The Doors :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby Basil » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:22 pm

Thanks to Hanboo's new sales figures, time to take a look at this strange band.

The Doors - USA Shipments

Key
year of release
year of latest riaa certification
title
riaa shipment
soundscan total since 1991 (if available)
weeks on catalogue chart since 1982

Studio Albums
1967 2004 The Doors - 4,000,000 - 1,474,000 - 40 weeks - 10 weeks at Number One
1967 2001 Strange Days - 1,000,000 - 515,000
1968 1987 Waiting For the Sun - 1,000,000 - 510,000 - 27 weeks
1969 1987 The Soft Parade - 1,000,000 - 456,000 - 27 weeks
1970 2001 Morrison Hotel - 1,000,000 - 780,000
1971 1987 LA Woman - 2,000,000 - 767,000
1978 2001 An American Prayer - 1,000,000 480,000 - 9 weeks - 1 week at Number One

Certified Compilations
1970 1987 Doors 13 - 1,000,000
1972 1980 Weird Scenes - 500,000
1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000 - 32 weeks
1987 2001 The Best Of - 4,500,000 - 3,518,000 - 259 weeks
1991 2001 Soundtrack - 1,000,000 - 846,000
1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
1997 2001 Box Set - 250,000 - 181,000
2003 2004 Legacy/Absolute Best - 250,000 362,000

Other Charting Compilations
1973 none Best Of the Doors (Quadrophonic)
1985 none Classics - none - 84,000
2001 none The Very Best Of - none - 332,000

Live Albums
1970 1970 Absolutely Live - 500,000 259,000
1983 1987 Alive She Cried - 500,000 8,000
1987 none Live at the Hollywood Bowl - none - 6,000
1991 1995 In Concert - 500,000 795,000

Other titles
Complete Studio Recordings (7CD) - 47,000
Bright Midnight (Live) - 53,000
The Doors/Waiting for the Sun - 193,000
Strange Days/LA Woman - 102,000
Essential Rarities - 64,000
LA Woman/Morrison Hotel/The Doors - 5,000
LA Woman/Morrison Hotel - 1,000
The Doors/Strange Days - 1,000
Perception Box Set (6CD) - n/a

Shipment Total is 25,000,000

Soundscan total = 14,725,000 March 1991 - December 2006

With only 6 proper studio albums - which could fit onto 3 CD's - The Doors must be one of the most compiled bands ever.

One note about the shipments - in 1987 when their riaa awards were updated, Billboard stated that these were only for recent sales because all the early sales figures had been lost! This means that an unknown number of sales are missing.

Also some albums must be due an update, particularly "Absolutely Live" last certified 36 years ago!!

Their actual USA album shipments are more likely around 40 million (particularly as they scanned 14.7 million since 1991).

The separate certification for the LP and CD versions of Greatest Hits is unusual.
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Postby MJDangerous » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:28 pm

I'm just looking at their sales... They are really higher. I think that they have sold around 65 millions albums worldwide thanks to massive catalog sales everywhere.
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Postby cidermaster » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:37 pm

MJ that is alot higher than i thought,good news,for the Doors are a cool band.

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Postby Basil » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:41 pm

The band made 6 albums in 4 years - which is the time most bands take to make just one album today.

They were successful then, but somehow their music has been very enduring as shown by the sales above.

On paper it doesn't work:-

A Drummer with about 3 drums - it would be considered a child's kit today.

NO Bass player.

A basically flamenco guitarist playing an electric guitar.

A keyboardist playing a Woolworth's* organ with only one hand - the other hand playing a rudimentary "bass keyboard".

A wayward Singer.

With just this they were able to make a Big sound in concert.

The sound was certainly unique. No-one else sounds like them and that is perhaps why their records continued to sell in the 70's, 80's, 90's and now. Many of their contemporaries sell very little today.

Mostly a cult band outside the USA, they didn't have too much chart success around the world. However, continuing steady sales over 40 years means they must have sold some millions worldwide - although we don't have enough information to even make a guess.

