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Postby askew » Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:27 am

I am interested in trying to determine Paul McCartney's worldwide sales solo, with the Beatles and with the Wings? He has to be the best-selling artist worldwide when considering all of his work, right? :o
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Postby MIGUEL » Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:33 pm

Paul´s work after the Beatles is undercertified everywhere, i´ve got certifications from lot of countries but they are so low in certifications levels.
It´s obvious that if the Beatles are the best sellers round the world if you add Paul´s sales they will be higher than any other artist.
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Postby Basil » Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:30 pm

askew wrote:I am interested in trying to determine Paul McCartney's worldwide sales solo, with the Beatles and with the Wings? He has to be the best-selling artist worldwide when considering all of his work, right? :o
Key
Year of release
Year of last certification
Title
riaa shipment
soundscan sales since 1991 courtesy of Hanboo
weeks on catalogue chart since 1982


Paul McCartney - USA Shipments

Original Studio Albums
1970 1991 McCartney 2,000,000 - 264,000
1971 1992 Ram 1,000,000 - 194,000
1971 1972 Wildlife 500,000 - 6,000
1973 1973 Red Rose Speedway 500,000 - 34,000
1973 1991 Band on the Run 3,000,000 - 406,000 - 44 weeks - 1 week at Number One
1975 1991 Venus and Mars 1,000,000 - 27,000
1976 1976 At the Speed of Sound 1,000,000 - 35,000
1978 1978 London Town 1,000,000 - 8,000
1979 1979 Back to the Egg 1,000,000 - 34,000
1980 1980 McCartney II 500,000 - 15,000
1982 1982 Tug Of War 1,000,000 - 65,000
1983 1984 Pipes of Peace 1,000,000 - 22,000
1986 none Press to Play none - 12,000
1989 1989 Flowers in the Dirt 500,000 - 66,000
1993 1993 Off the Ground 500,000 - 346,000
1997 1997 Flaming Pie 500,000 - 674,000
2002 2003 Driving Rain 500,000 - 398,000
2005 2005 Chaos and Creation 500,000 - 533,000 mar 2007
2007 2008 Memory Almost Full 500,000



Other Projects
1984 1984 Regard to Broadstreet 500,000 - 38,000
1991 none Russian Album - none - 107,000
1991 1991 Liverpool Oratorio - none - 11,000
1999 none Run Devil Run - none - 232,000

Live Albums
1977 1977 Wings Over America 1,000,000 - 20,000
1990 none Tripping the Live Fantastic - none - 353,000
1990 1991 Live Fantastic Highlights 1,000,000
1991 none Unplugged - none - 218,000
1993 none Paul is Live - none - 181,000
2002 2003 Back in the USA 1,000,000 - 981,000

Compilations
1978 1978 Wings Greatest 1,000,000
1987 ???? All the Best 2,000,000 - 946,000 - 1 week
2001 2001 Wingspan 1,000,000 - 1,027,000

One reason I've not posted this before is that most of the certifications are so old. The total of these certs is 24,000,000.

There has to be one or two titles that could be updated.

Soundscan total march 1991 to january 2006 - 7,200,000



The DVD, Back in the USA has scanned 291,000.

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Postby Basil » Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:48 pm

MIGUEL wrote:Paul´s work after the Beatles is undercertified everywhere, i´ve got certifications from lot of countries but they are so low in certifications levels.
Quite right Miguel. The certifications everywhere seem to be either really old - or there's no certification at all. Anyway, here are the UK ones.

Key
Year of Release
Title
BPI shipment

Paul McCartney UK Shipments

Original Studio Albums
1970 McCartney
1971 Ram
1971 Wildlife
1973 Red Rose Speedway 100,000
1973 Band on the Run 300,000
1975 Venus and Mars 300,000
1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
1978 London Town 100,000
1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
1980 McCartney II 100,000
1982 Tug Of War 100,000
1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
1986 Press to Play 100,000
1989 Flowers in the Dirt 300,000
1993 Off the Ground 60,000
1997 Flaming Pie 100,000
2002 Driving Rain 60,000
2005 Chaos and Creation 100,000

Other Projects
1984 Regard to Broadstreet 300,000
1991 Russian Album
1999 Run Devil Run 100,000

Live Albums
1977 Wings Over America 100,000
1990 Tripping the Live Fantastic 100,000
1990 Live Fantastice Highlights
1991 Unplugged
1993 Paul is Live
2002 Back in the USA 100,000

Compilations
1978 Wings Greatest 300,000
1987 All the Best 900,000
2001 Wingspan 300,000

Many old certifications - or none if pre-1973. Also no multi-platinum for pre-1980 releases as usual. Would bet money that Band on the Run is 600 or 900k.

