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    by 07-06-05, 13:09

    I know that the two fastest selling albums ( first week of release)in uk areasis be here now 695,761 copies and dido life for rent 400,351 copies. Could anybody post a most comprehensive list of the fastest selling albums in UK ? Thank you.

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    by 07-06-05, 13:13

    # 3 is Robbie Williams Greatest Hits with 350k

    Coldplay is a big contender to enter the list this week.

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    by 07-06-05, 13:23

    No, # 3 is U2 with Rattle & Hum - 360,000 in first week.

    Btw : Oasis' Morning Glory also did 350,000 in first week.

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    by 07-06-05, 13:47

    How much did the Spice Girls albulms sell 1st week must have been something of around or over 300K.Whats The Story Morning Glory sold 347,000 copies 1st week and Robbie sold 320,081 copies 1st week Hear Say sold over 300K also 1st week.
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    by 07-06-05, 13:48

    Oasis be here now did 345,000 day1,696,000 day3 and 813,000 day 7.
    I'm mad fer it!

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    by 07-06-05, 14:32

    696K in 3 days really was amazing. Can't see anyone ever beating that (Coldplay? not a chance!!), no-ones come even close...ever - Noel & Liam were definately mad fer it back then!!

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    by 07-06-05, 14:56

    How much did Parcahutes and A rush of blood do in first wk?

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    by 07-06-05, 14:58

    A Rush of Blood to the head sold 274,000 copies 1st week i dont know about Parachutes somewhere in the 150,200K range.
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    by 08-06-05, 01:33

    Since 1995...

    1. BE HERE NOW Oasis 813,000
    2. LIFE FOR RENT Dido 400,351
    3. MORNING GLORY Oasis 347,000
    4. BY REQUEST Boyzone 329,000
    5. GREATEST HITS Robbie Williams 320,084
    6. NO.1s Beatles 319,000
    7. FAT OF THE LAND Prodigy 317,000
    8. SING WHEN YOUR WINNING Robbie Williams 313,000
    9. STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS Oasis 311,000
    10. POPSTARS Hear Say 306,631
    11. SWING WHEN YOUR WINNING Robbie Williams 295,024
    12. LIFE Simply Red 290,000
    13. OLDER George Michael 281,000
    14. GREATEST HITS Take That 280,000
    15. PATIENCE George Michael 274,816
    16. RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD Coldplay 273,924
    17. ROBSON & JEROME Robson & Jerome 268,000
    18. ESCAPOLOGY Robbie Williams 264,104
    19. URBAN HYMNS Verve 250,054
    20. G4 G4 244,671
    21. DONT BELIEVE THE TRUTH Oasis 237,865
    22. FEELS LIKE HOME Norah Jones 235,890
    23. COAST TO COAST Westlife 234,767
    24. HEATHEN CHEMISTRY Oasis 230,551
    25. EMINEM SHOW Eminem 228,297
    26. BORN TO DO IT Craig David 225,000
    27. NOBODY ELSE Take That 225,000
    28. FRIDAYS CHILD Will Young 201,900
    29. HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB 200,863
    30. MONSTER REM 200,00

    Thanks to fiesta at HavenForum

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    by 08-06-05, 08:46

    Great list - thanx.

    ps - you say the list is "Since 1995" but REM's Monster was actually released at end of Sept 1994.

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    by 08-06-05, 13:08

    spiceworld did 190k and forever 70k, dont know about the first album, but it was definetely lower then 300k.

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    by 08-06-05, 20:18

    I'm sorry to dissapoint the Oasis fans, but "Be Here Now" really did only sell 695k in it's first week. That's the official figure and was mentioned in this week's NME in an article about Coldplay's projected sales.

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    by 08-06-05, 20:50

    Thats the figure for first week in the charts not first week of sales.

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    by 08-06-05, 21:27

    Quote Originally Posted by Intervention
    I'm sorry to dissapoint the Oasis fans, but "Be Here Now" really did only sell 695k in it's first week. That's the official figure and was mentioned in this week's NME in an article about Coldplay's projected sales.
    That info was also published in the Sun newspaper today but it isn't totally accurate 'cos I can assure you that Be Here Now DID sell 696K in 3 days (800K in 7 days). I can also promise you that U2's 1988 album, Rattle & Hum, sold 360,000 in it's first week & so should be in 3rd place on the all time list (it's not on that NME/Sun top 10 list at all!). This record stood UNTILL Oasis released Morning Glory or Be Here Now - I'm not exactly sure which but it must have been Be Here Now if Morning Glory sold 347,000.

    Also, U2's Joshua Tree sold 235,000 in it's first week in 1987, this was also the record up untill this point. I think Michael Jackson's Bad then broke this record the same year - but I'm not totally sure about this.

    The problem is that this top 10 list, from NME/Sun, disregards albums from the 60's, 70's & 80's when sales data was :

    a) not so readily available.
    b) probably compiled by a different organisation to OCC or whoever provided this info to NME/Sun.

