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Postby johnnyboy » Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:49 pm

UK singles

600,000 Denis
200,000 ...Presence Dear
250,000 Picture This
350,000 Hanging on the Telephone

1,180,000 heart of Glass
750,000 Sunday Girl
400,000 Dreaming
150,000 Union City Blue

535,000 Atomic
310,000 Call Me
685,000 the Tide is High
300,000 Rapture

150,000 Island of lost souls
427,000 Maria
100,000 Others

6.4m sales

UK albums

N/A Blondie
100,000+ Plastic letters
1,700,000+ Parallel lines
300,000+ Eat to the Beat
300,000+ AutoAmerican
300,000+ Best Of
100,000+ the Hunter
400,000 Atomix;Best Of
200,000 No Exit
n/A Greatest Hits(2002)
N/A The Curse of Blondie
100,000 Greatest hits; sight and Sound(2005)

see page 2 for MJ Dangerous's estimates of global sales.
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Postby borderwolf » Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:01 pm

Great thread, johnnyboy :D !
Curious to see U.S. sales!
And also other european countries...and Canada...and Asia...and Australia and New Zealand.....
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Postby johnnyboy » Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:15 pm

US Albums
1,120,000 + Parallel Lines
1,000,000 AutoAmerican
1,000,000 Eat to the Beat
2,000,000 Best Of
500,000 No Exit
34,000 The Curse of Blondie
85,000 Greatest Hits

US Singles
Heart of Glass
Call Me
The Tide is High
Rapture

All Million sellers
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Postby zeus555 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:08 pm

Hello,
Johnnyboy, with your, (estimated?), 1,120,000 USA Sales for, 'Parallel Lines', (a Number 6 USA Album), & 1,650,000 UK Sales, that gives that Album about 2.8 Million Sales between those 2 Countries - or 3 Million, if we want to be very generous.

It was not a Number 1 Album in most Countries - not even Top 3, in many. Despite this, it is repeated in Chart Book, after Chart Book, that it sold 20 Million Globally. I have yet to see any evidence that it sold 17 Million outside the UK & USA.

I hear that Erasure have a Single out, later in 2007, called, 'Sunday Girl'. I wonder if it is the Blondie Song?

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Postby borderwolf » Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:03 pm

German singles

1979 - Heart Of Glass - 1x Gold
2000 - Maria - 1x Platin
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Postby borderwolf » Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:17 pm

Nederland albums:
1978 - Plastic letters - 1x gold
1979 - Parallel lines - 1x gold

Nederland singles:
1978 - Denis - 1x gold
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Postby Blondini » Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:24 am

Surprised that Maria outsold Call Me and Dreaming.
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Postby Robbie » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:24 am

Maria was released when singles sales, especially for songs at the top end of the chart, were a lot higher. It sold 128,000 copies the week it entered the UK charts at #1, and 427,000 copies in total.
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Postby johnnyboy » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:26 am

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The UK figures for Parallel Lines are 1.7m from the OCC All Time Chart. The US figures are based on its platinum status(1,000,000) plus 120,000 sound Scan sales since 1991.

You're right that claim of 20 million worldwide sales is just rubbish.

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the Dreaming figure is a bit of an estimate. Maria sold around 400,000 in 1999 - which was actually high selling year for singles where the EOY Top 20 all sold 500,000+
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Postby MrShankly » Thu May 31, 2007 10:54 pm

Surprised that Union City Blue sold only 150k - although it was only a #13 hit 1979 was the top year ever for singles; also, it was just before Christmas when sales are usually even higher.
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Postby zeus555 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:29 am

Hello,
Just as I think that ABBA released the wrong Singles sometimes, I think that Blondie did at the end of 1979.

I know that, 'Union City Blue', was connected to a Movie, but the fact that it only reached Number 13 in the UK, shows that many people thought that it was not as good as their 3 previous 1979 UK Singles.

I would have made, 'Slow Motion', (off, 'Eat To The Beat'), the final Blondie Single of 1979. It was fast, catchy, & sing-a-long, & it would have a been a Top 3 UK Hit.

After all they had already had 2 Number 1 Hits in 1979, ('Heart Of Glass', & 'Sunday Girl'), & a Number 2 with, 'Dreaming'. Then came, 'Union City Blue', which was just not as commercial, or catchy, to most of the people who had bought, their previous 1979 Hits.

I love Blondie, & ABBA, & it was fun to see them follow each other at Number 1 in 1980 - 'The Tide Is High' was replaced at Number 1, by, 'Super Trouper', in November 1980. Both Songs have lyrics about a 'number one' in them.

'The Tide Is High' - 'I'm gonna be your number one'

'Super Trouper' - 'Feeling like a number one'

And when, 'Mamma Mia', by ABBA knocked, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', off the Number 1 spot, in January 1976, the Queen Hit had, 'mama mia', in its lyrics - odd coincidences!

However, I was gutted when, 'Heart of Glass', stopped 'Chiquitita', from getting to Number 1, in February 1979! (Holding the ABBA Hit at Number 2, for 2 Weeks, before it dropped).

Blondie wanted Benny & Bjorn to Produce them at one stage - in about 1979, or 1980 - but they said no, as they were busy working on ABBA Tracks.

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Postby bobcatbob » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:28 pm

Given the success of 'Sunday Girl' in the UK, 'Slow Motion' probably would have made a good single. They were almost sister songs from their respective albums, just as 'Heart Of Glass' and 'Atomic', and 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Dreaming' were.

I suppose 'Union City Blue' was the equivalent of 'Picture This' - the one that didn't quite measure up.

