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    by 06-11-06, 07:16

    Well, there is a lot of information on different topic about Pink Floyd, and we have some ideas about what their real sales are. But it would be good to have some information about them in the main market. So here we go.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:17

    UK SALES

    KEY: year of release, year of certification, name, shipment

    1967- none- Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    1968- none- A Saucerful of Secrets
    1969- none- More
    1969- none- Ummagumma
    1970- none- Atom Heart Mother
    1971- none- Meddle
    1971- none- Relics
    1972- 1974- Obscured by clouds 60.000
    1973- 2005- Dark Side of the Moon 2.700.000
    1973- 1975- A nice pair 100.000
    1974- none- Master of rocks
    1975- 1975- Wish You Were Here 100.000
    1977- 1977- Animals 100.000
    1979- 1979- The Wall 300.000
    1981- 1981- Collection of great dance songs 100.000
    1983- 1983- The Final Cut 100.000
    1987- 1987- A Momentary Lapse of Reason 100.000
    1988- 1988- Delicate sound of thunder 100.000
    1994- 1994- The Division Bell 600.000
    1995- 2006- Pulse 600.000
    2000- 2000- The wall live 60.000
    2001- 2002- Echoes 600.000

    Total shipment: 5.620.000

    Music week from 1984:
    1984: 137.000
    1985: 132.000
    1986: 120.000
    1987: 376.000
    1988: 466.000
    1989: 346.000
    1990-1999: 3.450.000
    2000: 249.000
    2001: 690.000
    2002: less than 400.000
    2003: less than 431.000. "The dark side of the moon" sold 130.000
    2004: less than 430.000. "The dark side of the moon" sold 80.000
    2005: 470.000

    Total: 6.635.000

    Total maximun missing sales: 1,051,000.

    It looks like the sold about 7 millions since 1984.

    Some sales figures from 1992 to 2006

    Meddle: 159.317
    Wish you were here: 612.627
    The wall: 620,356
    A momentary lapse of reason: 187.348
    The division bell: 1.076.068
    Is there anybody out there: 97.433
    Echoes: 876.906

    And here is a year by year break down for "The dark side of the moon" from 1992 to 2005:

    1992 32,669 (From July onwards)
    1993 152,686
    1994 191,805
    1995 144,780
    1996 81,646
    1997 83,654
    1998 78,321
    1999 74,027
    2000 42,280
    2001 53,538
    2002 35,486
    2003 46,045
    2004 180,461
    2005 72,002 (to Sep)

    Total UK Sales July 1992 - Sep 2005: 1,269,400


    Pink floyd have had 5 number one albums, and have spent more than 900 weeks on the charts. They are massive seller, and its clear that they are undercertified. Theit total sales there are about 14 M.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:25

    GERMANY SALES

    Key: year of release, year of certification, name, shipment

    1967- none- Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    1968- none- A Saucerful of Secrets
    1969- none- More
    1969- none- Ummagumma
    1970- 1990- Atom Heart Mother 250.000
    1971- 1993- Meddle 250.000
    1971- none- Relics
    1972- none- Obscured by clouds
    1973- 1994- Dark Side of the Moon 1.000.000
    1973- none- A nice pair
    1974- none- Master of rocks
    1975- 1990- Wish You Were Here 500.000
    1977- 1990- Animals 500.000
    1979- 1993- The Wall 2.000.000
    1981- none- Collection of great dance songs
    1983-1990- The Final Cut 250.000
    1987- 1987- A Momentary Lapse of Reason 250.000
    1988- 1988- Delecate sound of thunder 250.000
    1994- 1994- The Division Bell 750.000
    1995- 2006- Pulse 500.000
    2000- none- The wall live
    2001- 2002- Echoes 150.000


    A nice pattern of certifications, with some high shipments. Dispite that, they are still undercertified there.