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    by 08-06-05, 23:15

    Quote Originally Posted by Intervention
    I'm sorry to dissapoint the Oasis fans, but "Be Here Now" really did only sell 695k in it's first week. That's the official figure and was mentioned in this week's NME in an article about Coldplay's projected sales.
    It sold that in its first three days - the album was released on a Thursday and the 696k figure are the sales up to the Saturday (ie its first chart week sales). Adding in sales from Sunday to Wednesday of its second chart week adds up to 813,000 for its first full week on sale.

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    by 09-06-05, 10:57

    No doubt Oasis has a huge fan base.

    What's The Story (Morning Glory) - 347,000
    Be Here Now - 813,000
    Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants - 311,00
    Heathen Chemisty - 230,551
    Don't Believe The Truth - 237,865

    I don't know what Definately Maybe sold but wasn't it the fastest selling debut of all time?

    Its good to see that DBTT outsold Heathen Chemistry and thus stopping the slump.

    But most importantly Does anyone know the total sales for each album?

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    by 09-06-05, 11:15

    I don't have the exact figures but I can give a pretty good estimate :

    Def. Maybe : 2.1M (recently certified 7xPlat)
    Morning Glory : 4.4M (recently certified 14xPlat)
    Be Here Now : 1.8M (still 6xPlat, 1520M sold in 1997, 138K sold in 1998, not a big catalogue seller)
    The Masterplan : 500K (certified Plat but 376K sold in 1998 + 88K sold in 1999)
    SOTSOG : 600K (still certified 2xPlat, 541K sold in 2000, not a big catalogue seller)
    Familiar To Millions : 200K (still certified gold, 147K sold in 2000)
    Heathen Chemistry : 1M (999,961 sold by end of last week, 3xPlat)
    DBTT : 350K (237K sold in 1st week)
    Total = 11M (est) albums sold in UK to date.

    I'm fairly certain Def. Maybe was the fastest selling debut up till that point : I think it did 150K in first week.

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    by 09-06-05, 14:17

    I Hope someone can give us exact sales info on Oasis, cuz until now I only know about Heathen chemistry (999,961), it doesn't need to be until this week

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    by 09-06-05, 14:39

    Also, U2's Joshua Tree sold 235,000 in it's first week in 1987, this was also the record up untill this point. I think Michael Jackson's Bad then broke this record the same year - but I'm not totally sure about this.
    Bad of Michael Jackson first week at #1 with 380,000 copies.

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    by 09-06-05, 14:51

    Quote Originally Posted by pierpinto
    Bad of Michael Jackson first week at #1 with 380,000 copies.
    Seriously? Where'd you get this figure?

    That would put Bad 3rd on the all time list above U2's Rattle & Hum.

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    by 09-06-05, 15:19

    i'm pretty sure that Mg has sold more like 4.3million.

    they took a while to certify it 14xplatinum.
    I'm mad fer it!

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    by 09-06-05, 15:40

    Quote Originally Posted by edge3
    Quote Originally Posted by pierpinto
    Bad of Michael Jackson first week at #1 with 380,000 copies.
    Seriously? Where'd you get this figure?

    That would put Bad 3rd on the all time list above U2's Rattle & Hum.
    Errata Corrige

    350,000 copies

    from this list that i have find time ago

    HIStory OF RECORDS CONCERNED TO MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON
    (last updated by July 2000)


    Before acquaintance with the following records list, please
    note:

    Records in the list are tracked by years of appearing.
    In each year records are sorted by time from the year's beginning to the its end.
    Real quantity of records may vary because of initial data changing.
    All records are actual if expiring is not specified.
    All records are global if another region is not specified.
    Hundreds of local records are not included in the list. USA and UK, sometimes Germany and Japan are the only subjects of
    local records here.
    All figures mentioned here are approximate and some of those may be outdated.
    Every income figures are given in United States of America dollars ($) in amount announced in appropriate year.
    The list will be updated periodically to follow the new records and initial data changes.



