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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 19:22

    Thanks to Hanboo's new sales figures, time to take a look at this strange band.

    The Doors - USA Shipments

    Key
    year of release
    year of latest riaa certification
    title
    riaa shipment
    soundscan total since 1991 (if available)
    weeks on catalogue chart since 1982

    Studio Albums
    1967 2004 The Doors - 4,000,000 - 1,474,000 - 40 weeks - 10 weeks at Number One
    1967 2001 Strange Days - 1,000,000 - 515,000
    1968 1987 Waiting For the Sun - 1,000,000 - 510,000 - 27 weeks
    1969 1987 The Soft Parade - 1,000,000 - 456,000 - 27 weeks
    1970 2001 Morrison Hotel - 1,000,000 - 780,000
    1971 1987 LA Woman - 2,000,000 - 767,000
    1978 2001 An American Prayer - 1,000,000 480,000 - 9 weeks - 1 week at Number One

    Certified Compilations
    1970 1987 Doors 13 - 1,000,000
    1972 1980 Weird Scenes - 500,000
    1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000 - 32 weeks
    1987 2001 The Best Of - 4,500,000 - 3,518,000 - 259 weeks
    1991 2001 Soundtrack - 1,000,000 - 846,000
    1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
    1997 2001 Box Set - 250,000 - 181,000
    2003 2004 Legacy/Absolute Best - 250,000 362,000

    Other Charting Compilations
    1973 none Best Of the Doors (Quadrophonic)
    1985 none Classics - none - 84,000
    2001 none The Very Best Of - none - 332,000

    Live Albums
    1970 1970 Absolutely Live - 500,000 259,000
    1983 1987 Alive She Cried - 500,000 8,000
    1987 none Live at the Hollywood Bowl - none - 6,000
    1991 1995 In Concert - 500,000 795,000

    Other titles
    Complete Studio Recordings (7CD) - 47,000
    Bright Midnight (Live) - 53,000
    The Doors/Waiting for the Sun - 193,000
    Strange Days/LA Woman - 102,000
    Essential Rarities - 64,000
    LA Woman/Morrison Hotel/The Doors - 5,000
    LA Woman/Morrison Hotel - 1,000
    The Doors/Strange Days - 1,000
    Perception Box Set (6CD) - n/a

    Shipment Total is 25,000,000

    Soundscan total = 14,725,000 March 1991 - December 2006

    With only 6 proper studio albums - which could fit onto 3 CD's - The Doors must be one of the most compiled bands ever.

    One note about the shipments - in 1987 when their riaa awards were updated, Billboard stated that these were only for recent sales because all the early sales figures had been lost! This means that an unknown number of sales are missing.

    Also some albums must be due an update, particularly "Absolutely Live" last certified 36 years ago!!

    Their actual USA album shipments are more likely around 40 million (particularly as they scanned 14.7 million since 1991).

    The separate certification for the LP and CD versions of Greatest Hits is unusual.
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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 19:28

    I'm just looking at their sales... They are really higher. I think that they have sold around 65 millions albums worldwide thanks to massive catalog sales everywhere.
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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 19:37

    MJ that is alot higher than i thought,good news,for the Doors are a cool band.

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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 19:41

    The band made 6 albums in 4 years - which is the time most bands take to make just one album today.

    They were successful then, but somehow their music has been very enduring as shown by the sales above.

    On paper it doesn't work:-

    A Drummer with about 3 drums - it would be considered a child's kit today.

    NO Bass player.

    A basically flamenco guitarist playing an electric guitar.

    A keyboardist playing a Woolworth's* organ with only one hand - the other hand playing a rudimentary "bass keyboard".

    A wayward Singer.

    With just this they were able to make a Big sound in concert.

    The sound was certainly unique. No-one else sounds like them and that is perhaps why their records continued to sell in the 70's, 80's, 90's and now. Many of their contemporaries sell very little today.

    Mostly a cult band outside the USA, they didn't have too much chart success around the world. However, continuing steady sales over 40 years means they must have sold some millions worldwide - although we don't have enough information to even make a guess.

    *yes, I know it was a Farfisa - UK readers will get the reference.
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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 19:45

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    Mostly a cult band outside the USA, they didn't have too much chart success around the world. However, continuing steady sales over 40 years means they must have sold some millions worldwide - although we don't have enough information to even make a guess.
    In France any of their album has hit the year end chart at their time... By now, The Doors sold about 4 millions albums in France alone. This is really BIG, and this is the same thing everywhere. They have sold approx as many out of USA as in USA.
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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 20:11

    About a year ago I saw an article on the web that stated the Doors sales were at 49 million world wide. Take it for what it is worth.