    "Wish you were here" reached number 2 in the charts, 28 weeks at top ten, and 298 weeks in the charts (more than any other album there). But in 1990 it was "only" certified platinum for a shipment of 500 k. I would say that thse album could be at about 2 M there. Albums like "Animals" seem to have sold more than their certifications.

    They have 6 number one albums.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:27

    FRANCE SALES

    Key: year of release, year of certification, name, shipment, estimations

    1967- none- Piper at the Gates of Dawn-
    1968- none- A Saucerful of Secrets
    1969- 1977- More 400.000- 400.000
    1969- 1977- Ummagumma 100.000- 250.000
    1970- 1977- Atom Heart Mother- 100.000- 500.000
    1971- 1977- Meddle 200.000- 600.000
    1971- none- Relics
    1972- none- Obscured by clouds 500.000
    1973- 1980- Dark Side of the Moon 400.000- 2.500.000
    1973- 1974- A nice pair 100.000- 150.000
    1974- 1977- Master of rocks 100.000- 400.000
    1975- 1988- Wish You Were Here 1.000.000- 1.500.000
    1977- 1980- Animals 400.000- 800.000
    1979- 1991- The Wall 1.000.000- 1.700.000
    1981- none- Collection of great dance songs
    1983- 1983- The Final Cut 100.000- 500.000
    1987- 1988- A Momentary Lapse of Reason 300.000- 500.000
    1988- 1989- Delecate sound of thunder 200.000- 300.000
    1994- 1995- The Division Bell 600.000- 900.000
    1995- 1998- Pulse 300.000- 300.000
    2000- none- The wall live 80.000
    2001- 2001- Echoes 300.000- 500.000


    Total shipment: 3.800.000
    Total estimations:12.000.000

    Well, France is probably the country in which they did it better. They had 7 number one albums.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:29

    ITALY SALES

    Key: year of release, name, peak positions, year end charts

    1967- Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    1968- A Saucerful of Secrets
    1969- More
    1969- Ummagumma
    1970- Atom Heart Mother- N 5 (number 25 of 1971)
    1971- Meddle- N 8 (number 29 of 1972)
    1971- Relics
    1972- Obscured by clouds- N 5 (number 27 of 1972)
    1973- Dark Side of the Moon- N 1 (number 3 of 1973)
    1973- A nice pair- N 10 (number 47 of 1974)
    1974- Master of rocks- N 6 (number 28 of 1975)
    1975- Wish You Were Here- N 1 (number one of 1976)
    1977- Animals- N 1 (number 8 of 1977)
    1979- The Wall- N 1 (number 2 of 1980)
    1981- Collection of great dance songs
    1983-The Final Cut- N 1 (number 11 of 1983)
    1987- A Momentary Lapse of Reason- N 4 (number 19 of 1987)
    1988- Delecate sound of thunder- N 2 (number 22 of 1988)
    1994- The Division Bell- N 1 (number one of 1994)- 500.000 (1994)
    1995- Pulse- N 3 (number 16 of 1995)
    2000- The wall live- N 4 (number 51 of 2000)
    2001- Echoes- N 1 (number 5 of 2001) 500.000 (2001)


    So what heppaned there?. A great chart action but not many sales information. In 1994, "The division bell" sold 500 k, and it was the best selling albums according to hit parede. It could have sold about 600 k by now. Albums like "The dark side of the moon" could be close to the million copies there.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:33

    SPAIN SALES


    Number one albums:

    1.WISH YOU WERE HERE (20wks)
    2.ANIMALS (8wks)
    3.THE WALL (15wks)
    4.THE DIVISION BELL

    Other certified albums:
    -The final cut 50.000
    -A momentary lapse of reason 100.000
    -Delicate sound of thunder 50.000
    -P.U.L.S.E. 50.000
    -Echoes 100.000

    Very few certifications, but a great chart performance. From 1975 to 1980, they had 3 number one albums, and spent a massive 43 weeks at at that position.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:36

    AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZELAND


    Australia.

