What are the best one week sales (album charts) in the US?

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Postby Robbie » Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:41 am

I have a feeling that the best one week sale might be "No Strings Attached" by N-Sync (2,416,000 on 08/04/00), but does anyone know what the top 10 of all time in the US is? Perferably both by album (ie the top 10 albums) and by weeks (ie the top 10 weekly sales, which might include the same album more than once).
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Postby Fedepeti » Sat Nov 26, 2005 7:10 pm

Thanks Hanboo
http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=17482

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(rank, year, sales, chart rank, weeks on chart, title - artist)

 1 2000 2,415,000 1  1 No Strings Attached - 'N Sync
 2 2001 1,879,000 1  1 Celebrity - 'N Sync
 3 2000 1,760,000 1  1 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
 4 2000 1,591,000 1  1 Black & Blue - Backstreet Boys
 5 2002 1,320,000 1  2 The Eminem Show - Eminem
 6 2000 1,319,000 1  1 Oops...I Did It Again - Britney Spears
 7 2001 1,258,000 1  6 1 - The Beatles
 8 1999 1,133,000 1  1 Millennium - Backstreet Boys
 9 2004 1,096,000 1  1 Confessions - Usher
10 1998 1,085,000 1  1 Double Live - Garth Brooks
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Postby evaorig » Sat Nov 26, 2005 7:47 pm

Great question and thanks Fedepeti for the link to the thread where Hanboo supplies the answer.
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Postby NothingFails » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:31 am

didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
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Postby hello » Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:20 am

Norah Jones..1 million in one week in 2004...remember taht?
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Postby AutomaticBR » Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:05 am

NothingFails wrote:didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
No

until Britney's OIDIA open with 1.3M, the best one-week sales for a female was from Mariah Carey's "Daydream" wich did 760k on Dec. 1995
"The Bodyguard" had some weeks selling over 500k, even 600k
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Postby mhor » Mon Nov 28, 2005 3:32 am

AutomaticBR wrote:
NothingFails wrote:didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
No

until Britney's OIDIA open with 1.3M, the best one-week sales for a female was from Mariah Carey's "Daydream" wich did 760k on Dec. 1995
"The Bodyguard" had some weeks selling over 500k, even 600k
the best for mariah one-week sale is TEOM - more than 400000 sold
2nd is rainbow 330 k and 3rd is charmbracelet 310 k
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Postby robbyds » Mon Nov 28, 2005 3:49 am

mhor wrote:
AutomaticBR wrote:
NothingFails wrote:didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
No

until Britney's OIDIA open with 1.3M, the best one-week sales for a female was from Mariah Carey's "Daydream" wich did 760k on Dec. 1995
"The Bodyguard" had some weeks selling over 500k, even 600k
the best for mariah one-week sale is TEOM - more than 400000 sold
2nd is rainbow 330 k and 3rd is charmbracelet 310 k
correction, charmbracelet opened at 240K copies sold not 310K
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Postby mhor » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:25 am

robbyds wrote:
mhor wrote:
AutomaticBR wrote:
NothingFails wrote:didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
No

until Britney's OIDIA open with 1.3M, the best one-week sales for a female was from Mariah Carey's "Daydream" wich did 760k on Dec. 1995
"The Bodyguard" had some weeks selling over 500k, even 600k
the best for mariah one-week sale is TEOM - more than 400000 sold
2nd is rainbow 330 k and 3rd is charmbracelet 310 k
correction, charmbracelet opened at 240K copies sold not 310K
oops ... my false
i found this article

HITS Update
The count is final, with 100% reported, Mariah is at #3 with 238,639 copies sold. A quick reminder: these are only stats by HITS and the Soundscan figures (which BILLBOARD goes by) are more accurate. However, it looks like there won't be any drastic changes - neither in the position nor in the amount of sold copies. I think we should all be very happy for Mariah and proud that she's managed to sell such an impressive amount of copies on her first week and debut at #3 despite the tough competition.
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Postby Robbie » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:58 pm

Thanks for the answers so far!
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Postby mansfield » Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:07 pm

Elton John's "Captain fantastic & the brown dirt cowboy" sold 1 million copies on its first release day in 1975 entering at #1
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Postby allspice » Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:20 pm

mhor wrote:
AutomaticBR wrote:
NothingFails wrote:didn't "The Bodyguard" sell over 1 million during Christmas week 1992?
No

until Britney's OIDIA open with 1.3M, the best one-week sales for a female was from Mariah Carey's "Daydream" wich did 760k on Dec. 1995
"The Bodyguard" had some weeks selling over 500k, even 600k
the best for mariah one-week sale is TEOM - more than 400000 sold
2nd is rainbow 330 k and 3rd is charmbracelet 310 k
400,000 was her best opening week sales, that is, first week sales.
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Postby nelson » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:03 pm

mansfield wrote:Elton John's "Captain fantastic & the brown dirt cowboy" sold 1 million copies on its first release day in 1975 entering at #1
fake. :lol:
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Postby Hanboo » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:30 pm

Here's an update of the the top 100:

BIGGEST ONE-WEEK SOUNDSCAN SALES 1991-2005

Sales reports included through last week.