Anyway, total of these certs is 4,420,000.

From end of year sales charts he has sold over 2m during the years 1984-2004.
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Postby NothingFails » Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:52 pm

Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

Flaming Pue - 674,000
Run Devil Run - 232,000
Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
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Postby NothingFails » Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:53 pm

too bad "Wings Greatest" is now out of print, that's a title I think could possibly be a bit higher than 1x. Venus And Mars spent over a year and a half on the charts and was a #1 album, as was Wings At The Speed Of Sound (#1 for 7 or 8 weeks), both should be recertified.
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Postby Basil » Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:01 pm

NothingFails wrote:Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

Flaming Pue - 674,000
Run Devil Run - 232,000
Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
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Postby askew » Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:08 am

Thanks for the information. Frustrating that the certifications are out-of-date or missing though.
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Postby Basil » Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:27 am

askew wrote:Thanks for the information. Frustrating that the certifications are out-of-date or missing though.
Very frustrating. In Canada they didn't certify "Band on the Run" - this is surely a joke. His biggest selling album!

Mind you, they certified various Streisand albums, but not "Guilty" - another joke.

Same with Led Zeppelin and others. The cria is worse than the bpi!
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Postby MIGUEL » Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:59 am

NothingFails wrote:too bad "Wings Greatest" is now out of print, that's a title I think could possibly be a bit higher than 1x. Venus And Mars spent over a year and a half on the charts and was a #1 album, as was Wings At The Speed Of Sound (#1 for 7 or 8 weeks), both should be recertified.
I´ve read somewhere that Wings over America (spent 88 weeks on charts) sold 4 million records, if this is truth it should be 12 platinum
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Postby Hanboo » Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:13 pm

Basil wrote:
NothingFails wrote:Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

Flaming Pue - 674,000
Run Devil Run - 232,000
Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.
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Postby MIGUEL » Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:30 pm

I think Band on the run is his best seller, i ´ve read in Peter Brown´s book about The Beatles that the album sold 6M round the world, also i´ve a book (spanish one) that said that in 1975 Paul recieved an award for sales of 500.000 records in England of Band on the run.
But the real sales we have are:

Certifications are
USA 3.000.000
UK 300.000
France 100.000

Sales known
Japan 118.000 + 7000(25th anniversary)
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Postby Basil » Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:47 pm

Hanboo wrote:No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.
Thank you Hanboo. It's like the 2Pac situation - same artist under different names. Is it a similar problem with John Lennon - Plastic One Band - John & Yoko and so on?
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Postby NothingFails » Thu Dec 22, 2005 7:19 am

Hanboo wrote:
Basil wrote:
NothingFails wrote:Basil, here's a little Soundscan information for you

link http://www.madonnanation.com/forums/ind ... opic=5999#

Flaming Pue - 674,000
Run Devil Run - 232,000
Driving Rain - 400,000.... article is probably in the past month so I doubt any of the titles are more than 1k higher now.
Thanks NothingFails. I might ask Hanboo if he has a soundscan total.

Canadian certs are patchy (and old) - the "total" is 1,250,000. They did certify his first 3 albums, though, unlike the UK.
No need to ask, here is his SS total: 6.7 million.
It includes most of the Wings albums, but not all (e.g. "Back to the egg" is missing).
Biggest seller is "Wingspan", which moved about 1,027,000 copies.

It's possible that SS keeps tab of a separate Wings section, I'll try to get hold of that.
Wingspan definately should be certified double-platinum then.

One problem is that currently over half the McCartney collection is out of print domestically, even though imports are easily found, this includes smash albums like London Town, Venus & Mars and At The Speed Of Sound. I dunno if EMI is holding out to reissue them one of these days or what, but a lot of the catalog is now deleted in America.