    2000:
    - the most quantity of records concerned to a person listed ever
    in Guinness Book of Worldwide Records:
    10 - Guinness Book of Worldwide Records 2000/Millenium Edition;
    - the biggest selling international (outside USA) album of
    90s/decade:
    "Dangerous" - 20 million international retail sales;
    - the second biggest selling international album of all time:
    "Dangerous" - 20 million international retail sales, after
    "Thriller" 27 million copies internationally sold at retail;
    - the biggest selling international artist/group of 90s/decade:
    Michael Jackson - more than 70 million albums internationally
    sold;
    - the biggest selling artist/group of decade:
    Michael Jackson - 123 million records, including 95 million
    albums were sold at retail this decade;
    - the biggest selling male solo album of 90s/decade:
    "Dangerous" - 26 million copies sold at retail with total
    shipments about 30 million copies worldwide;
    - the biggest selling rock song of 90s/decade:
    "Black Or White" - 5 million copies worldwide;
    - the most copied song of 90s/decade:
    "Black Or White" - 53 million copies worldwide (30 million shipt
    with "Dangerous" album, 18 million shipt with "HIStory - Past,
    Present and Future - Book I" and 5 million singles were sold at
    retail);
    - the most copied rock song of 90s/decade:
    "Black Or White" - 53 million copies worldwide;
    - the second most copied rock song ever:
    "Black Or White" - 53 million copies worldwide. It is second
    result to "Beat It" - 76 million copies (56 million shipt with
    "Thriller", 18 million shipt with "HIStory - Past, Present and
    Future - Book I" and about 2 million singles sold at retail)
    - the third biggest selling male solo album of 90s/decade:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" - 15 million
    copies at retail (18 million wholesale shipt);
    - the biggest selling boxed set/double album of 90s/decade:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" - 15 million
    copies at retail (18 million wholesale shipt);


    1999:
    - the biggest price ever paid for award on auction:
    $1,542,500 - paid by Michael Jackson for the best picture Oscar
    for "Gone With The Wind".
    The previous record set in 1996, was US$ 607,500 for an Oscar
    won by Clark Gable for the film 'It Happened One Night';
    - the most hits for a single online broadcast:
    10 million; "Michael Jackson and Friends"
    Munich charity concert; expired;
    - largest number of charity organizations supported by a singer:
    39 - Michael Jackson supported 39 charity organizations, either
    by donations to support their projects or by participating in
    their anonymous auctions. Amongst these organizations are: AIDS
    Project L.A., American Cancer Society, BMI Foundation, Inc.,
    Childhelp USA, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), YMCA - 28th
    Street/Crenshaw, The Sickle Cell Research Foundation and
    Volunteers of America;


    1998:
    - the biggest selling remix album of all time:
    "Blood On The Dance Floor/HIStory In The Mix", 4.6 million
    copies;
    - the most quantity of artist/group's records sold
    during album promotion campaign ever:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" has brought up to
    65 million records: 54 million albums and 11 million singles;
    - the biggest music industry project ever:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" has brought about
    $1.1 billion to music industry;
    - the biggest music industry artist/group project ever:
    Michael Jackson - more than $5 billion total industry income;
    - the biggest investment contract by artist/group ever:
    $1.5 billion investments in 50% of Jackson-Barden Enterprises
    Worldwide;


    1997:
    - the most international artist ever:
    100 million albums outside USA - the first and the only
    achievement;
    - the biggest attendance on Wembley Stadium:
    1 million for 15 shows from 1988 to 1997. UK;
    - the biggest artist/group tour in Germany ever:
    "HIStory World Tour", attendance - 650 thousand. Germany;
    - the biggest artist/group tour ever:
    "HIStory World Tour", attendance - 4.5 million; expired;
    - the biggest selling remix album in UK:
    "Blood On The Dance Floor/HIStory In The Mix", more than 500
    thousand copies. UK;
    -- the second biggest entertainment-concerned charity act ever:
    "Diana Tribute" two disc boxed set - $84 million. Michael
    Jackson contributed "Gone Too Soon" song for the boxed set;


    1996:
    - the biggest award show TV-audience in UK ever:
    16 million viewers - "Brit Awards". Michael Jackson was present
    at the awards ceremony and performed. UK;
    - the biggest selling box set/double album of all time:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I", 11 million copies
    sold to early 1996;
    - the biggest selling box set/double album of all time in UK:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I", 1.1 million
    copies sold to early 1996. UK;
    - the most expensive video of all time:
    "Ghosts" - undisclosed figure;
    - the longest video ever:
    "Ghosts" - 39 minutes long;
    - the most World Music Awards for am artist/group in one year:
    5 categories - "Best Selling Record of All Time" (Thriller),
    "Best Selling Male Artist of 1995", "Best Selling American
    Artist", "Best Selling R&B Artist", and "Best Selling Artist
    ever";
    - the biggest stage and best characteristics ever to
    provide tour performances:
    "HIStory World Tour"; partially expired;
    - the most expensive concert outfit:
    "HIStory World Tour" - undisclosed figure;