On the topic of could-have-been singles, I have always thought 'Angels On The Balcony' would have made a good third single from 'Autoamerican'. I think 'Walk Like Me' appeared briefly on 7-inch, but disappeared pretty quickly !

I wonder if there was any attempt to re-promote or re-release 'In The Flesh' from their first album after their UK breakthrough with 'Denis' ? 'In The Flesh' was their breakthrough hit in Australia in late 1977, and it was actually their first big hit anywhere I think. I believe it got as high as #2 or #3 in the Aussie charts.
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Postby borderwolf » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:32 pm

Sweden Single Certification:

1999 - Maria - 1x platinum
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Postby borderwolf » Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:04 pm

Hong Kong

1982 - Best Of Blondie - 1x gold - 10.000
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Postby Dane » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:33 pm

From ask Billboard this week:

That said, let's look at the 80's new wave acts you mention and see how well their recent output has fared.

Duran Duran's "Astronaut" is the best seller of the three you asked about. It has moved 260,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan since it was released in 2004. Last year's "Red Carpet Massacre" has shifted a disappointing 71,000 while 2000's "Pop Trash" has gone through a slim 44,000 copies. (I actually quite liked "Massacre," probably more than "Astronaut." However, it seems that the former album has been all but ignored by the masses.)

Depeche Mode's "Exciter," released in 2001, has done 430,000 while 2005's "Playing the Angel" has zipped through 419,000. As for the Cure, 2000's "Bloodflowers" has sold 300,000 while the band's 2004 self-titled set has sold 326,000.

"Everybody Loves a Happy Ending," Tears for Fears' 2004 album, has sold 99,000. Blondie's "No Exit" has sold 417,000 since it bowed in 1999 while "The Curse of Blondie" has sold a paltry 36,000.
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Postby Blondini » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:48 am

zeus555 wrote:Hello,
Just as I think that ABBA released the wrong Singles sometimes, I think that Blondie did at the end of 1979.

I know that, 'Union City Blue', was connected to a Movie, but the fact that it only reached Number 13 in the UK, shows that many people thought that it was not as good as their 3 previous 1979 UK Singles.

I would have made, 'Slow Motion', (off, 'Eat To The Beat'), the final Blondie Single of 1979. It was fast, catchy, & sing-a-long, & it would have a been a Top 3 UK Hit.

After all they had already had 2 Number 1 Hits in 1979, ('Heart Of Glass', & 'Sunday Girl'), & a Number 2 with, 'Dreaming'. Then came, 'Union City Blue', which was just not as commercial, or catchy, to most of the people who had bought, their previous 1979 Hits.

I love Blondie, & ABBA, & it was fun to see them follow each other at Number 1 in 1980 - 'The Tide Is High' was replaced at Number 1, by, 'Super Trouper', in November 1980. Both Songs have lyrics about a 'number one' in them.

'The Tide Is High' - 'I'm gonna be your number one'

'Super Trouper' - 'Feeling like a number one'

And when, 'Mamma Mia', by ABBA knocked, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', off the Number 1 spot, in January 1976, the Queen Hit had, 'mama mia', in its lyrics - odd coincidences!

However, I was gutted when, 'Heart of Glass', stopped 'Chiquitita', from getting to Number 1, in February 1979! (Holding the ABBA Hit at Number 2, for 2 Weeks, before it dropped).

Blondie wanted Benny & Bjorn to Produce them at one stage - in about 1979, or 1980 - but they said no, as they were busy working on ABBA Tracks.

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Union City Blue is a classic- the sister song of Dreaming. Had it ben released in January it would have been top ten- it was just the busy Christmas period as ever, when loads of quality singles underperform- Deborah's Brite Side only got to #59 at Christmas despite being possibly her fans' best-loved solo song.

Virtually anything from Eat To The Beat would have made a good single (apart from Victor).
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Postby johnnyboy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:32 am

I think Union City Blue was a good song too. Just because a single doesn't perform as well as expected doesn't necessarily mean it was a mistake to release it...and it certainly doesn't mean the song was inferior.

I think ABBA were unlucky with relesasing Chiquitita at the same time as Blondie's million selling Heart of Glass.
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Postby bobcatbob » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:53 am

I think it's a great song too, but 'Slow Motion' could well have been a bigger hit - more commercial and easier to relate to. Speaking of alternative ETTB singles, 'The Hardest Part' was a minor hit in the States.

I bought a nice collection recently - 2 CDs (Greatest Hits & Parallel Lines) and a DVD (Greatest Hits) packaged together. I always liked the video as well, nice to see it (and the others) again !
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Postby borderwolf » Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:44 pm

21.700.000 copies sold world-wide for Parallel Lines?
Is it right?

http://www.inthe70s.com/generated/toptenalbums54.shtml
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Postby borderwolf » Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:53 pm

borderwolf wrote:21.700.000 copies sold world-wide for Parallel Lines?
Is it right?

http://www.inthe70s.com/generated/toptenalbums54.shtml
20.000.000 according their web-site
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Postby bobcatbob » Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:46 am

See Zeus's earlier post in this thread about how implausibe world sales of 20 million are, especially when they never really made it as an album act in the States, and have not had much catalogue sales for their original albums.

As fond of them as I am, it's hard to see how Parallel Lines sold any more than 5-6 million worldwide.
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Postby borderwolf » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:27 am

20.000.000 is surely exaggerated
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Postby borderwolf » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:03 pm

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23. (NY) 1 Blondie
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Postby nelson » Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:22 pm

borderwolf wrote:20.000.000 is surely exaggerated
I agree, it's exaggerated.
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Postby Wayne » Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:25 pm

So in reality, they haven't sold more than 20 million albums worldwide? :o
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