Do you have Soundscan numbers for either Band On The Run or Tug Of War? Those are my fave albums of his that are still available in the US domestically
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Postby NothingFails » Thu Dec 22, 2005 7:21 am

Basil wrote: Paul McCartney UK Shipments

Original Studio Albums
1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
1978 London Town 100,000
1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
1980 McCartney II 100,000
1982 Tug Of War 100,000
1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
that one's a REAL shocker. Despite "Say Say Say" being a #1 in the US, Pipes Of Peace was McCartney's lowest selling album period up to that point in 1983, yet in the UK, it outsold Tug Of War, Back To The Egg and London Town, all of which are regarded as far superior albums.
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Postby Basil » Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:59 pm

NothingFails wrote:
Wingspan definately should be certified double-platinum then.

Wingspan is double platinum, but as a double CD it has only shipped 1m copies.
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Postby Basil » Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:03 pm

NothingFails wrote:
Basil wrote: Paul McCartney UK Shipments

Original Studio Albums
1976 At the Speed of Sound 100,000
1978 London Town 100,000
1979 Back to the Egg 100,000
1980 McCartney II 100,000
1982 Tug Of War 100,000
1983 Pipes of Peace 300,000
that one's a REAL shocker. Despite "Say Say Say" being a #1 in the US, Pipes Of Peace was McCartney's lowest selling album period up to that point in 1983, yet in the UK, it outsold Tug Of War, Back To The Egg and London Town, all of which are regarded as far superior albums.
The Pipes of Peace came out in November and the title track was a UK Number One over Christmas. This single wasn't even released in the US.

Paul's UK and US singles were often different and when they were the same their chart performances could very widely - Mull of Kintyre for instance, the Americans really didn't like that one (nor did I).

Hanboo has provided a whole bunch of soundscan data which I've now put on the list of US album sales. Third Post, Page One.
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Postby Pajorige » Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:47 am

Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
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Postby Basil » Sun Aug 20, 2006 4:51 pm

Pajorige wrote:Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
Hi and welcome Pajorige.

You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

Cheers - Basil
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Postby evaorig » Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:08 pm

Basil wrote:
Pajorige wrote:Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
Hi and welcome Pajorige.

You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

Cheers - Basil
Basil, the link doesn't work.
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Postby Basil » Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:14 pm

evaorig wrote:
Basil wrote:
Pajorige wrote:Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
Hi and welcome Pajorige.

You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

Cheers - Basil
Basil, the link doesn't work.
Sorry evaorig, it wasn't a link, I'd just underlined it. Deleted that now just in case it caused any confusion. Best just to scroll up this page to get to third post.
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Postby evaorig » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:21 pm

Basil wrote:
evaorig wrote:
Basil wrote:
Pajorige wrote:Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
Hi and welcome Pajorige.

You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

Cheers - Basil
Basil, the link doesn't work.
Sorry evaorig, it wasn't a link, I'd just underlined it. Deleted that now just in case it caused any confusion. Best just to scroll up this page to get to third post.
Thanks Basil, I clearly didn't read it right LOL!
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Postby Pajorige » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:53 pm

Basil wrote:
Pajorige wrote:Hi there
Any updated about Macca's soundcan sales or others?
Would be appreciated !
Hi and welcome Pajorige.

You're in luck. Hanboo has recently posted soundscan figures for Paul and I've just added them here - see Third Post on this page.

Cheers - Basil
Thank you so much Basil !!!!!!!
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Postby blackcat » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:11 pm

Is it true that Mull Of Kintyre is still the best selling single in the UK who's sales have not been boosted by an event of some kind? For example, Elton's Candle In The Wind 1997 disc obviously sold well because of Princess Di's sad death, Bohemian Rapsody was a hit all over again in 1991 because of Mercury's sad passing, and Band Aid 1984 was a big hit because of the Ethopia famine.

I reckon Mull of Kintyre could be construed as the UK's biggest selling single in terms of its sales not being boosted by other events - the genuine UK number one, if you like!!
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Postby Pajorige » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:55 pm

"Mull of Kintyre" was the best selling in UK for 7 years...1977/1984.
The "Band aid" broke the record.
I heard that "Mull" was now the 4th all time best selling single in UK...
More than 2.5 millions sales if i'm correct.
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