    1995:
    - most expensive album promotion campaign in history:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" - Jackson's record
    company Sony reportedly spend US$ 40 million on the release of
    the album in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Japan,
    South Africa and the Netherlands. Amongst the promotional
    campaigns was a 9.1 m high, inflatable statue of the star on the
    Tower Records building in Hollywood (USA), a huge sign at the
    Times Square, New York City (USA), and another statue which was
    floating down the Themse in London (GB) on a barge;
    - the most expensive album cover image ever:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" - $1 million;
    - the most expensive video of all time:
    "Scream" - around $7 million; expired in 1996 with "Ghosts"
    video;
    - highest debut of a song on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles
    Charts:
    #5 - "Scream". Michael Jackson thus broke a 25-year old record
    set by The Beatles, whose single "Let It Be" debuted at #6 in
    1970; expired only weeks later by Michael Jackson's own single
    "You Are Not Alone" which debuted at #1. USA;
    - the fastest selling box set/double album ever:
    "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I" - 7.5 million
    copies were sold within the first 37 days;
    - highest debut of a song on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles
    Charts ever:
    "You Are Not Alone" - #1. USA;
    - longest period between first and last #1 hit in the career of
    a solo artist on the US charts in history:
    22 years and 11 months - Michael Jackson had his first #1 hit as
    a solo artist in October 1972 with "Ben" and his last #1 song
    was "You Are Not Alone" in September 1995. Before his first solo
    #1 Jackson furthermore had 4 #1 hits as the lead singer of The
    Jackson 5. The first #1 of the group was "I Want You Back" in
    1970 - that summarizes a time period of unbelievable 25 years.
    USA;
    - the biggest music publishing deal ever:
    merging of Michael Jackson's ATV Publishing and Sony Publishing
    in Sony/ATV Publishing with equal share and total cost up to $1
    billion. Michael Jackson was paid $110 million for this
    transaction;
    - the biggest earnings of artist in one year:
    at least $120 million from sales of Michael Jackson's records;
    - most quantity of an artist/group's albums sold in one year
    ever:
    30 million - Michael Jackson;


    1994:
    - the biggest selling male solo album of decade:
    "Dangerous" - 23 million copies sold at retail worldwide;
    - the biggest selling international album of decade:
    "Dangerous" - 17 million copies outside USA at retail;
    - the most quantity of artist/group records sold during album
    promotion campaign ever:
    "Dangerous" has brought 57 million records: 40 million albums
    and 17 million singles; expired with "HIStory - Past, Present
    and Future - Book I" box set campaign ending in 1997;


    1993:
    - the biggest TV audience ever:
    "US Super Bowl XXVII" (January 1993) - 133.4 million viewers.
    Michael Jackson performed a spectacular half-time show at the
    event. USA;
    - the biggest TV talk show audience ever:
    "Michael Jackson talks to... Oprah" - 100 million. USA;
    - the #4 biggest TV audience ever:
    "Michael Jackson talks to... Oprah" - 100 million. USA;
    - largest number of singles released ever from an
    album ever:
    "Dangerous" - 9 singles: "Black Or White", "Remember The Time",
    "In The Closet", "Who Is It", "Jam", "Heal The World", "Give In
    To Me", "Will You Be There", "Gone Too Soon";
    - the biggest quantity of singles sold during album promotion:
    17 million copies - "Dangerous" album promotion (9 singles);
    - the biggest artist/group tour in Mexico:
    "Dangerous World Tour" - 5 shows with more than 500 thousand
    attendance and $12 million income. Mexico;
    - the second biggest entertainment-concerned charity act ever:
    around $70 million of net income from "Dangerous World Tour";
    expired with 1997' "Diana Tribute" project, in which Michael
    Jackson contributed "Gone Too Soon" song for the boxed set;
    - largest deal in music publishing history:
    administration of ATV Publishing (Michael Jackson's music
    catalogue) was moved from MCA Music to EMI Music Publishing for
    reportedly US$ 200 million - with an up-front payment of US$ 100
    million;
    expired in 1995 with ATV-Sony deal;


    1992:
    - the biggest selling rock song single ever:
    "Black Or White" - 5 million copies;
    - the most expensive video outfit:
    "Remember The Time" - undisclosed figure;
    - the biggest stage and best characteristics ever to
    provide tour performances:
    "Dangerous World Tour"; expired;
    - the biggest cable TV audience:
    "Dangerous World Tour" concert from Budapest, approximately 250
    million;
    - the most paid concert ever:
    "Dangerous World Tour" concert from Budapest - $20 million paid
    by HBO;
    - the biggest selling artist of al time:
    300 million records combined to late 1992;
    - best-selling album of 1992:
    "Dangerous";


