SoundScan Era - USA's Best Selling Artists and Albums

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Postby thebigham » Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:23 pm

Here are some Country RTD totals:

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=301862

All Time Country Artists

1. Garth Brooks 71M
2. George Strait 47M
3. Tim McGraw 44M
4, Alan Jackson 42M
5. Shania Tawin 35M
6. Toby Keith 31M
7. Reba McEntire 31M
8. Kenny Chesney 30M
9. Taylor Swift 30M
10. Dixie Chicks 28M

Heavily rounded numbers!
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Postby TIfan » Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:57 pm

Jeez!!!

It seems like Country artist really dominated the soundscan era.
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Postby SmittyRoc70 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:45 pm

^True! But bear in mind Soundscan came out in the summer of 1991, right about the same time acts like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Metallica, and the like were starting their commercial peak. I'm quite certain had it came out in '83, the same could've been said for Madonna, MJ, Police, U2, Springsteen, Prince, etc. Just my take. 8-)
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Postby thebigham » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:23 pm

I emailed Billboard last month about this, but they have not reported on it!

8/6 Billboard charts:

RTD sales by oldbloke:

188 - 57,000 - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - Pink Floyd ( 10,008,000 ) 15xP

DSOTM has now sold 10 million copies!!!
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Postby thebigham » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:26 pm

I emailed Billboard last month about this, but they have not reported on it!

8/6 Billboard charts:

RTD sales by oldbloke:

76 - 107,000 - LEGEND - Bob Marley & the Wailers ( 12,028,000 ) 15xP

Legend has now sold over 12 million copies!
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Postby thebigham » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:07 am

8/20/16 Billboard 200:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... rank-ocean

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Frank Ocean Returns After Three Years, Dr. Dre's U.S. Album Sales Surpass 15 Million
8/12/2016 by Keith Caulfield

— Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre — 2001 - No. 195 — The hip-hop icon’s total album sales have now surpassed 15 million sold, according to Nielsen Music. (He crossed the threshold in the week ending July 28.) His biggest selling album is Dr. Dre — 2001 (No. 195 on the latest chart), which has moved 7.9 million copies. His second biggest seller is his debut effort, The Chronic, with 5.9 million sold (including its original release and later reissues and deluxe versions). His third solo studio album, Compton, has sold 535,000. (The remainder of the 15 million is comprised of compilation albums and archival releases like First Round Knockout and Concrete Roots.)

Dr. Dre — 2001 is the fifth biggest selling rap album in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. Ahead of it are 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (8.4 million), Nelly’s Country Grammar (8.6 million), Eminem’s The Eminem Show (10.7 million) and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (11 million).
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Postby thebigham » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:27 pm

Numbers!

http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... uerto-rico

IT DOESN'T GET EDDIE VEDDER THAN THIS

Hi Gary,

Next Saturday, Aug. 27, Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, turns 25 years old, having been released Aug. 27, 1991. The same day, No Code turns 20, as it was released Aug. 27, 1996.

Could you please tell us Pearl Jam's sales for each of the band's studio albums?

Thanks in advance!

Angela
New York City

Hi Angela,

In honor of that double anniversary, here is a recap of Pearl Jam's studio album sales in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music:

10,253,000, Ten (1991)
6,053,000, Vs. (1993)
4,815,000, Vitalogy (1994)
1,421,000, No Code (1996)
1,636,000, Yield (1998)
798,000, Binaural (2000)
540,000, Riot Act (2002)
747,000, Pearl Jam (2006)
654,000, Backspacer (2009)
429,000, Lightning Bolt (2013)

Ten ranks as the 20th-top-selling album since Nielsen began tracking U.S. sales in May 1991. With career sales of 32.6 million, Pearl Jam is also the 20th-best-selling album act in that span.

In 2013, Ten became just the 22nd (and most recent) album to reach the 10 million-sold milestone in the Nielsen era. "I'm happily shocked to hear that. Wow," Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told Billboard upon hearing of the feat. When the album was recorded, "we had no idea that it was going to ever do that well. I just felt like it was a really cool record and that I was in a good band."
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Postby iHypeMusic » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:33 am

http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... ync-o-town

Lou Pearlman's Chart Legacy: Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC, O-Town and More

To date, Backstreet Boys have sold 31.5 million albums in the U.S. Of that sum, 12.3 million is from Millennium, and 10.2 million is from the group's self-titled debut.

In total, *NSYNC has sold 28.7 million albums in the U.S. (including 11.2 million from No Strings Attached, its biggest seller, and 8.9 million from its eponymous debut).

