Paul Grein for the 1/19/13 Billboard charts:
Rod Stewart this week tops the 30 million mark in U.S. album sales in the Nielsen SoundScan era.
He’s just the 25th artist to achieve that feat. He’s the fourth British artist, following the Beatles (64,190,000), Pink Floyd (37,981,000) and Eric Clapton (30,832,000).
All four of these artists pre-date the 1991 inception of Nielsen SoundScan. The Beatles first charted in 1964, Pink Floyd in 1967, Clapton (as a solo artist) in 1970 and Stewart (as a solo artist) in 1969.