    1991:
    - the most expensive outfit's element:
    Michael Jackson's glove - $29 thousand;
    - the most worth artist/group ever:
    around $3 billion - estimated by Sony Corporation [Japan] during
    negotiating with MJJ Productions; profits and risks from release
    of six albums were considered;
    - the biggest entertainment contract ever:
    $890 million - between MJJ Productions/Mijac Music/MJJ
    Ventures/Optimum Production and Epic Records Group/Sony Music
    Entertainment/Sony Corporation [Japan]/Warner Timerlane/Warner
    Chappell). It is about 15 years, six-albums and films. Michael
    Jackson received a US$ 18 million payment in advance for the
    forthcoming album plus US$ 5 million bonus for each album.
    Furthermore he will receive US$ 1 million per year being the CEO
    of his own record label, Nation Records;
    - the most paid artist/group ever:
    at least 25% is from sales;
    - the biggest audience ever to view a music video:
    "Black Or White" - around 500 million during its first worldwide
    broadcast on November, 11 of 1991;
    - highest-climbing single on the US Billboard Pop Singles charts
    since "Let It Be" by The Beatles:
    "Black Or White" - it climbed from #35 to #3. In 1970 "Let It
    Be" climbed to #2. USA;
    - shortest time-period to reach #1 on the US Pop Singles charts:
    3 weeks - "Black Or White". The single sold 500,00 copies within
    this time period. The single thus equals The Beatles' "Get It
    Back" which reached #1 that quickly in 1969. USA;
    - highest airplay of a music video on MTV:
    "Black Or White". USA;
    - fastest-selling album in GB in history:
    "Dangerous" - more than 200,000 copies sold in 3 shopping days
    (estimation by Sony Music Entertainment). UK;
    - the fastest selling album of all time:
    "Dangerous" - 14 million copies were sold within the first 37
    days after the album's release;
    - first and only artist/group in history to have #1 hits on the
    US Billboard charts in the '70s, '80s and '90s:
    Michael Jackson. USA;
    - first and only voice in history to be in #1 hits on the US
    Billboard charts in the four decades: 7th (1961-1970), 8th
    (1971-1980), 9th (1981-1990), 10th (1991-2000):
    Michael Jackson. USA;


    1990:
    - the biggest selling artist/group of decade:
    100 million Epic solo records sold during 80s (excluding
    Motown's records);
    - the biggest selling album of 80s/decade:
    "Thriller" - 41 million copies sold at retail;
    - the second biggest selling album of 80s/decade:
    "Bad" - 21 million copies sold at retail;
    - the most copied song of 80s/decade:
    "Billie Jean" - 44 million copies (41 million in "Thriller"
    album and about 3 million singles);
    - the most copied rock song of 80s/decade:
    "Beat It" - 43 million copies (41 million in "Thriller" album
    and about 2 million singles);
    - highest price paid for a painting in the world of subject
    still living ever:
    $2.1 million - paid by Hiromichi Saeki Corp. for
    Brett-Livingstone Strong's painting "The Book" - a painting of
    Michael Jackson;
    - the most quantity of #1 hits of the '80s in USA:
    10 - "Rock With You", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Say, Say, Say",
    "We Are The World", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The
    Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", "Dirty Diana". USA;


    1989:
    - the biggest artist/group's tour ever:
    "Bad World Tour" - 4.4 million attendance; expired with "HIStory
    World Tour" in 1997;
    - the biggest earnings from tour ever:
    "Bad World Tour" - $125 million; expired;
    - highest-paid entertainer of 1989 by "Forbes" magazine:
    Michael Jackson - estimated earnings of $125 million;
    - the most expensive sponsoring project:
    "Bad World Tour" for Pepsi Co. - $10 million; expired with $12
    million for "Dangerous World Tour"in 1993;
    - the biggest selling music video ever:
    "Moonwalker" - 2 million copies;
    - the biggest selling music video ever in USA:
    "Moonwalker" - 700 thousand copies. Within 2 weeks after its
    release "Moonwalker" outsells "The Making Of Thriller" which was
    the best-selling music video beforehand. Thus Michael Jackson
    has the #1 and had #2 spot in this category. USA;
    - first artist with 3 consecutive albums that spent a hundred or
    more weeks on the charts in GB:
    With "Off The Wall", "Thriller" and "Bad" Michael is the 5th
    artist (after The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Phil Collins and
    U2) to achieve this goal. The Dire Straits are leading in this
    category with 5 such albums. UK;
    - most hits from a single album ever:
    9 - "Bad" album: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way
    You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", Dirty Diana", "Another
    Part Of Me", "Smooth Criminal", "Leave Me Alone", "Liberian
    Girl";
    - the second biggest selling album of all time:
    "Bad" - 20 million copies to 1990; expired;
    - the biggest selling artist's album of all time in UK:
    "Bad", 3.2 million copies to 1989. UK;