O-Town busted out of the gate in late 2000 with the No. 10-peaking Hot 100 hit “Liquid Dreams.” The quintet followed it up with its highest charting single, the No. 3-peaking “All or Nothing.” The group’s self-titled debut album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in February of 2001, and has sold 1.7 million copies. A second album, O2, followed in 2002, peaking at No. 28 (258,000 copies sold).

Aaron Carter didn’t find much success on the radio airwaves (he never charted a hit on the Pop Songs airplay chart), but was a big seller in terms of albums. He moved a total of 4.7 million albums in the U.S., notching a pair of million sellers with Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) (2.7 million) and Oh Aaron (1.3 million).

LFO, who notched a smash single with “Summer Girls,” was also managed by TransContinental Management and signed to its label. “Summer Girls” peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in August of 1999 and was followed by a second top 10 single, “Girl on TV,” which reached No. 10 that December. The trio’s self-titled album (released through Arista Records) peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell 1.5 million. A follow-up set, Life Is Good, was issued in 2001 and sold 310,000.
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Postby oldbloke » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:15 pm

THEAWL posted the ten highest RTD sales of the albums on this week's catalog chart…

RTD SALES - TW SALES - TW RANK - ALBUM

16,386,849 - 5,239 - 3 - METALLICA METALLICA
12,745,799 - 1,725 - 52 - BEATLES BEATLES 1
12,043,000 - 2,856 - 13 - MARLEY*BOB & THE WAILERS LEGEND
11,696,922 - 4,100 - 5 - ADELE 21
11,019,521 - 1,650 - 57 - EMINEM MARSHALL MATHERS LP
10,699,621 - 3,047 - 9 - EMINEM EMINEM SHOW
10,402,820 - 1,126 - 145 - LINKIN PARK HYBRID THEORY
10,308,661 - 1,069 - 165 - USHER CONFESSIONS
10,253,733 - 1,065 - 166 - PEARL JAM TEN
9,568,583 - 2,508 - 21 - SEGER*BOB GREATEST HITS

https://theawl.com/soundscan-surprises-week-ending-8-18-68bdb0a04251#.rzugbcrqn
My thread on pulse: Weekly Soundscan Top 10s Since 1997:
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Postby Bojan » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:27 pm

Janet Jackson 20,280,000
The first post should be edited.
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Postby thebigham » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:46 pm

^Source??? A link would be helpful.
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Postby gopolks » Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:19 pm

thebigham wrote:Here are some Country RTD totals:

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=301862

All Time Country Artists

1. Garth Brooks 71M
2. George Strait 47M
3. Tim McGraw 44M
4, Alan Jackson 42M
5. Shania Tawin 35M
6. Toby Keith 31M
7. Reba McEntire 31M
8. Kenny Chesney 30M
9. Taylor Swift 30M
10. Dixie Chicks 28M

Heavily rounded numbers!
With Garth going on Itunes, (i presume before the release of his new album) how do you think this will effect his album
sales?? He currently has the biggest tour on the planet, his last album Man against machine in 2014 didnt set the world
on fire though.

Could Itunes see him return to his 1990's type numbers?
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Postby Lioha » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:10 am

gopolks wrote:
Could Itunes see him return to his 1990's type numbers?
What are you f*cking talking about? :D :D :D
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Postby Bojan » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:26 am

thebigham wrote:^Source??? A link would be helpful.
J A N E T

Ask Billboard: Life After Discussing Divas
7,010,000, "janet." (1993)
3,229,000, "The Velvet Rope" (1997)
3,107,000, "All for You" (2001)
2,422,000, "Design of a Decade 1986/1996" (1995)
1,377,000, "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" (1989)
1,002,000, "Damita Jo" (2004)
655,000, "20 Y.O." (2006)
496,000, "Control" (1986)

Inside Janet Jackson's Comeback Gamble and the Hurdle of the 'Aging Diva' Stereotype
456,000, "Discipline" (2008)
273,000, "Number Ones" (2009)

Warner Music's Global Deal for BMG's Catalog Sets Up Showdown With RED
253,000, "Unbreakable" (2015)

20,280,000
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Postby thebigham » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:10 pm

http://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... sales-more

WHAT A TIME TO BE DRAKE

Hi Gary,

In the past year, Drake has dominated the charts, and many of his stats and records have been noted. But, one thing that hasn't is his overall career stats. He didn't just become a popular artist this year, so it'd be great if you were to update his career sales, giving us a look at his overall career.

Thanks,
Eric M.

