Barbra Streisand :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby Basil » Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:18 pm

To mark her 51st riaa Gold Album Award

Key
Year Of Release
Year Of Last Certification
Title
riaa shipment
soundscan data

Barbra Streisand - USA Shipments

Original Studio Albums
1963 1964 Barbra Streisand Album 500,000
1963 1964 Second Barbra Streisand Album 500,000
1964 1965 Third Album 500,000
1964 2003 People 1,000,000
1965 1986 My Name is Barbra Two 1,000,000
1966 2002 Je M'Appelle Barbra 500,000
1967 2002 Simply Streisand 500,000
1969 none What about Today
1971 1986 Stoney End 1,000,000
1971 1971 Barbra Joan Streisand 500,000
1974 1998 The Way We Were 2,000,000
1974 1975 Butterfly 500,000
1975 1976 Lazy Afternoon 500,000
1976 1999 Classical Barbra 500,000
1977 1994 Superman 2,000,000
1978 1978 Songbird 1,000,000
1979 1980 Wet 1,000,000
1980 1989 Guilty 5,000,000 - 235,000
1984 1984 Emotion 1,000,000 - 51,000 apr 2006
1985 1995 Broadway Album 4,000,000 - 365,000 apr 2006
1988 1988 Till I Loved You 1,000,000
1993 1994 Back to Broadway 2,000,000 - 1,743,000 jun 2007
1997 1997 Higher Ground 3,000,000 - 3,002,000 jun 2007
1999 1999 A Love Like Ours 1,000,000 - 1,100,000 jun 2007
2003 2003 Movie Album 500,000 - 686,000 jun 2007
2005 2005 Guilty Pleasures 500,000 - 509,000 jun 2007
2009 2009 Love is the Answer 500,000
2011 none What Matters Most 174,000 nov 2011
2012 none Release Me 100,000 dec 2012

TV Specials
1965 1965 My Name is Barbra 500,000
1966 1966 Color Me Barbra 500,000
1973 none And Other Musical Instruments

Soundtracks
1962 none I Can Get it For You Wholesale
1962 none Pins and Needles
1964 1964 Funny Girl - OC 500,000
1966 none Harold Sings Arlen
1968 1986 Funny Girl 1,000,000
1969 none Hello Dolly
1970 none On A Clear Day
1971 none The Owl and the Pussycat
1974 1998 The Way We Were 500,000
1975 1975 Funny Lady 500,000
1976 1984 A Star is Born 4,000,000
1979 1979 The Main Event 500,000
1983 1984 Yentl 1,000,000
1987 none Nuts
1992 none Prince Of Tides
1997 1997 The Mirror Has Two Faces 1,000,000

Seasonal Albums
1967 1999 Christmas Album 5,000,000 - 1,578,000 dec 2012
2001 2001 Christmas Memories 1,000,000 - 1,100,000 jun 2007

Compilations
1970 1986 Greatest Hits 2,000,000
1978 1994 Greatest Hits Vol 2 5,000,000 - 440,000
1981 1998 Memories 1974-1980 5,000,000 - 1,068,000 - 1 week
1989 1994 Collection: Greatest & More 1975-1988 2,000,000 - 1,123,000 - 8 weeks
1991 1992 Just For the Record Box 250,000 - 454,000 jun 2007
1992 none Just For the Record Highlights
2002 2003 Essential 500,000 - 506,000 jun 2007
2002 2003 Duets 500,000 - 644,000 may 2013

Live Albums
1968 1990 A Happening in Central Park 500,000
1972 1986 Live Concert at the Forum 1,000,000
1987 1988 One Voice 1,000,000 - 676,000
1994 1997 The Concert 1,500,000 - 1,102,000 jun 2007
1995 1998 The Concert - Highlights 500,000 - 501,000 jun 2007
2000 2000 Timeless 500,000 - 477,000 jun 2007
2007 none Live in Concert 2006 106,000 jun 2007

Some of these certifications are now as much as 41 years old - mmmm........
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Postby Basil » Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:28 pm

Looking at the totals

raw riaa total is 71m. But taking out the extra units from the Box Set and double albums, the total shipment for Barbra Streisand is

67,750,000

In terms of individual awards, she has

50 Gold Albums
30 Platinum Albums
13 Multi-Platinum Albums

From January 1991 to December 2006, her Soundscan total is

19,869,000
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Postby nelson » Sun Nov 20, 2005 6:15 pm

I just found out this interesting topic from Billboard ending february 1998...

