The Who :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby Basil » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:39 pm

Key
year of release
year of latest riaa certification
title
riaa shipment
soundscan total since 1991

US Shipments

Studio Albums
1965 none My Generation
1967 none Happy Jack (A Quick One)
1968 none The Who Sell Out
1969 1993 Tommy - 2LP - 2,000,000 - 684,000 jan 2006
1971 1993 Who's Next - 3,000,000 - 863,000 jan 2006
1973 1993 Quadrophenia - 2LP - 1,000,000
1975 1993 The Who by Numbers - 1,000,000
1978 1993 Who Are You - 2,000,000
1981 1981 Face Dances - 1,000,000
1982 1982 It's Hard - 500,000
2006 none Endless Wire

Other Studio Albums
1974 1974 Odds & Sods - 500,000
1985 none Who's Missing
1987 none Two's Missing

Soundtracks
1975 1975 Tommy - 2LP - 500,000
1979 1979 The Kid's Are Alright - 2LP - 1,000,000
1979 none Quadrophenia - 2LP

Major Compilations
1971 1993 Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy - 1,000,000
1981 1993 Hooligans - 2LP - 500,000
1983 1993 Greatest Hits - 2,000,000
1988 1993 Who's Better Who's Best - 500,000
1994 2002 30 Years of Maximum R&B - 4CD - 125,000 - 92,000 dec 2003
1996 2002 My Generation/Very Best Of - 500,000
1999 2008 20th Century Masters - 1,000,000 - 917,000 mar 2007
2002 2008 The Ultimate Collection - 2CD - 500,000
2004 none Then & Now

Live Albums
1970 1993 Live at Leeds - 2,000,000
1984 none Who's Last - 2LP
1990 none Join Together - 2CD
1996 none Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 - 2CD
2000 none BBC Sessions

Other Compilations
1968 none Magic Bus
1974 none Magic Bus/My Generation - 2LP
2002 none My Generation Deluxe - 2CD

Lots and Lots of double albums on this list. Could be the most for any band!

In 1993 their whole catalogue seems to have been updated by the riaa. This shows what shipment levels were reached - BUT it doesn't show us the shipment level.

In other words, a title certified Platinum in 1993 could have shipped anywhere between 1,000,000 and 1,999,999 at that time.

We have no idea, therefore, if any of these titles are due an update. :o

However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.

Their riaa total is 20,625,000

Hanboo has kindly provided a much needed soundscan total of

6,100,000 from mar 1991 - jan 2006.

Allowing for the lack of updates and uncertified titles, their maximum US album sales look to be in the 30 to 35 million range.

Note that 2 Gold compilations (Who's Better and My Generation) never actually charted on the billboard200.
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Postby Basil » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:40 pm

Key
year of release
year of latest BPI certification
title
BPI shipment


UK Shipments

Studio Albums
1965 1988 My Generation - 100,000
1966 none A Quick One
1968 none The Who Sell Out
1969 none Tommy
1971 none Who's Next
1973 1973 Quadrophenia - 100,000
1974 1974 Odds & Sods - 60,000
1975 1976 The Who By Numbers - 100,000
1978 1978 Who Are You - 100,000
1981 1981 Face Dances - 60,000
1982 none It's Hard
2006 none Endless Wire

Here we go yet again. The bpi figures are virtually worthless. Nothing certified before 1973 - except the later re-issues of My Generation. And nothing updated. Utter crap. :evil:

Soundtracks
1975 none Tommy
1979 1979 The Kids Are Alright - 60,000
1979 none Quadrophenia

Major Compilations
1971 none Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
1975 1976 The Story of The Who - 100,000
1988 1988 Who's Better Who's Best - 100,000
1994 none 30 Years of Maximum R&B
1996 1996 My Generation/Very Best Of - 100,000
2002 2002 The Ultimate Collection - 100,000
2004 none Then & Now

Live Albums
1970 none Live at Leeds
1984 none Who's Last
1990 none Join Together
1996 none Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2000 none BBC Sessions
2003 none Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Other Compilations
1985 none The Who Collection (Impression)
1988 1988 The Who Collection (Stylus) - 100,000



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Postby Basil » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:47 pm

Just had time to start this - will and on soundscan and UK stuff asap.
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Postby thebigham » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:03 pm

Thanks, Basil!
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Postby Dane » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:54 am

Thanks Basil!

I'm not surprised that "Who's Next" is their biggest album. It's such a classic, I love tracks like Behind Blue Eyes, Baba O Riley and the magneficent Wont Get Fooled Again.
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Postby blackcat » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:07 pm

Thanks, basil, any idea on the Kinks sales? Would not be very high in terms of album sales, I know, they would have sold a few million singles around the Globe, though.
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:08 pm

Thanks Basil!
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Postby ZiggyStardust » Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:32 pm

Thanks for the Who. I agree with Blackcat. We need a topic about the Kinks sales.