*yes, I know it was a Farfisa - UK readers will get the reference.
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Postby MJDangerous » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:45 pm

Basil wrote:Mostly a cult band outside the USA, they didn't have too much chart success around the world. However, continuing steady sales over 40 years means they must have sold some millions worldwide - although we don't have enough information to even make a guess.
In France any of their album has hit the year end chart at their time... By now, The Doors sold about 4 millions albums in France alone. This is really BIG, and this is the same thing everywhere. They have sold approx as many out of USA as in USA.
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Postby Kashmir75 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:11 pm

About a year ago I saw an article on the web that stated the Doors sales were at 49 million world wide. Take it for what it is worth. :)
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Postby Hanboo » Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:47 pm

Here are the numbers for the album which didn't chart (not listed in my Chart histories).
An extra 2,785,000 units.

Albums not mentioned are of the interview type or scanned less than 5K.

An American Prayer - 1,000,000 - 480,000
Legacy/Absolute Best - 250,000 - 362,000
Classics 84,000
The Very Best Of 332,000
Absolutely Live - 500,000 - 259,000
Alive She Cried - 500,000 - 8,000
Live at the Hollywood Bowl 6,000
In Concert - 500,000 - 795,000

not listed above:
Complete Studio Recordings 47,000
Bright Midnight: Live In America 53,000
Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
Essential Rarities 64,000
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Postby MJDangerous » Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:58 pm

Hanboo wrote:Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.

LA Woman is pretty close to the million.

In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ? I think those were from 1990, before them they were different box, The Doors/Strange Days from 1975, The Doors/Waiting From The Sun from 1982, Soft Parade/American Prayer from 1984.

A box with Live in Hollywood/Absolutly Live was also realeased in 2003.

They have realeased as well a 3 CD box with LA Woman/Morrison Hotel/The Doors in 2003.

They are certainly all scanned less than 5k thought.
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Postby Hanboo » Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:52 pm

MJDangerous wrote:
Hanboo wrote:Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.
No, I never add these combined releases to the originals.

In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ?
release dates:
Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000 07/07/1987
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000 07/07/1987

plus these, which I haven't mentioned sofar:
L.A. Woman/Morrison Hotel/Doors (5K) 19/08/2003
Morrison Hotel/L.A. Woman (1K) 26/08/2003
Doors/Strange Days (1K) 26/08/2003
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Postby Basil » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:15 pm

Hanboo wrote:
MJDangerous wrote:
Hanboo wrote:Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.
No, I never add these combined releases to the originals.

In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ?
release dates:
Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000 07/07/1987
Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000 07/07/1987

plus these, which I haven't mentioned sofar:
L.A. Woman/Morrison Hotel/Doors (5K) 19/08/2003
Morrison Hotel/L.A. Woman (1K) 26/08/2003
Doors/Strange Days (1K) 26/08/2003
Thank you so much for all the extra figures Hanboo.

I've edited the first post above to include them all.
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Postby Dane » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:05 am

Basil wrote:
1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000
1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
Hanboo, is the 2.404m for the LP or CD version or both combined?

The title appeared on catalog in 1991/92 and again in 1996/97. So Billboard considered the CD version catalog when released in 1996.
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Postby Hanboo » Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:49 pm

Dane wrote:
Basil wrote:
1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000
1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
Hanboo, is the 2.404m for the LP or CD version or both combined?

The title appeared on catalog in 1991/92 and again in 1996/97. So Billboard considered the CD version catalog when released in 1996.
It's combined. All the SS numbers I've posted here include LP, Cassette, CD, DVD and digital sales.

And no, I don't have the separate numbers.
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Postby Dane » Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:32 am

Thanks.
Considering the 96 cd version did not enter the BB200 I'll keave the title on my catalog thread.
The 2.404m places it at # 45.
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Postby Hanboo » Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:45 pm

Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

Any particular reason for this surge?
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Postby Dane » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:08 pm

Hanboo wrote:Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

Any particular reason for this surge?
According to Amazon.com a remastered version was released August 8th, 2006, which would explain the sales increase. Thanks for the number btw.
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Postby Basil » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:48 pm

The first post on this thread has been updated with weeks on catalogue chart (lots of them!)
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Postby Basil » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:08 pm

Figures at the start of this thread updated (soundscan)

