Queen :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby EdWood » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:21 am

I predict Queen's UK album sales as follows - I have already made some predictions to on Haven forum - they are probably way out (these are to end of 2011) but here goes.. :lol:

It was a busy year for Queen and their new record company, Universal/Island Records. First of all the 2 Greatest Hits albums were re-released in January - my estimates:

Greatest Hits - ~75,000 (this has been in the top 200 charts nearly every week of the year and peaked at number 25)
Greatest Hits 2 - ~45,000 (charted but not as good as the first hits package)

Then in March we had the first 5 studio albums re-released - my estimates for every album apart from A Night At The Opera are 10,000. For ANATO - 12,500 (this is higher as it charted again in the top 200 - the others only charted once before disappearing).
My argument for the sales is that although they only charted briefly, I think most hard-core Queen fans will have picked them up over the following months - they're not albums that sell quickly but over time and due to there being a 2nd disc included and the sound has been remastered they should have appealed to Queen's fanbase - so not fantastic sales and not even good sales but 'decent' sales for catalogue albums that are getting on for 40 years old.

Then in June we had the next 5 albums rereleased - another 10,000 sales each estimated (they all charted briefly). In July we had the rerelease of The Platinum Collection - sale estimated at ~35,000.

Then in September the final 5 studio reissues at 10,000 each.

Then add in 30,000 sales for catalogue sales of other albums, live albums, Absolute Greatest, etc.

Total estimated UK album sales of: 337,500 8-)

We'll see out right or wrong I am sometime in January
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Postby loris39 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:17 am

Catalog Album:

QUEEN GREATEST HITS 3030 -22 3874 6918760

QUEEN GREATEST HITS-WE WILL ROCK YOU 2089 -49 4129 1043522

Digital Tracks Catalog:

QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE UNDER PRESSURE 15627 83 8519 669490

QUEEN BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 9510 45 6552 2328696

QUEEN WE WILL ROCK YOU 9461 49 6355 2057625

Only with these two albums sales and with these three digital singles sales, Queen have sold 40,000 copies this week.
With regard to the sales of Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits We Will Rock You in USA, in 2011, my estimation is 170/175,000 copies.
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Postby EdWood » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:37 pm

Yes Loris39, Queen certainly had a decent sales week in the US - its easy to see how they can accumulate very good sales over the years as a catalogue band. I've already said that Queen must be one of the biggest sellers of catalogue digital tracks in the US.

This week on the Canadian Chart, Absolute Greatest rises to 75 in the main album chart. This album was at number 152 two weeks ago and last week was at 124. Its also been in the Canadian album charts for 55 weeks (I'm not sure if this means the top 100 or top 200).

It looks like Canada is the only country where Absolute Greatest is selling in any decent numbers to chart and may be a decent catalogue seller there. I have no idea what it has sold to date in Canada but it has peaked at number 13 - no mean feat really when you think how many other Hits albums Queen have had there...

Its also now at 3 on the 'Metal' chart.
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Postby loris39 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:52 pm

Various charts...

South Korea:

#66 A Day At The Races
#98 Jazz
#99 A Night At The Opera

France - Top Compilation:

#29 Greatest Hits
#31 Greatest Hits II

France - Top 200 Albums:

#150 Greatest Hits
#165 Greatest Hits II

Netherlands:

#61 Platinum Collection

Spain:

#51 Platinum Collection

Italy - Albums:

#65 Platinum Collection

Italy - DVDs:

#5 Days Of Our Lives

Ireland:

#97 Greatest Hits

USA Top 200 Billboard:

#169 Greatest Hits We Will Rock You Edition

Canada - Top 100:

#71 Absolute Greatest

Belgium (Wallonia):

#3 Platinum Collection

Belgium (Flanders):

#20 Platinum Collection
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Postby slightlymad » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:40 pm

THE UK'S TOP 12 ALBUM ACTS (BY WEEKS ON CHART)

(To the W/E 21st January 2012)

1) QUEEN - 1448
2) BEATLES - 1385
3) ELVIS PRESLEY - 1341
4) MICHAEL JACKSON - 1242
5) U2 - 1240
6) MADONNA - 1166
7) DIRE STRAITS - 1148
8) SIMON & GARFUNKEL - 1147
9) ROD STEWART - 1071
10) DAVID BOWIE - 1031
11) ABBA - 1021
12) ELTON JOHN - 1017

Fleetwood Mac & Pink Floyd are in 13th= place - 954 Album Weeks, but
Pink Floyd should get a 955th Week, next Sunday.

