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    by » 14-09-06, 22:14

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    Introduction

    This thread would like to be a kind of database of all the information available (both from public sources and from the posters in this forum) regarding this fascinating subject of which albums are the most popular in the history of recorded music and how much they have sold in the last 50 years.

    I propose two goals:
    The first one will be to build the most complete sales database possible.
    The second goal is to build a ordered list of the best-selling albums ever in the world.
    In this list, more important than to show the exact sales of each album will be to discover (or calculate) the saleswise position of each album in that list (did a particular album sold less than the album above it and more than the album below it?).
    Get the ideia? Obviously we will try to estimate a figure for the sales of each album but its position will be the most important.

    This thread will deal with sales in the range 15 million or higher.

    The help and collaboration of EVERYBODY will be extremely necessary.

    This thread couldn't exist without all the facts, figures and opinions provided by all members of this forum with a special salute to:

    AutomaticBR, davidalic, Nelson, MJDangerous, RollingBob, seattleboy, zeus555
    (maybe i forgot someone...)

    and a big big "THANK YOU" to:

    Basil, Dane, jimmypage59, mario and obviously Hanboo without whom this thread would be impossible to make.

    *****

    The Worldwide Best-Selling Albums Ever
    (ordered according to the sales posted in this thread)

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Note: the sales total of each album (and its correspondent position on the list) can be altered at any moment as consequence of additional data. More albums will still be added to the list.

    Top-97

    50,302,000 Thriller Michael Jackson (1982) >>>UPDATED (June 2010)<<<

    32,125,000 The Bodyguard Soundtrack (1992)
    32,039,000 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Eagles (1976)

    30,745,000 Come On Over Shania Twain (1997)

    29,272,000 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin (1971)

    28,600,000 The Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd (1973) >>>UPDATED (12 May 2009)<<<
    28,320,000 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette (1995)

    27,060,000 Rumours Fleetwood Mac (1977) >>>UPDATED (10 May 2009)<<<

    25,990,000 Back In Black AC/DC (1980)
    25,330,000 1 The Beatles (2000)
    25,290,000 Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977) >>>UPDATED (7 May 2009)<<<

    23,605,000 Supernatural Santana (1999)
    23,470,000 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion (1997)

    22,965,000 Titanic Soundtrack (1997)
    22,715,000 Grease Soundtrack (1978) >>>UPDATED (7 May 2009)<<<
    22,700,000 Falling Into You Celine Dion (1996)
    22,469,000 Appetite For Destruction Guns'N'Roses (1987)
    22,000,000 Hotel California Eagles (1976) >>>UPDATED (11 May 2009)<<<

    21,977,000 Bat Out Of Hell Meat Loaf (1977)
    21,610,000 Gold - Greatest Hits ABBA (1992) >>>UPDATED (8 May 2009)<<<

    20,680,000 Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen (1984) >>>UPDATED (8 May 2009)<<<
    20,376,000 ...Baby One More Time Britney Spears (1999)
    20,302,000 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (1987)
    20,230,000 Bad Michael Jackson (1987) >>>UPDATED (13 May 2009)<<<
    20,130,000 The Wall Pink Floyd (1979)

    19,757,000 Music Box Mariah Carey (1993)
    19,675,000 The Immaculate Collection Madonna (1990)
    19,570,000 Millenium Backstreet Boys (1999)
    19,467,000 The Marshall Matters LP Eminem (2000)
    19,065,000 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles (1967) >>>UPDATED (12 May 2009)<<<
    19,030,000 Brothers In Arms Dire Straits (1985)
    19,004,000 Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers (1984)

    18,988,000 Greatest Hits Queen (1981)
    18,917,000 Metallica Metallica (1991)
    18,826,000 Come Away With Me Norah Jones (2002)
    18,464,000 Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel (1972)
    18,408,000 Spice Spice Girls (1996)
    18,110,000 No Jacket Required Phil Collins (1985) >>>UPDATED (9 May 2009)<<<
    18,100,000 Boston Boston (1976)
    18,080,000 Dangerous Michael Jackson (1991) >>>UPDATED (13 May 2009)<<<

    17,665,000 Abbey Road The Beatles (1969) >>>UPDATED (12 May 2009)<<<
    17,555,000 A Decade Of Song Celine Dion (1999) >>>UPDATED (9 May 2009)<<<
    17,400,000 Greatest Hits Elton John (1974)
    17,200,000 Unplugged Eric Clapton (1992)
    17,100,000 Cracked Rear View Hootie & The Blowfish (1994)

    16,995,000 The Joshua Tree U2 (1987)
    16,833,000 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
    16,700,000 No Fences Garth Brooks (1990)
    16,327,000 Daydream Mariah Carey (1995)
    16,280,000 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi (1986) >>>UPDATED (11 May 2009)<<<

    15,980,000 Oops!...I Did It Again Britney Spears (2000)
    15,965,000 The Eminem Show Eminem (2003)
    15,923,000 The Sign / Happy Nation Ace Of Base (1993)
    15,919,000 Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution (1984)
    15,888,000 Nevermind Nirvana (1991)
    15,268,000 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin (1969)
    15,245,000 Cross Road Bon Jovi (1994)
    15,116,000 True Blue Madonna (1986)
    15,083,000 Like A Virgin Madonna (1984)

    14,570,000 Ropin' The Wind Garth Brooks (1991)
    14,500,000 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie (1983) >>>UPDATED (9 May 2009)<<<
    14,300,000 The Woman In Me Shania Twain (1995)
    14,241,000 Romanza Andrea Bocelli (1997)
    14,150,000 The Lion King Soundtrack (1994)
    14,150,000 Breathless Kenny G (1992)
    14,139,000 Hysteria Def Leppard (1987)
    14,000,000 Greatest Hits Journey (1988)
    14,000,000 Greatest Hits 1974-1978 Steve Miller Band (1978)

    13,950,000 Eliminator ZZ Top (1983)
    13,864,000 The Beatles 1962-1966 The Beatles (1973)
    13,799,000 The Beatles 1967-1970 The Beatles (1973)
    13,714,000 ...But Seriously Phil Collins (1989)
    13,705,000 Faith George Michael (1987)
    13,670,000 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988)
    13,626,000 Greatest Hits II Queen (1991)
    13,570,000 The Colour Of My Love Celine Dion (1993)
    13,526,000 The Best Of 1980-1990 U2 (1998)
    13,407,000 Whitney Whitney Houston (1987)
    13,175,000 Ten Pearl Jam (1991)
    13,056,000 The Score The Fugees (1996)

    12,979,000 Dookie Green Day (1994)
    12,900,000 No Need To Argue The Cranberries (1994)
    12,641,000 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
    12,559,000 Please Hammer Don't Hurt'Em MC Hammer (1991)
    12,513,000 Acthung Baby U2 (1991)
    12,406,000 Ray Of Light Madonna (1998)
    12,096,000 (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis (1995)

    11,892,000 Ricky Martin Ricky Martin (1999)
    11,446,000 HIStory Michael Jackson (1995)
    11,156,000 Use Your Illusion II Guns N'Roses (1991)

    11,100,000 The Hits Garth Brooks (1994)

    10,850,000 Use Your Illusion I Guns N'Roses (1991)
    10,822,000 The Beatles (White Album) The Beatles (1968)
    10,655,000 #1's Mariah Carey (1998)
    10,000,000 Tapestry Carole King (1971)

    9,885,000 Off The Wall Michael Jackson (1979)
    9,412,000 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd (1975)

    **********

    The Worldwide Best-Selling Albums Ever DATABASE
    (see following posts)




    Key

    ALBUM TITLE
    (Artist, Year of Release)

    IMPORTANT:
    the albums are listed in 7 categories, but any album can be moved to other category (either up or down) everytime new information about its sales appears, the category to which an album appears below must be seen generally as provisory, as we find more and more data about sales the albums can change category any time.
    I created this categories in order to be more easy to describe all the albums which i believe have reached the minimum sales plateau of 15 MILLION copies sold worldwide necessary to be present in this thread.
    In each category the albums are listed in ALPHABETIC order, only later a list will appear in the first post in which the albums will be ordered according to their estimated global sales. Also in the first post will appear a list with the albums ordered by the sales posted below.


    1. Albums that have sold 30 MILLION copies or more
    (by alphabetic order)

    THRILLER (Michael Jackson, 1982)

    Posted Sales = 50,302,000

    THRILLER , Michael Jackson (1982)

    29,000,000 ... USA (29xP , 2009)
    4,075,000 ... UK (1)
    2,500,000 ... Japan (2)
    2,400,000 ... Canada (3) (2xDiamond, 1984)
    2,000,000 ... France (4)
    1,720,000 ... Mexico (2009)
    1,500,000 ... Germany (3xP , 1995)
    1,230,000 ... Brazil (5)
    1,225,000 ... Italy (6)
    1,050,000 ... Australia (15xP , 2009)
    800,000 ... Netherlands (8xP , 1996)
    600,000 ... Argentina (7) (Diamond, 1999)
    420,000 ... Sweden (8) (4xP , 2008)
    400,000 ... Austria (8xP , 2008)
    395,000 ... Belgium
    315,000 ... Switzerland (9) (6xP , 1995)
    180,000 ... Denmark (6xP , 2008)
    165,000 ... New Zealand
    115,000 ... India (2009)
    92,000 ... Finland
    80,000 ... Portugal
    40,000 ... Singapore

    Total = 50,302,000

    (1) = 3,607,000 (OCC, in Music Week) + 240k (Club Sales) + 230k (T25)
    (2) Billboard , 11 July 2009 , page 19
    (3) Billboard , 20 December 1986 , page 39
    (4) = 1,800,000 (1984) + 200k (T25)
    (5) = 1,200,000 (August 2001, Brazilian mag "Época") + 30k (T25)
    (6) = 1,190,000 + 35k (T25)
    (7) = 577k (1999) + 20k (T25)
    (8) = 400k (4xP, 2008) + 20k (T25)
    (9) = 300k (6xP , 1995) + 15k (T25)

    *****
    Career sales of 1.4-million albums in Australia
    (1992, Billboard: January 4)
    Career sales of 110 million albums worldwide
    (1993, Billboard: May 29)
    *****
    1 (The Beatles, 2000)

    Posted Sales = 25,330,000
    1 , The Beatles (2000)