Hi Eric,

As much as Drake has reigned in 2016, his chart career dates to April 25, 2009, when "Best I Ever Had" debuted (at No. 13) on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' Bubbling Under chart. Seven years later, here's how his career album and sales look, according to Nielsen Music:

Albums

2,338,000, Take Care (2011);
1,830,000, Thank Me Later (2010);
1,783,000, Nothing Was the Same (2013);
1,441,000, Views (2016);
1,233,000, If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015);
785,000, So Far Gone (EP; 2009);
564,000, What a Time to Be Alive (with Future; 2016)

Drake is nearing 10 million albums sold in the U.S., with his sum currently at 9,979,000.
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Postby oldbloke » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:05 pm

3 updated numbers from theawl

Norah Jones "Come Away With Me" - 11,126,269

The Beatles "The Beatles 1" - 12,750,747

Linkin Park "Hybrid Theory" - 10,407,203
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Postby TIfan » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:20 pm

Wow, mother Norah's debut is still selling.
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Postby iHypeMusic » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:50 pm

Here is a look at the U.S. sales of Nirvana's best-selling albums, according to Nielsen Music:

9.4 million, Nevermind (1991)
5.1 million, MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
4.4 million, In Utero (1993)
2.4 million, Nirvana (2002)
1.9 million, Bleach (1989)
1.4 million, Incesticide (1992)
1.3 million, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
546,000, With the Lights Out (2004)
376,000, Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
148,000, Live at Reading (2009)

Overall, Nirvana has sold 27.6 million albums in the U.S. The band ranks 14th among rock groups for the most albums sold in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in May 1991. The Beatles lead the category with 67.8 million sold, while just ahead of Nirvana are Guns N' Roses (a slightly higher sum than Nirvana's before also rounding off to 27.6 million). Among all acts, and above only The Beatles, country superstar Garth Brooks leads at 70.7 million.

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Postby thebigham » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:36 pm

10/8/16 Billboard 200:

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/7 ... in-returns

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: The Weeknd's Back in the Top 40, George Carlin Returns to Chart After Nearly 32 Years
By Keith Caulfield | September 29, 2016

— Adele, 25 - No. 13 — After another steady sales week, Adele’s third studio album, 25, has crossed yet another milestone -- it has now sold 9 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. In the latest track week (ending Sept. 22), 25 sold another 11,000 copies (up 5 percent), bringing its cumulative total to 9.01 million.

In addition, the set has earned a total of 10.09 million equivalent album units — a sum that blends traditional album sales along with track equivalent album (TEA) units and streaming equivalent album (SEA) units (1.07 million).

Only 31 albums have sold 9 million copies since Nielsen started electronically tracking music purchases in 1991.

Adele is one of just six acts that have sold at least 9 million copies of two different albums in the Nielsen era. Her previous release, 21, has sold 11.7 million.

She joins Backstreet Boys (Millennium, 12.3 million and their self-titled album, 10.2 million), Garth Brooks (Ropin’ the Wind, 9.6 million and No Fences, 9.01 million), Celine Dion (Falling Into You, 10.8 million and Let’s Talk About Love, 9.6 million), Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP, 11 million and The Eminem Show, 10.7 million) and Britney Spears (…Baby One More Time, 10.6 million and Oops!… I Did It Again, 9.2 million).

As Adele’s debut set 19 has sold 2.9 million, the singer/songwriter’s three albums have sold a combined 23.7 million.
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Postby TIfan » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:48 pm

Come thru Adele. Selling like a 90s vocal diva.
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Postby thebigham » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:24 am

Hot damn!

http://roughstock.com/news/2016/11/4104 ... ber-2-2016

Special Report: Catalog Country Album Sales: October 2, 2016
Posted By Matt Bjorke on Wednesday November 02, 2016

Garth Brooks leads with his "The Ultimate Hits" while Sam Hunt's recent album "Montevallo" now finds itself on this chart. See our special report about these sales numbers here!

For this special report, we thought y'all might like to see a rundown of some of the top-selling catalog country albums (a Top 20 and then a few more notables). Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits is actually the 65th best-selling album in the USA this week on the Billboard 200 chart and it leads here with 7,600 sold for totals over 2.5 million.

The album is also now available for streaming on Amazon's new streaming service and Prime Streaming alike. These catalog charts also have some interesting classic stars like Shania Twain, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Hank Jr, and Waylon Jennings along with Johnny Cash. More current stars like Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Cole Swindell have albums on this list while there are a plethora of country christmas albums lead by Joey+Rory's A Farmhouse Christmas.