Nice to see Queen at No1 :D
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Postby HUR » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:07 pm

Last year, I said:

Basically, either from about 1986 or 1991 to now, Queen have practically achieved better catalogue sales than any other band if you focus on material released two years or one and half year before. So for Queen, you have to count albums like "A Kind Of Magic" or "Greatest Hits II" (both released after 1986), but not their initial sales and just what they sold as back catalogue items. If we combined Queen's studio albums with their compilations sales, as back catalogue items during the last decades, I wouldn't be surprised if Queen have sold more than any other band (except possibly for the Beatles).
I have been trying to find out about Queen's back catalogue sales in the UK, not for 2011, but from about 1984 to now. It is a good year to begin due to some of the annual sales from Record Mirror being available since then; and in later years (from June 1992 to 2008), the net shipments figures provided by Jimmypages59 (these last totals being absolutely undisputable, in my opinion).

Last year, I suggested that Queen have sold more back catalogue albums than any other bands in the UK for the past 25 or 30 years, which is a tough thing to confirm, of course.

And that was because some people (if I remember correcly) were challenging Queen's back catalogue sales in the UK.

An album is regarded as a back catalogue item, once it gets one year and half old (or two years). For example, "A Kind Of Magic" and "Live Magic" (both released in 1986) became 'back catalogue albums', at least from my point of view, during 1988; "The Miracle" (released in 1989), during 1991; "Greatest Hits II" (released in late 1991), during late 1993 or early 1994; and so on.

Here is my attempt:

From 1984 to 1990, I will use Record Mirror's sales totals:

Studio and live albums

1984

Queen sold approximately 1,010,000 albums, including roughly 200,000 coming from their studio albums.

Thus, back catalogue studio albums sold around 200,000.

Below are Queen's positions in the annual Top 200. Based on some things I observed, I think "A Night At The Opera" sold about 30,000 units at #279 and the album at #535 sold about 15,000. It looks like sales in the positions between 250 and 550 were very close to each other (something like 30,000 sold against 15,000, or so).

Positions:

279 (about 30,000)
398 (25,000)
413 (22,500)
439 (20,000)
443 (20,000)
448 (20,000)
468 (20,000)
535 (15,000)
622 (12,500)
655 (10,000)
987 (5,000 or less)

1985

Queen sold 460,000 copies during that year.

"Greatest Hits" sold about 225,000 and "The Works" probably about 90,000 (maximum).

This leaves 145,000 for the rest of their back catalogue (studio and live from 1973 to 1982).

1986

Queen sold 1,462,000 albums. Including "A Kind Of Magic" (approximately 650,000 copies), "Greatest Hits" (around 275,000) and "Live Magic" (roughly 270,000). Those three albums sold a combined 1,195,000.

This leaves 267,000 for the rest of their back catalogue, including about 30,000 sales for "A Night At The Opera" and probably some 50,000 for "The Works".

1987

Queen sold 758,000 albums. Including "Live Magic" (confirmed 260,000 units), "Greatest Hits" (confirmed 170,000) and "A Kind Of Magic" (estimated at 100,000 copies). Those three albums sold a combined 530,000.

That leaves 228,000 units for the rest of their back catalogue albums.

1988

Queen sold 313,000 albums. "Greatest Hits" sold 75,000 to 100,000.

That leaves 213,000 to 238,000 for the rest of their catalogue.

1989

Queen sold 861,000 albums. Including "The Miracle" (480,000 units sold), "Greatest Hits" (around 75,000) and "Queen At The Beeb" (7,500 or so).

This leaves 299,000 units for their back catalogue albums.

1990

Queen sold about 290,000 albums. "Greatest Hits" probably did 75,000 and "The Miracle" no more than 30,000 ("Queen At The Beeb" some 5,000 or maybe a bit more).

This leaves 180,000 for the rest of their back catalogue albums.

In total, we have the following back catalogue sales from their studio albums:

1984 - 200,000
1985 - 145,000
1986 - 267,000 ("The Works" added as back catalogue)
1987 - 228,000
1988 - 238,000 ("A Kind Of Magic" and "Live Magic" added)
1989 - 299,000
1990 - 180,000

Total - 1,557,000 albums sold. These are estimated, so I guess it is better to provide a range between 1,400,000 and 1,600,000 in reality.

