year of release
soundscan total since 1991 - courtesy of Hanboo and AutomaticBR
weeks on catalogue chart since 1982
1958 The Fabulous Johnny Cash
1963 Blood Sweat and Tears
1964 I Walk the Line - 500,000
1964 Bitter Tears
1965 Orange Blossom Special
1966 Everybody Loves A Nut
1967 Carryin' On
1969 The Holy Land
1970 Hello I'm Johnny Cash - 500,000
1971 Man In Black
1972 A Thing Called Love
1973 Any Old Wind That Blows
1976 One Piece At A Time
1970 I Walk the Line
1963 The Christmas Spirit
2005 Christmas With
1968 At Fulsom Prison - 3,000,000 - 800,000 may 2007 - 20wks
1969 At San Quentin - 3,000,000 - 2wks
1970 The Johnny Cash Show - 500,000
1963 Ring Of Fire - Best Of - 500,000
1967 Greatest Hits Vol One - 2,000,000
1971 Greatest Hits Vol Two - 1,000,000
1970 The World Of - 500,000
1979 Portrait - 1,000,000
1994 Super Hits - 1,000,000 - 1,283,000 may 2006 - 25wks
1999 16 Biggest Hits - 2,000,000 - 2,670,000 may 2007 - 128wks - 17wks at Number One
2003 The Essential - 500,000 - 906,000 may 2007 - 22wks
1994 American Recordings
2000 Solitary Man
2002 The Man Comes Around - 1,000,000 - 1,521,000 may 2006 - 12wks
2004 My Mother's Hymn Book
2005 Unearthed (Box Set) - 100,000
2006 A Hundred Highways - 407,000
Career Spanning Compilations
2005 The Legend Of Vol One - 2,000,000 - 2,371,000 apr 2007
2006 The Legend Of Vol Two - 63,000
2006 Legend (Box Set) - 125,000 - 185,000
Total Shipment - 19,230,000
Soundscan Total 1991-2006 - 17,812,000
The biggest album seller in the USA in 2006 with 4,862,000 sold.
The irony is that for significant portions of his career his sales were rather poor - particularly compared with the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
None of his studio albums between 1976 and 1994 charted at all. Only one studio album went platinum, and that was released in 2002.
His first label in the 1950's was Sun. These recordings have been endlessly recycled on compilations. Although a few briefly charted, I've excluded them here - certainly none got close to being certified.
In 1958 he began a 28 year association with Columbia and sold well through the 60's and into the early 70's.
After 1976 his albums stopped reaching the billboard Top 200. By 1986 sales of his studio albums were down to 40,000 copies apiece.
Then he signed to Mercury. His 5 albums for this label sold a combined total of only 250,000 and none of them charted.
Finally he signed with Rick Rubin's label and returned to the charts and much critical acclaim.
When major artists die, everyone assumes there will be a massive surge in their sales. In fact, this is not often the case - George Harrison and James Brown, for example.
For Johnny Cash there was a big sales surge that now shows no sign of stopping. Expect more riaa awards in 2007. His soundscan total since 1991 is almost the same as his shipment figure since 1955!!
Surprising that the 1963 Christmas one hasn't gone Gold.
Johnny Cash may have more compilations out than any other major artist - go the allmusic.com and see - hundreds! I've only included the charted or certified ones (as for the studio albums).
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