Sony Music

Barbra Streisand
Career album sales over 80 million.

It means worldwide. :D

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Postby NothingFails » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:35 am

I'd be curious to see the Soundscan data on her pre-SS albums, some like Guilty and Broadway Album, I'd assume have sold considerably more than What About Today or ButterFly, but still, that stuff is always interesting to me, especially for an artist with a catalog as huge as Streisand.
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Postby seattleboy » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:02 am

Her RIAA total was about 65M back in 1998, with 15-25M overseas.

Her worldwide album sales are 100 million at the most.
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Postby NothingFails » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:16 am

seattleboy wrote:Her RIAA total was about 65M back in 1998, with 15-25M overseas.

Her worldwide album sales are 100 million at the most.
have her worldwide sales been that poor? I know she was a megastar in the UK around the time Guilty and Memories (Love Songs in the UK) were released, but at the same time, she was barely on the charts there in the 60's and 70's and success since those two early 80's records have been sporatic, but I once heard that Guilty alone sold 20 million worldwide, so if she's sold 68 million US alone, adding 15 million to that title would mean that the other 40-someodd Barbra albums out there had to fight for the remaining 17 million. I would've thought she'd be more in the 150 million vicinity, but pre-The Way We Were, she was almost entirely a "local star" and then she started doing better worldwide.
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Postby Basil » Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:11 pm

Barbra Streisand UK Chart Peaks

Barbra Streisand Album
Second Barbra Streisand Album
Third Album
People
My Name is Barbra Two - 6
Je M'Appelle Barbra
Simply Streisand
What about Today
Stoney End - 28
Barbra Joan Streisand
The Way We Were - 49
Butterfly
Lazy Afternoon
Classical Barbra
Superman - 32
Songbird - 50
Wet - 25
Guilty - 1
Emotion - 15
Broadway Album - 3
Till I Loved You - 29
Back to Broadway - 4
Higher Ground - 12
A Love LIke Ours - 12
Movie Album - 25
Guilty Pleasures - 3

My Name is Barbra
Color Me Barbra
And Other Musical Instruments

I Can Get it For You Wholesale
Pins and Needles
Funny Girl (OC) - 19
Harold Sings Arlen
Funny Girl - 11
Hello Dolly - 45
On A Clear Day
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Way We Were
Funny Lady
A Star is Born - 1
The Main Event
Yentl - 21
Nuts
Prince Of Tides
The Mirror Has Two Faces

Christmas Album
Christmas Memories - 137


Greatest Hits - 44
Greatest Hits Vol 2 - 1
Love Songs - 1
Collection: Greatest & More 1975-1988 - 22
Just For the Record Box
Just For the Record Highlights
Essential - 1
Duets - 30

A Happening in Central Park
Live Concert at the Forum
One Voice - 27
The Concert - 63
The Concert - Highlights
Timeless - 54

The problem in the UK is that until the early/mid 1970's the album "chart" could be as little as a Top 15. A bit different to the billboard 200.

Still, Barbra Streisand has had 5 number one albums and had her first Top 10 album in 1966.

I haven't bothered to post the certifications because they are so useless. Love Songs was nine weeks at number one and 129 weeks on the chart but is still "platinum".

However looking at each chart run and what certifications there are - plus year end sales from 1985 onwards - it seems her UK sales since 1963 have been over 5 million at least. Could be considerably more but there is simply no way of knowing.
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Postby Basil » Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:23 pm

NothingFails wrote:
seattleboy wrote:Her RIAA total was about 65M back in 1998, with 15-25M overseas.

Her worldwide album sales are 100 million at the most.
have her worldwide sales been that poor? I know she was a megastar in the UK around the time Guilty and Memories (Love Songs in the UK) were released, but at the same time, she was barely on the charts there in the 60's and 70's and success since those two early 80's records have been sporatic, but I once heard that Guilty alone sold 20 million worldwide, so if she's sold 68 million US alone, adding 15 million to that title would mean that the other 40-someodd Barbra albums out there had to fight for the remaining 17 million. I would've thought she'd be more in the 150 million vicinity, but pre-The Way We Were, she was almost entirely a "local star" and then she started doing better worldwide.
I think the real answer is somewhere between the two.