    11,385,000 ... USA (April 2009, Soundscan)
    9,000,000 ... Europe (9xPlatinum, 2008)
    2,000,000 ... Japan (2000)
    1,060,000 ... Canada (Soundscan, 2001)
    700,000 ... Australia (10xP , 2009)
    605,000 ... Korea
    250,000 ... Brazil (Platinum , 2001)
    210,000 ... New Zealand (7xPlatinum)
    120,000 ... Argentina (2xPlatinum)

    Total = 25,330,000
    *****
    Falling Into You (Celine Dion, 1996)

    Posted Sales = 22,700,000
    FALLING INTO YOU , Celine Dion (1996)

    11,770,000 ... USA (1)
    7,000,000 ... Europe (7xPlatinum, 1997)
    1,400,000 ... Canada (2)
    1,000,000 ... Japan (3) (1xMillion, 1996)
    840,000 ... Australia (12xPlatinum, 1997)
    420,000 ... South Africa (4)(1999)
    180,000 ... New Zealand
    90,000 ... Argentina 90,000

    Total = 22,700,000

    (1) 10,780,000 (2009, Soundscan) + 990,000 (BMG club sales)
    (2) 1997, Billboard: March 22
    (3) ORICON sales = 710,000
    (4) Billboard

    *****

    17 million worldwide (with 1.3-million in Canada)
    (1997, Billboard: January 18)
    27 million worldwide (1999, Billboard: November 6)
    30 million worldwide (2002, Billboard: January 26)
    *****
    Let's Talk About Love (Celine Dion, 1997)

    Posted Sales = 23,470,000
    Code:
    LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE , Celine Dion (1997)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)          10,535,000 
    Europe (*)        9,000,000 (1998)
    Canada (2)        1,700,000 (1998)
    Japan             1,030,000
    Taiwan (3)          500,000  
    Australia           420,000 (1998)
    Argentina           150,000
    New Zealand         135,000
    
                 >>> 23,470,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 9,425,000 (2006, Soundscan) + 1,110,000 (BMG club sales)
    (2) 1998, Billboard: December 26
    (3) 1998, Billboard: October 24
    (*) sales in UK= 1,984,000 (2006, OCC) 
    
    *****
    
    12 million worldwide (Billboard, February 1998)
    24 million worldwide with 8 million in US 
    (1998, Billboard: October 17)
    27 million worldwide (1999, Billboard: November 6)
    Career sales of 110 million albums worldwide, including almost 9 million in Canada 
    (Billboard, January 2000)
    Career sales approaching 130 million albums worldwide 
    (Billboard, January 2002)
    30 million worldwide (2002, Billboard: January 26)
    150 million albums worldwide (2003, Billboard: March 22)
    *****
    THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-1975 (Eagles, 1976)

    Posted Sales = 32,039,000
    Code:
    THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-1975 , Eagles (1976)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            29,000,000 (2006)
    Canada          2,000,000 (1997)
    Australia         490,000 (1996)
    UK                360,000 (1977)
    New Zealand       165,000
    Japan              24,000
    
               >>> 32,039,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    Rumours (Fleetwood Mac, 1977)

    Posted Sales = 27,060,000
    RUMOURS , Fleetwood Mac (1977)

    19,000,000 ... USA (19xPlatinum, 2003)
    3,300,000 ... UK (11xPlatinum, 2004)
    2,000,000 ... Canada (2xDiamond, 1995)
    1,250,000 ... Germany (5xGold, 2006)
    840,000 ... Australia (12xPlatinum, 2001)
    300,000 ... France (Platinum, 2001)
    165,000 ... Netherlands (1)
    105,000 ... New Zealand
    100,000 ... Japan (Gold) (2)
    Gold ... Belgium (2)

    Total = 27,060,000

    (1) Billboard 21-Jan-78 page 116
    (2) Billboard 25-Feb-78 page SW-15
    *****
    Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin, 1971)

    Posted Sales = 29,272,000
    LED ZEPPELIN IV , Led Zeppelin (1971)

    23,000,000 ... USA (RIAA, 2003)
    2,000,000 ... Canada (2xDiamond , 1995)
    1,800,000 ... UK (6xP , 2007)
    750,000 ... Germany (3xG , 2003)
    600,000 ... France (2xP , 2001)
    560,000 ... Australia (8xP , 2004)
    147,000 ... Japan
    105,000 ... New Zealand
    100,000 ... Spain (Platinum , 2000)
    100,000 ... Netherlands (Platinum , 2006)
    60,000 ... Argentina (Platinum)
    50,000 ... Switzerland (Platinum , 1997)

    Total = 29,272,000
    *****
    BAT OUT OF HELL (Meat Loaf, 1977)

    Posted Sales = 21,977,000
    Code:
    BAT OUT OF HELL , Meat Loaf (1977)
    
                      Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA              14,000,000 (2001)
    UK                2,837,000 (2006)
    Canada            2,000,000 (1995)
    Australia         1,610,000 (2007)
    Netherlands (1)     750,000 (2006)
    Germany             500,000 (1983)
    New Zealand         255,000
    Switzerland          25,000 (1994)
    
                 >>> 21,977,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) Universal Music Nederland 
    (http://www.universalmusic.nl/p-detai...=0602517121003)
    
    *****
    
    28-million worldwide (Soundscan sales in US: 1.1-million CDs and 1.5-million cassettes sold since 1991 for a  total of 2.6-million) 
    (1995, Billboard: October 7)
    35 million worldwide (1996, Billboard: June 29)
    *****
    Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette, 1995)

    Posted Sales = 28,320,000
    Code:
    JAGGED LITTLE PILL , Alanis Morissette (1995)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        17,355,000 (2007)
    Europe (2)      7,000,000 (2002)
    Canada (3)      2,100,000 (1997)
    Australia         980,000 (1998)
    Brazil            500,000 (2005)
    New Zealand       210,000
    Argentina         120,000 
    Japan              55,000
    
               >>> 28,320,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 16,000,000 (1998, RIAA) + 1,355,000 (1999-2007, Soundscan)
    (2) UK= 3,000,000 (2002, BPI) ; 
        Italy= 500,000 (1997, Billboard: June 14)
    (3) 1997, Billboard: January 18
    
    *****
    
    23-million worldwide (with 2.1-million in Canada) (1997, Billboard: January 18)
    28-million worldwide (1998, Billboard: October 3)
    30-million worldwide (2004, Billboard: May 8)
    *****
    THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Pink Floyd, 1973)

    Posted Sales = 28,600,000
    THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON , Pink Floyd (1973)

    Confirmed Estimated

    19,800,000 ... USA (1)
    3,925,000 ... UK (2008, OCC)
    2,000,000 ... Canada (2xDiamond, 2003)
    1,000,000 ... Germany (2xPlatinum, 1993)
    770,000 ... Australia (11xPlatinum, 1993)
    400,000 ... France (Platinum, 1980)
    240,000 ... Argentina (4xPlatinum)
    240,000 ... New Zealand (16xPlatinum)
    125,000 ... Japan
    100,000 ... Austria (2xPlatinum, 1993)

    Total = 28,600,000 = Posted sales

    (1) 11,000,000 (19xPlatinum, 1990) + 8,800,000 (April 2009, Soundscan)
    *****
    THE BODYGUARD (Soundtrack, 1992)

    Posted Sales = 32,125,000
    Code:
    THE BODYGUARD , Soundtrack (1992)
    
                      Confirmed           Estimated
    
    17,000,000      USA (17xPlatinum, 1999)      
    2,800,000       Japan (1)        
    2,140,000       UK (2006, OCC)
    1,700,000       Germany (2)       
    1,000,000       Canada (Diamond, 1993)
    France            1,000,000 (1993)
    South Korea (3)   1,000,000 (1993)
    Italy               800,000 (1993)
    Brazil              750,000 (2004)
    Spain               600,000 
    Mexico (4)          500,000 (1994)
    Netherlands         400,000 (1993)
    Australia           350,000 (1993)
    Sweden              340,000 (1993)
    Indonesia           320,000 (1993)
    Switzerland         300,000 (1995)
    Taiwan              300,000 (1993) 
    Argentina           300,000
    Austria             200,000 (2002)
    Denmark             160,000 (1993)
    South Africa (5)    110,000 (1993)
    Finland              57,000
    
               >>> 32,125,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) Billboard 23-Jan-99 , page 49
    (2) Billboard 13-May-2000
    (3) 1993, Billboard: August 21
    (4) 1994, Billboard: November 26 
    (5) 1993, Billboard: february 21
    
    *****
    16 million worldwide, with 9-million outside US (1993, Billboard: February 27)
    21-million worldwide (1993, Billboard: July 10)
    28-million worldwide (1994, Billboard: July 23)
    "The Bodyguard" becomes the best-selling English-speaking album ever in Mexico, with 500,000 sales 
    (1994, Billboard: November 26)
    20-million sales outside US (2000, Billboard: May 13)
    *****
    GREASE (Soundtrack, 1978)

    Posted Sales = 22,715,000
    GREASE , Soundtrack (1978)

    Confirmed Estimated

    14,720,000 USA (1)
    2,375,000 UK (2006, OCC)
    1,750,000 Germany (2)
    1,000,000 Canada (Diamond, 1978)
    850,000 Netherlands (3)
    770,000 Australia (11xPlatinum, 1991)
    440,000 Japan (Oricon)
    300,000 Spain (3xplatinum, 1991)
    200,000 Belgium (4)
    160,000 New Zealand (5)
    150,000 Sweden (6)

    Total = 22,715,000

    (1) 8,000,000 (1984, RIAA)
    + 5,820,000 (April 2009, Soundscan) + 900,000 (BMG Record Club)
    (2) Billboard 8-Dez-79 , page G-10
    (3) Billboard 8-Sep-79 , page ABBA-14
    (4) Billboard 2-Dec-78
    (5) Billboard 10-Mar-79 , page 78
    (6) Billboard 20-Jan-79 , page 106

    *****
    28 million worldwide (1997, Billboard: March 1 and February 10)
    *****
    SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Soundtrack, 1977)

    Posted Sales = 25,290,000
    SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER , Soundtrack (1977)

    15,000,000 USA (15xPlatinum , 1999)
    2,150,000 UK (2006, OCC)
    1,750,000 Germany (1)
    1,300,000 Canada (2)
    1,000,000 France (3)
    800,000 Mexico (4)
    770,000 Australia
    700,000 Japan (5)
    650,000 Netherlands (6)
    250,000 Belgium (7)
    250,000 India (8)
    250,000 New Zealand (9)
    150,000 Sweden (10)
    150,000 Southeast Asia (11)
    120,000 Greece (12)

