As much as I love Abba I don't think that they sold more records worldwide than Queen or the Bee Gees because both were much bigger in the US than Abba. As we all know the US is by far the world's biggest music market and Abba's success in many smaller market still can't compensate their moderate sales in the US. Abba and the Bee Gees may have similar total sales but I'd say Queen sold about 30 million records more.
HUR wrote: If you see my above message, I think I was kind. My socials are improving.
I guess that's because after the Beatles, many people (especially in Europe) see Abba and Queen as the second biggest bands ever (regarding their musical impact, their iconic status and their success). This puts them in some kind of competition for some people, especially fans who want to prove that Abba sold more than Queen or vice versa.HUR wrote: Anyway, can anybody explain to me why Abba are always compared to Queen? I would like to believe it is because Abba fans have respect for them; but in general, from what I have seen, it is the opposite