Soundgarden :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby Dane » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:32 pm

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Formed in 1984, the road to fame was long for this band, but 10 years later they were megastars when Superunknown debuted at #1 on Billboard. 2 years later that album reached 5 times platinum, but soon after the band split.

In 2010 they're coming back!

US Sales

year of release
year of latest RIAA certification
title
RIAA shipment
Soundscan

Studio albums

1988 none Ultramega OK 124,000 apr06
1989 none Louder Than Love 300,000 apr06
1991 1996 Badmotorfinger 2,000,000 1,517,000 oct10
1994 1996 Superunknown 5,000,000 3,745,000 apr12
1996 1996 Down On The Upside 1,000,000 1,554,000 oct10

Compilations

1990 none Screaming Life/Fopp (comp. of early EPs) 110,000 apr06
1997 none A-Sides 509,000 apr06
2010 2010 Telephantasm* 1,000,000 38,000 oct10 (after 5 weeks)
*bundled with guitar hero game

RIAA total: 9,000,000

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Canadian Sales


1991 1992 Badmotorfinger 100,000
1994 1994 Superunknown 300,000
1996 1996 Down On The Upside 100,000

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UK Sales

1994 1994 Superunknown 100,000
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Postby Dane » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:35 pm

Soundgarden will reunite for concerts in 2010,

according to a Twitter message from frontman Chris Cornell which directs fans to a new Web site, Soundgardenworld.com. The Seattle rock quartet -- Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron -- has not played live since splitting up in the spring of 1997.

Although no details have been announced yet, sources tell Billboard the group is weighing offers from several major U.S. and international festivals. But a tour routing is still a work in progress, due to Cameron's prior commitments to play with Pearl Jam in the spring and summer of next year.

Cameron has been Pearl Jam's permanent drummer since 1998; that group recently announced its first North American date of 2010 as part of the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 29-May 2), and will also play 10 European shows from June 22 in Dublin through July 10 in Oeiras, Portugal.

Also still amorphous are plans for some kind of Soundgarden best-of and/or reissues of its back catalog. In addition, Thayil and Shepherd have long discussed compiling a Soundgarden boxed set, which would include a wealth of unreleased studio material.

For many years after Soundgarden split, the instrumentalists were said to have had little contact with Cornell and reportedly turned down an offer to reform for Sub Pop's 20th anniversary concerts in Seattle in 2008. Cornell was not on hand for an impromptu live performance on March 24, 2009, at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, when Cameron, Thayil and Shepherd played the Soundgarden songs "Hunted Down," "Nothing to Say" and "Spoonman" with Tad Doyle on vocals.

But all four members were present at an Oct. 6, 2009 Pearl Jam show in Los Angeles, when Cornell reprised the Temple of the Dog song "Hunger Strike" with the band, and sources say reunion plans began to take shape shortly afterward.

Soundgarden formed in Seattle in 1984, with an initial lineup of Cornell on vocals and drums, Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Cameron joined on drums in 1986, and the following year, the band released its first single, "Hunted Down," on the nascent hometown label Sub Pop.

Famed indie label SST released Soundgarden's debut album, "Ultramega OK," in October 1988, but the band's churning, Black Sabbath-inspired rock'n'roll quickly reached a wider audience after signing with A&M Records, which issued a new album, "Louder Than Love, in September 1989. Yamamoto was replaced briefly on bass by Jason Everman, who was then replaced permanently by Shepherd for the recording of "Badmotorfinger" in 1991.

Driven by Cornell's impressive vocal range, Thayil's dark, detuned guitar work and Cameron's love of tricky time signatures, "Badmotorfinger" songs like "Outshined" and "Jesus Christ Pose," foreshadowed the Seattle-centric grunge explosion ushered in a few months later by Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden fully broke through on 1994's five-times-platinum "Superunknown," thanks to smash rock radio hits such as "Spoonman," "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days."

After headlining the 1996 Lollapalooza festival in support of the album "Down on the Upside," Soundgarden ran out of steam and broke up amicably. Since the split, Cornell has released three solo albums and three more with the now-defunct Audioslave, which featured the non-singing members of Rage Against The Machine. Thayil and Shepherd have kept a low profile, only occasionally releasing music and collaborating with artists like Sunn O))) and Boris, Probot, Steve Fisk and Mark Lanegan.

Shepherd and Cameron also revived their side project, Hater, which released its second album, "The 2nd," in 2005.
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Postby Dane » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:56 pm

I just googled my way to this Soundgarden soundscan report from 2006!!!

http://homepage.mac.com/appleijeff/SGARDEN.htm
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Postby Dane » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:43 pm

Here are the weekly sales of their albums in April 2006:

Superunknown:

488
587
579
469

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 10,371

A-Sides:

390
449
450
441

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 8,674


Badmotorfinger:

325
393
360
355

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 6,952

Down On The Upside:

130
173
135
151

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 2,568

Louder Than Love:

60
82
85
68

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 1,475

Ultramega OK:

35
29
25
27

2006 YTD (jan-apr): 456

Not surprisingly Superunknown and the singles collection are their best catalog sellers, with Badmotorfinger not far behind.
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Postby Dane » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:54 pm

I hope their catalog might get a RIAA update as well. Obviously "A-Sides" needs a Gold certification, it passed 500,000 scans 4 years ago.

The pre-SS era Louder Than Love could also be ready for Gold. Released in 1989, it has scanned 300,000 since 1991. However it didn't chart on Billboard when released...