    Total = 25,290,000

    (1) Billboard 8-Dez-79 , page G-10
    (2) Billboard 19-Aug-78 , page 64
    (3) Billboard 2-Sep-78
    (4) Billboard 3-Nov-79 , page LA-46
    (5) Billboard 26-May-79 , page J-6
    (6) Billboard 8-Sep-79 , page ABBA-14
    (7) Billboard 2-Dec-78
    (8) Billboard 18-Jul-81 , page 70
    (9) Billboard 17-Mar-79 , page SA-4
    (10) Billboard 20-Jan-79 , page 106
    (11) Billboard 6-Jan-79 , page 63
    (12) Billboard 19-Sep-81 , page 74
    *****
    COME ON OVER (Shania Twain, 1997)

    Posted Sales = 30,745,000
    COME ON OVER , Shania Twain (1997)

    Confirmed Estimated

    20,000,000 USA (20xPlatinum, 2004)
    7,000,000 Europe (7xPlatinum, 2001)
    2,000,000 Canada (2xDiamond, 2000)
    1,050,000 Australia (15xPlatinum, 2000)
    300,000 New Zealand (20xPlatinum)
    240,000 Argentina (4xPlatinum)
    125,000 Brazil (Gold, 1999)
    30,000 Japan

    Total = 30,745,000

    *****
    18 million worldwide (1999, Billboard, October 9)
    26 million worldwide (2000, Billboard, March 16)
    34 million worldwide
    (2002, Universal: http://new.umusic.com/News.aspx?NewsId=128)

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    by » 14-09-06, 22:15

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    5. Albums that probably have sold around 25 MILLION or more

    GOLD - GREATEST HITS (ABBA, 1992)

    Posted Sales = 21,610,000
    GOLD - GREATEST HITS , ABBA (1992)

    7,815,000 ... US (1)
    4,580,000 ... UK (OCC, Apr-2009)
    2,500,000 ... Germany (10xGold , 2008)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond , 2000)
    1,000,000 ... France (Diamond , 1996)
    770,000 ... Australia (11xP , 1999)
    750,000 ... Japan (3xPlatinum, Feb-2009)
    500,000 ... Spain (5xPlatinum , 2000)
    500,000 ... Switzerland (10xPlatinum , 2008)
    500,000 ... Sweden (5xPlatinum , 1999)
    300,000 ... Belgium (6xPlatinum)
    250,000 ... Mexico (Platinum, 2000)
    240,000 ... New Zealand (16xPlatinum, 2008)
    180,000 ... Argentina (3xPlatinum)
    170,000 ... Norway (1993)
    150,000 ... Austria (3xPlatinum , 1994)
    140,000 ... Finland
    125,000 ... Brazil (Gold , 1994)
    100,000 ... Netherlands (Platinum , 1992)
    40,000 ... Chile (2)

    Total = 21,610,000

    (1) 6,000,000 (2002, RIAA) + 1,715,000 (Feb-2003 through Apr-2009)
    (2) 2000, Billboard: April 29

    NOTES:
    1 - In the Netherlands the compilation "25 Jaar na Waterloo" replaced "Gold" (both have similar track list) as ABBA best selling compilation in the country, with sales that can be as high as 500,000.
    2 - In Japan the 2001 collection "S.O.S. - The Best of ABBA" sold 566,000 copies.

    *****
    10 million worldwide (1997, Billboard, November)
    20 million worldwide (2001, Billboard: February 3)
    *****
    BACK IN BLACK (AC/DC, 1980)

    Posted Sales = 25,990,000
    Code:
    BACK IN BLACK , AC/DC (1980)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        22,000,000 (2007)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1989)
    Germany         1,000,000 (2003)
    Australia         900,000 
    France            600,000 (2001)
    Argentina         150,000
    UK                100,000 (1980)
    Switzerland       100,000 (1996)
    New Zealand        90,000
    Austria            50,000 (1991)
    
               >>> 25,990,000 = Posted sales
    
    *****
    
    Career sales of 80-million albums worldwide, with 30-million outside USA (including 4.5-million in Australia) 
    (1995, Billboard: October 21)
    *****
    MUSIC BOX (Mariah Carey, 1993)

    Posted Sales = 19,757,000
    Code:
    MUSIC BOX , Mariah Carey (1993)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (1997)
    Japan (1)       2,030,000 (1996)
    UK              1,500,000 (1994)
    Germany         1,000,000 (1994)
    France          1,000,000 (1995)
    Australia         770,000 (1994)
    Canada            700,000 (1996)
    Netherlands       600,000 (1996)
    South Korea (2)   600,000 (1994)
    Spain             400,000 (1994)
    Taiwan (2)        320,000 (1994)
    Switzerland       200,000 (1994)
    Brazil            125,000 (1994)
    Singapore (2)     110,000 (1994)
    Sweden            100,000 (1994)
    Austria           100,000 (1995)
    Hong Kong (2)      80,000 (1994)
    New Zealand        75,000
    Finland            47,000
    
               >>> 19,757,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 1996, Billboard: January 27
    (2) 1994, Billboard: July 30
    
    *****
    
    About 20 million worldwide (1994, Billboard: November 26)
    23 million worldwide (1995, Billboard:  September 9)
    13.5 million outside USA (1996, Billboard: September 7)
    80 million albums+singles sold worldwide (1996, Billboard: September 7)
    *****
    BROTHERS IN ARMS (Dire Straits, 1985)

    Posted Sales = 19,030,000
    Code:
    BROTHERS IN ARMS , Dire Straits (1985)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             9,000,000 (1996)
    UK              3,957,000 (2006)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1986)
    France          1,000,000 (1994)
    Australia         980,000 
    Brazil*           850,000
    Germany           500,000 (1985)
    Netherlands       400,000 (1988)
    New Zealand       360,000
    Switzerland       300,000 (1994)
    Spain             300,000 (1987)
    Austria           200,000 (1994)
    Finland           115,000
    Japan              38,000
    Argentina          30,000
     
               >>> 19,030,000 = Posted sales
    
    *****
    
    Career sales of 85 million albums worldwide (1996, Billboard, May 18)
    *****
    BAD (Michael Jackson, 1987)

    Posted Sales = 20,230,000
    BAD , Michael Jackson (1987)

    8,000,000 ... USA (8xPlatinum, 1994)
    4,170,000 ... UK (1)
    2,000,000 ... Germany (4xPlatinum, 1995)
    1,280,000 ... Italy
    1,000,000 ... France (Diamond, 1989)
    700,000 ... Canada (7xPlatinum, 1988)
    700,000 ... Brazil (2)
    630,000 ... Japan (Oricon)
    420,000 ... Australia (6xPlatinum, 1996)
    300,000 ... Spain (3xPlatinum, 1988)
    250,000 ... Switzerland (5xPlatinum)
    200,000 ... Sweden (1988)
    200,000 ... Austria (1995)
    120,000 ... New Zealand (8xPlatinum)
    100,000 ... Netherlands (Platinum, 1987)
    60,000 ... Argentina (Platinum)
    50,000 ... Finland
    50,000 ... Singapore
    Gold ... Thailand (1993)

    Total = 20,230,000 = Posted sales

    (1) 3,900,000 (1992) + 272,000 (Music Week, 1994-2004)
    (2) 2001, Brazilian magazine "Epoca": August 27
    *****
    DANGEROUS (Michael Jackson, 1991)

    Posted Sales = 18,080,000
    DANGEROUS , Michael Jackson (1987)

    7,000,000 ... USA (7xPlatinum, 2000)
    2,000,000 ... Germany (4xPlatinum, 1993)
    1,985,000 ... UK (2006, OCC)
    1,000,000 ... France (Diamond, 1992)
    790,000 ... Italy
    630,000 ... Australia (9xPlatinum, 1996)
    600,000 ... Canada (6xPlatinum, 1993)
    600,000 ... Spain (6xPlatinum, 1993)
    500,000 ... Southeast Asia (1
    500,000 ... Mexico (2xPlatinum, 1993) 83)
    450,000 ... Brazil (1)
    430,000 ... Japan (Oricon)
    300,000 ... Netherlands (3xPlatinum, 1996)
    300,000 ... Sweden (2)(1992)
    250,000 ... Switzerland (5xPlatinum, 1995)
    200,000 ... Austria (1997)
    190,000 ... Singapore
    180,000 ... Malasya (1993)
    75,000 ... New Zealand (5xPlatinum)
    60,000 ... Finland
    40,000 ... Hungary
    2xPlatinum ... Thailand (1993)

    Total = 18,080,000

    (1) 1993, Billboard: May 15
    (2) 2001, Brazilian magazine "Epoca": August 27
    *****
    7 million outside USA (1992, Billboard: June 6)
    11 million outside USA (1992, Billboard: December 26)
    22 million worldwide (1995, Billboard: May 20)
    *****
    THE WALL (Pink Floyd, 1979)

    Posted Sales = 20,430,000
    THE WALL , Pink Floyd (1979)

    Confirmed Estimated

    USA (1) 13,505,000 (1996)
    Canada 2,000,000 (1995)
    Germany 2,000,000 (1995)
    France 1,000,000 (1991)
    UK (2) 920,000
    Australia 420,000 (1991)
    New Zealand 210,000
    Netherlands 100,000 (1979)
    Greece 100,000 (BB, 18 Sep 1981, p74)
    Argentina 90,000
    Japan 85,000

    >>> 20,430,000 = Posted sales

    (1) 8,000,000 (RIAA, 1991) + 5,505,000 (1991-2009, Soundscan)
    (2) 300,000 (1979) + 620,000 (1992-2006) = 920,000
    *****
    SUPERNATURAL (Santana, 1999)

    Posted Sales = 23,605,000
    Code:
    SUPERNATURAL , Santana (1999)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        15,254,000 (2005)
    Europe          6,000,000 (2001)
    Canada          1,000,000 (2000)
    Mexico            300,000 (2000)
    Australia         280,000 (2000)
    Brazil            250,000 (2004)
    Argentina         150,000 
    Korea             157,000
    Japan             154,000
    New Zealand        60,000
    
               >>> 23,605,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 15,000,000 (2003) + 254,000 (2004-2005, Soundscan)
    *****
    TITANIC (Soundtrack, 1997)

    Posted Sales = 22,965,000
    Code:
    TITANIC , Soundtrack (1997)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        11,047,000 (2005)
    Europe          5,000,000 (1998)
    Asia (2)        4,000,000 (1998)
    Japan           1,418,000
    Canada          1,000,000 (1998)
    Australia         350,000 (1998)
    Argentina          90,000
    New Zealand        60,000
    