These are all studio and live albums sales. In the meantime (1984 to 1990), "Greatest Hits" sold roughly as follows every year:

1984 - 180,000
1985 - 225,000
1986 - 275,000
1987 - 170,000
1988 - 100,000
1989 - 75,000
1990 - 75,000

Total - 1,100,000

I suppose club sales are excluded from both totals (1,557,000 for their studio albums and 1,100,000 for their first official compilation), in which case their sales will have been higher.

Totals:

Studio and live albums - 1,557,000
Greatest Hits – 1,100,000

A combined 2,657,000.

If Jimmy had worked his magic for the years between 1984 and 1990, how would their sales have looked like? The above totals are supposed to be retail sales and, even though I can never fully understand it, I think music club sales were excluded (although some people believe that they were indirectly included in some years, due to the use of high multipliers, no idea myself).

If these total sales (2,657,000 back catalogue sales) are to be taken as normal retail sales, the real net shipments figures (as those that Jimmypages59 has provided us with) will have been slighltly higher, probably ranging between 2,750,000 to 3,000,000.

1991 and 1992

Those two years saw an obvious increase on their sales.

Difficult to know how much they sold with their back catalogue albums. For instance, "Greatest Hits" is supposed to have physically shipped nearly a million copies between 1991 and early 1992, for it to reach 11 times platinum (3,300,000 copies sold in January 1992); however, as I'm going to use some of Jimmy's net shipments for later years, there may be a possible overlapping, which makes things very complicated.

Overall, "Greatest Hits" is likely to have shipped 700,000 between 1991 and 1992 (in terms of Royalty Based Sales), at least that is what Jimmy would have shown in his annual sales, if he had been able to work on that period (1991 to June 1992).

Not so sure about their studio and live albums between 1991 and the first semester of 1992. I guess their albums may have sold as much as what "Greatest Hits" sold; that is, a combined 700,000 (with "A Night At The Opera", "A Kind Of Magic" and especially "Live Magic" as their biggest selling items).

We would have between 1991 and June 1992:

Greatest Hits – 700,000
Studio and live albums – 700,000

Total: 1,400,000

June 1992 to 2008

Jimmy makes things easier:

Queen – 128,744
Queen II – 135,588
Sheer Heart Attack – 125,816
A Night At The Opera – 353,286
A Day At The Races – 160,969
News Of The World – 102,597
Jazz – 85,956
Live Killers – 79,509
The Game – 78,673
Flash Gordon – 42,613
Greatest Hits – 1,994,263
Hot Space – 47,596
The Works – 95,596
A Kind Of Magic – 268,683
Live Magic – 171,385
The Miracle – 73,138
Queen At The Beeb – 49,835 (to 1995)
Innuendo – 173,060
Greatest Hits II – 1,151,165
Live At Wembley – 349,684 (to 2006)

Plus, some back catalogue sales for "Made In Heaven" (60,635 since 1998); "Queen Rocks" (4,785 from 2000 to 2002); "Greatest Hits III" (106,442 since 2002); "Platinum Collection" (900,000 from 2003 to 2008).

I don't have a separate breakdown for "Greatest Hits I & II", I lost track of it. But it will have achieved about 125,000 as a back catalogue item.

Approximated total from June 1992 to 2008 – 6,864,598

Some club sales are missing for several titles, especially during the second half of 1992 and the first one of 1993; plus some missing sales from "Queen At The Beeb" and "Live At Wembley". With all of that in mind, their back catalogue sales from June 1992 to 2008 will have been 7,000,000.

2009 to 2012

Not that big to some extent. They shipped some 400,000 coming from back catalogue, I would say.

Mainly during 2011, with 300,000 sales overall, including: some 150,000 coming from their fifteen studio albums (an average of 10,000 unis per title, with some albums being above that mark and others below); 125,000 from "Greatest Hits" and "Greatest Hits II" together; and the other 25,000 from "Platinum Collection" and even "Live At Wembley".

The other 100,000 were achieved between 2009 and 2010 (very marginal sales).