(rank, year, sales, weeks on chart, name, title, chartpos. if not #1)

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01 2000 2,415,859  1 'N Sync - No Strings Attached
02 2001 1,879,955  1 'N Sync - Celebrity
03 2000 1,760,049  1 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
04 2000 1,591,191  1 Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue
05 2002 1,320,000  2 Eminem - The Eminem Show
06 2000 1,319,193  1 Britney Spears - Oops...I Did It Again
07 2001 1,258,667  6 The Beatles - 1
08 2005 1,140,638  1 50 Cent - The Massacre
09 1999 1,133,505  1 Backstreet Boys - Millennium
10 2004 1,096,213  1 Usher - Confessions
11 1998 1,085,373  1 Garth Brooks - Double Live
12 1993 1,061,000  6 Soundtrack - The Bodyguard
13 2000 1,054,511  1 Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish
14 2004 1,022,149  1 Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
15 1993   950,377  1 Pearl Jam - Vs.
16 1995   907,000  2 Garth Brooks - The Hits
17 1997   896,932  1 Garth Brooks - Sevens
18 2001   887,229  1 Creed - Weathered
19 1994   877,000  3 Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
20 2002   874,000  1 Shania Twain - Up!
21 2003   872,000  1 50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
22 2004   870,730  2 Eminem - Encore
23 2002   865,000  5 Creed - Weathered
24 1995   855,473  1 The Beatles - Anthology 1
25 1998   847,500 10 Soundtrack - Titanic
26 2004   839,696  1 U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
27 1993   831,000  5 Soundtrack - The Bodyguard
28 2000   823,587  5 The Beatles - 1
29 2003   822,000  2 50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
30 1995   819,000  8 Kenny G - Miracles: The Holiday Album [#2]
31 2000   811,298  2 'N Sync - No Strings Attached
32 2003   810,000  1 Linkin Park - Meteora
33 2002   808,700  3 Eminem - The Eminem Show
34 1993   802,858  1 Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggy Style
35 2000   793,713  2 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
36 2002   780,000  1 Dixie Chicks - Home
37 2005   770,887  2 50 Cent - The Massacre
38 1991   770,000  1 Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II
39 2004   765,739  1 Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying
40 1996   760,000 12 Mariah Carey - Daydream
41 2001   745,744  1 Britney Spears - Britney
42 2001   732,720  1 Dave Matthews Band - Everyday
43 2001   724,067  5 Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue [#2]
44 1994   718,000  7 Kenny G - Miracles: The Holiday Album
45 2001   716,003  1 Staind - Break the Cycle
46 2002   714,114  1 Nelly - Nellyville
47 2004   710,880  1 Eminem - Encore
48 2002   702,226  1 Soundtrack - 8 Mile
49 2000   698,578  2 Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue
50 2000   698,400  1 DMX - ...And then there was X
51 1995   694,500  5 Pearl Jam - Vitalogy [#3]
52 1997   689,535  2 The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
53 2001   688,339  6 Various Artists - Now 5 [#3]
54 1991   685,000  1 Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I [#2]
55 1998   684,000  5 Garth Brooks - Sevens
56 1998   681,572  1 Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
57 1996   680,000  1 Metallica - Load
58 1998   678,000  4 Garth Brooks - Sevens
59 2000   670,673  4 The Beatles - 1
60 1999   670,227  1 DMX - Flesh Of My Flesh Blood Of My Blood
61 1998   664,500  7 Soundtrack - Titanic
62 1996   664,000  1 Makaveli - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
63 2001   663,280  1 Destiny's Child - Survivor
64 2000   662,077  2 The Beatles - 1 [#2]
65 1999   660,807  1 Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin
66 2000   654,600  5 'N Sync - No Strings Attached
67 1998   649,496  2 Garth Brooks - Double Live
68 2000   640,000  6 Celine Dion - All the Way - A Decade of Song [#2]
69 1999   634,877  1 Limp Bizkit - Significant Other
70 2002   626,000  2 Shania Twain - Up!
71 1998   624,000  6 Celine Dion - Let's Talk About Love [#2]
72 2002   622,000  1 Dave Matthews Band - Busted Stuff
73 1999   621,621  2 Backstreet Boys - Millennium
74 2001   621,419  1 Various Artists - Now 7
75 2003   621,000 53 Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
76 2003   618,325  1 Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys
77 2003   613,000  1 Clay Aiken - Measure Of A Man
78 2000   612,420  2 Britney Spears - Oops...I Did It Again [#2]
79 1997   612,069  1 Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
80 2003   609,375  1 Britney Spears - In The Zone
81 1997   609,000  2 Garth Brooks - Sevens
82 2000   606,809  3 The Beatles - 1 [#2]
83 1996   606,000  6 Soundtrack - Waiting To Exhale
84 2001   605,128  1 Janet - All For You
85 2002   602,000  1 Tim McGraw - Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors [#2]
86 1996   601,000  5 The Beatles - Anthology 1 [#3]
87 2000   598,563  3 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
88 1991   597,941  1 Metallica - Metallica
89 1995   595,000 17 Boyz II Men - II [#4]
90 2000   594,666  1 The Beatles - 1
91 1998   588,053  9 Soundtrack - Titanic
92 1995   588,000  7 The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over [#5]
93 2005   586,935  1 The Game - The Documentary
94 1999   586,642  6 Garth Brooks - Double Live [#2]
95 2003   585,000  1 Toby Keith - Shock'n Y'all
96 1994   584,000  4 Pearl Jam - Vitalogy [#2]
97 2000   583,000 37 Santana - Supernatural
98 1998   582,500  8 Soundtrack - Titanic
99 1998   574,000  5 Celine Dion - Let's Talk About Love [#2]
100 1992  574,000  4 Soundtrack - The Bodyguard
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Postby teenwildlife » Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:20 pm