               >>> 22,965,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,096,000 (2005, Soundscan) + 971,000 (BMG)
    (2) including 1.2-million in Taiwan and 1-million in China, sales in Japan not included (1998, Billboard: June 20 and October 24)
    
    *****
    
    More than 9.2 million worldwide (Billboard, February 1998)
    Nearly 25 million worldwide (1998, Billboard: July 25)

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    6. Albums that probably have sold around 20 MILLION or more

    THE SIGN / HAPPY NATION (Ace Of Base, 1993)

    Posted Sales = 15,923,000
    Code:
    THE SIGN / HAPPY NATION , Ace Of Base (1993)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             9,000,000 (1996)
    Canada (1)      1,750,000 (1994)
    Germany         1,500,000 (1994)
    France          1,000,000 (1994)
    Japan (2)       1,000,000
    UK                600,000 (1994) 
    Mexico (3)        300,000 (1994)
    Brazil            250,000 (1995)
    Netherlands       200,000 (1994)
    Spain             100,000 (1994)
    Switzerland       100,000 (1994)
    Finland            83,000
    Austria            25,000 (1994)
    New Zealand        15,000
    South Africa       Platinum (4)
    
               >>> 15,923,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 1994, Billboard: July 23
    (2) 800,000 (1996, Billboard: September 7)
    (3) 1994, Billboard: November 26
    (4) Billboard, 6-Apr-96
    
    *****
    
    19 million worldwide (1995, Billboard: October 28)
    21 million worldwide (1998, Billboard: May 30)
    *****
    MILLENIUM (Backstreet Boys, 1999)

    Posted Sales = 19,570,000
    Code:
    MILLENIUM , Backstreet Boys (1999)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        13,687,000 
    Europe          2,000,000 (1999)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1999)
    Japan (2)       1,000,000 (2000)
    Mexico            675,000 (2000)
    Brazil            500,000 (1999)
    Korea             215,000
    Australia         210,000 (2000)
    Argentina         180,000
    Chile (3)          58,000 (2000)
    New Zealand (4)    45,000 (2000)
    
               >>> 19,570,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 12,097,000 (2007, Soundscan) + 1,590,000 (BMG)
    (2) 2000, Billboard: August 5
    (3) 2000, Billboard: February 19
    (4) 2000, Billboard: May 13
    
    *****
    
    Their 1996 self-titled debut album, not released in US, sold 7.5-million copies worldwide; the non-US follow-up "Backstreet's Back" and the US-only "Backstreet Boys" sold together 22-million; "Millenium" stands currently at 14.5-million worldwide; (total worldwide sales= 44-million) (1999, Billboard: October 30)
    "The Hits - Chapter One" sold 5-million worldwide 
    (2002, Billboard: February 16)
    73-million albums sold worldwide (2005, Billboard: June 4)
    *****
    SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (The Beatles, 1967)

    Posted Sales = 19,065,000
    SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND , The Beatles (1967)

    11,875,000 ... USA (1)
    5,195,000 ... UK (2)
    800,000 ... Canada (8xPlatinum, 1995)
    500,000 ... Germany (Platinum, 1993)
    250,000 ... Brazil (Platinum, 1997)
    190,000 ... Japan
    180,000 ... Argentina (3xPlatinum)
    75,000 ... New Zealand (5xPlatinum)

    Total = 19,065,000 = Posted sales

    (1) 11,000,000 (11xPlatinum, 1997) + 875,000 (Soundscan, imcomplete data, 2003-2009)
    (2) 4,910,000 (April 2009, OCC) + 285,000
    (Club sales, June 1992 - September 2005)
    *****
    ABBEY ROAD (The Beatles, 1969)

    Posted Sales = 17,665,000
    ABBEY ROAD , The Beatles (1969)

    13,025,000 ... USA (1)
    2,030,000 ... UK (2)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond, 1995)
    610,000 ... Japan
    500,000 ... Germany (Platinum, 1993)
    500,000 ... Argentina (Diamond, 1999)

    Total = 17,665,000 = Posted sales

    (1) 12,000,000 (12xPlatinum, 2001) + 1,025,000 (Soundscam, incomplete data, 2003-2009)
    (2) 1,930,000 (2006, OCC) + 100,000 (Club sales, 1993-2005)
    *****
    SLIPPERY WHEN WET (Bon Jovi, 1986)

    Posted Sales = 16,280,000
    SLIPPERY WHEN WET , Bon Jovi (1986)

    13,010,000 ... USA (1)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond, 1987)
    900,000 ... UK (3xPlatinum, 1993)
    500,000 ... Germany (Platinum, 1992)
    420,000 ... Australia (6xPlatinum, 1993)
    150,000 ... Switzerland (3xPlatinum, 1995)
    125,000 ... Japan
    105,000 ... New Zealand (7xPlatinum)
    70,000 ... Finland

    Total = 16,280,000

    (1) 12,000,000 (12xPlatinum, 1995) + 1,010,000 (Soundscan, imcomplete data, 2003-2009)
    *****
    NO JACKET REQUIRED (Phil Collins, 1985)

    Posted Sales = 18,110,000
    NO JACKET REQUIRED , Phil Collins (1985)

    12,000,000 ... USA (12xPlatinum, 2001)
    1,935,000 ... UK (2006, OCC)
    1,500,000 ... Germany (3xPlatinum, 2005)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Canada, 1986)
    600,000 ... France (2xPlatinum, 1993)
    300,000 ... Australia (1)
    220,000 ... Japan
    180,000 ... Argentina (3xPlatinum)
    120,000 ... New Zealand (8xPlatinum)
    100,000 ... Netherlands (Platinum, 1996)
    100,000 ... Switzerland (2xPlatinum, 1989)
    35,000 ... Finland
    20,000 ... Austria (Gold, 1993)

    Total = 18,110,000

    (1) Billboard, 15-Nov-86 page A-6
    *****
    HOTEL CALIFORNIA (Eagles, 1976)

    Posted Sales = 22,000,000
    HOTEL CALIFORNIA , Eagles (1976)

    Confirmed Estimated

    16,000,000 ... USA (16xPlatinum, 2001)
    1,500,000 ... UK (5xPlatinum, 2004)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond, 1988)
    1,000,000 ... France (Diamond, 1993)
    560,000 ... Australia (8xPlatinum, 1996)
    500,000 ... Germany (Platinum, 1986)
    575,000 ... Japan
    400,000 ... Spain (4xPlatinum, 2001)
    275,000 ... Netherlands (1)
    135,000 ... New Zealand (9xPlatinum)
    30,000 ... Finland
    25,000 ... Austria (Gold, 1991)

    Total = 22,000,000

    (1) Billboard, 21-Jan-78 page 116
    *****
    THE MARSHALL MATTERS LP (Eminem, 2000)

    Posted Sales = 19,467,000
    Code:
    THE MARSHALL MATTERS LP , Eminem (2000)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        11,610,000 (2007)
    Europe          6,000,000 (2007)
    Canada            800,000 (2001)
    Australia         280,000 (2003)
    Brazil            250,000 (2001)
    Mexico            150,000 (2001)
    Japan             120,000
    Korea             107,000
    New Zealand        90,000
    Argentina          60,000
    
               >>> 19,467,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,070,000 (2007, Soundscan) 
    + 1,540,000 (2000-2003, BMG Record Club)
    
    *****
    
    16-million sold worldwide (2002, Billboard: February 16)
    *****
    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (Guns N'Roses, 1987)

    Posted Sales = 22,469,000
    Code:
    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION , Guns'n'Roses (1987)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            18,000,000 (2008) 
    UK              1,945,000 (2006)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1992)
    Germany           500,000 (1992)
    Brazil            250,000 (1996)
    Argentina         210,000
    New Zealand       135,000
    Netherlands       100,000 (1996)
    Austria           100,000 (1998)
    Mexico            100,000 (1999)
    Australia          70,000
    Japan              34,000
    Finland            25,000
    
               >>> 22,469,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    WHITNEY HOUSTON (Whitney Houston, 1985)

    Posted Sales = 16,833,000
    Code:
    WHITNEY HOUSTON , Whitney Houston (1985)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            13,000,000 (1999)
    UK              1,200,000 (1989) 
    Canada          1,000,000 (1987)
    Japan             559,000
    Germany           500,000 (1986)
    Australia         280,000
    France            100,000 (1986)
    Netherlands       100,000 (1986)
    Austria            50,000 (1992)
    Finland            29,000
    New Zealand        15,000
    
               >>> 16,833,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    GREATEST HITS (Elton John, 1974)

    Posted Sales = 17,400,000
    Code:
    GREATEST HITS , Elton John (1974)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            16,000,000 (2003)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1988)
    UK                300,000 (1975) 
    France            100,000 (1979)
    
               >>> 17,400,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    COME AWAY WITH ME (Norah Jones, 2002)

    Posted Sales = 18,826,000
    Code:
    COME AWAY WITH ME , Norah Jones (2002)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        10,311,000 (2003)
    Europe          6,000,000 (2004)
    Canada          1,000,000 (2007)
    Australia         630,000 (2004)
    Japan             353,000
    New Zealand       180,000
    Argentina         150,000
    Brazil            125,000 (2003)
    Korea              77,000
    
               >>> 18,826,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,000,000 (2005, RIAA) + 311,000 (2006, Soundscan) 
    
    *****
    
    From "EMI Annual Report":
    March 2003 = 11.8 million worldwide
    March 2004 = 17.5 million worldwide
    March 2005 = 19.3 million worldwide
    *****
    TRUE BLUE (Madonna, 1986)

    Posted Sales = 15,116,000
    Code:
    TRUE BLUE , Madonna (1986)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             7,000,000 (1995)
    UK              2,100,000 (1992)
    Italy           1,300,000
    Canada          1,000,000 (1987)
    Germany         1,000,000 (1987)
    France          1,000,000 (2001)
    Japan             707,000
    Spain             300,000 (1987)
    Argentina         300,000
    Australia         280,000 (1996)
    New Zealand        75,000
    Finland            54,000
    
               >>> 15,116,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION (Madonna, 1990)

    Posted Sales = 19,675,000
    Code:
    THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION , Madonna (1990)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (2001)
    UK (1)          3,927,000
    France          1,000,000 (2005)
    Japan           1,000,000 (1990)
    Australia         770,000 (1999)
    Germany           750,000 (2007)
    Canada            700,000 (2003)
    Brazil            500,000 (1998)
    Spain             300,000 (2003)
    Netherlands       300,000
    Argentina         180,000
    New zealand       105,000
    Finland            93,000
    Austria            50,000 (2000)
    