    1988:
    - highest grossing at the Kemper Arena, Kansas City (USA):
    $700,000 - for 2 sell-out concerts (February 23 and 24) during
    the "Bad World Tour". The previous record was held by Elvis
    Presley with US$ 500,000. USA;
    - first advertisements to be aired in the Soviet Union (USSR;
    now Russian Federation as assignee):
    Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercials. USSR;
    - the most-watched commercial in advertising history:
    "Chase," a four-part Pepsi ad featuring Michael Jackson in his
    first-ever episodic commercial, airs during the Grammy awards;
    - the most expensive rights on book publishing:
    $5-15 million paid by Doubleday Publishing to Michael Jackson
    for autobiographical book "The Moonwalk";
    - first artist to have 3 albums in the USA with sales of more
    than 6 million copies each:
    Michael Jackson - "Off The Wall", "Thriller", and "Bad". USA;
    - fastest-selling video in GB in history:
    "Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues...". UK;
    - highest figure paid to a commercial spokesperson in history:
    $12-15 million - paid by Pepsi Co. in March 1988 to do four TV
    commercials;
    - most concert dates played at the Wembley Stadium, London (GB)
    ever:
    7 - "Bad World Tour" (July 14-16, 22-23). The sell-out concerts
    were attended by 504,000 people. UK;
    - most successful concert series in history:
    Total attendance: 504,000 - achieved during 7 "Bad World Tour"
    concerts in a row at the "Wembley Stadium", London (GB) (July
    14-16, 22-23). UK;
    - highest concert attendance at Aintree Raceground, Liverpool
    (GB) ever:
    125,000 people - Michael Jackson's "Bad World Tour" concert. UK;
    - largest tour in GB in history:
    "Bad World Tour" with a total attendance of over 800,000
    people - grossing more than 13 million Pounds. UK;
    - highest quantity of #1 consecutive hits from one album on the
    US Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts:
    5 - "Bad" album: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way
    You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", "Dirty Diana". USA;
    expired;
    - highest quantity of #1 consecutive hits on the US Billboard
    Hot 100 Singles charts:
    6 - "We Are The World", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad",
    "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", "Dirty Diana".
    USA;
    - first artist to have 4 #1 singles from one album in history of
    USA:
    from "Bad" - "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You
    Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror"
    Only the soundtrack album "Saturday Night Fever" was also able
    to release 4 #1 singles. USA;
    - highest quantity of #1 consecutive hits on the US Black
    Singles charts from one album:
    5 - Michael Jackson's "Bad" & Janet Jackson's "Control". USA;
    - highest number of #1 hits on the US Black Singles charts in
    history:
    9 - Michael Jackson. USA;
    - longest time period in history that an album spends on the Top
    Five of the US Billboard Pop Album charts in history:
    "Bad" - 38 weeks. This breaks a previous record of 26 weeks
    which was held by The Eagles ("Hotel California"). USA;
    - highest-paid entertainer of 1988 by "Forbes" magazine:
    $97 million;


    1987:
    - the most quantity of orders-in-advance for an album ever:
    "Bad" - undisclosed figure; expired;
    - fastest-selling album in GB in history:
    "Bad" - 350,000 copies sold in 5 shopping days;expired with
    "Dangerous" in 1991. UK;

    - the longest video ever:
    "Bad" - 18 minutes; expired with Meat Loaf's video (28 minutes)
    in 1996 and further by "Ghosts" (39 minutes);
    - highest number of countries where an album reached #1:
    25 countries - "Bad";
    - largest attendance at the Tokyo Dome (Tokyo/Japan):
    "Bad World Tour" (December 9-11, 17-19, 24-26). Attendance was
    reported to be four times greater than for any other tour;
    Japan;
    - the biggest artist/group's tour ever in Japan:
    "Bad World Tour" - 450 thousand in 14 concerts. Japan;
    - best-selling album of 1987:
    "Bad";


    1986:
    - the most expensive video/movie per minute ever:
    "Captain Eo" - $30 million for 17 minutes film;


    1985:
    - the fastest selling single of all time:
    "We Are The World" - 800 thousand copies were sold in the first
    week of release. USA; expired;
    - the biggest selling single of all time:
    "We Are The World" - more than 6 million copies; expired;
    - the biggest entertainment-concerning charity act ever:
    "We Are The World" - $60 million raised. The biggest
    result ever taking into account inflation - equal to $90m for
    1999;
    - the biggest selling music video in UK ever:
    "The Making Of Thriller" - 130 thousand copies to 1985. UK;
    expired with "Moonwalker" in 1989;
    - the biggest selling music video ever:
    "The Making Of Thriller" - 1 million copies to 1985; expired
    with "Moonwalker" in 1989;
    - second best-selling group in history:
    "The Jacksons" - about 100 million records sold to 1985. Only
    "The Beatles" sold more records; expired;