    -"The dark side of the moon": 770.000
    -"The wall": 420.000 (1991)
    -"A collection og great dance songs": 70.000
    -"The division bell": 70.000
    -"Pulse": 70.000
    -"Echoes": 70.000


    New Zealand.

    -"The dark side of the moon": 225.000
    -"Whish you were here": 45.000
    -"Animals": 45.000
    -"The wall": 195.000
    -"The final cut": 45.000
    -"A momentary lapse of reason": 90.000
    -"Delicate sound of thunder": 45.000
    -"The divison bell": 60.000
    -"Pulse": 45.000
    -"The wall live": 15.000
    -"Echoes": 45.000

    Total shipment: 845.000


    Does anybody have some information from Australia?.

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    by 06-11-06, 07:39

    JAPAN SALES

    Thanks to Mario, here are peak positions and sales.

    Ummagumma 66 4 4,000 [LP]
    Atom Heart Mother 15 61 89,000 [LP]
    Meddle 9 28 63,000 [LP]
    More # 62 , 10 weeks, 10,000 [LP]
    A Sauceful Of Secrets # 85 , 4 weeks, 4,000 [LP]
    Relics Pink Floyd # 14 , 17 weeks, 31,000 [LP]
    Obscured by Clouds # 13 , 15 weeks, 25,000 [LP]
    Dark Side of the Moon # 2 , 39 weeks, 124,000 [LP]
    A Nice Pair # 54 , 7 weeks, 12,000 [LP]
    Wish You Were Here # 4 , 25 weeks, 107,000 [LP]
    Animals # 3 , 17 weeks, 71,000 [LP]
    The Wall # 16 , 35 weeks, 84,000 [LP]
    The Final Cut # 11 , 12 weeks, 47,100 [LP] 9,950 [CT]
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason # 23 , 8 weeks, 39,000 [CD]
    Live Delicate Sound Of Thunder # 67 , 3 weeks, 5,340 [CD]
    The Division Bell # 7 , 9 weeks, 87,050 [CD]
    Pulse # 27 , 3 weeks, 28,540 [CD]
    Is There Anybody out There? # 55 , 1 week, 4,970 [CD]
    Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd # 42 , 3 weeks, 13,460 [CD]
    The Final Cut[Re] # 228 , 1 week, 1,046 [CD]
    Pulse # 132 , 1 week, 1,495 [CD]
    The Division Bell # 108 , 1 week, 1,719 [CD]
    Live Delicate Sound Of Thunder # 130 , 1 week, 1,509 [CD]
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason # 101 , 1 week, 1,842 [CD]

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    by 06-11-06, 08:22

    I will put more information. Can anyone post sales of USA and Canada?. It would be interesting to see it.

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    by 06-11-06, 10:54

    Pink Floyd USA Shipments

    Key
    year of release
    year of latest riaa certification
    title
    riaa shipment
    soundscan total since 1991 - courtesy of Hanboo and Dane



    Studio Albums
    ???? none Piper at the Gates of Dawn 393,000 sep 2007
    1968 none A Saucerful of Secrets 201,000
    1969 1994 Ummagumma - 1,000,000 - 482,000 feb 2007
    1970 1994 Atom Heart Mother - 500,000 - 331,000 jan 2007
    1971 1994 Meddle - 2,000,000 - 876,000 oct 2011
    1973 1998 Dark Side of the Moon - 15,000,000 - 9,286,000 oct 2011
    1975 1997 Wish You Were Here - 6,000,000 - 3,251,000 oct 2011 -
    1977 1995 Animals - 4,000,000 - 1,718,000 oct 2011
    1979 1999 The Wall - 11,500,000 - 5,701,000 oct 2011
    1983 1997 The Final Cut - 2,000,000 - 806,000 jan 2007
    1987 2001 A Momentary Lapse of Reason - 4,000,000 - 1,710,000 feb 2007
    1994 1999 The Division Bell - 3,000,000 - 3,335,000 feb 2007