               >>> 19,675,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 3,402,000 (2006, OCC) + 525,000 (Club sales 1990-2002)
    *****
    LEGEND (Bob Marley and The Wailers, 1984)

    Posted Sales = 19,004,000
    Code:
    LEGEND , Bob Marley & The Wailers (1984)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        13,566,000 (2006)
    UK              2,521,000 (2006)
    France          1,000,000 (1995)
    Germany           500,000 (1992)
    Australia         280,000
    New Zealand       270,000     
    Argentina         240,000
    Canada            200,000 (1989)
    Switzerland       200,000 (1999)
    Netherlands       100,000 (1986)
    Austria           100,000 (1993)
    Finland            37,000
    
               >>> 19,004,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,000,000 (1999, RIAA) + 3,566,000 (2000-2006, Soundscan) 
    
    *****
    
    10 million worldwide (1994, Billboard, February 5)
    15 million worldwide (9xPlatinum in US)(1996, Billboard, November 26)
    *****
    METALLICA (Metallica, 1991)

    Posted Sales = 18,917,000
    Code:
    METALLICA , Metallica (1991)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        15,042,000 (2007)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1998)
    Australia         560,000 (2007)
    Germany           500,000 (1992)
    UK                300,000 (1993)
    France            300,000 (1994)
    Argentina         270,000
    Mexico (2)        210,000 (1994)
    Netherlands       200,000 (1996)
    Japan             127,000
    New Zealand       120,000  
    Switzerland       100,000 (1995)
    Austria           100,000 (2000)
    Finland            88,000
    
               >>> 18,917,000 = Posted sales
    
    (2) 1994, Billboard: November 26
    
    *****
    
    5.2 million outside US (1996, Billboard, May 25)
    *****
    GREATEST HITS (Queen, 1981)

    Posted Sales = 18,988,000
    Code:
    GREATEST HITS , Queen (1981)
    
                     Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)          8,464,000 (2006)
    UK (2)           4,864,000 (2004)
    Germany          1,500,000 (1993)
    Australia (3)      980,000 (2007)
    Canada (4)         700,000
    Korea              563,000 
    Argentina          390,000
    Brazil             250,000 (1999)
    Netherlands (5)    242,000 (2003)
    Switzerland        200,000 (1993) 
    Austria            200,000 (2000)
    Spain (6)          183,000 (2004)
    New Zealand        150,000
    Japan              147,000
    Denmark            100,000
    Finland             55,000
    
               >>> 18,988,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) Combined sales of the 1981 and 1992 (different) versions ; 
        7,000,000 (2002, RIAA) + 1,464,000 (Soundscan: 2003-2006)
    (2) UK= 3,300,000 (1992, BPI) + 1,419,000 (1993-2004 + 2006) 
    (3) sales since 1984 australia
    (4) sales since 1992
    (5) CD sales
    (6) sales since 1985
    
    *****
    GREATEST HITS I & II , Queen
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA               886,000 (2007) 
    Germany           250,000 (1996)
    Spain             198,000 (2004)
    Netherlands       120,000
    France            100,000 (1994)
    New Zealand        66,000
    Japan              33,000
    
               >>> 1,653,000 = Posted sales
    
    *****
    THE PLATINUM COLLECTION , Queen (199)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    UK              1,532,000 (2007)
    USA               463,000 (2006)  
    Italy             400,000
    Spain             198,000 (2004)
    Netherlands       160,000
    New Zealand        21,000
    Finland            17,000
    
               >>> 2,791,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS (Simon & Garfunkel, 1972)

    Posted Sales = 18,464,000
    Code:
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS , Simon & Garfunkel (1972)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            14,000,000 (2003)
    UK              1,841,000 (2006)
    Germany         1,000,000 (1980)
    France          1,000,000 (1988)
    Canada            500,000 (1979)
    Japan             123,000
    
               >>> 18,464,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    DIRTY DANCING (Soundtrack, 1988)

    Posted Sales = 20,302,000
    Code:
    DIRTY DANCING , Soundtrack (1987)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)        13,232,000 
    UK (2)          2,620,000
    Germany         2,000,000 (1990)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1988)
    France          1,000,000 (1993)
    Switzerland       250,000 (1994)
    Netherlands       100,000 (1988)
    Brazil            100,000 (2004)
    
               >>> 20,302,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,000,000 (1988, RIAA) + 904,000 (1988-2002, BMG Record Club)
        + 2,328,000 (2007, Soundscan)
    (2) 2,435,000 (2006, OCC) + 185,000 (Club sales July 1993 - 2003)
    *****
    SPICE (Spice Girls, 1996)

    Posted Sales = 18,408,000
    Code:
    SPICE , Spice Girls (1996)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             7,388,000 (2007) 
    Europe          8,000,000 (1997)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1998)
    Brazil            500,000 (1998)
    Japan             490,000
    Australia         420,000 (1998)
    Mexico            100,000 (1999)
    New Zealand        90,000 (1997)
    Indonesia          75,000 (1997)
    Singapore          60,000 (1997)
    Colombia           60,000 (1997)
    South Africa       50,000 (1997)
    Malasya            50,000 (1997)
    Hong Kong          40,000 (1997) 
    Argentina          30,000 (1997)
    India              30,000 (1997)
    Chile              25,000 (1997)
    
               >>> 18,408,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    35-million combined sales worldwide for "Spice" and "Spiceworld"
    (1999, Billboard: February 13)
    *****
    ...BABY ONE MORE TIME (Britney Spears, 1999)

    Posted Sales = 20,376,000
    Code:
    ...BABY ONE MORE TIME , Britney Spears (1999)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            14,000,000 (2004)
    Europe          4,000,000 (2000) 
    Canada          1,000,000 (1999)
    Mexico            375,000 (2000)
    Australia         280,000 (2000)
    Japan             274,000
    Brazil            250,000 (1999)
    Argentina         120,000
    Korea              77,000
    
               >>> 20,376,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    BORN IN THE U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)

    Posted Sales = 20,680,000
    BORN IN THE U.S.A. , Bruce Springsteen (1984)

    15,000,000 ... USA (RIAA, 1995)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond, 1985)
    1,000,000 ... Germany (2xPlatinum , 1989)
    900,000 ... UK (3xPlatinum , 1985)
    840,000 ... Australia (12xPlatinum , 2008)
    400,000 ... Japan (2xPlatinum, 1985)
    400,000 ... France (Platinum , 1988)
    240,000 ... New Zealand
    200,000 ... Netherlands (2xPlatinum, 1985)
    200,000 ... Sweden (2xPlatinum, 1985)
    150,000 ... Switzerland (3xPlatinum, 1991)
    110,000 ... Finland (2xPlatinum)
    100,000 ... Italy (Platinum, 1985)
    90,000 ... Argentina
    50,000 ... Norway (Platinum, 1985)
    ... South Africa (Platinum)

    Total = 20,680,000

    *****
    "While "Tunnel Of Love" did a mere 3 million units (6 million worldwide), 1984's "Born In The U.S.A." has hit the 12-million mark (20 million worldwide) and "Live 1975-1985" has reached 3 million domestically, a massive number for a three-CD/cassette box."
    (1992, Billboard: March 7)
    *****
    THE JOSHUA TREE (U2, 1987)

    Posted Sales = 16,995,000
    Code:
    THE JOSHUA TREE , U2 (1987)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (1995)
    UK              2,666,000 (2006)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1987)
    Germany         1,000,000 (1994)
    France            600,000 (1992)
    Australia         350,000
    Spain             300,000
    Brazil*           250,000
    New Zealand       210,000
    Japan             151,000
    Austria           150,000 (1990)
    Netherlands       100,000 (1987)
    Mexico            100,000 (1999)
    Argentina          90,000
    Finland            28,000
    
               >>> 16,995,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    7. BUBBLING UNDER:
    Albums that probably have sold 15 MILLION or more


    THE BEATLES (The White Album) (The Beatles, 1968)

    Posted Sales = 10,822,000
    Code:
    THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM) , The Beatles (1968)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             9,500,000 (2001)
    Canada            800,000 (1995)
    UK (1)            404,000
    Argentina          60,000
    Japan              58,000
    
               >>> 10,822,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) sales since 1992
    *****
    THE BEATLES 1962-1966 (The Beatles, 1973)

    Posted Sales = 13,864,000
    Code:
    THE BEATLES 1962-1966 , The Beatles (1973)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             7,500,000 (2001)
    Germany         2,000,000 (1994)
    Japan (1)       1,341,000
    Canada          1,000,000 (1995)
    UK (2)            903,000
    France            600,000 (1993)
    Spain (3)         200,000
    Austria (3)       150,000 (1997)
    Argentina (3)      60,000
    New Zealand        60,000
    Switzerlad (3)     50,000
    
               >>> 13,864,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 841,000 (vynil) + 500,000 (CD)
    (2) 300,000 (1981, BPI) + 603,000 (1993-2006)
    (3) CD sales only
    
    *****
    CD reissue sold more than 5-million worldwide (1994, Billboard: June 4)
    *****
    THE BEATLES 1967-1970 (The Beatles, 1973)

    Posted Sales = 13,799,000
    Code:
    THE BEATLES 1967-1970 , The Beatles (1973)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             8,000,000 (2001)
    Germany         1,500,000 (1993)
    Japan (1)       1,232,000
    Canada          1,000,000 (1995)
    UK (2)            897,000
    France            600,000 (1993)
    Spain (3)         200,000
    Austria (3)       150,000 (1997)
    Argentina (3)      60,000
    New Zealand        60,000
    Netherlands (3)    50,000
    Switzerlad (3)     50,000
    
               >>> 13,799,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 732,000 (vynil) + 500,000 (CD)
    (2) 300,000 (1981, BPI) + 597,000 (1993-2006)
    (3) CD sales only
    
    *****
    CD reissue sold more than 5-million worldwide (1994, Billboard: June 4)

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    7. BUBBLING UNDER:
    Albums that probably have sold 15 MILLION or more

    (continued)

    SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN
    (Bee Gees, 1979)

    *****
    ROMANZA
    (Andrea Bocelli, 1997)

    Posted Sales = 14,241,000
    Code:
    ROMANZA , Andrea Bocelli (1997)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)         4,530,000 (2006)
    Europe          6,000,000 (2001)
    Canada (2)      1,116,000 (2007)
    Brazil (3)        900,000 (2001)
    Mexico (3)        650,000 (2001)
    Argentina (3)     500,000 (2001)
    Australia         350,000 (2000)
    Chile (3)         120,000 (2001)
    New Zealand        75,000
    