    1984:
    - largest number of American Music Awards for an artist in one
    year in history:
    8 - Award of Merit, Favourite Pop Album ("Thriller"), Favourite
    Soul Album ("Thriller"), Favourite Pop Single ("Billie Jean"),
    Favourite Pop Video ("Beat It"), Favourite Soul Video ("Beat
    It"), Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Soul Male
    Vocalist. USA;
    - youngest artist to receive the American Music Awards of Merit
    in history:
    Age: 25. USA;
    - the least number of week needed to reach the US Billboard Hot
    100 Singles Charts Top Ten:
    "Thriller" single ties with John Lennon's "Imagine" (1971) - 2
    weeks. USA; expired finally with 1995's "You Are Not Alone";
    - most Grammy awards and nominations for an artist in a single
    year in history:
    8 and 12, respectively. Awards: Album Of The Year ("Thriller"),
    Best Pop Male Vocal (""Thriller"), Record Of The Year ("Beat
    It"), Best Rock Male Vocal ("Beat It"), Best R&B Male Vocal
    ("Billie Jean"), Best New Song Of The Year ("Billie Jean"),
    Producer Of The Year (Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones), Best
    Children's Recording ("E.T. : The Extra Terrestrial");
    - first artist/group to receive both the NARM Gift Of Music
    Awards for "Best Selling Album" and "Best Selling Single" ever:
    "Thriller" album and "Billie Jean" single, respectively. USA;
    - the most expensive artist/group's advertising contract ever:
    Pepsi Co. - undisclosed figure; expired with 1988' and 1991'
    Michael Jackson's contracts;
    - record attendance at the Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
    (Missouri/ USA):
    attendance: 135,000 - during 3 sold-out shows of the "Victory
    Tour" (The Jacksons). The previous record was 58,000 (1977).
    USA;
    - fastest-selling tickets in New York (USA):
    The Jackson's Victory concerts dates at Giants Stadium (July
    29-31) and Madison Square Garden (August 4-5) - 165,000 tickets
    were sold in less than 9 hours. USA; expired;
    - best-selling tour tickets:
    1.1 million tickets for The Jackson's "Victory" tour sold in
    just 2 months; expired;
    - first human-being to receive 2 stars on the Walk of Fame in
    history:
    Michael Jackson - one as a member of The Jacksons, one as a solo
    artist. USA;
    - the biggest stage and best characteristics ever to
    provide tour performances:
    The Jacksons' "Victory Tour"; expired;
    - highest-grossing concert tour ever:
    The Jacksons' "Victory" tour -$75-90 million; expired;
    - the biggest selling album of all time:
    "Thriller" - 30 million copies;
    - the biggest selling album of all time in USA:
    "Thriller" - 18 million copies. USA; expired;
    - the biggest artist/group's single advertising contract:
    LA Gear - $20 million;
    - highest quantity of singles from an album that reached the US
    Billboard Pop Singles charts Top Ten:
    7 - " The Girl Is Mine", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna Be
    Startin' Somethin'", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T", "Thriller". The
    previous record had been 4 Top Ten singles. USA;
    - longest time period that an album by an artist - which is no
    soundtrack - spends on the US Pop Contemporary Album charts in
    history:
    37 weeks - "Thriller". Thus it beats the record established by
    Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso". Only soundtrack albums stayed
    on the #1 spot longer than "Thriller": "The Broadway Cast Album
    For South Pacific" (69 weeks) and "West Side Story" (54 weeks).
    USA;
    - best-selling album of 1984:
    "Thriller";


    1983:
    - first album in history to be #1 on the charts in USA and GB
    simultaneously:
    "Thriller". USA, UK;
    - first song/single in history to be #1 on the US Billboard's
    Rock Albums, Rock Singles as well as R&B Albums and R&B Singles
    charts simultaneously:
    "Billie Jean" single. USA;
    - the youngest artist to have 10 million copies of one
    album sold in USA:
    Michael Jackson, 25 years. USA; expired;
    - the youngest male artist to have 10 million copies of one
    album sold in USA:
    Michael Jackson, 25 years. USA;
    - the most expensive video ever:
    "Thriller" - $800 thousand; expired;
    - the longest video ever:
    "Thriller" - 14 minutes; expired with "Bad" in 1987;
    - the most quantity of awards and nominations to
    artist/group ever:
    more than 50 certifications in one year;
    - the most quantity of songs of an artist in US Billboard
    Singles charts Top Ten in single year:
    7 songs - "The Girl Is Mine", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna
    Be Startin' Somethin'", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T", "Say, Say,
    Say". USA;
    - first and only album in history to start and end a year at #1
    of the US Billboard Album charts:
    "Thriller"; USA;
    - best-selling album of 1983:
    "Thriller";


    1980:
    - first solo artist to release 4 Top Ten singles from one album
    in the USA:
    Michael Jackson - "Off The Wall": "Don't Stop 'Til You Get
    Enough", "Off The Wall", "Rock With You", "She's Out Of My
    Life". USA;
    - first artist to release 5 Top Ten singles from one album in
    GB:
    Michael Jackson - "Off The Wall": "Don't Stop 'Til You Get
    Enough", "Off The Wall", "Rock With You", "She's Out Of My Life,
    "Girlfriend". UK;


    1973:
    - first black group to tour Australia in history:
    Jackson 5; Australia;


    1972:
    - the youngest artist ever to have Billboard awards:
    Michael Jackson - 2 awards. USA;
    - record attendance at the Liverpool Empire's (GB):
    Jackson 5 - during their first tour in GB. The record had
    previously been held by "The Beatles". UK;


    1970:
    - the youngest voice to be on #1 hit in USA:
    "I Want You Back" - a Jackson 5 song. Michael was 11 years and 5
    months old. USA;
    - the first artist/group to have their first three releases go
    to #1 hits on the USA charts:
    Jackson 5. "I Want You Back", "ABC" and "The Love You Save".
    USA;
    - the first artist/group to have four consecutive #1 hits in
    USA:
    Jackson 5. "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and
    "I'll Be There". USA;
    - the fastest selling newcomer group ever:
    Jackson 5. USA - 10 million records in the first year; expired;
    - the biggest selling group of 1970:
    Jackson 5 - more than 10 million records sold at retail
    worldwide;


    1999-2000, Compiled by Denis Raphael Solyahoff.denis@neverland.ru
    2000, Additional data is provided by Jana Liewald.

    p.s. "Act" is equal to "artist/group".