    Soundtracks
    1969 none More - none - 152,000 jan 2007
    1972 1994 Obscured by Clouds - 500,000 - 292,000 jan 2007

    Compilations
    1971 none Relics - none - 248,000 jan 2007
    1983 none Works (US only) - none - 261,000 jan 2007
    1981 2001 Collection of Great Dance Songs - 2,000,000 - 1,170,000 jan 2007
    2001 2007 Echoes - 2,000,000 - 2,105,000
    2011 none A Foot in the Door

    Live Albums
    2000 2000 The Wall Live 1980/1- 500,000 - 537,000 jan 2007
    1988 1997 Delicate Sound of Thunder - 1,500,000 - 1,016,000 jan 2007
    1995 1995 Pulse - 1,000,000 - 1,539,000 jan 2007

    Others
    1967 none Pink Floyd (US only)
    1973 1994 A Nice Pair - 500,000 - 18,000 jan 2007
    1992 1996 Shine On Box Set (9CD) - 111,000 255,000
    2007 none Oh And By the Way (15CD)
    2011 none Discovery Box Set (16CD)- 3,000

    Other titles scanning over 1,000
    In London 1966/67 - 4,000
    Gift Set - 7,800
    Star Profile (Interview) - 22,000

    Total Shipment - 57,111,000

    However, other data indicates that Floyd have now shipped over 78,000,000 albums in the US.

    With only one album released since 1991 their soundscan sales are astounding:-

    37,000,000 from 1991-2011.


    Pink Floyd Canadian Shipments

    cria site is being revamped, so no certification dates.

    Studio Albums
    ???? Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    1968 A Saucerful of Secrets
    1969 Ummagumma
    1970 Atom Heart Mother
    1971 Meddle
    1973 Dark Side of the Moon - 2,000,000
    1975 Wish You Were Here - 300,000
    1977 Animals - 200,000
    1979 The Wall - 1000,000
    1983 The Final Cut
    1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason - 300,000
    1994 The Division Bell - 400,000

    Soundtracks
    1969 More
    1972 Obscured by Clouds

    Compilations
    1971 Relics
    1983 Works (US only?)
    1981 Collection of Great Dance Songs
    2001 Echoes - 300,000

    Live Albums
    2000 The Wall Live 1980/1
    1988 Delicate Sound of Thunder - 100,000
    1995 Pulse - 150,000

    Others
    1973 A Nice Pair
    1992 Shine On Box Set (9CD) - 11,111

    Irritating or what? Yet again cria certs are patchy and incomplete.

    Edu recently posted some rare Canadian soundscan figures.

    The Wall sold 54,826 in 1998 and 38,174 in 2005
    Dark Side of the Moon sold 56,246 in 2005

    Multiply by 10 to get a comparison with US figures. Just like the US, these albums sell GOLD nearly every year. Shows no sign of stopping.

    Floyd really are the catalogue Kings.
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    by 06-11-06, 11:00

    Well done HUR, this band needed it's own thread at last. I'll add Canadian sales to the post above soon. Hopefully you'll be able to fit all the sales figures onto Page One of this thread.
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    by 06-11-06, 20:13

    Thank you Basil, great information as always. When I asked for USA information I thought you would make that breakdown. I like your "format", the way you combine the numbers, the colours, its easy to read.

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    by 07-11-06, 15:01

    I have requested sales stats from EMI for Norway; OK, small country but I belive highest music sales per capita in the world (and with a very high proportion of sales being foreign releases)and PF should have sold well above 1 mill albums in that country since 1973.
    I know for a fact from year end charts published on paper back in the days that Division, Pulse and Echoes all sold well above 100 000 each only in the year of their release and I'm pretty sure all studio-releases since Dark Side have all sold well above 100 000 each. But cannot prove anything until I hear back from EMI.