               >>> 14,241,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 2006, Soundscan
    (2) 2007, Soundscan Canada
    (3) 2001, Billboard: October 4
    Sales Timeline
    3.5 million worldwide (Billboard, September 1997)
    10 million worldwide (Billboard, January 1998)
    with 2.4-million sold in Latin America, this album is the biggest record ever, by a non-latino artist, in the history (Billboard, March 1999)
    16 million worldwide (Billboard, September 1999 and link)
    career sales of 43 million albums worldwide (Billboard, January 2003)
    career sales of 50 million albums worldwide (Billboard, November 2004)

    *****
    CROSS ROAD
    (Bon Jovi, 1994)

    Posted Sales = 15,245,000
    Code:
    CROSS ROAD , Bon Jovi (1994)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    Europe          8,000,000 (2007)
    USA (1)         4,300,000 (2007)
    Japan           1,150,000
    Canada          1,000,000 (2000)
    Australia         280,000
    Argentina         240,000
    Thailand (2)      200,000
    New Zealand        75,000
    
    
               >>> 15,245,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 2007, Soundscan
    (2) 1996, Billboard: February 24
    Sales Timeline
    18.5 million worldwide (2004, Billboard: November 20)

    *****
    BOSTON
    (Boston, 1976)

    Posted Sales = 18,100,000
    Code:
    BOSTON , Boston (1976)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            17,000,000 (2003)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1997)
    Uk                100,000 (1979)
    
               >>> 18,100,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    NO FENCES
    (Garth Brooks, 1990)

    Posted Sales = 16,700,000
    Code:
    NO FENCES , Garth Brooks (1990)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            17,000,000 (2007)
    Canada            700,000 (2000)
    
               >>> 17,700,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    ROPIN' THE WIND
    (Garth Brooks, 1991)

    Posted Sales = 14,570,000
    Code:
    ROPIN' THE WIND , Garth Brooks (1991)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            14,000,000 (1998)
    Canada            500,000 (1996)
    Australia          70,000 (2005)
    
               >>> 14,570,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    DAYDREAM
    (Mariah Carey, 1995)

    Posted Sales = 16,327,000
    Code:
    DAYDREAM , Mariah Carey (1995)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (1998)
    Europe          3,000,000 (1996)
    Japan           2,202,000
    Canada (2)        700,000 (1997)
    Australia         350,000
    New Zealand        75,000 
    
               >>> 16,327,000 = Posted sales
    Sales Timeline
    14 million worldwide (1996, Billboard: May 25)

    *****
    #1's
    (Mariah Carey, 1998)

    Posted Sales = 11,097,000

    America = 5,425,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 5,000,000 (2003) Canada= 300,000 (2000) Brazil= 125,000 (1999)

    Europe = 2,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 2,000,000 (2003, IFPI)

    Other Countries = 3,672,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 70,000 (1998)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 3,250,000 (including imports; 1999, Billboard: January 16) Korea= 352,000

    *****
    TRACY CHAPMAN
    (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

    Posted Sales = 13,670,000
    Code:
    TRACY CHAPMAN , Tracy Chapman (1988)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             6,000,000 (2001)
    UK              2,400,000 (2004)
    Germany         2,000,000 (2001)
    France          1,000,000 (2000)
    Australia         490,000 (2001)
    Italy             420,000
    Canada            300,000 (1988)
    Spain             300,000 (2000)
    Brazil            250,000 (1998)
    Switzerland       200,000 (1994)
    New Zealand       165,000
    Netherlands       100,000 (1988)
    Japan              45,000
    
               >>> 13,670,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    UNPLUGGED
    (Eric Clapton, 1992)

    Posted Sales = 17,200,000
    Code:
    UNPLUGGED , Eric Clapton (1992)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (1996)
    Germany         1,250,000 (2006)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1993)
    Japan           1,000,000
    UK                900,000 (1995)
    France            600,000 (2001)
    Australia         560,000 (2005)
    Asia (1)          450,000 
    Netherlands       400,000 (1995)
    Spain             300,000 (1995)
    Brazil            250,000 (1998)
    Argentina         180,000
    New Zealand       165,000
    Switzerland       100,000 (1994)
    Finland            45,000
    
               >>> 17,200,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) sales in Southeast Asia (1993, Billboard: May 15)
    *****
    ...BUT SERIOUSLY
    (Phil Collins, 1989)

    Posted Sales = 13,714,000
    Code:
    ...BUT SERIOUSLY , Phil Collins (1989)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             4,000,000 (1994)
    Germany         3,000,000 (1994)
    UK              2,738,000 (2006)
    France          1,000,000 (1991)
    Canada            700,000 (1991)
    Spain             700,000 (1990)
    Italy             360,000
    Australia         350,000
    Brazil            250,000 (1990)
    Switzerland       250,000 (1990)
    Japan             116,000
    Netherlands       100,000 (1989)
    Finland            75,000
    New Zealand        75,000
    
               >>> 13,714,000 = Posted sales
    *****
    NO NEED TO ARGUE
    (The Cranberries, 1994)

    Posted Sales = 12,900,000
    Code:
    NO NEED TO ARGUE , The Cranberries (1994)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             7,000,000 (1996)
    Europe          5,000,000 (1997)
    Canada            500,000 (1995)
    Australia (1)     400,000
    
               >>> 12,900,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 1995, Billboard: September 30
    Sales Timeline
    15 million worldwide (with career sales of 28-million albums worldwide)
    (1999, Billboard: March 13)


    *****
    HYSTERIA
    (Def Leppard, 1987)

    Posted Sales = 14,019,000
    Code:
    HYSTERIA , Def Leppard (1987)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA (1)         12,375,000 
    Canada           1,000,000 (1988)
    UK                 600,000 (1989)
    New Zealand        120,000 
    Japan               44,000
    
               >>> 14,139,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 10,000,000 (1990, RIAA) + 2,375,000 (2006, Soundscan)
    *****
    THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE
    (Celine Dion, 1993)


    Posted Sales = 13,570,000

    America = 7,500,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 6,000,000 (1999) Canada= 1,500,000 (1997, Billboard: January 18)

    Europe = 4,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 4,000,000 (1996)
    UK= 1,817,000 (2006, OCC)

    Other Countries = 2,070,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 1,000,000 (RIAJ / Oricon= 850,000)
    Australia= 500,000* (1995) Korea= 167,000* (1995) South Africa= 106,000* (1995)
    Indonesia= 95,000* (1995) New Zealand= 57,000* (1995) Malasya= 42,000* (1995)
    Thailand= 33,000* (1995) Singapore= 25,000* (1995) Taiwan= 23,000* (1995)
    Hong Kong= 22,000* (1995)

    Sales Timeline
    close to 13 million worldwide (1996, Billboard: November 9)
    14 million worldwide (with 1.5-million in Canada) (1997, Billboard: January 18)

    *****
    A DECADE OF SONG
    (Celine Dion, 1999)

    Posted Sales = 17,555,000
    8,950,000 ... USA (1)
    5,000,000 ... Europe (5xPlatinum, 2004)
    2,000,000 ... Japan (2xMillion, May-2007)
    900,000 ... Canada (9xPlatinum, 2000)
    250,000 ... Brazil (Platinum, 2000)
    210,000 ... Australia (3xPlatinum, 1999)
    95,000 ... Korea
    90,000 ... New Zealand (6xPlatinum)
    60,000 ... Argentina (Platinum)

    Total = 17,555,000

    (1) 7,850,000 (April 2009, Soundscan) + 1,100,000 (2002, BMG Record Club)

    Sales Timeline
    17 million worldwide (2002, Billboard: January 26)
    *****
    DOOKIE
    (Green Day, 1995)


    Posted Sales = 12,979,000

    America = 11,125,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1999) Canada= 1,000,000 (1995) Brazil= 125,000 (1996)

    Europe = 1,450,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 750,000 (2005) UK= 600,000 (2004) France= 100,000 (1998)

    Other Countries = 404,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 280,000 (1999)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 124,000

    *****
    THE EMINEM SHOW
    (Eminem, 2002)


    Posted Sales = 15,965,000

    America = 10,808,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 9,608,000 (2006, Soundscan) Canada= 1,000,000 (2003) Brazil= 125,000 (2002)
    Mexico= 75,000 (2002)

    Europe = 4,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 4,000,000 (2003, IFPI)

    Other Countries = 1,157,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 560,000 (2003)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 390,000 Korea= 207,000

    *****
    THE SCORE
    (Fugees, 1996)


    Posted Sales = 13,056,000

    America = 7,056,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 5,734,000 (2005, Soundscan) + 822,000 (BMG Record Club) = 6,556,000
    Canada= 500,000 (1996)

    Europe = 6,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 6,000,000 (2004, IFPI)

    Sales Timeline
    12 million worldwide (1997, Billboard: 14 June)

    *****
    BREATHLESS
    (Kenny G, 1992)



    Posted Sales = 14,150,000

    America = 12,550,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 12,000,000 (1998) Canada= 300,000 (1994) Brazil= 250,000 (1995)

    Europe = 100,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 100,000 (1993)

    Other Countries = 1,500,000
    Other Sales
    Asia= 1,500,000 (1996, Billboard: February 24)

    *****
    USE YOUR ILLUSION I
    (Guns N'Roses, 1991)


    Posted Sales = 10,850,000

    America = 8,600,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 7,000,000 (1997) Canada= 1,000,000 (2001) Mexico= 350,000 (1999)
    Brazil= 250,000 (1998)

    Europe = 1,900,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 1,000,000 (1993) UK= 300,000 (1992) France= 300,000 (1995)
    Netherlands= 200,000 (1994) Switzerland= 100,000 (1993)

    Other Countries = 350,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 350,000

    *****
    USE YOUR ILLUSION II
    (Guns N'Roses, 1991)


    Posted Sales = 11,156,000

    America = 8,400,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 7,000,000 (1997) Canada= 900,000 (2001) Mexico= 250,000 (1999)
    Brazil= 250,000 (1996)

    Europe = 2,400,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 1,250,000 (1996) France= 600,000 (1997) UK= 300,000 (1992)
    Switzerland= 150,000 (1997) Netherlands= 100,000 (1992)

    Other Countries = 356,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 356,000