Prince's Purple Rain sold over 1 million on week of release.
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Postby MJDangerous » Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:29 pm

teenwildlife wrote:Prince's Purple Rain sold over 1 million on week of release.
It's why the album opened at #11 taking 4 weeks to hit #1 spot :lol:

mansfield wrote:Elton John's "Captain fantastic & the brown dirt cowboy" sold 1 million copies on its first release day in 1975 entering at #1
It's why the album even with 30 years of catalogue sales and 7 weeks at #1 sold only 3m. So, 1m in one day and 2m in 30 years ? :lol:

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Postby mansfield » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:02 pm

I reported what I read in an article. :(
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Postby Robbie » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:40 pm

Thanks for the top 100 Hanboo!

I gues it's impossible to judge weekly album sales pre-Soundscan as there was no organisation that collated over-the-counter sales. Record labels could only calculate shipments, especially for weekly sales and Billboard compiled its charts based on a points system, rather than raw sales data. Any pre-1991 sale can only be an estimate, probably based on shipments or very approximate (ie ultimately incorrect) sales by phoning a random selection of stores or looking at initial shipments and subsequent re-orders. In any case, certainly pre-Thriller album / pre-CD era, sales weren't THAT great overall. Most albums sold less than what people think and took a great while longer to reach those sales (ie in no particular week did most albums reach the type of sales we see in the above chart). Most quoted weekly sales from pre-1991 are usually calculated from shipments.
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Postby jimmypages59 » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:01 am

How can you say that, just because they are pre 91 they did not sell in great amounts week by week. What, people did not by albums before 91 in the same way the bought them post 91. So only soundscan albums actually shifted 1m plus a week thats crap! Do you not think, that maybe as you say, they were just not properly calculated?
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Postby Classicrock » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:07 am

jimmypages59 wrote:How can you say that, just because they are pre 91 they did not sell in great amounts week by week. What, people did not by albums before 91 in the same way the bought them post 91. So only soundscan albums actually shifted 1m plus a week thats crap! Do you not think, that maybe as you say, they were just not properly calculated?
There were many albums that shifted huge numbers in first week. In through the out door it was estimated shifted 1.8 million copies worldwide in 5 days.Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 shifted a staggering amount in its first week given it was a 5 disc set as well. Just dont recall exact figure
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Postby jimmypages59 » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:13 am

so are you agreeing with me or arguing?
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Postby Classicrock » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:15 am

jimmypages59 wrote:so are you agreeing with me or arguing?
I agree with you :wink:
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Postby teenwildlife » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:17 am

Hi MJ - I believe the White Album also sold 1 million first week!!!!!
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Postby jimmypages59 » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:19 am

Cool, maybe i'm just a wee bit drunk, now i read your post i kinda see you were on my side!
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Postby Classicrock » Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:23 am

teenwildlife wrote:Hi MJ - I believe the White Album also sold 1 million first week!!!!!
Thank you i was going to mention that one as well
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