    Chart placings are available (in local language but with charts that may or may not make sense to other-speakers):
    http://lista.vg.no/artist_info.phpArtis ... istId=1673

    Some "soft" facts:
    -The Wall was no1 in 19 weeks from December 79 until May 1980. God knows how many units it must have shipped.
    -All album releases since Darks Side (excl the cruel joke that 'A Collection of great dance songs' is) has recieved Platinum and all peaked at minimum No2.
    - Echoes peaked only at no2 but had still sold 100 000 by year end 2001 (second biggest seller for 2001) - and must have continued so sell in high volumes until then
    -Dark side keep appearing at the lower end of Top 40 on a regular basis, was no 16 as recently as this summer (when Waters played a gig in Oslo), and the 30 year edition reached no 7 in 2003.

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    by 08-11-06, 07:16

    Quote Originally Posted by gjermund
    Chart placings are available (in local language but with charts that may or may not make sense to other-speakers):
    http://lista.vg.no/artist_info.phpArtis ... istId=1673
    Hi, the link doesn't work.

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    by 08-11-06, 08:16

    Due to the request.

    Australia
    Collection Of Great Dance Songs, Platinum, 70,000
    Dark Side Of The Moon, 11xPlatinum, 770,000
    Division Bell, Platinum, 70,000
    Echoes, Platinum, 70,000
    Pulse, Platinum, 70,000
    Wall, 6xPlatinum, 420,000

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    by 08-11-06, 09:08

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson
    Quote Originally Posted by gjermund
    Chart placings are available (in local language but with charts that may or may not make sense to other-speakers):
    http://lista.vg.no/artist_info.phpArtis ... istId=1673
    Hi, the link doesn't work.
    hm..see if it works now:
    (FYI: 'uker' = weeks)

    http://lista.vg.no/artist_info.php?Arti ... istId=1673

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    by 09-11-06, 13:34

    the "Pulse" DVD was certified 2x Platinum (100k - should be Diamond) in Brasil and it's a very expensive DVD, only import copies are available in stores

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    by 10-11-06, 22:02

    Quote Originally Posted by AutomaticBR
    the "Pulse" DVD was certified 2x Platinum (100k - should be Diamond) in Brasil and it's a very expensive DVD, only import copies are available in stores
    Hi Automatic

    Do you have any other sales info for Floyd from Brazil?

    It's very hard to gauge from the UK.

    On the Rolling Stones thread Fedepeti came up with really surprising information on the popularity of the Stones in Argentina - just their chart performance there was amazing.

    I don't believe Floyd ever played in Brazil (could be wrong).

    In so many other countries from Canada to France and the UK/USA and Australia, we see that albums like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall are still selling extremely well. So good, in fact, that they often sell the equivalent of a GOLD album most years in these countries.

    How are these albums regarded in Brazil? Are they very popular or just marginal?

    Would be most interested in any information you may have.

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    by 10-11-06, 22:57

    Thank you guys for this great information. Keep posting all you have.

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    by 15-11-06, 22:16

    Well a UK figure for Dark Side of the Moon - without record club sales

    3,759,958

    On this alone it should be 12xPlatinum.

    But is was certified recently for only 9xPlatinum.

    What the hell is going on with this UK List???

    Oh, and apparently The Wall and Wish You Were Here sold less than 1.6m
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    by 16-11-06, 09:01

    I'm surprised how even an album as uneventful as The Final Cut has scanned nearly 800k since Soundscn, while a lot of major sellers from the period have done far less in the Soundscan age

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    by 17-11-06, 02:16

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    Well a UK figure for Dark Side of the Moon - without record club sales

    3,759,958

    On this alone it should be 12xPlatinum.

    But is was certified recently for only 9xPlatinum.

    What the hell is going on with this UK List???

    Oh, and apparently The Wall and Wish You Were Here sold less than 1.6m
    Basil Agreed think Dark Side sold about 3 million in UK, I dont care what that list says

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    by 17-11-06, 12:12

    Does anyone have information on sales of ALL PINK FLOYDS CHARTED ALBUMS IN THE UK, PLEASE!!!

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