By periods:

1984 to 1990 – 2,750,000
1991 to 1992 – 1,400,000
1992 to 2008 – 7,000,000
2009 to 2012 – 400,000

Total back catalogue sales: 11,550,000

These numbers aren't perfect for a number of reasons. The sales between 1991 and early 1992 are, in particular, the most difficult to solve.

But still, from 1984 to 2012, I can't think of any band that has sold as many catalogue albums as Queen have during that time period, not even the Beatles. At best, they are at the same level, but I doubt it myself.

If we couple the above albums sales with both their music videos and digital tracks (as catalogue), Queen are easily above anyone else, in my opinion.

I just don't understand how some people still dispute Queen's popularity in the UK.
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Postby johnnyboy » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:18 am

I think Queen bridged the gap between pop and rock and so got fans from both genres.
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Postby loris39 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:05 am

Thanks HUR: excellent work.
That shows that Queen are not only a "Greatest Hits band", but they have also good figures for their studio albums. The figure we know about their first albums is probably underestimated. For example, A Night At The Opera retailed more or less 10,000 copies in 2011, and its shipments probably were 20,000 copies. So its total could be around 1,520,000 or 1,530,000 copies.
Anyway, in 2011, only with their remastered catalogue - obviously with the compilations too - Queen had a good market and they could be not far from 300,000 copies for their whole catalogue.
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Postby HUR » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:42 pm

Thank you, Loris. I'm glad you liked it. And thank you for the charts updates too.

arab wrote:Poland
Live At Wembley Stadium <Gold>

http://www.zpav.pl/rankingi/wyroznienia/zlote/dvd.php
Thank you for this, another version of "Live At Wembley" that achieves a second award. So far, Queen's DVDs were certified as follows:

Greatest Video Hits - 5,000 (Platinum)

Live At Wembley - 5,000 (Gold)

Greatest Video Hits II - 2,500 (Gold)

Queen Rock Montreal - 10,000 (Platinum)

Live At Wembley 25 - 2,500 (Gold)

I got some news from Poland. According to EMI, "Platinum Collection" sold 64,000 copies in the country up until 2010; and while under contract with Universal Music, it sold a further 4,000 copies during 2011, for a combined 68,000 copies. Unfortunately, EMI forgot to certify the album and Universal (at least for now) won't combine the sales for certifications purposes.

During 2011, their studio albums sold 1,000 to 3,000 copies each.

Poland

I have found a Polish list with EMI's best selling albums in 1994 in that country:

1 Pink Floyd The Division Bell
2 Roxette Crash Boom Bang
3 Enigma Cross Of Chance
4 Queen Greatest Hits II
5 Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell

And here is a Top 5 from 1992:

1. Queen Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits II
2. Simply Red Stars
3. Nirvana Nevermind
4. Eric Clapton Rush Soundtrack

For some reason, both compilations were listed together.

In Poland, Queen have sold many records over the years.

Between November 2008 and the first semester of 2009, Media Agora SA in partner with EMI Music, released Queen's entire catalogue (including all of their studio albums and live albums) in special editions with brand new booklets. Every album was released as a digipack in hard cover with photos, history of the making of each album in Polish and lyrics for every song. In total, 24 albums were released. The first album was released on Monday 24 November 2008, which marked the 17th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's passing; and one was released each week from that week onwards.

A few months after that, they had all achieved certifications in the country:

Queen - 20,000 (Platinum)

Queen II - 20,000 (Platinum)

Sheer Heart Attack - 20,000 (Platinum)

A Night At The Opera - 40,000 (Double Platinum)

A Dat At The Races - 20,000 (Platinum)

News Of The World - 20,000 (Platinum)

Jazz - 20,000 (Platinum)

Live Killers 1 - 20,000 (Platinum)

Live Killers 2 - 20,000 (Platinum)

The Game - 20,000 (Platinum)

Flash Gordon - 20,000 (Platinum)

Hot Space - 20,000 (Platinum)

The Works - 20,000 (Platinum)

A Kind Of Magic - 60,000 (Triple Platinum)

Live Magic - 20,000 (Platinum)

The Miracle - 20,000 (Platinum)

Innuendo - 20,000 (Platinum)

Live At Wembley '86 1 - 20,000 (Platinum)

Live At Wembley '86 2 - 20,000 (Platinum)

Made In Heaven - 20,000 (Platinum)

Queen On Fire 1 - 20,000 (Platinum)

Queen On Fire 2 - 20,000 (Platinum)

Return Of The Champions 1 - 20,000 (platinum)

Return Of The Champions 2 - 20,000 (Platinum Collection)

Total - 540,000 copies officially certified.

