Simon & Garfunkel :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby MJDangerous » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:25 pm

Here their US album awards, with some facts (Thanks Hanboo & RIAA) :

WEDNESDAY MORNING, 3 A.M. 03/04/69 G
WEDNESDAY MORNING, 3 A.M. 11/05/97 P

NOT avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #30
Wks Top 10 : 0
Wks Top 200 : 31
Soundscan : N/A

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SOUNDS OF SILENCE 08/25/67 G
SOUNDS OF SILENCE 07/22/91 P
SOUNDS OF SILENCE 07/22/91 M (2)
SOUNDS OF SILENCE 03/16/01 M (3)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #21
Wks Top 10 : 0
Wks Top 200 : 141
Soundscan : N/A

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PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME 07/06/67 G
PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME 11/21/86 P
PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME 11/21/86 M (3)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #4
Wks Top 10 : 17
Wks Top 200 : 145
Soundscan : N/A

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THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 03/27/68 G
THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 01/31/97 P
THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 04/28/97 M (2)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #1 x9
Wks Top 10 : 26
Wks Top 200 : 69
Soundscan : N/A

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BOOKENDS 04/18/68 G
BOOKENDS 11/21/86 P
BOOKENDS 11/21/86 M (2)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #1 x7
Wks Top 10 : 20
Wks Top 200 : 66
Soundscan : N/A

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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 02/09/70 G
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 11/21/86 P
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 11/21/86 M (5)
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 01/31/97 M (6)
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 03/16/01 M (8)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #1 x10
Wks Top 10 : 17
Wks Top 200 : 85
Soundscan : 1,2 million

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SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 07/06/72 G
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 11/21/86 P
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 11/21/86 M (5)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 11/14/94 M (6)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 02/03/00 M (10)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 03/16/01 M (13)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS 11/20/03 M (14)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #5
Wks Top 10 : 7
Wks Top 200 : 127
Soundscan : 2,9 million

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THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK 05/12/82 G
THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK 05/13/86 P
THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK 05/01/96 M (2)

NOT avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #6
Wks Top 10 : 5
Wks Top 200 : 34
Soundscan : N/A

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COLLECTED WORKS 07/08/92 G
COLLECTED WORKS 04/05/02 P

OLD FRIENDS 05/23/00 G

THE BEST OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL 08/07/02 G
THE BEST OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL 11/20/03 P

THE ESSENTIAL SIMON & GARFUNKEL 02/05/05 G
THE ESSENTIAL SIMON & GARFUNKEL 02/05/05 P
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Postby jcguzman » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:30 pm

Bridge Over the troubled Water spent 20 weeks at number 1 in Spain and Chile.
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Postby MJDangerous » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:38 pm

Bridge Over Trouble Water was by far their strongest studio album sales wise worldwide. But in the US, both The Graduate and Bookends were as successful as him when they wre first released.

Even if catalog sales are easily in favor to Bridge Over Trouble Water, it makes any doubt that The Graduate and Bookends sold both much more than their certification level. I think both should be at 4-5 million copies sold in the US.

Parsley, Sage Rosemary And Thyme should be at this same level as well.
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Postby MJDangerous » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:41 pm

Weeks at #1 of Bridge Over Trouble Water :

UK - 33
Chile - 20
Spain - 20
Germany - 17
Netherlands - 17
Norway - 14
France - 2

It was also #1 in Japan
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Postby Basil » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:09 pm

The Best Of scanned 1,005,000 May 2006

The 2001 release Studio Words 1964-1970 (5CD) scanned 70,000 Dec 2003.

2 other albums releases

2002 - Live 1967 - peak #165
2004 - Old Friends Live (2CD) - peak #154
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Postby thebigham » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:05 am

Thanks, MJ!!
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Postby borderwolf » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:53 am

Thanks, guys!
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Postby beatlened » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:35 pm

Hasn't Bridge been reduced to 33 weeks at #1 in the UK now? It previously had 8 weeks credited during the postal strike in 1971 which have been credited retrospectively to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass
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Postby borderwolf » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:43 pm

Greece
week 44

#45 (new) SIMON & GARFUNKEL - AMERICA: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL COLLECTION
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Postby zeus555 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:03 pm

MJDangerous - 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', no
longer has 41 No.1 Weeks in the UK. It has 33 No.1
Weeks.

For 8 Weeks in 1971, (W/E 6th February to W/E 27th
March), there was a Postal Strike in the UK. The
Record Retailer Album Chart was not compiled for
those 8 Weeks. UK Chart Books used to simply repeat
the Album Chart of W/E 30th January to fill in those
8 Weeks. Simon & Garfunkel were at No.1 in the
30th January Chart, so they got 8 further Weeks at
No.1.

A few Years ago, (in about 2004), it was decided
to no longer fill in the missing 8 Album Charts that
way. Instead, it was decided to use the 'Melody
Maker' Album Chart, for those 8 Weeks. 'All Things
Must Pass', by George Harrison, was No.1 for those
8 Weeks - so now, UK Chart Books have it as an 8
Week No.1 Album. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', has
had 8 No.1 Weeks removed. So, it dropped from 41
No.1 Weeks to 33 No.1 Weeks. (It has 3 Weeks at No.1
at the start of 1971 - not the 11 No.1 Weeks, that
it used to have).