For the USA, starting with 67.75 definitely shipped, if you go through the whole catalogue with certification dates and chart runs of uncertified albums - plus soundscan data - her complete total of albums sold is around 80 million.

See

http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=&start=0

It must be remembered that not all her releases were on Columbia - for when sony give out "totals".

UK and Canadian sales are over 5 million each.

We will never know sales in Australia/NZ or Europe or Asia or anywhere else. True she didn't start to sell much worldwide until the 1970's - but that still means the past 30 years!

So apart from her 80m in the USA which is 37% of the market, rest of the world album sales are likely 40 to 60 million.

This would give all time worldwide sales of 120 to 140 million. Not the best selling female of all time perhaps, but in the Top 5.
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Postby Bible » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:15 pm

There's no way Barbra sold 120-140 million, which is very close to Madonna's 158.2 million.

http://charts.mlvc.org/CHThist.php

And in Japan, she's done poor.
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Postby Basil » Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:07 am

Bible wrote:There's no way Barbra sold 120-140 million.
I think the sales evidence on this thread indicatess otherwise. Just sounds like you don't want this to be the case for some reason.
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Postby Bible » Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:09 pm

You think she sold 68 million based on certifications, which is in case unbelievable for up to 80 million in total, and also where's the evidence for other 60 million outside of US?

You also think 5 million sales for UK, and also 5 million sales for Canada, but I could only get 2.35 million for Canada based on certifications only, and 5 million sales for Canada in total which is a joke. Where's other 50 million according to your case?
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Postby Basil » Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:08 pm

Bible wrote:You think she sold 68 million based on certifications, which is in case unbelievable for up to 80 million in total, and also where's the evidence for other 60 million outside of US?

You also think 5 million sales for UK, and also 5 million sales for Canada, but I could only get 2.35 million for Canada based on certifications only, and 5 million sales for Canada in total which is a joke. Where's other 50 million according to your case?
I don't think she sold 68m through certifications, she did - simple.

If an album passed the 500,000 mark 40 years ago and has always been on catalogue, it is logical to assume it may have reached 700,000 or 800,000 by now. If an album charted well and is not certified, it is reasonable to assume it has sold 200,000 or 300,000.

If an album was certified at 1m 30 years ago it could have sold up to 1,950,000 but still only have a platinum shipment.

In Canada not all her albums are certified. Her biggest (non-compilation) chart success was Guilty and this hasn't been certified. The situation in the UK is similarly patchy.

We know from end of year UK sales that see sold somewhere between 2 and 3 million albums since 1985. It is no unreasonable to assume that from 1963 to 1984 - a period that includes number one albums that charted for over a year (Star is Born) - a year and a half (Guilty) and two and a half years (Love Songs), that 5m is a minmum UK sale from 1963 until now.

I don't need to find another 50m. The range I suggest is 120 to 140 million total. So in countries outside the US/UK/Canada, she has sold between 30m and 50m.

For any top artist we can only give a range of worldwide sales showing a minimum possible and a maximum possible.

I'm not a fan of most of these artists including Barbra Streisand. I just deal with the figures we have. It's interesting, particularly on such a large catalogue. You really don't seem to like Barbra Streisand for some reason though.
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:57 pm

Germany

Code: Select all
Color Me Barbra                33
The Best Of Barbra Streisand   38
Guilty                          4
Yentl                          26
Emotion                        40
One Voice                      32
Till I Loved You               33
Back To Broadway               81
The Concert                    92
Higher Ground                  35
A Love Like Ours               48
The Ultimative Collection       9
Duets                          53
The Movie Album                85
Guilty Pleasure                31


Certifications

Guilty, Platinum, 500,000
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:09 pm

France

Code: Select all
Guilty                   1
Memories                 5
Till I Loved You        35
Higher Ground           23
A Love Like Ours        36
Duets                   44
The Movie Album         47


Certifications - 1,900,000

Greatest Hits, Platinum, 300,000
Greatest Hits And More, Platinum, 300,000
Guilty, Platinum x2, 600,000
Memories, Platinum x2, 600,000
The Essential, Gold, 100,000
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:13 pm

