prici900 wrote:I did use some of the ROTW figures for my post – but I contribute to that site when I have source material (you will see my name in some of its domains) – I have asked Trent on many occasions to remove the Costa Rica info and replace it with what we know about Denmark – as I agree that some of the sales claims (not all) are wrong and can be embarrassing.
Wow I'm glad you say that. I always thought those sales were fake.
Anyway an Abba book is no more reliable than Wikipedia, I'm afraid.
This is what I have found for the single over the years:
Argentina – 525,000
Brazil – 200,000 (?)
Chile – 75,000
Colombia – 50,000
Venezuela – 50,000
El Salvador – 60,000
Equator – 75,000
Generally, when a sales figure wa cited on Billboard, they meant both versions combined.
In Argentina, the Spanish version sold 500,000 and the English one 25,000, for a combined 525,000 as you see above. You can sense how the Spanish version sold so much more, a pattern that would easily have been replicated in the rest of the continent.
I listed 200,000 copies for "Chiquitita" for Brazil, which is very likely to be an overestimation. By September 1979, Abba had sold 200,000 albums and singles combined, for example. Plus they don't speak Spanish there, even though it is the biggest market in the whole of Latin America.
As for Mexico, they didn't specify whether they were referring to the Spanish or the Ebglish one, or both, but it is likely that both were being cited.
Even with a generous estimation for Brazil, we are just slightly above 1,500,000 units, very far from 2,500,000 copies.
Remember: all the biggest Latin American markets are included above (and even some smaller, like Equator or El Salvador). The only one missing is Guatemala: some good sales were often achieved there, so you can easily count some 50,000 to 100,000 for "Chiquitita", I'm sure it sold about that many.
But still not close.
Personally I think it sold fewer copies than 2,500,000 in Latin America. I think it may have done some 1,750,000 to 2,000,000.
Trust me, Prici. I know how huge "Chiquitita" was in Latin America; with due respect, I probably know it more than you. So I don't think I'm making any mistake. We just have different opinions.
You will challenge some information you consider to be wrong, you say. Fine. So far you have only challenged the sales of other groups, none of Abba; but I trust you, he he. I hope you don't mind me 'disputing' your estimations every time I disagree with you.