    Michael Jackson Fan Clubs' SCREAM International Project.



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    by 10-06-05, 20:48

    OK...now that's a fair amount of info on Michael Jackson!

    Anyway, I can agree that Bad sold 350,000 in 1st week 'cos I've just found the Jan 2002 edition of Q magazine which also says this. But I'm not so sure about the figure of 380,000 'cos that would be after 1st week. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt 'cos that same edition of Q magazine also says that U2's Rattle & Hum sold 315,000 in 1st week & I'm certain this is wrong 'cos I have 2 editions of Musicweek (the most official source) which says it sold 360,000.

    So, here's what the top 10, 1st week, fastest selling albums in UK should now look like - after 1st week of Coldplay's X&Y, which had sold over 260,000 by end of Wednesday (I think it will do 400K+) :

    Top 10 fastest selling albums of all time in UK (as at next week) :

    1. Oasis - Be Here Now : 813,000 from 7 days on sale, 695,761 from 3 days on sale (Aug 1997)
    ?2. Coldplay - X&Y : 400K+ (June 2005)?
    3. Dido - Life For Rent : 400,351 (Sept 2003)
    4. Michael Jackson - Bad : 380,000 from 6 days on sale, 350,000 from 5 days on sale (Sept 1987)
    5. U2 - Rattle & Hum : 360,000 (Oct 1988)
    6. Boyzone - By Request : 329,176 (May 1999)
    7. Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits : 320,081 (Oct 2004)
    8. Beatles - One : 319,126 (Nov 2000)
    9. Prodigy - Fat Of The Land : 316,951 (June 1997)
    10. Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning : 313,585 (Aug 2000)

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    by 10-06-05, 21:09

    Quote Originally Posted by edge3
    OK...now that's a fair amount of info on Michael Jackson!

    Anyway, I can agree that Bad sold 350,000 in 1st week 'cos I've just found the Jan 2002 edition of Q magazine which also says this. But I'm not so sure about the figure of 380,000 'cos that would be after 1st week. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt 'cos that same edition of Q magazine also says that U2's Rattle & Hum sold 315,000 in 1st week & I'm certain this is wrong 'cos I have 2 editions of Musicweek (the most official source) which says it sold 360,000.

    So, here's what the top 10, 1st week, fastest selling albums in UK should now look like - after 1st week of Coldplay's X&Y, which had sold over 260,000 by end of Wednesday (I think it will do 400K+) :

    Top 10 fastest selling albums of all time in UK (as at next week) :

    1. Oasis - Be Here Now : 813,000 from 7 days on sale, 695,761 from 3 days on sale (Aug 1997)
    ?2. Coldplay - X&Y : 400K+ (June 2005)?
    3. Dido - Life For Rent : 400,351 (Sept 2003)
    4. Michael Jackson - Bad : 380,000 from 6 days on sale, 350,000 from 5 days on sale (Sept 1987)
    5. U2 - Rattle & Hum : 360,000 (Oct 1988)
    6. Boyzone - By Request : 329,176 (May 1999)
    7. Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits : 320,081 (Oct 2004)
    8. Beatles - One : 319,126 (Nov 2000)
    9. Prodigy - Fat Of The Land : 316,951 (June 1997)
    10. Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning : 313,585 (Aug 2000)
    What's the story morning glory (Oasis) should be in that list it did
    347,000 first week!
    I'm mad fer it!

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    by 10-06-05, 21:19

    Oh yeah...I'd better correct it...

    Top 10 fastest selling albums of all time in UK (as at next week) :

    1. Oasis - Be Here Now : 813,000 from 7 days on sale, 695,761 from 3 days on sale (Aug 1997)
    ?2. Coldplay - X&Y : 400K+ (June 2005)?
    3. Dido - Life For Rent : 400,351 (Sept 2003)
    4. Michael Jackson - Bad : 380,000 from 6 days on sale, 350,000 from 5 days on sale (Sept 1987)
    5. U2 - Rattle & Hum : 360,000 (Oct 1988)
    6. Oasis - What's The Story Morning Glory : 347,000 (Oct 1995)
    7. Boyzone - By Request : 329,176 (May 1999)
    8. Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits : 320,081 (Oct 2004)
    9. Beatles - One : 319,126 (Nov 2000)
    10. Prodigy - Fat Of The Land : 316,951 (June 1997)

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