Australia

Code: Select all
The Way We Were           10
Butterfly                 49
Funny Lady                50
Lazy Afternoon            84
A Star Is Born             3
Streisand Superman        11
Songbird                  30
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2      2
Wet                        7
Guilty                     1
Memories                   7
Yentl                     24
Emotion                   13
The Broadway Album         8
One Voice                 15
Till I Loved You          18
Greatest Hits And More    16
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:14 pm

Italy

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A Star Is Born       9
Guilty               1
The Concert         16
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:17 pm

New Zealand

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A Star Is Born           1
Streisand Superman      33
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2    1
Wet                     21
Guilty                   1
Memories                 2
Emotion                 25
The Broadway Album       1
One Voice                7
Collection              40
Back To Broadway        11
Higher Ground           23
A Love Like Ours        38
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Postby nelson » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:25 pm

Sweden

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Superman                 46
A Star Is Born           22
Wet                      22
Guilty                    1
Memories                  4
Yentl                    29
Emotion                  23
The Broadway Album       26
One Voice                33
Till I Loved You         34
Back To Broadway         32
Higher Ground            34
Greatest Hits and more    1
The Essential             4
Guilty Pleasures         13
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Postby NothingFails » Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:21 pm

out of curiosity, what caused My Name Is Barbra, Two... to make the UK top 10 while none of her other 60's albums sold well?

From the looks of it, until the mid-1970's, she was predominantly a US artist only and then around the time of A Star Is Born, she started having actual chart success elsewhere.
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Postby Basil » Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:48 pm

NothingFails wrote:out of curiosity, what caused My Name Is Barbra, Two... to make the UK top 10 while none of her other 60's albums sold well?

From the looks of it, until the mid-1970's, she was predominantly a US artist only and then around the time of A Star Is Born, she started having actual chart success elsewhere.
Second Hand Rose was a hit single off the album - reached No. 14 and charted for 13 weeks.

As I said above, in the 1960'S the UK album chart could be as little as a Top 15, so many artists albums missed out on a chart placing.

Nelson's Chart Postings are very interesting (thanks Nelson). For some countries there isn't always chart info for the 1960's. Certainly not the proper charts we are used to in most countries today.

So I think there was a little sales activity around the world in the 1960's - the single "People" - Funny Girl soundtrack and so on.

But you are right of course in saying that things really took off outside USA/Canada in 1974 with The Way We Were and then a string of albums (and films) - A Star is Born and so on, peaking with Guilty in 1980. So she's been an "international" Star for around 30 years.

How do you find my estimate of 120 to 140m worldwide sales?
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Postby seattleboy » Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:16 pm

FYI, that's not an official site.
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Postby nelson » Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:26 pm

seattleboy wrote:FYI, that's not an official site.
What does FYI mean?
But the sales are taken from the official magazine "ICON".
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Postby seattleboy » Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:29 pm

nelson wrote:
seattleboy wrote:FYI, that's not an official site.
What does FYI mean?
But the sales are taken from the official magazine "ICON".
For your information.
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Postby seattleboy » Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:30 pm

Guilty was released in 1980 and went on to become Barbra Streisand's biggest selling album to date. Written and produced by Barry Gibb, the album went on to sell over 20 million units worldwide and was a seminal album for women everywhere.
Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Guilty – Barbra once again teams up with Barry Gibb on this new album Guilty Too.

Barry Gibb has composed 9 new songs for the reunion album (he composed all 9 featured on Guilty), and duets with Streisand on 2 tracks. The album features a song written for Guilty, but never recorded before now called Letting Go. The emotional and stunning vocal is a centrepiece of the album.

Another track, (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away was originally recorded by Andy Gibb. The Dual Disc version features an in-depth interview with Barbra and Barry filmed as they were recording the album. The Dual Disc has four performances captured on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage at Columbia Pictures by famed cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs. The filming was done in the state-of-the-art 24p Hi-Definition format.

http://www.sonybmgmusic.co.uk/artist_sp ... sand/biog/
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Postby nelson » Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:35 pm

Can you break down the sales of Guilty for me?
US - 5 million
UK - 300,000 (may be million??? waiting for 2006 to come)
Germany - 500,000
France - 600,000
Japan - 138,530
What else?
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