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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 20:47

    Here are the numbers for the album which didn't chart (not listed in my Chart histories).
    An extra 2,785,000 units.

    Albums not mentioned are of the interview type or scanned less than 5K.

    An American Prayer - 1,000,000 - 480,000
    Legacy/Absolute Best - 250,000 - 362,000
    Classics 84,000
    The Very Best Of 332,000
    Absolutely Live - 500,000 - 259,000
    Alive She Cried - 500,000 - 8,000
    Live at the Hollywood Bowl 6,000
    In Concert - 500,000 - 795,000

    not listed above:
    Complete Studio Recordings 47,000
    Bright Midnight: Live In America 53,000
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
    Essential Rarities 64,000

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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 20:58

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
    I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.

    LA Woman is pretty close to the million.

    In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ? I think those were from 1990, before them they were different box, The Doors/Strange Days from 1975, The Doors/Waiting From The Sun from 1982, Soft Parade/American Prayer from 1984.

    A box with Live in Hollywood/Absolutly Live was also realeased in 2003.

    They have realeased as well a 3 CD box with LA Woman/Morrison Hotel/The Doors in 2003.

    They are certainly all scanned less than 5k thought.
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    by Tue July 11th, 2006, 21:52

    Quote Originally Posted by MJDangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
    I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.
    No, I never add these combined releases to the originals.

    In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ?
    release dates:
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000 07/07/1987
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000 07/07/1987

    plus these, which I haven't mentioned sofar:
    L.A. Woman/Morrison Hotel/Doors (5K) 19/08/2003
    Morrison Hotel/L.A. Woman (1K) 26/08/2003
    Doors/Strange Days (1K) 26/08/2003

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    by Wed July 12th, 2006, 20:15

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Quote Originally Posted by MJDangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000
    I was wondering if they were already counted in the figures above.
    No, I never add these combined releases to the originals.

    In those box of 2 albums sold together, which is the date of realeased according to your info ?
    release dates:
    Doors/Waiting For The Sun 193,000 07/07/1987
    Strange Days/L.A. Woman 102,000 07/07/1987

    plus these, which I haven't mentioned sofar:
    L.A. Woman/Morrison Hotel/Doors (5K) 19/08/2003
    Morrison Hotel/L.A. Woman (1K) 26/08/2003
    Doors/Strange Days (1K) 26/08/2003
    Thank you so much for all the extra figures Hanboo.

    I've edited the first post above to include them all.
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    by Thu July 13th, 2006, 10:05

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000
    1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
    Hanboo, is the 2.404m for the LP or CD version or both combined?

    The title appeared on catalog in 1991/92 and again in 1996/97. So Billboard considered the CD version catalog when released in 1996.

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    by Thu July 13th, 2006, 16:49

    Quote Originally Posted by Dane
    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    1980 2001 Greatest Hits (LP) - 3,000,000
    1996 2001 Greatest Hits (CD) - 2,000,000 - 2,404,000
    Hanboo, is the 2.404m for the LP or CD version or both combined?

    The title appeared on catalog in 1991/92 and again in 1996/97. So Billboard considered the CD version catalog when released in 1996.
    It's combined. All the SS numbers I've posted here include LP, Cassette, CD, DVD and digital sales.

    And no, I don't have the separate numbers.

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    by Fri July 14th, 2006, 07:32

    Thanks.
    Considering the 96 cd version did not enter the BB200 I'll keave the title on my catalog thread.
    The 2.404m places it at # 45.

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    by Wed August 16th, 2006, 19:45

    Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

    Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

    Any particular reason for this surge?

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    by Wed August 16th, 2006, 20:08

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

    Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

    Any particular reason for this surge?
    According to Amazon.com a remastered version was released August 8th, 2006, which would explain the sales increase. Thanks for the number btw.

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    by Fri September 15th, 2006, 19:48

    The first post on this thread has been updated with weeks on catalogue chart (lots of them!)
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    by Tue January 30th, 2007, 20:08

    Figures at the start of this thread updated (soundscan)

    Also, the following videos certified in the US.

    Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Platinum in 1989
    Dance On Fire - Platinum in 1989
    Live in Europe 1968 - Gold in 1991
    Tribute to Jim Morrison - Platinum in 1995
    Live in Europe - Gold in 2005
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    by Thu April 5th, 2007, 22:09

    3/17/07 Catlog chart:

    6 DOORS BEST OF DOORS 8376 +14% 7330 3,623,864 (10xp)

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    by Sun April 8th, 2007, 22:25

    As of 2/14/07, The Best Of The Doors has finally earned its first RIAA Diamond Award. It was mentioned on their homepage.

    www.thedoors.com/home

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    by Sun January 27th, 2008, 01:23

    *Bump*

    I estimated their worldwide album sales today at almost 90m, 89.6m to be precise. Their debut album (The Doors) and their 1985/1987 "Best Of" are tied as their best selling album at 12,4m copies sold.

    Basil, you say that Billboard stated that their early sales have been lost, this is true. French certifications mention a release date of May 1971 for all their first albums, despite them being top 10 in 68/69.
    In UK, "LA Woman" was gold in 1985 but with a release date from 1976, "Strange Days" is only certified for sales from 1976 as well. Even worst, "Waiting For The Sun" was certified Gold in 1991 for 100,000 sales from 1985 to 1991, it was released 15 years before.
    Their debut album, "The Doors", was certified 2xPlatinum in 2004, but for sales starting from 1981 only, his 14 initial years of sales are missing.
    In Netherland, Soft Parade is Gold, their only studio album certified, but that's for the remaster only !
    Their two Platinum albums in Spain (LA Woman, Waiting For The Sun) in 2001 both seem to be certified for re-releases only as well, the same in Argentina and Finland for the "Best Of" from 1985.

    It looks like their initial sales are excluded as well in Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Germany.

    To resume : They have lost all their data for their active years !

    Their catalog sales in Europe look a bit like Zeppelin ones, pretty impressive figures for very low peaks in most European countries (none of their studio album have been even top 10 in UK or in Germany).
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    by Sun January 27th, 2008, 19:48

    Billboard was referring to US sales in that 1987 article. It is the only time the riaa have mentioned "lost" sales in all the years they have been announcing awards. I don't remember exactly what they said about the years in question. Someone may have a copy of the 1987 magazine (Edu? ).

    What about other Elektra artists of that time?

    The riaa needs actual shipment reports. Maybe some of these were lost. They probably have auditor's reports and other types of records that do record sales, but the riaa won't accept these - hence "lost" sales.

    Because the riaa demand very specific paper-work, it could be the case that other artists on other labels are affected - particularly if they are certified decades later. But we have no way of knowing if this is the case or not. Although there is one case - Pet Sounds. The label estimate it has shipped over 2m but say all the 70's sales are on micro-fish and it would take months to go through it all. So the album is only Platinum based on sales since then. I used micro-fish in a library years ago and it is a ghastly system. How many sales of other albums are "lost" in this system? Perhaps this is the problem with The Doors?

    Still, at least The Doors albums are certified, unlike Motown and others.

    So it seems a lot of European sales were also affected. They were on Elektra in Europe as well. Elektra was very poor at keeping records weren't they! Shame really. :-?
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    by Sun January 27th, 2008, 19:55

    Quote Originally Posted by Dane
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanboo
    Surprising high re-entry this week for "The Best Of" in the BB Comprehensive chart: #54, scanning 15,500 copies!

    Total of this edition is 3,332,000, including others it's 3,392,000 copies.

    Any particular reason for this surge?
    According to Amazon.com a remastered version was released August 8th, 2006, which would explain the sales increase. Thanks for the number btw.
    The last figure we had was Sep 2007

    3,740,000

    So add 60,000 for other additions

    3,800,000

    It has since been re-issued again and this has sold 91,000 (Jan 2008). Also it is on the proper billboard 200 - why?

    So 3,891,000 in total at least.

    Does this seem correct?

    Alas, yet another Doors compilation is due soon - The Ultimate or something......Why? Why? Why?
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    by Sun February 17th, 2008, 09:59

    U.S.A.

    dvd:
    Soundstage > certified Gold
    No One Here Gets Out Alive > certified Gold
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    by Fri February 22nd, 2008, 19:51

    The Very Best Of The Doors

    certified Gold in Ireland
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    by Wed March 19th, 2008, 13:33

    Argentina

    Live in Pittsburgh 1970
    is #10 in weekly shipments chart
    (for the week ending 15 march)

    source CAPIF web-site
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