However, Agora SA announced that every album sold more than 30,000 copies. This means that apart from "A Kind Of Magic" (which sold 60,000 copies, certified triple platinum) and "A Night At The Opera" (which sold 40,000 copies, certified double platinum), all of the other 22 albums that were released sold at least 30,000 copies in Poland (despite all of them being platinum).

So overall, the 24 albums sold a combined 760,000 copies in Poland between 2008 and 2009.

Interesting to note that "A Kind Of Magic" was the first one to be released and it was cheaper than the rest of the albums; these two factors explain why it sold most amongst all the titles. Furthermore, all their double live albums were released separately: one disc one week and other disc in another week.

Apart from that, Queen achieved the following certifications:

Made In Heaven - 100,000 (Platinum)

Platinum Collection - 68,000 (Gold)

Absolute Greatest - 10,000 (Gold)
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Postby iamawesome » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:45 am

8-) Not bad!
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Postby EdWood » Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:22 pm

Very good and impressive analysis as usual HUR. Queen are a very good catalog band all over the world and even seem to be holding their own in the US - I can't think of many other veteran acts who are doing so well, especially in the Digital catalogue singles charts. 8-)

Last week in the UK, Queen are still selling OK amounts

131. (153) GREATEST HITS [REMASTERED] (Queen)
195 RE-ENTRY GREATEST HITS II - REMASTERED - Queen
(Nicola Roberts sold 2,755 copies at number 111 so Greatest Hits probably sold another 2,100 and Greatest Hits 2 maybe 1,300?)

- nothing spectacular here but hopefully their new record company can surprise us this year - maybe we'll get the Queen+Michael Jackson tracks at last..
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Postby HUR » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:44 pm

Thank you, Edwood. Yes, in the USA Queen are possibly the biggest selling 'catalogue' band when it comes to their digital tracks; they reached 10,203,000 downloads in September 2009, and are now probably on 14,000,000 overall. I think that the Rolling Stones may be up there.

Queen have sold more tracks in the USA than in any other country, but even if we adjust their sales for the size of the market and make some relative comparisons to other countries, I still think that North America is probably their lead market on the digital front.

South Korean shipments in 2011

Monthly positions and sales:

January 2011

11 Absolute Greatest (1,477 copies)
14 Queen Jewels (1,250)
20 Greatest Hits (855)
27 Greatest Hits II (610)
51 A Night At The Opera (407)
75 Queen Rock Montreal (277)

February 2011

8 Greatest Hits (1,216)
80 Greatest Hits II (291)

March 2011

63 A Night At The Opera (319)
75 A Day At The Races (295)
76 Sheer Heart Attack (294)
77 Greatest Hits (290)
86 Deep Cuts (274)

April 2011

49 Greatest Hits (321)

May 2011

83 Greatest Hits (243)

June 2011

No albums

July 2011

41 Greatest Hits (263)
74 News Of The World (189)
75 The Game (186)
82 Jazz (172)
84 Hot Space (171)
94 Flash Gordon (161)

August 2011

3 Greatest Hits (2,760)
4 Greatest Hits II (2,562)

September 2011

34 Live At Wembley '86 (479)
69 Made In Heaven (234)
75 Greatest Hits (218)
80 Innuendo (211)
85 The Works (207)
89 A Kind Of Magic (199)
90 The Miracle (197)

October 2011

58 Greatest Hits (235)

November 2011

15 Platinum Collection (1,263)

December 2011

64 Greatest Hits (269)

Total known sales per album:

Greatest Hits – 7,119 copies
Greatest Hits II – 3,479
Platinum Collection – 1,263
Live At Wembley '86 – 479
Absolute Greatest – 1,477
Queen Jewels – 1,250
Sheer Heart Attack – 294
A Night At The Opera – 726
A Day At The Races – 295
News Of The World – 189
Jazz – 172
The Game – 196
Flash Gordon – 161
Hot Sapce – 171
The Works – 207
A Kind Of Magic – 199
The Miracle – 197
Innuendo – 211
Made In Heaven – 234
Queen Rock Montreal – 277
Deep Cuts – 274

Total – 18,870 copies

Obviously, these sales aren't complete, except for those of "Greatest Hits" (remastered). For example, "Greatest Hits II" had sold 3,479 copies by August, so the last quarter (the biggest in terms of shipments) is missing; and so on.