And then there is Down On The Upside. 1,523,000 scans doesn't call for an update, but compared to the sales patterns of it's predecessors it might be ready for 2 x platinum anyway.
Both Badmotorfinger and Superunknown must have sold a bunch though music clubs.
Badmotorfinger scanned less than Down On The Upside, yet still it went 2 x platinum back in 1996! And Superunknown went 5 x platinum in 1996 with just 3.5M scans!
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Postby Hellbound9 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:39 pm

US Chart Peaks:

Superunknown - #1
Down on the Upside - #2
Badmotorfinger - #39
A Sides - 63
Louder Than Love - #108

Singles that charted on the Billboard Top 100 Airplay:

Spoonman - #60
Black Hole Sun - #10
Fell On Black Days - #63
Pretty Noose - #52
Burden in My Hand - #40
Blow Up the Outside World - #53
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Postby Dane » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:23 am

Hellbound9 wrote:US Chart Peaks:

Louder Than Love - #108

You're right, it did chart. For 16 weeks actually. My memory served me wrong. Thanks.

Well then, it can't be far from Gold level then 8-)
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Postby Priestfan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:22 am

Thanks for starting this thread, Dane. Soundgarden are a great band and I can't wait to see them live.
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Postby zago » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:26 am

Great band. Bad that Cornell now is awful (his solo album??? :evil: :evil: :evil: )...hope in something good in this reunion but i've some doubts.
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Postby Priestfan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:59 am

More certs:

Australia

1996 1997 Down On The Upside 70,000

Netherlands

1994 1995 Superunknown 25,000

Sweden

1994 1995 Superunknown 20,000
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Postby borderwolf » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:29 pm

Priestfan wrote:More certs:

Australia

1996 1997 Down On The Upside 70,000

Netherlands

1994 1995 Superunknown 25,000

Sweden

1994 1995 Superunknown 20,000
Both in Nederland and Sweden, in 1995, Gold was 50.000
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Postby Priestfan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:08 pm

borderwolf wrote:
Priestfan wrote:More certs:

Australia

1996 1997 Down On The Upside 70,000

Netherlands

1994 1995 Superunknown 25,000

Sweden

1994 1995 Superunknown 20,000
Both in Nederland and Sweden, in 1995, Gold was 50.000
Those were from Wikipedia. Normally, I would check the websites for each one to confirm but, as I don't speak Dutch or Swedish, I decided to go with Wiki. Thanks for correcting me. While we're on the subject, what are the certification levels for the following countries:

Austria
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Norway
Switzerland

Thank you.
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Postby borderwolf » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:25 pm

Priestfan wrote: While we're on the subject, what are the certification levels for the following countries:

Austria
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Norway
Switzerland

Thank you.
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Postby Priestfan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:20 pm

borderwolf wrote:
Priestfan wrote: While we're on the subject, what are the certification levels for the following countries:

Austria
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Norway
Switzerland

Thank you.
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Postby rick81 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:14 am

there is anything about europe sales? and worldwide?
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Postby Robbie » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:23 pm

Soundgarden see platinum sales for Guitar Hero bundle

09:04 | Wednesday September 29, 2010

By Eamonn Forde

A change in sales rules in the US has meant that a Soundgarden album bundled with the Guitar Hero game has been certified platinum in a day.

The Telephantasm greatest hits collection was included with shipments of 1m copies of the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game.

The band's platinum certification was made possible after the RIAA revised its rules to acknowledge the sale of "non-returnable units from a music label to a gaming company”.

The Soundgarden album also received a traditional release including a 2 CD and DVD deluxe package.


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Postby borderwolf » Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:42 pm

U.S.A.

Artist
SOUNDGARDEN
Title
TELEPHANTASM
Certification Date
09/28/2010
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
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Postby Priestfan » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:06 pm

Latest figures for the following Soundgarden albums thanks to Paul Grein's Chart Watch blog:

Badmotorfinger: 1,517,000 (80,000 since April 2006)
Superunknown: 3,713,000 (126,000 since April 2006)
Down On The Upside: 1,554,000 (31,000 since April 2006)

Those figures break down to 31,500 a year for Superunknown, 20,000 a year for Badmotorfinger and 7,750 a year for Down On The Upside. These figures also roughly correlate with the 2006 data posted earlier in this thread. Badmotorfinger will outsell Down On The Upside within the next 4 years if these yearly sales are maintained.

I estimate that A-Sides has sold about 104,000 in the past 4 years for a tally of 613,000 or so, Louder Than Love has sold about 18,000 in the past 4 years for a tally of 318,000 or so and Ultramega OK has sold about 5,500 in the past 4 years for a tally of 130,000 or so.
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Postby borderwolf » Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:48 am

Canada


Their Telephantasm collection debuts at #15 (3,100)

http://exploremusic.com/new-releases/we ... report-35/
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Postby Dane » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:35 am

I finally gonna see this band live 06-06-2012 at Sweden Rock Festival! 8-)
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Postby Dane » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:53 am

Top Catalog album 21-04-2012 chart:

1 191 SOUNDGARDEN SUPERUNKNOWN 1,581 337 362 3,744,650
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Postby thebigham » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:37 am

HITS for next week's chart:

Soundgarden 70-75k
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Postby thebigham » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:30 am

HITS:

Here's how it looks headed into the weekend (not to be confused with The Weeknd):

4. Soundgarden (Seven Four/Republic) 80-85k
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Postby thebigham » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:42 pm

11/20 HITS chart

new 6 SOUNDGARDEN SEVEN FOUR/REPUBLIC 81,135 -- KING ANIMAL
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