Both groups are one of the reasons that I love the British rock scene of the sixties. :)
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Postby Dane » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:13 am

ZiggyStardust wrote:Thanks for the Who. I agree with Blackcat. We need a topic about the Kinks sales.

Both groups are one of the reasons that I love the British rock scene of the sixties. :)
Yes, Kink's You Really Got Me and Who's My Generation are both essential in the development of Hard Rock.
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Postby Hanboo » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:46 am

Basil wrote:However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.
Not mega, but very decent. Their Soundscan total in January 2006 was 6.1 million units.
Selling about 500K a year, the number must now be close or over 7 million.
Not bad for a band that only released one new studio album in the last 20 years!
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Postby Basil » Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:29 pm

Hanboo wrote:
Basil wrote:However, what is plain is that The Who were never mega sellers in the US.
Not mega, but very decent. Their Soundscan total in January 2006 was 6.1 million units.
Selling about 500K a year, the number must now be close or over 7 million.
Not bad for a band that only released one new studio album in the last 20 years!
Much thanks Hanboo!

And thanks for everyone's appreciation.

I've now added UK Sales (2nd post) and further updated US Sales (1st post).

If jimmypages is reading this, is there any chance of UK sales info? (because the bpi stuff is so USELESS!)
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Postby will231982 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:04 am

Canadian Shipments

Key
year of release
year of latest BPI certification
title
BPI shipment

Studio Albums
1965 None My Generation
1966 None A Quick One
1968 None The Who Sell Out
1969 None Tommy
1971 None Who's Next
1973 None Quadrophenia
1974 None Odds & Sods
1975 1976 The Who By Numbers - Gold - 50,000
1978 1979 Who Are You - Platinumx2 - 200,000
1981 None Face Dances
1982 1982 It's Hard - Gold - 50,000
2006 None Endless Wire

Soundtracks
1975 None Tommy
1979 1979 The Kids Are Alright - Gold - 50,000
1979 None Quadrophenia

Compilation Albums
1971 None Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
1975 None The Story of The Who
1988 1990 Who's Better Who's Best - Gold - 50,000
1994 None 30 Years of Maximum R&B
1996 None My Generation/Very Best Of
2002 None The Ultimate Collection
2004 None Then & Now

Videos
2004 2005 The Who Live At The Isle Of Wright - Platinum - 10,000

Most of the albums haven't been certified in decades! (Except of course, for the odd DVD release). Pretty much similar to the UK.
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Postby borderwolf » Fri May 02, 2008 3:05 pm

dvd
"Who's Better, Who's Best"

certified platinum (but CRIA web-site wrote 20.000 copies...) in Canada in march 2008
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Postby borderwolf » Wed May 14, 2008 11:50 am

Norway
week 20
dvd chart

Who's better, who's best
debuted at #7
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Postby borderwolf » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:20 am

Italy
dvd chart

AT KILBURN 1977
debut 9
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Postby borderwolf » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:05 pm

Billboard
6 december
dvd chart

1 The Who At Kilburn 1977
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Postby wholee » Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:16 pm

borderwolf wrote:Billboard
6 december
dvd chart

1 The Who At Kilburn 1977
I like that. What can I say?
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:07 pm

Sweden
dvd chart, week 48

#11 (new)
/ 1/ THE WHO
AT KILBURN 1977
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:36 pm

U.K.
DVD Music Video Chart - Sunday 23 November 2008
This Week (Last Week) Artist -Title (Weeks in Chart)


06 (NE) The Who - Live At Kilburn 1977 (1 week)

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Postby borderwolf » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:36 pm

Spain
dvd chart, week 48

#15 (new)
/ 1/ THE WHO
AT KILBURN 1977
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Postby borderwolf » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:27 pm

New Zealand

#10 (new)
THE WHO
AT KILBURN 1977
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Postby nelson » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:39 pm

borderwolf wrote:New Zealand

#10 (new)
THE WHO
AT KILBURN 1977
wow, 1977 still sold something in 09.
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Postby ThunderRoad » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:41 pm

Thanks to Borderwolf:

2m at pulse:

Top Catalog Albums
Week Ending 1/11/09

Wks Rank Scans
On Label 2W LW TW * Artist Title TW LW % RTD

1 GEFN 77 WHO WHO'S NEXT 2,170 1,305 66 974,835

2 GEFN 134 186 WHO ULTIMATE COLLECTION 1,445 2,186 -34 683,307

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Basil wrote:1971 1993 Who's Next - 3,000,000 - 863,000 jan 2006
I think that "Who's Next" could be re-certified. :wink:
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Postby wholee » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:36 pm

Thanks everybody for postin the charts.

And I agree ThunderRoad,The Who sales must be recertified.
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:22 pm

2m at pulse:

U.S.A.
Top DVD Music Videos
Week Ending 1/11/09

Wks Rank Scans
On Label 2W LW TW * Artist Title TW LW % RTD


8 IMEN 11 8 10 WHO AT KILBURN 1977 1,185 1,764 -33 30,973
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