I have some questions to Basil, HUR or any otherQueen fan, who knows the answers:} So:
1. Official info says (for example, lots of Queen discography books, official Queen website, etc) that A day at the Races was released with highest (to that date) advance UK orders of half a million. So, how could it be, that ADATR was sold just 500.000 copies to this date in UK? So, maybe some people who ordered the album in advance, really didnt buy it, or this album bought just those, who ordered it in advance? But, I think, this is unbelievable and real sales of ADATR are much much bigger.
2. I'd like to ask MJDangerous about We will rock you. You have posted here the official chart positions of Queen singles in France since 1984. And what about non-official charts till 1984? What about We Will Rock You chart success in 1978? There are lots of official sources again, that claims WWRY was No 1 in France for 12 weeks in a row (or even more) - the maximum allowed number of weeks at No 1, and then it was replaced by... We are the champions. So, is this true and how exactly many weeks WWRY and WATC were at No 1 in France, when they were released for the first time?
By the way, talking about WWRY success in France, you forgot the KCPK PUB EVIAN REMIX, released in France, maybe Belgium too, in 2003, who was a massive hit there and was sold 614 k copies (http://www.oljo.de/eurochart_eu_chart/superhits.html
- No 50). For those who dont remember it, WWRY was performed by lots of little kids:}
3. What about the facts, that Love of my life was No 1 for staggering 12 months in Argentina (maybe in Brazil?), and the other one – once in argentinian Top 10 album chart Queen had ...10 albums?
Well, first of all, I have to remember again that my numbers were only estimations, not official numbers or somothing like that.
About "A day at the races", to be fair, there has to say that the advance orders were 650.000 copies (according to some sites, that is, over 0,5 M, as you said). But, as Basil claimed in the previous post, that was the shipment sent to stores, and mostly due to the success of "A night at the opera", and of curse, because the album was going to be released in December, when sales are bigger than in the rest of the year.
So in my case, I have estimated 0,5 copies because it had a very good chart-running, but nothing really big. It was at number 8 in the last 2 weeks of 1976, and number one in the first of 1977, when sales dacays a lot. Look at its chart-running:
Date: 25/12/1976 - Run: 8-8-*1*-3-3-6-11-15-22-30-31-27-32-34-27-39-44-39-41-43 (20/6/1 wks)
But it is a very decent back catalog saller.
Therefore, it´s hard to believe (at least for me) that "A day at the races" sold that many during that time, even though it reached number one. But maybe you´re right, who knows?. My numbers are not afficial, so how is your estimation for this album?.
About the real sales during 1986, the 1,4 figure is from music week, which counts the sales to the public. And the number of Emi, of 1,7 copies at that time, was for the shipment (as Basil also said). And again, in this case, Queen realesed a live album at the end of the year, "Live magic", and maybe the 1,7 M figure is for the shipment sent to store at the end 198 for this album, becasuse sales started to increase suddenly. But part of that shipment was probably sold at the beginning of 1987, when "Live magic" had a great chart-running (even though it had been realesed without any king of promotion and singles).
Look at the chart-running at the beginning of 1987:
Well, maybe this is the explanation.
And about the Pub Evian version of "We will rock you", MJ Dangerous did published its whole chart-running in the page 2 of this topic. And I also read that "we will rock" was 12 weeks or more in 1977, but I haven´t confirmed. And it´s the same for "Love of my life" in Argentina and Brazil, but it´s so hard to get that information.
All I know from that time, taken from magazines, is that "The game" was number one in Argentina, and became one of the best selling foreign album in that country. Quees is really big in Argentina, from the 90´ to 2001, they had sold over 800.000 copies only in cd´s, and they are the second only to Beatles. In Mexico, "The game" had sold about 200.000 copies until 1981, as I read in several magazine or information that people gave me, but I don´t know how official we can consider this information. Sadly for Queen, they were very popular in some countries (like Argentina, Brazil, Korea, South Africa, and others) where there is no official information available.