EMI were still shipping some copies during the first few months, so some albums may have achieved some (small) sales then.

Overall, these are good totals considering the physical market in South Korea.
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Postby slightlymad » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:24 pm

zeus555 wrote: NEW UK QUEEN SALES TOTALS IN EARLY 2012

I'll get up-dated Download Sales for all of Queen's
UK Singles, in early 2012. With a closing Date of
the final Sales Chart of 2011.


NOTE - I asked for them earlier this Year,
but I only asked for Sales of about 66% of their UK
Hits. It is my fault that the Sales Data was
misleading. I foolishly called the resulting List,
Queen's Best Selling UK Downloads. I should have
said that they were only the 66% of the Hits that
I'd asked about! So, it is not The OCC's fault that
the List was misleading. It is mine. I'm very sorry
about that. I did it without thinking, & not on
purpose, to mislead people.

But, in early 2012, I'll ask them for the Download
Sales of ALL of Queen's UK Singles.

The OCC have told me, (3 people there), that I can
ask them this in January. They said they'd get back
to me ASAP with the Sales Totals.

I'll also ask them for up-to-date Sales of Queen's
Albums - the 'Re-Masters'. Plus where the 3 'Hits'
Albums, & 'Made In Heaven', 'The Platinum Collection'
& 'Absolute Greatest' are up to, (Totals), in UK Sales.

Plus Queen's Total 'Download' Sales since The OCC
began monitoring them. (Which I think was in September 2004).

[b] If anyone wishes to add to what I ask The OCC,
(about Queen), then please let me know.

Zeus555
Any updates Zeus555? :)
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Postby slightlymad » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:19 pm

Queen in Italian Charts

Top 100 Albums
48 (53) The Platinum Collection
93 (New)Greatest Hits 1

Top Music DVD's
7 (6) Days Of Our Lives
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Postby slightlymad » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:41 pm

Queen Worldwide Charts

Belguim Album Chart
3 (3)The Platinum Collection :o

Spain Album Chart
39 (56)The Platinum Collection

Holland Album Chart
70 (72)The Platinum Collection

Australia Catalogue Chart
19 (18)Greatest Hits 1

USA Catalogue Chart
48 (36)Greatest Hits-We Will Rock You Edition

Canada Album Chart
87 (89)Absolute Greatest
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Postby HUR » Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:27 pm

Last year, I said:

1984

No year end chart for this year. Queen's "The Works" was #1 on the Album chart and achieved a gold certification. In addition, the single "Radio GaGa" was certified silver (30,000 copies sold) and "I Want To Break Free" was certified gold (50,000 copies). Queen got a mention in Billboard, in 1985, for having been one of the best selling acts of the previous year in Portugal.

"The Works" was among the very best selling albums of the year, but I don't have the whole ranking.
Finally, I found this information. In Portugal, Queen did very well during 1984, with their albums and singles.

Portugal

Best Selling Albums of 1984

1 - Thriller - Michael Jackson
2 - The Works - Queen
3 - Pipes Of Peace - Paul McCartney
4 - Private Dancer - Tina Turner
5 - Can't Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie
6 - O Calhambeque - Roberto Carlos
7 - The Woman In Red - Banda Sonora
8 - Julio - Julio Iglesias
9 - Footloose - Banda Sonora
10 - Holiday Stars - Vários (Polystar)

Best Selling Singles of 1984

1 - I Just Call To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
2 - Hello - Lionel Richie
3 - Radio Ga Ga - Queen
4 - Self Control - Laura Branigan
5 - Against All Odds - Phil Collins
6 - I Want To Break Free - Queen
7 - Careless Whisper - George Michael
8 - Pipes Of Peace - Paul McCartney
9 - I Like Chopin - Gazebo
10 - Thriller - Michael Jackson

Chart information

The Works: #1 (2 weeks)

Radio GaGa: #1 (7 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: #1 (5 weeks)

Plus, I have now been able to confirm some further chart positions:

Albums

News Of The World: #1 (2 weeks)
Jazz: #1 (1 week)
Live At Wembley: #1 (3 weeks)
Five Live: #1 (2 weeks)

Incredibly, "Five Live" went to number one in July 1993.