    *****
    CRACKED REAR VIEW
    (Hootie & The Blowfish, 1994)


    Posted Sales = 17,100,000

    America = 17,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 16,000,000 (1999) Canada= 1,000,000 (1996)

    Europe = 100,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 100,000 (1996)

    *****
    WHITNEY
    (Whitney Houston, 1987)


    Posted Sales = 13,407,000

    America = 9,700,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 9,000,000 (1995) Canada= 700,000 (1988)

    Europe = 3,298,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 500,000 (1987) France= 300,000 (1989) Netherlands= 100,000 (1987)
    Switzerland= 100,000 (1998) Austria= 60,000 (1990)
    Other Sales
    UK= 2,238,000 (2006, OCC)

    Other Countries = 409,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 409,000

    *****
    OFF THE WALL
    (Michael Jackson, 1979)


    Posted Sales = 9,885,000

    America = 7,160,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 7,000,000 (1995) Canada= 100,000 (1979)
    Other Sales
    Brazil= 60,000

    Europe = 2,200,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 1,800,000 (1979) France= 300,000 (1995) Netherlands= 100,000 (1986)

    Other Countries = 525,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 280,000 (2001)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 170,000 New Zealand= 75,000

    *****
    HISTORY
    (Michael Jackson, 1995)


    Posted Sales = 11,446,000

    America = 4,250,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 3,500,000 (1999) Canada= 500,000 (1995) Brazil= 250,000 (1995)

    Europe = 6,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 6,000,000 (1996)

    Other Countries = 1,196,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 490,000 (2001)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 586,000 New Zealand= 120,000

    *****
    GREATEST HITS
    (Journey, 1988)


    Posted Sales = 14,000,000
    America = 14,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 14,000,000 (2006)

    *****
    TAPESTRY
    (Carole King, 1971)


    Posted Sales = 10,000,000

    America = 10,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1995)

    Sales Timeline
    13 million worldwide (1976, Time Magazine: February 23)
    about 20 million worldwide (combined sales on Ode/A&M and Epic/Sony labels) ;
    average sales of 1 million each year (1995, Billboard: October 21)


    *****
    LED ZEPPELIN II
    (Led Zeppelin, 1969)


    Posted Sales = 15,268,000

    LED ZEPPELIN II , Led Zeppelin (1969)

    12,000,000 ... USA (RIAA, 1999)
    1,200,000 ... UK (4xP , 2008)
    900,000 ... Canada (9xP , 2000)
    500,000 ... Germany (Platinum, 2003)
    280,000 ... Australia (4xP , 2007)
    200,000 ... France (2xG , 2001)
    133,000 ... Japan (Oricon)
    30,000 ... Argentina (Gold)
    25,000 ... Austria (Gold , 1991)

    Total = 15,268,000
    *****
    LIKE A VIRGIN
    (Madonna, 1984)


    Posted Sales = 15,083,000

    America = 11,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1998) Canada= 1,000,000 (1992)

    Europe = 2,726,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 500,000 (1985) France= 600,000 (2001)
    Other Sales
    UK= 1,626,000 (2006, OCC)

    Other Countries = 1,357,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 490,000 (2000) New Zealand= 75,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 792,000

    *****
    RAY OF LIGHT
    (Madonna, 1998)


    Posted Sales = 12,806,000

    America = 4,950,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 4,000,000 (2000) Canada= 700,000 (1999) Brazil= 250,000 (2005)

    Europe = 7,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 7,000,000 (2002)

    Other Countries = 856,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 210,000 (1999)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 246,000 Asia Pacific= 400,000 (1998, Billboard: Ocotber 24)

    *****
    RICKY MARTIN
    (Ricky Martin, 1999)


    Posted Sales = 12,106,000

    America = 9,422,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 6,935,000 (2005, Soundscan) + 987,000 (BMG Record Club) = 7,922,000
    Canada= 1,000,000 (1999) Mexico= 375,000 (1999) Brazil= 125,000 (2000)

    Europe = 2,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 2,000,000 (1999)

    Other Countries = 684,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia + New Zealand= 424,000 (2006, Billboard: November 4)
    Other Sales
    Korea= 260,000

    Sales Timeline
    11-million worldwide (1999, Billboard: October 28)
    15-million worldwide (2003, Billboard: June 7)

    *****
    PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT'EM
    (MC Hammer, 1990)


    Posted Sales = 12,559,000

    America = 10,800,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1991) Canada= 800,000 (1991)

    Europe = 1,100,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 600,000 (1991) Germany= 250,000 (1991) France= 100,000 (1991)
    Spain= 100,000 (1991) Netherlands= 50,000 (1991)

    Other Countries = 659,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 559,000 Australia= 100,000 (1991, Billboard: May 18)

    *****
    BAT OUT OF HELL II : BACK INTO HELL
    (Meat Loaf, 1993)


    Posted Sales = 9,659,000

    America = 6,409,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 4,600,000 (2003, Soundscan) + 909,000 (BMG Record Club) = 5,509,000
    Canada= 900,000 (1995)

    Europe = 2,900,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 1,800,000 (1994) Germany= 1,000,000 (1994) Netherlands= 100,000 (1994)

    Other Countries = 350,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 350,000*

    Sales Timeline
    15-million worldwide (1996, Billboard: June 29)

    *****
    FAITH
    (George Michael, 1987)


    Posted Sales = 13,705,000

    America = 11,000,000
    Certified Sales

    USA= 10,000,000 (1996) Canada= 1,000,000 (1991)

    Europe = 2,150,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 1,200,000 (1993) France= 600,000 (1989) Germany= 250,000 (1988)
    Netherlands= 100,000 (1987)

    Other Countries = 555,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 350,000 (2004)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 205,000

    Sales Timeline
    14-million worldwide (1995, Billboard: July 29)

    *****
    NEVERMIND
    (Nirvana, 1991)


    Posted Sales = 15,888,000

    America = 11,713,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1999) + 143,000 (2006, Soundscan) = 10,143,000
    Canada= 1,000,000 (2001) Brazil= 250,000 (1998) Mexico= 200,000 (1999)
    Argentina= 120,000 (2004)

    Europe = 4,034,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 1,000,000 (1998) France= 1,000,000 (1997) Netherlands= 100,000 (1994) Switzerland= 50,000 (1990) Austria= 30,000 (1993)
    Other Sales
    UK= 1,807,000 (2006, OCC) Finland= 47,000

    Other Countries = 141,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 141,000

    *****
    (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY?
    (Oasis, 1995)


    Posted Sales = 12,096,000

    America = 4,800,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 4,000,000 (1996) Canada= 800,000 (1997)

    Europe = 6,663,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 6,000,000 (1997, IFPI)
    Other Sales
    UK= 663,000 (1998-2005)

    Other Countries = 633,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 420,000 (1999) New Zealand= 105,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 108,000

    *****
    TUBULLAR BELLS
    (Mike Oldfield, 1973)


    *****
    TEN
    (Pearl Jam, 1991)


    Posted Sales = 13,175,000

    America = 12,825,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 12,000,000 (2003) Canada= 700,000 (2006) Brazil= 125,000 (1993)

    Europe = 350,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 250,000 (1994) UK= 100,000 (1992)

    *****
    WISH YOU WERE HERE
    (Pink Floyd, 1975)


    Posted Sales = 9,412,000

    America = 7,092,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 4,000,000 (1989) + 2,792,000 (1991-2006, Soundscan) = 6,792,000
    Canada= 300,000 (1979)

    Europe = 2,213,000
    Certified Sales
    France= 1,000,000 (1989) UK= 100,000 (1975) + 613,000 (1992-2006) = 713,000
    Germany= 500,000 (1990)

    Other Countries = 107,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 107,000

    *****
    PURPLE RAIN
    (Prince and The Revolution, 1984)


    Posted Sales = 15,919,000

    America = 14,036,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 13,000,000 (1996) + 436,000 (2003-2007, Soundscan) = 13,436,000
    Canada= 600,000 (1984)

    Europe = 1,546,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 600,000 (1990) + 146,000 (1997-2005) Germany= 500,000 (1993)
    France= 300,000 (1993)

    Other Countries = 337,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 140,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 197,000

    Sales Timeline
    career sales of 800,000 albums in Australia (including 200,000 for "Diamonds & Pearls") (1992, Billboard: May 9)

    *****
    GREATEST HITS II
    (Queen, 1991)

    Posted Sales = 13,626,000
    Code:
    GREATEST HITS II , Queen (1992)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             3,274,000 (2006)
    UK (1)          2,603,000
    Germany         2,000,000 (1993)
    France          1,000,000 (1992)
    Canada            700,000
    Spain             661,000 (2004)
    Australia         560,000 (2007)
    Argentina         510,000 (1999)
    Brazil            500,000 (1997)
    Italy*            500,000
    Netherlands       500,000
    Denmark           250,000
    Austria           200,000 (1997)
    New Zealand       152,000
    Finland           137,000
    Korea              50,000
    Japan              29,000
    
               >>> 13,626,000 = Posted sales
    
    (1) 2,400,000 (2000, BPI) + 203,000 (2001 - Aug 2006)
    
    *****
    GREATEST HITS I & II , Queen
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA               886,000 (2007) 
    Germany           250,000 (1996)
    Spain             198,000 (2004)
    Netherlands       120,000
    France            100,000 (1994)
    New Zealand        66,000
    Japan              33,000
    
               >>> 1,653,000 = Posted sales
    
    *****
    THE PLATINUM COLLECTION , Queen (199)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    UK              1,532,000 (2007)
    USA               463,000 (2006)  
    Italy             400,000
    Spain             198,000 (2004)
    Netherlands       160,000
    New Zealand        21,000
    Finland            17,000
    
               >>> 2,791,000 = Posted sales
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    CAN'T SLOW DOWN
    (Lionel Richie, 1983)

    Posted Sales = 14,500,000

    10,430,000 ... USA (1)
    1,895,000 ... UK (2006, OCC)
    1,000,000 ... Canada (Diamond, 1984)
    400,000 ... Australia (2)
    250,000 ... Germany (Gold, 1984)
    200,000 ... France (2xGold, 1984)
    200,000 ... South Africa (3)
    125,000 ... Japan

    Total = 14,500,000

    (1) 10,000,000 (10xPlatinum, 1985) + 430,000 (Soundscan)
    (2) Billboard, 9-Nov-85 page A-20 , page A-26
    (3) Billboard, 13-Sep-86 page 77