Also, the following videos certified in the US.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Platinum in 1989
Dance On Fire - Platinum in 1989
Live in Europe 1968 - Gold in 1991
Tribute to Jim Morrison - Platinum in 1995
Live in Europe - Gold in 2005
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Postby thebigham » Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:09 pm

3/17/07 Catlog chart:

6 DOORS BEST OF DOORS 8376 +14% 7330 3,623,864 (10xp)
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Postby Kashmir75 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:25 pm

As of 2/14/07, The Best Of The Doors has finally earned its first RIAA Diamond Award. It was mentioned on their homepage.

www.thedoors.com/home
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Postby MJDangerous » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:23 am

*Bump*

I estimated their worldwide album sales today at almost 90m, 89.6m to be precise. Their debut album (The Doors) and their 1985/1987 "Best Of" are tied as their best selling album at 12,4m copies sold.

Basil, you say that Billboard stated that their early sales have been lost, this is true. French certifications mention a release date of May 1971 for all their first albums, despite them being top 10 in 68/69.
In UK, "LA Woman" was gold in 1985 but with a release date from 1976, "Strange Days" is only certified for sales from 1976 as well. Even worst, "Waiting For The Sun" was certified Gold in 1991 for 100,000 sales from 1985 to 1991, it was released 15 years before.
Their debut album, "The Doors", was certified 2xPlatinum in 2004, but for sales starting from 1981 only, his 14 initial years of sales are missing.
In Netherland, Soft Parade is Gold, their only studio album certified, but that's for the remaster only !
Their two Platinum albums in Spain (LA Woman, Waiting For The Sun) in 2001 both seem to be certified for re-releases only as well, the same in Argentina and Finland for the "Best Of" from 1985.

It looks like their initial sales are excluded as well in Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Germany.

To resume : They have lost all their data for their active years !

Their catalog sales in Europe look a bit like Zeppelin ones, pretty impressive figures for very low peaks in most European countries (none of their studio album have been even top 10 in UK or in Germany).
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Postby Basil » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:48 pm

Billboard was referring to US sales in that 1987 article. It is the only time the riaa have mentioned "lost" sales in all the years they have been announcing awards. I don't remember exactly what they said about the years in question. Someone may have a copy of the 1987 magazine (Edu? :wink: ).

What about other Elektra artists of that time?

The riaa needs actual shipment reports. Maybe some of these were lost. They probably have auditor's reports and other types of records that do record sales, but the riaa won't accept these - hence "lost" sales.

Because the riaa demand very specific paper-work, it could be the case that other artists on other labels are affected - particularly if they are certified decades later. But we have no way of knowing if this is the case or not. Although there is one case - Pet Sounds. The label estimate it has shipped over 2m but say all the 70's sales are on micro-fish and it would take months to go through it all. So the album is only Platinum based on sales since then. I used micro-fish in a library years ago and it is a ghastly system. How many sales of other albums are "lost" in this system? Perhaps this is the problem with The Doors? :o

Still, at least The Doors albums are certified, unlike Motown and others.

So it seems a lot of European sales were also affected. They were on Elektra in Europe as well. Elektra was very poor at keeping records weren't they! Shame really. :-?
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Postby Basil » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:55 pm

Dane wrote:
Hanboo wrote:Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

Any particular reason for this surge?
According to Amazon.com a remastered version was released August 8th, 2006, which would explain the sales increase. Thanks for the number btw.
The last figure we had was Sep 2007

3,740,000

So add 60,000 for other additions

3,800,000

It has since been re-issued again and this has sold 91,000 (Jan 2008). Also it is on the proper billboard 200 - why?

So 3,891,000 in total at least.

Does this seem correct?

Alas, yet another Doors compilation is due soon - The Ultimate or something......Why? Why? Why?
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Postby borderwolf » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:59 am

U.S.A.

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Soundstage > certified Gold
No One Here Gets Out Alive > certified Gold
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:51 pm

The Very Best Of The Doors

certified Gold in Ireland
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Postby borderwolf » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:33 pm

Argentina

Live in Pittsburgh 1970
is #10 in weekly shipments chart
(for the week ending 15 march)

source CAPIF web-site
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