Additionally, "Greatest Hits" reached #3 in 1992. I know that "Greatest Hits II" spent at least 6 weeks at the pole position in early 1992 (it may have been a chart topping album in late 1991 too).

Singles

We Are The Champions: #3
Bicycle Race: #3
Innuendo: #1

Best Selling Albums of 1992

1 - Palavras Ao Vento - Resistência
2 - Rock In Rio Douro - GNR
3 - Nevermind - Nirvana
4 - Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses
5 - Greatest Hits II - Queen
6 - Live At Wembley 86 - Queen
7 - Still Loving You - Scorpions
8 - ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
9 - Stars - Simply Red
10 - Earthrise - Vários (Polygram)

Best Selling Albums of 1993

1 - The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston / Banda Sonora
2 - Tutte Storie - Eros Ramazzotti
3 - Bigger, Better, Faster, More! - 4 Non Blondes
4 - On The Night - Dire Straits
5 - Timeless - Michael Bolton
6 - Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting
7 - Love Classics - Vários
8 - 16 Top World Charts 93 - Vários (Vidisco)
9 - Super Mix 8 - Vários
10 - Five Live - George Michael + Queen e Lisa Stansfield

I'm trying to figure what position did "Live Killers" achieve in 1979.
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Postby slightlymad » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:58 pm

USA Top 10 Music DVD's

1 1 10 Live At The Royal Albert Hall Adele
2 2 2 Believe Celtic Woman
3 6 11 Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4 Beyonce
4 NEW 1 Days Of Our Lives Queen
5 3 2 Gaither Homecoming Celebration! Bill & Gloria Gaither
6 21 19 Bill & Gloria Gaither Present: Tent Revival Homecoming Bill & Gloria Gaither
7 7 11 Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden Lady Gaga
8 4 2 From The Sky Down U2
9 NEW 1 The Grand Illusion / Piece Of Eight: Live Styx
10 5 2 Mr. Mojo Risin':the Story Of L.A. Woman The Doors

A lot better result than I thought :D
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Postby arab » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:01 pm

The 50 Best Selling Music Artists of All Time

300 Million Claimed Sales

7 - Queen
88.2 Million Total Available Certified Units

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, guitars, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating more diverse and innovative styles in their music.

The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Queen have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums worldwide, including 32.5 million in the United States alone as of 2004. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single, and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2009, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Postby johnnyboy » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:12 pm

That's a rubbish link. From Wikipedia. Record claims are just made up figures - and certs very limited of course.
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Postby slightlymad » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:33 pm

Big Queen Announcement tonight at 8pm UK time

Rumour has it Queen will headline the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park with Adam Lambert as guest vocalist
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Postby zeus555 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:35 am

The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Albums (Up-Date)

(To W/E 3rd March 2012 Inclusive)

01 GREATEST HITS – QUEEN (5,863,000)
02 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – THE BEATLES (5,044,000)
03 GOLD: GREATEST HITS – ABBA (4,989,000)
04 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY – OASIS (4,517,000)
05 THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON (4,248,000)
06 BROTHERS IN ARMS - DIRE STRAITS (4,152,000)
07 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD (4,114,000)
08 21 – ADELE (4,020,000)
09 BAD - MICHAEL JACKSON (3,959,000)
10 GREATEST HITS II – QUEEN (3,887,000)

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Postby johnnyboy » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:00 pm

If we exclude the Platinum Collection and GH/GH2 about 5.2m sales.
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Postby trueno » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:51 pm

The Platinum Collection has just be certified double platinum in US...

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Postby slightlymad » Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:39 pm

trueno wrote:The Platinum Collection has just be certified double platinum in US...

http://queenonline.com/en/news-archive/ ... illion-us/
I presume this means it has now sold 666,667 copies in the USA not the 2,000,000 it states in the article as the USA certifies per disc in the set.
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Postby HUR » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:21 pm

Japan

I don't think I posted this, but here are all Queen's Oricon sales during 2011:

Innuendo
2011/10/03 # 90 ( 1,327 )

Total: 1,327

A Night at the Opera
2011/03/28 # 73 ( 1,143 )
2011/04/04 # 117 ( 755 )
2011/04/11 # 293 ( 343 )
2011/04/18 # 292 ( 369 )