    Sales Timeline
    "According to Motown, Richie's solo albums -- 1982's "Lionel Richie", 1983's "Can't Slow Down", and 1986's "Dancing On The Ceiling'', have sold a total of 25 million copies worldwide" (1992, Billboard: August 27)

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    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    *****

    7. BUBBLING UNDER:
    Albums that probably have sold 15 MILLION or more

    (continued)

    BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
    (Simon & Garfunkel, 1970)


    Posted Sales = 12,641,000

    America = 8,400,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 8,000,000 (2001) Canada= 400,000 (1979)

    Europe = 3,801,000
    Certified Sales
    Germany= 500,000 (1977) France= 300,000 (1995)
    Other Sales
    UK= 3,001,000 (2006, OCC)

    Other Countries = 440,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 440,000

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    THE LION KING
    (Soundtrack, 1994)


    Posted Sales = 14,150,000

    America = 11,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 10,000,000 (1995) Canada= 1,000,000 (1995)

    Europe = 3,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 3,000,000 (1996)

    Other Countries = 150,000
    Other Sales
    Japan= 150,000 (1995, Billboard: April 29)


    *****
    OOPS!...I DID IT AGAIN
    (Britney Spears, 2000)


    Posted Sales = 15,980,000

    America = 11,302,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 9,173,000 (2006, Soundscan) + 1,210,000 (BMG Record Club) = 10,377,000
    Canada= 500,000 (2000) Mexico= 300,000 (2000) Brazil= 125,000 (2000)

    Europe = 4,000,000
    Certified Sales
    Europe= 4,000,000 (2001)

    Other Countries = 672,000
    Certified Sales
    Australia= 210,000 (2001)
    Other Sales
    Japan= 242,000 Korea= 220,000

    *****
    GREATEST HITS 1974-1978
    (Steve Miller Band, 1978)


    Posted Sales = 14,000,000

    America = 14,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 13,000,000 (2003) Canada= 1,000,000 (2003)

    *****
    BREAKFAST IN AMERICA
    (Supertramp, 1978)


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    THE WOMAN IN ME
    (Shania Twain, 1995)


    Posted Sales = 14,300,000

    America = 14,000,000
    Certified Sales
    USA= 12,000,000 (2000) Canada= 2,000,000 (1999)

    Europe = 300,000
    Certified Sales
    UK= 300,000 (2000)

    *****
    ACHTUNG BABY
    (U2, 1991)

    Posted Sales = 12,513,000
    Code:
    ACHTUNG BABY , U2 (1991)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA             8,000,000 (1997)
    UK              1,200,000 (2001)
    Canada          1,000,000 (2000)
    France            600,000 (1995)
    Germany           500,000 (1992)
    Italy             450,000*
    Australia         350,000 (1998)
    Brazil            125,000 (1992)
    Japan             123,000
    Argentina          90,000
    New Zealand        75,000
    
               >>> 12,513,000 = Posted sales
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    THE BEST OF 1980-1990
    (U2, 1998)

    Posted Sales = 13,526,000
    Code:
    THE BEST OF 1980-1990 , U2 (1998)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    Europe          7,000,000 (2004)
    USA             4,330,000 (2007)
    Canada            600,000 (1998)
    Japan             376,000
    Australia         350,000 (1999)
    Argentina         300,000
    Brazil            250,000 (1998)
    Mexico            200,000 (1999)
    New Zealand       120,000
    
               >>> 13,526,000 = Posted sales
    13.8 million worldwide (2002, link)

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    ELIMINATOR
    (ZZ Top, 1983)

    Posted Sales = 13,950,000
    Code:
    ELIMINATOR , ZZ Top (1983)
    
                    Confirmed           Estimated
    
    USA            10,000,000 (1996)
    UK              1,200,000 (2004)
    Canada          1,000,000 (1992)
    Germany           750,000 (2006)
    France            600,000 (2001)
    Australia         280,000 (2000)
    New Zealand       120,000
    
               >>> 13,950,000 = Posted sales

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    by » 15-09-06, 00:47

    this is good maybe someone will finally get to the real album sales totals and finish it to the end.

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    by » 15-09-06, 03:43

    Sony Music Japan reported that 'Thriller' sold 46 million copies worldwide, whenever the special edition came out.

    http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Intern ... index.html

    Translated version:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?u ... uage_tools

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    by » 15-09-06, 10:47

    I know you havent heard of this guy

    A R Rehman - Indian composer

    he did a soundtrack for a film called BOMBAY in the mid 1990's

    It sold over 24 million in India alone
    http://www.rediff.com/money/2002/sep/21bizsp.htm

    "The music maestro also notched up a record of sorts when the music for Bombay - a bilingual film in Hindi and Tamil - sold a massive 12 million copies in both languages."

    He has sold over 300 million albums as he does the soundtarck to many indian films

    My advice - check our Dil Se - It has Shahrukh Khan in, who is the biggest Movie star in the world!

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    by » 15-09-06, 15:42

    Hi Edu, some other stats about "Thriller" :

    UK : 3,850,000 (look at Basil thread)
    France : Officialy 2,500,000 sold in 1988 when it hit the diamond award, said to be at 3,000,000 since the releases of the special edition.
    Canada : 2,000,000 certified, since 1rst April 1984. Over 3,000,000 copies sold by now.
    Mexico & Argentina : Said to be at 1,7m and 0,6m respectively in those countries.
    Japan : 2,500,000 copies shipped.
    NZ : 180,000 certified.
    Belgium : 550,000 certified.

    Others 'unofficial' figures : 1,2m in Spain, 1m in Italia, 0,2m in Austria, 0,6m in South Africa, 0,3m in Turkey.

    "Sales Timeline" :
    - 30,000,000 by Feb 1984.
    - 40,000,000 end of 1984.
    - 54,000,000 by 1996.
    - 60,000,000 by 2003.
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    by » 15-09-06, 17:18

    Great thread

    For THRILLER, I have the following certifications to add:

    France: Diamond = 1 million.
    Holland: 11 x Platinum = 770,000.
    New Zealand: 10 x Platinum = 150,000.
    Belgium: 11 x Platinum = 550,000.
    Finland: 3 x Platinum = 90,000.
    Portugal: 3 x Platinum = 120,000.
    Spain: 6 x Platinum = 480,000.
    Mexico: Diamond = 500,000.

    Check out the site below for info on certifications for Michael's BAD & DANGEROUS albums, which are both around the 29-30 million mark.

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    by » 15-09-06, 17:44

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis17
    Holland: 11 x Platinum = 770,000.
    New Zealand: 10 x Platinum = 150,000.
    Finland: 3 x Platinum = 90,000.
    Spain: 6 x Platinum = 480,000.
    Mexico: Diamond = 500,000.
    Those 5 are wrong.
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    by » 15-09-06, 18:22

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis17
    Belgium: 11 x Platinum = 550,000.
    Portugal: 3 x Platinum = 120,000.
    Hi, Lewis17, where did you find Belgium?
    And Portugal when it started the certifications for 2003.

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    by » 15-09-06, 18:29

    'The Bodyguard' sold 600,000 in Taiwan.

    Worldwide Sales:
    1995: 34 million
    1999: 37 million

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    by » 15-09-06, 19:13

    Quote Originally Posted by MJDangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis17
    Holland: 11 x Platinum = 770,000.
    New Zealand: 10 x Platinum = 150,000.
    Finland: 3 x Platinum = 90,000.
    Spain: 6 x Platinum = 480,000.
    Mexico: Diamond = 500,000.
    Those 5 are wrong.
    So what are the correct certifications/numbers for these countries, according to your info?

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    by » 15-09-06, 19:17

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson
    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis17
    Belgium: 11 x Platinum = 550,000.
    Portugal: 3 x Platinum = 120,000.
    Hi, Lewis17, where did you find Belgium?
    And Portugal when it started the certifications for 2003.
    Most of the certifications I have are taken from official chart web-sites or various ukmix threads, which I like to think I can trust

    I've just noticed MJDangerous has posted the same figure for Belgium, so at least we agree on this one

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    by » 16-09-06, 04:22

    Beatles 1
    Korea Sales



    The Beatles 1
    Total: over 565,291 copies


    2000 year end - 229,452 copies #2
    2001 year end - 262,006 copies #1
    2002 year end - 47,828 copies #26
    2003 year end - 15,785 copies #45
    2004 year end - 10,220 copies #46
    2005 year end - not enter

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    by » 17-09-06, 03:37

    I remember Hanboo posted a top 100 of this kind of list back in the time of dotmusic.

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    by » 17-09-06, 11:31

    always the same.. mariahs sales are downgrade to a not existable standard. really always the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevyy
    always the same.. mariahs sales are downgrade to a not existable standard. really always the same
    what do you mean?
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    by » 17-09-06, 19:43

    Sony Music Annual Report - March 1995

    ...
    Mariah Carey's Music Box album sold an additional 11 million copies during the fiscal year, with aggregate sales exceeding 20 million units worldwide (23 million).
    ...

    Sony Music Annual Report - March 1996

    ...
    Mariah Carey's worldwide success continued to build with Daydream, which sold more than 14 million units worldwide during the year under review, while her 1993 and 1994 Music Box (24 million) and Merry Christmas (10 million) each sold over an additional million units worldwide.
    ...

    Columbia Blitz For Carey's 'Daydream' A Global Reality

    The 25-year-old singer's 1993 release, Music Box has sold 23.5 million copies worldwide, according to the label. Carey also issued the seasonal Merry Christmas last year, which moved 8 million units worldwide. Those releases sold 6.3 million and 2 million units, respectively, in the US, according to SoundScan.

    Source: Billboard - September 9, 1995

    Sony Music Japan also confirmed in 1996, that Music Box had sold 24 million worldwide (2.3 million in Japan).

    The press release in 1998 for '#1's' said Music Box sold over 24 million copies worldwide.

    Sony Music China reported in 2001, that Music Box had sold 25 million copies worldwide.

    Universal Music Korea reported in 2002, that Music Box has sold 25 million copies worldwide (1 million in Korea)

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    by » 17-09-06, 19:51

    Madonna's official site reported in 2001, that True Blue sold 19 million copies worldwide

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    by » 17-09-06, 19:58

    Eminem's The Eminem Show sold 19 million copies worldwide (900,000 in France), according to Universal France.

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    by » 17-09-06, 20:02

    U2's Joshua Tree sold over 20 million copies worldwide, according to Universal Canada.

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    by » 17-09-06, 20:06

    Backstreet Boys albums Backstreet Boys and Millenium sold 24 million copies worldwide each, according to Sony Music Australia.

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