Catalog Top 20 Sellers For The Week Of October 31, 2016
CNTRY Artist Album Week Total Scans

1 Garth Brooks Ultimate Hits 7,600 2,527,400
2 Johnny Cash Legend Of Johnny Cash 2,700 3,526,800
3 Joey+Rory A Farm House Christmas 2,400 27,700
4 Sam Hunt Montevallo 2,100 1,228,100
5 Various Artists Roots of Country Music 1,700 226,700
6 Willie Nelson Super Hits 1,700 2,880,700
7 Dwight Yoakam Very Best of Dwight Yoakam 1,600 1,009,500
8 Elvis Presley It's Christmas 1,600 1,753,500
9 Taylor Swift Fearless 1,600 7,069,000
10 Elvis Presley Merry Christmas Love Elvis 1,500 148,200
11 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 1,300 5,628,300
12 Taylor Swift Red 1,300 4,333,100
13 Merle Haggard 20 Greatest Hits 1,200 170,000
14 George Strait Best Of/20th Century Masters 1,200 1,727,200
15 Hank Williams, Jr Vol 1. Greatest Hits 1,200 3,383,800
17 Luke Bryan Crash My Party 1,200 2,616,600
18 John Denver Best of John Denver...Live 1,100 902,400
19 Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits Decade #1 1,100 532,700
20 Burl Ives Rudolph The Red-Nosed Rein... 1,100 1,368,500

-- Elvis Presley Heart & Soul 1,100 985,500
-- Taylor Swift Speak Now 1,000 4,601,000
-- Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1,000 1,545,600
-- Martina McBride White Christmas 1,000 1,789,700
-- Waylon Jennings Ultimate Waylon Jennings 1,000 600,900
-- Johnny Cash Essential Johnny Cash 1,000 1,695,500
-- Oak Ridge Boys Best Of/20th Century Masters 1,000 523,500
-- Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Christmas 1,000 1,294,500
-- Cole Swindell Cole Swindell 900 510,400
-- David Allen Coe Greatest Hits 900 1,107,400
-- Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt 900 1,150,200
-- K.Rogers/D.Parton Once Upon A Christmas 900 950,100
-- Eric Church The Outsiders 900 1,210,000
-- Zac Brown Band Greatest Hits So Far 900 316,600
-- Florida Georgia Line Heres To The Good Times 900 2,343,400
-- Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 800 2,548,800
-- Shania Twain Greatest Hits 800 4,390,400
-- Tracy Lawrence Very Best of Tracy Lawrence 800 328,400
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Postby RLAAMJR » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:32 am

Where's the list of the best selling artists in the USA in the soundscan era?
Celine Marie Claudette Tanguay Dion-Angelil, #BestSellingArtistofthe90s #TheGreatestCanadian #SaviorofLasVegas #QueenofThemeSongs
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Postby thebigham » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:51 pm

^We have not received a Top 10 list for a few years now.

Through 12/29/13:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/672 ... +January+8

TOP SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013) (Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)
Artist Units Sold

1 GARTH BROOKS 69,424,000
2 BEATLES 65,111,000
3 MARIAH CAREY 54,209,000
4 METALLICA 54,129,000
5 DION*CELINE 52,159,000
6 STRAIT*GEORGE 44,781,000
7 EMINEM 44,469,000
8 MCGRAW*TIM 41,844,000
9 JACKSON*ALAN 40,361,000
10 PINK FLOYD 38,508,000

I wonder if Metallica has passed Mariah?

Has Eminem passed George Strait?
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Postby RLAAMJR » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:09 pm

thebigham wrote:^We have not received a Top 10 list for a few years now.

Through 12/29/13:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/672 ... +January+8

TOP SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013) (Based on Album Sales from 1991 – 12/29/2013)
Artist Units Sold

1 GARTH BROOKS 69,424,000
2 BEATLES 65,111,000
3 MARIAH CAREY 54,209,000
4 METALLICA 54,129,000
5 DION*CELINE 52,159,000
6 STRAIT*GEORGE 44,781,000
7 EMINEM 44,469,000
8 MCGRAW*TIM 41,844,000
9 JACKSON*ALAN 40,361,000
10 PINK FLOYD 38,508,000

I wonder if Metallica has passed Mariah?

Has Eminem passed George Strait?
I see. I thought Barbra is the best-selling female artist in the USA.
Celine Marie Claudette Tanguay Dion-Angelil, #BestSellingArtistofthe90s #TheGreatestCanadian #SaviorofLasVegas #QueenofThemeSongs
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Postby thebigham » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:15 pm

^^Metallica 2015:

201,000 - MASTER OF PUPPETS - Metallica
143,000 - METALLICA - Metallica
138,000 - AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - Metallica

Metallica 2016 so far:

218,000 - METALLICA - Metallica
130,000 - MASTER OF PUPPETS - Metallica
126,000 - RIDE THE LIGHTNING - Metallica
125,000 - AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - Metallica

Their new album is forecasted to open with 250k.

Yeah. Metallica has definitely passed Mariah Carey to be 3rd best Selling SoundScan Artist.
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