Total: 2,610

A Kind of Magic
2011/10/03 # 104 ( 1,221 )

Total: 1,221

Queen II
2011/03/28 # 82 ( 1,029 )
2011/04/04 # 131 ( 692 )

Total: 1,721

Greatest Hits
2011/01/24 # 26 ( 4,180 )
2011/01/31 # 39 ( 2,745 )
2011/02/07 # 80 ( 1,590 )
2011/02/14 # 89 ( 1,138 )
2011/02/21 # 100 ( 966 )
2011/02/28 # 138 ( 737 )
2011/03/07 # 188 ( 681 )
2011/03/14 # 146 ( 768 )
2011/03/21 # 192 ( 479 )
2011/03/28 # 227 ( 358 )
2011/04/04 # 229 ( 427 )
2011/04/11 # 119 ( 722 )
2011/04/18 # 283 ( 380 )
2011/07/11 # 224 ( 517 )
2011/07/18 # 196 ( 554 )
2011/07/25 # 250 ( 412 )
2011/10/10 # 239 ( 445 )

Total: 17,099

Greatest Hits II
2011/01/24 # 34 ( 3,317 )
2011/01/31 # 57 ( 2,039 )
2011/02/07 # 94 ( 1,290 )
2011/02/14 # 110 ( 919 )
2011/02/21 # 118 ( 816 )
2011/02/28 # 180 ( 584 )
2011/03/07 # 224 ( 564 )
2011/03/14 # 185 ( 595 )
2011/03/21 # 237 ( 402 )
2011/03/28 # 291 ( 275 )
2011/04/11 # 204 ( 460 )
2011/06/13 # 293 ( 358 )

Total: 11,619

The Game
2011/07/04 # 95 ( 1,217 )
2011/07/11 # 209 ( 566 )

Total: 1,783

The Miracle
2011/10/03 # 102 ( 1,233 )

Total: 1,233

The Works
2011/10/03 # 93 ( 1,310 )

Total: 1,310

Sheer Heart Attack
2011/03/28 # 89 ( 976 )
2011/04/04 # 141 ( 652 )

Total: 1,628

Jazz
2011/07/04 # 90 ( 1,311 )
2011/07/11 # 194 ( 615 )

Total: 1,926

Deep Cuts 1977-1982
2011/07/18 # 293 ( 358 )

Total: 358

The Platinum Collection
2011/07/04 # 120 ( 1,036 )
2011/07/11 # 213 ( 536 )

Total: 1,572

Flash Gordon
2011/07/04 # 158 ( 833 )

Total: 833

Hot Space
2011/07/04 # 131 ( 968 )

Total: 968

Made in Heaven
2011/10/03 # 98 ( 1,265 )

Total: 1,265

A Day at the Races
2011/03/28 # 90 ( 936 )
2011/04/04 # 146 ( 631 )

Total: 1,567

News of the World
2011/07/04 # 85 ( 1,389 )
2011/07/11 # 168 ( 700 )

Total: 2,089

Queen
2011/03/28 # 87 ( 998 )
2011/04/04 # 144 ( 642 )

Total: 1,640

I think it is a total of 54,990 units while inside the Top 300. But perhaps about 100,000 copies altogether counting the whole year.

South Korea

And these were the best selling Western album in South Korea:

#5 Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things 11,872
#10 Queen - Greatest Hits I (2011 Remaster) 7,148
#11 Sarah Brightman - Diva : The Singles Collection 6,475
#13 The Beatles - 1 (Remastered) 6,105
#14 Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto 6,078
#19 The Beatles - 1 5,754
#20 Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby (Deluxe Version) 5,702
#22 Eagles - Hell Freezes Over 5,540
#24 Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans 5,052
#25 Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby 4,540
#28 Lady Gaga - Born This Way (International Special) 4,382
#30 Radiohead - The King of Limbs 4,177
#33 Queen - Greatest Hits II (2011 Remastered) 3,916
#38 Maroon 5 - Hands All Over (Korea Tour Edition) 3,612
#39 Michael Jackson - King Of Pop (Korean Limited Edition) 3,523

Similar to what I posted a month ago. "Greatest Hits II" was on 3,479 units by August, and kept selling during the last quarter to reach 3,916. In total, I think Queen sold 25,000 physical albums in 2011. I think, even if I could be wrong, that they were the best selling foreign album act of the year.
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