Links - See:,

http://www.theofficialcharts.com/all_th ... php?show=3

And:,

http://www.everyhit.com/numberalb3.html

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Postby borderwolf » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:37 pm

U.S.A.

dvd
Old Friends Live On Stage
certified Gold 12/2/2008
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Postby borderwolf » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:41 pm

Australia
january 2009


DVD
Simon & Garfunkel The Concert In Central Park 5x PLATINUM
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Postby carlos06 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:46 pm

Great information. Simon & Garfunkel always deserved to have a longer and more successful career than what they actually had. :)
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Postby borderwolf » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:06 am

Billboard Top Catalog 21 february


175 SIMON & GARFUNKEL BEST OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1730 8 1600 1232461
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Postby borderwolf » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:33 pm

Argentina
weekly shipments chart
07/03/2009

20 - - The Best OF....
(SIMON & GARFUNKEL)
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Postby carlos06 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:28 pm

Why that new entry in my country, Argentina? :o
My brother and I absolutely love the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album! And we're 20 and 15 years old! A good proof that really good music is immortal! :D
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Postby borderwolf » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:29 pm

carlos06 wrote: A good proof that really good music is immortal! :D
Agree!
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Postby borderwolf » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:41 am

Norway
dvd chart, week 14

9. (NY) 1 Simon & Garfunkel
The Concert in Central Park
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Postby carlos06 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:01 pm

Cool. 8-)

I was actually watching that legendary 1981 concert 2 days ago... It's impressive how that guy from the crowd interrupted Simon's performance of "The Late Great Johnny Ace".

It was only 10 months after Lennon was murdered in the same city... How could Paul be not scared?? :o
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Postby borderwolf » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:22 am

Argentina
weekly shipments chart
22/03/2009 - 28/03/2009

TW LW LW2 Title (ARTIST)
14 - 31 The Best OF....
(SIMON & GARFUNKEL)
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Postby MJDangerous » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:04 pm

MJDangerous wrote:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 03/27/68 G
THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 01/31/97 P
THE GRADUATE (SOUNDTRACK) 04/28/97 M (2)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #1 x9
Wks Top 10 : 26
Wks Top 200 : 69
Soundscan : N/A

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BOOKENDS 04/18/68 G
BOOKENDS 11/21/86 P
BOOKENDS 11/21/86 M (2)

Avalaible at Columbia House
Peak : #1 x7
Wks Top 10 : 20
Wks Top 200 : 66
Soundscan : N/A

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MJDangerous wrote:Bridge Over Trouble Water was by far their strongest studio album sales wise worldwide. But in the US, both The Graduate and Bookends were as successful as him when they wre first released.

Even if catalog sales are easily in favor to Bridge Over Trouble Water, it makes any doubt that The Graduate and Bookends sold both much more than their certification level. I think both should be at 4-5 million copies sold in the US.

Parsley, Sage Rosemary And Thyme should be at this same level as well.
I remember this message I posted. Since then we had a confirmation:

Beatles Record-Busting LP May Be All-Time Biggest
"Meet the Beatles" meets "The Beatles"

Posted Dec 21, 1968 12:00 AM

(...)

For comparison, the two Simon and Garfunkel albums, The Graduate soundtrack and Bookends have dominated the LP charts this past year, with each pressing toward 2 million sales, The Graduate. The record setting soundtrack recording for The Sound of Music has been on the charts for nearly four years.


How pointless their updates were, they shipped 2 million each by 1968 :o :lol:
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Postby Dane » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:59 pm

For comparison, the two Simon and Garfunkel albums, The Graduate soundtrack and Bookends have dominated the LP charts this past year, with each pressing toward 2 million sales, The Graduate. The record setting soundtrack recording for The Sound of Music has been on the charts for nearly four years.

How pointless their updates were, they shipped 2 million each by 1968
2 million each by 1968. US or WW?
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Postby MJDangerous » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:07 pm

Dane wrote:
For comparison, the two Simon and Garfunkel albums, The Graduate soundtrack and Bookends have dominated the LP charts this past year, with each pressing toward 2 million sales, The Graduate. The record setting soundtrack recording for The Sound of Music has been on the charts for nearly four years.

How pointless their updates were, they shipped 2 million each by 1968
2 million each by 1968. US or WW?
US :wink:
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Postby Dane » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:08 pm

MJDangerous wrote:
Dane wrote:
For comparison, the two Simon and Garfunkel albums, The Graduate soundtrack and Bookends have dominated the LP charts this past year, with each pressing toward 2 million sales, The Graduate. The record setting soundtrack recording for The Sound of Music has been on the charts for nearly four years.

How pointless their updates were, they shipped 2 million each by 1968
2 million each by 1968. US or WW?
US :wink:
In that case. Yes, their 1986 & 1997 certs seem pointless! :o
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Postby MJDangerous » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:35 pm

At least cert of Bookends still makes sense. I have read more than once how huge sellers Simon & Garfunkel were on Columbia House, so that explain why it was only 2xPlatinum in 1986. A bit like Bridge Over Troubled Water - 5xPlatinum in 1986 while it sold 5 million during 1970 alone, it was up to around 7 million by 1986.
The cert of The Graduate is truly nonsense yet. It looks like their albums were never fully audited, with a few sales added here and there. It is pretty obvious on Greatest Hits awards - 10xPlat in 2000 then 13xPlat in 2001 and 14xPlat 2 years later!
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